Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday Night in the Blogosphere - Mexico City

Rescuers, firefighters, policemen, soldiers and volunteers desperately remove rubble and debris from a flattened building in search of survivors after a powerful quake in Mexico City on September 19, 2017. Photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

Central Mexico earthquake kills more than 130, topples buildings - CNN

Mexico earthquake: at least 139 dead after powerful quake - The Guardian

At Least 139 Dead After 7.1-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Mexico - TIME

Hours after an earthquake drill in Mexico City, the real thing struck - WTVR

Mexico City EARTHQUAKE: SHOCK explosion as 7.1 quake rocks southern Mexico - Express

Mexico earthquake: Watch live TV moment quake violently shakes - The San Diego Union-Tribune


Central Mexico Earthquake
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Storm update from Flint Group

Storm update from Flint Group: More from the update: 'Some are still assessing the damage and impact to their businesses. Others have begun to restart operations but at reduced capacity, causing a supply and demand imbalance. Many have made public announcements about continued forces majeures and supply allocations. Some transportation companies are imposing fuel surcharges due to very limited availability of carriers.

The Morning Paper - 'The Times' Newspaper Production During 1940s

Today in Labor History

September 18  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) is formally founded at an Ohio convention, during a period of serious corruption in the union. Two years earlier at an IBT convention in Las Vegas, a union reform leader who (unsuccessfully) called for direct election of officers and a limit on officers’ salaries had been beaten by thugs - 1978
Nine strikebreakers are killed in an explosion at Giant (gold) Mine near Yellowknife, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Miner Roger Warren confessed that he planted the explosives that caused the deaths. He recanted the confession but later confessed once again - 1992
A 20-month illegal lockout of 2,900 Steelworkers members at Kaiser Aluminum plants in three states ends when an arbitrator orders a new contract. Kaiser was forced to fire scabs and fork over tens of millions of dollars in back pay to union members - 1999

One week after the September 11, 2001, attacks, anthrax spores are mailed by an unknown party to several news media offices and two U.S. senators. Five people exposed to the spores died, including two workers at Washington, D.C.’s USPS Brentwood facility: Thomas Morris, Jr. and Joseph Curseen, who were to die of their exposure within the month – 2001


 Mon Sep 18, 2017.
We are currently seeking an Electrical Controls Technician who will be responsible for electrical maintenance and repair of all newspaper press and production equipment.
Principal Functions:
  • Maintain and repair all newspaper press, production, a/c, compressor, cooling towers and chiller equipment as well as other electrical repairs at our location.
  • Supervise repairs and installations made by outside contractors
  • Maintain preventative maintenance programs
Job Requirements:
  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Must have a minimum of 3 years experience in the field or an Electronics degree or certificate
  • Ability to work nights and weekends and be on-call as needed; work well with minimal supervision.
Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to move from place to place and lift/carry up to 50 lbs occasionally and up to 20 lbs. frequently
  • Ability to frequently climb, stoop, kneel and reach. Some work done in high, close or confined spaces
  • Ability to work in heat and cold, wet, humid and noisy surroundings
Interested applicants, please submit resume to employment@theledger.com and state “Electronic Control Tech” in the subject line, or apply in person to 300 W. Lime Street, Lakeland, FL.

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

A typical restroom in the Philippines

Irish newspapers try a bit of dynamism - Village

Newspaper editors, columnists go on trial in Turkey - Hot Air

Why the press deserves blame for the North Korea 'crisis' - Poynter

Bullish Signals Shown in tronc Inc (TRNC) Charts - Geneva Journal

'The New York Daily News' Sold For A Single Dollar - Gears Of Biz

FCC Wants Sinclair to Provide More Docs on Tribune Deal - Newsmax

Phoenix woman delivering newspapers hit by suspected drunk driver - AZ Family

To Avoid Media Bias, News Organizations Are Lifting the Veil - Editor and Publisher

Rolling Stone, Once a Counterculture Bible, Will Be Put Up for Sale - New York Times

Wyo Tribune Eagle marks 150 years of Cheyenne newspapers - Wyoming Business Report

Saturday, September 16, 2017

What's Up In La Verne with Mayor Don Kendrick

Thank you Mayor for keeping La Verne informed. La Verne is a great city to live, work and visit. 

Today in Labor History

September 16  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

More than 43,000 oil workers strike in 20 states, part of the post-war strike wave - 1945
A player lockout by the National Hockey League begins, leading to cancellation of what would have been the league’s 88th season. The lockout, over owner demands that salaries be capped, lasted 310 days - 2004
The Farm Labor Organizing Committee wins a signed contract with the Mount Olive Pickle Co. and growers, ending a 5-year boycott.  The agreement marked the first time an American labor union represented guest workers - 2004
Richard Trumka is elected president of the AFL-CIO at the federation’s convention in Pittsburgh.  He had served as the secretary-treasurer under predecessor John Sweeney from 1995 to 2009, and prior to that was president of the United Mine Workers for 13 years - 2009

September 15

Some 5,000 female cotton workers in and around Pittsburgh, Pa., strike for a 10-hour day. The next day, male trade unionists become the first male auxiliary when they gather to protect the women from police attacks. The strike ultimately failed - 1845
President Kennedy signs off on a $900 million public-works bill for projects in economically depressed areas - 1962
More than 350,000 members of the United Auto Workers begin what is to become a 69-day strike against General Motors - 1970
Int’l Association of Siderographers merges with Int’l Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers - 1992

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

Seattle, Washington as seen from the Space Needle

Tronc to cut 25% of Pioneer Press staff - Robert Feder

Readers take on life without printed newspapers - Star News

What makes people willing to pay for news online? - NiemanLab

This search engine makes finding public records less painful - Poynter

FCC Seeks More Evidence For Sinclair/Tribune Deal Claims - Multichannel

Local, national newspapers no longer available on campus - Kansas State Collegian

FT journalist killed by crocodile started out as WAN-IFRA blogger - Editors Weblog

Nearly 20,000 Professionals Attend Print 17 Conference in Chicago - Editor and Publisher

Why the exodus of four top editors marks the end of an era for the magazine industry - CNN

Appellate court orders San Diego Union Tribune carriers' $10M award to be recalculated - LNL

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Today in Labor History

September 14  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel, and Tin Workers union calls off an unsuccessful 3-month strike against U. S. Steel Corporation subsidiaries - 1901
Gastonia, N.C., textile mill striker and songwriter Ella May Wiggins, 29, a mother of five, is killed when local vigilantes and thugs force the pickup truck in which she is riding off the road and begin shooting – 1929
A striker is shot by a bog owner (and town-elected official) during a walkout by some 1,500 cranberry pickers, members of the newly-formed Cape Cod Cranberry Pickers Union Local 1. State police were called, more strikers were shot and 64 were arrested. The strike was lost - 1933
Congress passes the Landrum-Griffin Act. The law expands many of the anti-labor provisions of the Taft-Hartley Act, increasing union reporting requirements and restricting secondary boycotting and picketing - 1959

(The Essential Guide To Federal Employment Laws, 4th edition: This is a well-indexed book, updated in 2013, offering the full text of 20 federal laws affecting workers’ lives, along with plain-English explanations of each. An entire chapter is devoted to each law, explaining what is allowed and prohibited and what businesses must comply with.)

2017 ING conference wrap up

2017 ING conference wrap up: Bowman said that the newspaper industry has recently gone through unprecedented change and has been forced to adapt. “In most cases print is still driving the bus, and we need to continue to support the digital side,” he said.

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

Lake Elsinore sky diving plane

New WAN-IFRA report: 'Reality check – making money with Facebook' - Editors Weblog

Services for Jose Renteria

Image may contain: 1 person, indoorHere is the information for Jose Renteria

On Thursday and Friday, 9/21 and 9/22 there will a viewing at Mission Hills Catholic mortuary rooms B and C from 5 pm to 9 pm. The address is 11160 Stranwood Ave, Mission Hills. 

On 9/22, there will be a mass at Our Lady of Holy Rosary Church, at 9:45 am. The address is 7800 Vineland Ave, Sun Valley.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

GateHouse lowers paywalls for Irma

GateHouse lowers paywalls for Irma: Among GateHouse properties in the states are the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, The Gainesville Sun, the Spartanburg Herald Journal (South Carolina) and The Fayetteville Observer (North Carolina).

Today in Labor History

September 13  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The Post Office Department orders 25,000 railway mail clerks to shoot to kill any bandits attempting to rob the mail - 1926
Eleven AFSCME-represented prison employees, 33 inmates die in four days of rioting at New York State’s Attica Prison and the retaking of the prison. The riot caused the nation to take a closer look at prison conditions, for inmates and their guards alike - 1971

Cox launches sports site

Cox launches sports site: Texas Pete Hot Sauce and Zaxby’s have opted for category exclusive sponsorships on DieHards.com. Zaxby’s and Texas Pete will leverage video content and ownership of thematic content series to align their brand with the passion of college sports in coverage of three of the five major conferences.

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Today is La Verne day at the Los Angeles County Fair

WSN begins student newspaper - Brewton Standard

Where Will VR Fit Into Local Advertising? - Street Fight

Podcasting – digital audio at its storytelling best - Editors Weblog

Ready for the real deal? Focus on local newspapers - Arvada Press

Irma's aftermath slows newspaper deliveries - Newnan Times-Herald

Checking in with Maine’s “serendipitous” media mogul, Reade Brower - Down East

Maine paper carrier’s bike is stolen and a kind stranger comes to his aid - Press Herald

She bet on the future of print news and bought Alaska's largest daily - Los Angeles Times

Taking a Deeper Look into the Moving Average For tronc Inc (TRNC) - Stock Press Daily

Kid Rock denies Detroit Free Press credentials for Little Caesars Arena concert - Detroit Free Press

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Miles joins Siebold Company

Miles joins Siebold Company: In the role, Miles will manage strategic business initiatives, including acquisition efforts. He will also serve as a special advisor to the TSC Graphic Arts Division on market development opportunities. “The timing is perfect for us to grow by adding companies that will complement our current offering of TSC products and services,” Miles said.

Today in Labor History

September 12  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Eugene V. Debs, labor leader and socialist, sentenced to 10 years for opposing World War I. While in jail Debs received one million votes for president - 1918
Jobless workers march on grocery stores and seize food in Toledo, Ohio – 1932

National Guardsmen fire on “sullen and rebellious” strikers at the Woonsocket (Rhode Island) Rayon plant, killing one and injuring three others.  A correspondent said the crowd of about 2,000 “went completely wild with rage.”  Word spread, 6,000 more workers arrived at the scene and the city was put under military rule.  The governor declared that “there is a Communist uprising and not a textile strike” in the state - 1934
United Rubber Workers formed in Akron, Ohio - 1935
A total of 49 people are killed, 200 injured, in explosion at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Kenvil, N.J. - 1940
New York City’s Union Square, the site of the first Labor Day in 1882, is officially named a national historic landmark. The square has long been a focal point for working class protest and political expression - 1998

Uteco, QuadTech team up

Uteco, QuadTech team up: Beginning in mid-September, QuadTech’s recently launched ColorTrack and Color Measurement with DeltaCam will be featured at Uteco’s ConverDrome tech demonstration facility.

Tuesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

We have expanded our service and now distribute food to college students

Daily Union unveils makeover - Daily Union

Snapchat Partnering With College Newspapers - CBS Philly

Trinity Mirror looks to expand UK tabloid empire - Gulf News

Facebook has pulled Instant Articles off Messenger - Tech Crunch

Judge approves sale of Alaska's largest newspaper - Associated Press

Vanguard Group Inc. Acquires 38463 Shares of tronc, Inc. (TRNC) - Week Herald

Fund set up for newspaper carrier whose delivery bicycle was stolen - Central Maine

NewsMavens has now partnered with women journalists in 12 countries - Editors Weblog

Sheltered in a printing plant, typing by lamp, Florida's newsrooms covered Irma - Poynter

tronc And The Daily News, What To Make Of This Out-Of-The-Blue Buy - Seeking Alpha

Monday, September 11, 2017

Detroit paper moves copy desk

Detroit paper moves copy desk: The work is going to the Louisville Design Studio, which handles copy editing and design for 23 Gannett papers. Gannett acquired the Free Press in 2005.

Jose Renteria Rest in Peace

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Just received the sad news tonight that Jose Renteria from the Los Angeles Times Electric Shop passed away suddenly.

Arbitrator: West Virginia paper owes $3.8 million

Arbitrator: West Virginia paper owes $3.8 million: The decision was filed Sept. 5 in U.S. District Court in Southern West Virginia.

Today in Labor History

September 11  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Some 75,000 coal miners in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia end a 10-week strike after winning an 8-hour day, semi-monthly pay, and the abolition of overpriced company-owned stores, where they had been forced to shop. (Remember the song, "Sixteen Tons," by coal miner’s son Merle Travis, in which there’s this line: "I owe my soul to the company store.") - 1897
More than 3,000 people died when suicide highjackers crashed planes into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.  Among the dead in New York were 634 union members, the majority of them New York City firefighters and police on the scene when the towers fell - 2001
Crystal Lee Sutton, the real-life Norma Rae of the movies, dies at age 68. She worked at a J.P. Stevens textile plant in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., when low pay and poor working conditions led her to become a union activist - 2009

Gannett cuts staff in restructuring

Gannett cuts staff in restructuring: President and CEO Robert Dickey announced the plans Sept. 6, mentioning 'difficult headwinds' related to print advertising.

Monday Night in the Blogosphere

The large Ferris wheel at the Los Angeles County Fair 

Poynter building, staff, good so far - Poynter

Exits from the Daily News and LAT - LAObserved

Lowlights from the first 2 decades of Only in LA - Steve Harvey

Ventura County Star Buildings Sold - San Fernando Business Journal

Detroit Free Press to Outsource Copy Editing, Design to Louisville - Crain's

Turnaround at San Francisco Chronicle Shows Way for Legacy Newspapers - CJR

People are watching a lot less TV news as they get more news online - Nieman Lab

Newspapers Share How They Overcame Some of Their Toughest Challenges - E and P

At the Miami Herald, newsroom turns into shelter for reporters and their families - CNN

America’s Local Newspapers Might Be Broke – But They’re More Vital Than Ever - Guardian

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Today in Labor History

September 10  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

In Pennsylvania, Polish, Lithuanian and Slovak miners are gunned down by the Lattimer Mine’s sheriff deputies—19 dead, more than 50 wounded—during a peaceful march from Hazelton to Lattimer.   Some 3,000 were marching for collective bargaining and civil liberty.  The shooters were tried for murder but the jury failed to convict – 1897

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Tronc buys New York Daily News

Tronc buys New York Daily News: Tronc has bought the New York Daily News. The deal was finalized Sept. 3.

The New York Daily News is sold to Tronc

Chicago Tribune publisher Tronc has bought the New York Daily News, ending an era of independent ownership for the tabloid. It marks a shift from the paper's previous owner, Mortimer B. Zuckerman, a real estate magnate and influential figure in the city who used the paper's combative front pages to pass comment on political figures.

Aspen Daily News sold

Aspen Daily News sold: Cook, the acting publisher for the past three years and the paper’s general manager from 2003 to 2008, bought the paper with Spencer McKnight, who co-owns the local TV station Aspen 82 with Cook.

Justin Dearborn on the hurricanes

Justin Dearborn is Chief Executive Officer at Tronc Inc.

From: tronc
Sent: Friday, September 08, 2017 4:54 PM
Subject: Hurricane Irma
Dear Colleagues,
This weekend, much of the Southeast is bracing for Hurricane Irma, where winds are estimated to reach up to 150 mph. The worst of the storm is expected to hit our colleagues in Florida on Sunday. Employees in all of our markets across the country have reached out to ask how they can help those impacted by this devastating storm, as well as those recovering from Hurricane Harvey. We are a company that helps one another. Part of the spirit of tronc is being part of a larger community that supports each other during times of need.
We ask you to keep those impacted in your thoughts and prayers. Following the storm, we will work as an organization to lend a helping hand. With storms of this scale, it’s likely that all of us know someone who has been directly impacted. It’s times like these when we need to come together as a community and help our colleagues in need.
For those of you in the Florida area who may need immediate assistance, a 24/7 employee hotline will be available via the Sun Sentinel at 407-420-5377.
Thank you for your support.


Second Street buys data company

Second Street buys data company: Second Street's platform allows companies to run promotions and interactive content, such as personality quizzes, sweepstakes and photo contests, on their websites to generate digital revenue, grow their email database, and engage their audience. The company was founded in 2007 by Doug Villhard and Matt Coen.

Today in Labor History

September 09  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

In convention at Topeka, Kan., delegates create the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America. The men who repaired the nation's rail cars were paid 10 or 15¢ an hour, working 12 hours a day, often seven days a week - 1890
More than a thousand Boston police officers strike after 19 union leaders are fired for organizing activities. Massachusetts Gov. Calvin Coolidge announced that none of the strikers would be rehired, mobilized the state police, and recruited an entirely new police force from among unemployed veterans of the Great War (World War I) - 1919
Sixteen striking Filipino sugar workers on the Hawaiian island of Kauai are killed by police; four police died as well. Many of the surviving strikers were jailed, then deported – 1924

United Auto Workers President Leonard Woodcock is named in Pres. Richard Nixon’s “Enemy’s List,” a White House compilation of Americans Nixon regarded as major political opponents.  Another dozen union presidents were added later.  The existence of the list was revealed during Senate Watergate Committee hearings - 1973

September 08

Employers give in to the demands of striking miners in McKees Rocks, Pa., agree to improved working conditions, 15-percent hike in wages and elimination of a "pool system" that gave foremen control over each worker’s pay - 1909
Workers give up their Labor Day weekend holidays to keep the munitions factories working to aid in the war effort. Most Labor Day parades are canceled in respect for members of the Armed Services - 1942
United Farm Workers union begins historic national grape boycott and strike, Delano, Calif. - 1965
Some 2,600 Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers begin what is to be a successful 6-day strike for higher pay and against a two-tier wage system - 1997

(In this expanded edition of Strike!, you can read about labor-management conflicts that have occurred over the past 140 years. Here you’ll learn much about workers’ struggle to win a degree of justice, from the workers’ point of view. Brecher also examines the ever-shifting roles and configurations of unions, from the Knights of Labor of the 1800s to the AFL-CIO of the 1990s. A new chapter, “Beyond One-Sided Class War,” looks at how modern protest movements, such as the Battle of Seattle and Occupy Wall Street, were ignited and considers the similarities between these challenges to authority and those of labor’s past.)

WSJ stops print distribution in Hong Kong

WSJ stops print distribution in Hong Kong: The News Corp-owned paper is reducing print operations in Europe and Asia to trim costs and focus on digital media, The Standard reports. WSJ reportedly sent an e-mail to subscribers saying the last print edition will go to Hong Kong subscribers on October 6. The subscriber can access the online paper.

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

It's Saturday morning and menudo is served

Nylon is shutting down its print publication - Twitter

How newsrooms can apply big data - Editors Weblog

Snapchat adds college newspapers to Discover - L.A. Biz

When The Newspaper Business Could Print Money - Forbes

Village Voice Gone but Not Forgotten - The Weekly Standard

Snapchat inks Discover deal with student newspapers - Poynter

More newspaper job cuts at Gannett - Phoenix Business Journal

News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017 - Pew Research Center

What increased measurement opportunities mean for podcasting - DigiDay

How Mother Jones makes serious journalism in the age of cat videos - Recode