Sunday, April 30, 2017

Globe editor outlines paper’s reinvention

Globe editor outlines paper’s reinvention: The memo comes after four reports written by more than 60 staffers, a newsroom survey and input from a trio of consultants.


December 14, 1939 - April 15, 2017 

Charles John Boebinger passed away on April 15, 2017. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 14, 1939. Joining the Marines and serving in Oceanside, California, from 1957 to 1960, where he met his wife, Jackie at a USO party. They were married on July 2, 1960. They raised their daughter in North Hollywood where they made their home. 

Chuck worked for 30 years in the pressroom at the Los Angeles Times. 

He enjoyed playing tennis, bike riding, and going to the horse race track. After retirement he enjoyed gaming at Tuttle and Joslyn Adult Centers in Burbank. 

Chuck is survived by his wife of 56 years Jackie; his daughter, Donnette and his son-in-law, Rob; his grandchildren, Keith and John; his brothers, David and Glenn; and many friends and best friend Buster. 

At his request, no services will be held. In honor of Chuck, any donations are requested to be sent to: Supporters of Senior Services, 1301 West Olive Avenue, Burbank, CA 91506 (Tax Id #95-4627136), for general support of all programs and facilities (checks only, please).
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 28, 2017

Madison Paper sells hydropower facilities

Madison Paper sells hydropower facilities: The value of the transaction was not disclosed, according to a report in EUWID Pulp and Paper, a trade publication based in Germany. The sale is subject to third-party approvals.

Sunday Night in the Blogosphere

Ronnie Pineta and Jess DeGeytere, Los Angeles Times Pressmen

The rise of VR, live video and new content formats - Editors Weblog

Tronc is looking for a new Vice President of Communications - Careers

In the shadow of the duopoly, media rivals are becoming allies - DigiDay

Jeff Bezos Washington Post efforts to build a modern digital newspaper - Nieman Lab

Ogden Newspapers takes ownership of The Frederick News-Post - Frederick News Post

Tronc schedules First Quarter results for after market close on Wednesday, May 3rd - Investor

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

La Verne Charity Joins Letter Carriers in Delivering Food to the Needy

Press release from La Verne Online

Sowing Seeds for Life, a major La Verne-based charitable organization which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is once again joining the National Association of Letter Carriers in this area to assist in a big way with its Stamp Out Hunger drive.
   Coincidentally, the NALC Stamp Out Hunger drive is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

 Stamp Out Hunger is the largest one-day food drive in the country. Letters carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns collect food donations from their customers and deliver them to their respective post offices.

  The date of delivery this year will be Saturday, May 13.

   Sowing Seeds for Life's role in the food drive is bigger than ever.
    Vicki Brown, the founder and CEO of Sowing Seeds for Life, says SSFL will be picking up groceries from three post offices -- La Verne-Claremont, San Dimas, and Montclair. The food collected by SSFL will be distributed to smaller pantries throughout the area and to seniors and veterans the second Friday of every month for the foreseeable future.

   SSFL helps some 6,000 men, women and children in the East San Gabriel Valley per month. It distributes more than one million pounds of food per year, plus offers some clothing and a variety of services.

  Heading up the Stamp Out Hunger food drive at La Verne-Claremont is Tony Mazuca, the head steward to the local branch of the letter carriers union, and his wife Linda. Both have been spearheading the drive in their area since joining the La Verne-Claremont post office in 1999.

   For San Dimas, the head steward is Matthew Kozlo and at Montclair it is Charlie Panedes. Getting everything done is a team effort.  
   "Our letter carriers devote a lot of their own time to this food drive," Mazuca said. "And picking up all the donations is a lot of extra work. They do this to help those in need."

     Nationally, the drive now brings in about 80 million pounds of food annually. A new record is set almost every year.

   Said Vicki Brown: "It's just amazing how much food is collected. It shows just how generous people can be and also shows what good people our letter carriers are. Tony Mazuca and his wife Linda deserve a lot of credit as the organizers of the drive for La Verne-Claremont."

    Ms. Brown also praised recently re-elected La Verne Mayor Don Kendricks for his support. "The mayor is a very good friend of Sowing Seeds for Life, and his help with this project, and everything else we do, is invaluable," she said.

    With more than 50 million people facing hunger every day in America, including nearly 17 million children, this drive is one way you can help those in your own city or town who need help.

    The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has received a number of accolades over the years, including two Presidential Certificates of Achievement.

      "Letter carriers see many of these folks along our routes each day," NALC President Fredric Rolando said. "Our food drive can make a positive difference in the lives of those who have been dealt difficult hands.

   . "Our work and our success will be just as crucial this year as ever, since the problem of hunger in this country shows little sign of going away."

     Signing on as national food drive partners this year are the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), United Way WorldwideAFL-CIOAARP FoundationValpak and Valassis.
     Bags for donations are left in mail boxes by letter carriers.

     For more information, go to and click on community service. To purchase special 25th anniversary commemorative stamps and other items, go to

      Vicki Brown created Sowing Seeds for Life Seeds after her pastor at Glenkirk Presbyterian Church in Glendora gave her $100 to use to do good deeds. So she planted some seeds in the backyard of her home in Glendora to grow produce to donate to families in a nearby mobile home park.

   "When I first planted those seeds," she said, "I had no idea what it would become. I could never have imagined it."

   SSFL distributes food regularly on the first and third Wednesdays of every month at the DPI Labs parking lot at 1350 Arrow Highway in La Verne. Ms. Brown is also the CEO and President of DPI Labs, an aerospace manufacturing company.

With readers' help, Vicki Brown will have this hunger challenge in the bag.

Bloomberg has new section titled ‘Climate Changed’

Bloomberg has new section titled ‘Climate Changed’: The site will cover all breaking news in regards to climate change and climate science.

Today in Labor History

April 25  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The New York Times declares the struggle for an 8-hour workday to be “un-American” and calls public demonstrations for the shorter hours “labor disturbances brought about by foreigners.” Other publications declare that an eight-hour workday would bring about “loafing and gambling, rioting, debauchery and drunkenness” - 1886
IWW Marine Transport Workers begin West Coast strike - 1923
The Reverend Ralph David Abernathy and 100 others are arrested while picketing a Charleston, S.C., hospital in a demand for union recognition - 1969
Supreme Court rules that employers may not require female employees to make larger contributions to pension plans in order to obtain the same monthly benefits as men - 1978

Snapchat launching a self-service ad platform

Snapchat launching a self-service ad platform: The new platform will give publishers a place to put ads as full-screen vertical videos that would be intended as breaks between user stories, which compile snaps users have uploaded for friends to see. Other mobile platforms like Instagram have been occupying the same space competitively for years now and have begun to more aggressively procure advertising.

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Irie is the word in Jamaican Patois that means, "alright". The term can be used to mean 
1: powerful and pleasing; 2: excellent, highest; n 3: the state of feeling great

The Media Bubble Is Worse Than You Think - Politico

Stand with newspapers, 'Demand Facts' - Daily Local News

What lies ahead for VR in the newsroom? - Reuters Institute

Attacks on the press: the new face of censorship - Editors Weblog

Gannett (GCI) Q1 Earnings Beat Estimates, Decline Y-o-Y - Zacks

'I took someone’s life — now I am giving back' - Los Angeles Times

How The New York Times plans to build a daily habit on Snapchat - DigiDay

Google Tells Newspapers To Noindex News Feeds - Search Engine Roundtable

Grant to help county digitize old newspapers - Lockport Union-Sun and Journal

Why publishers need to approach native advertising with caution - The Media Briefing

Monday, April 24, 2017

Today in Labor History

The Int’l Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union halts shipping on the West Coast in solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal, a Philadelphia journalist who many believed was on death row because he was an outspoken African-American - 1999
An eight-story building housing garment factories in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapses, killing 1,129 workers and injuring 2,515.  A day earlier cracks had been found in the structure, but factory officials, who had contracts with Benneton and other major U.S. labels, insisted the workers return to the job the next day - 2013

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

We loaded our truck with 3,500 pounds of food collected by the 
students of Cal Poly Pomona, thank you all

The written word is under siege - Los Angeles Times

Newspaper industry faces many challenges - Star News Online

tronc, Inc. (:TRNC) Sees the Tape Move 7.37% - Concord Register

Journalists on Trump: "We’re not at war. We’re at work" - Editors Weblog

FCC Regulators Vote to Ease a Limit on TV Station Ownership - Bloomberg

How student journalists got their peers to care about newspapers - Argus Leader

Your Moment Of Zen: The Front Pages Of Major Newspapers With No News - Co.Design

Washington Post Guarantees All of Its Online Ads Will Load in Under 2 Seconds - Ad Week

With Newspapers Back in the Game, How Can Publishers Hold On to New Readers? - E and P

Amazon launches “Subscribe with Amazon,” a marketplace for digital subscriptions - Tech Crunch

Southern Lithoplate Inc. recently completed an expansion of its production capacity at its North Carolina campus.

Southern Lithoplate Inc. recently completed an expansion of its production capacity at its North Carolina campus.: An award winning publication and premier resource for insight, analysis and technology integration in newspaper, digital and hybrid production.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Axel Springer chief on outlook for newspapers

The newspaper business is facing a deeply uncertain future as more and more readers turn to the internet. The FT's David Bond travels to Axel Springer’s imposing Berlin headquarters to speak to its chief executive Mathias Döpfner about how the industry is battling digital disruption

Newspaper Industry Events

April 30 – May 3, 2017
Marriott French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
INMA World Congress of News Media
May 21-23, 2017
Times Center
New York
Metro Production Conference
June 1-3, 2017
Tampa, Florida
Saddlebrook Resort
Print '17
Sept. 10 - 14, 2017
Mid America Newspaper Conference
Sept. 21 – 23, 2017
Country Club Hotel & Spa, Lake of the Ozarks, MO

IFRA World Publishing Expo and DCX Digital Conference
Oct. 9 – 11, 2017
Berlin, Germany

Today in Labor History

April 23 -- Union Communications Services, Inc.

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is founded through a merger of the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada (TLC) and the Canadian Congress of Labour (CCL), the two major union congresses in Canada at the time.  The CLC represents the interests of more than three million affiliated workers - 1956

Death of Ida Mae Stull, nationally recognized as the country’s first woman coal miner - 1980

United Farm Workers of America founder Cesar Chavez dies in San Luis, Ariz., at age 66 - 1993

Saturday, April 22, 2017 acquires acquires Legacy has announced its acquisition of, the largest information provider for the U.S funeral industry.

Today in Labor History

Songwriter, musician and activist Hazel Dickens dies at age 75. Among her songs: “They’ll Never Keep Us Down” and “Working Girl Blues.” Cultural blogger John Pietaro: "Dickens didn’t just sing the anthems of labor, she lived them. Her place on many a picket line, staring down gunfire and goon squads, embedded her into the cause" - 2011

WAN-IFRA will be hosting a free webinar with Ben Shaw April 19

WAN-IFRA will be hosting a free webinar with Ben Shaw April 19: Ben Shaw, Director of WAN-IFRA Global Advisory and Media Management Accelerator (MMA) trainer, addresses 'How to add value with your data and where to start?' Join in the conversation and get an MMA sneak peek.

Saturday Night in the Blogosphere

Grilled fish served daily in the province of the Philippines

Why the world needs newspapers - Circleville Herald

How to fly drones for journalism in the U.S. - Poynter

Woman shot while delivering newspapers in north Tulsa - KTUL

Ada High School's online newspaper earns honors - The Ada News

Relaunching a newsletter: Failures, successes and what we learned - RJI

Sinclair Said Aiming to Buy Tribune for High $30s a Share - Bloomberg

Facebook is offering publishers money to create produced video - Recode

Stat is publishing a print section in Sunday’s Boston Globe - Nieman Lab

Can this weekly paper stay critical of its new owner? - Columbia Journalism Review

tronc Inc (TRNC) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Strong Buy”  - Cerbat Gem

Friday, April 21, 2017

The New York Times starts a podcast group on Facebook

The New York Times starts a podcast group on Facebook: The group is open to the public and has nearly 10,000 members, reports NiemanLab.

Today in Labor History

April 21  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller signs Taylor Law, permitting union organization and bargaining by public employees, but outlawing the right to strike - 1967

Some 12,500 Goodyear Tire workers strike nine plants in what was to become a 3-week walkout over job security, wage and benefit issues - 1997

Mary Doyle Keefe, who in 1943 posed as “Rosie the Riveter” for famed painter Norman Rockwell, dies at age 92 in Simsbury, Connecticut. Published on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in May 1943, Rosie came to symbolize women factory workers during World War II. (The Rockwell painting is sometimes conjoined in peoples’ memories with a similarly-themed poster by Pittsburgh artist J. Howard Miller, “We Can Do It!” created the year before.) - 2015

Facebook takes out print ads to combat fake news

Facebook takes out print ads to combat fake news: Along with widgets on the website and app that allow you to see what is fake news, Facebook has turned to publishing print ads to help combat the issue.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Skid Row Los Angeles

The free press, making America great - liherald

Sixty years of selling movies in the newspapers - Philly

Newspapers welcome website bloggers - Wiscasset Newspaper

The Washington Post Introduces The Lily - Editor and Publisher

tronc Inc (TRNC) Director Buys $43866500.00 in Stock - BBNS

This tool will help you clean up after your online footprints - Poynter

Yahoo’s Demise Is a Death Knell for Digital News Orgs - The Atlantic

Recycling is in trouble and you may be part of the problem - USA TODAY

Newspapers are the most relied on source for NJ news - Burlington County Times

Poynter picks 21 news organizations to participate in local news innovation program - Poynter

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Atlantic moves to stauncher position on digital ads

The Atlantic moves to stauncher position on digital ads: The Atlantic now requires people using ad-block to either pay a monthly/yearly fee or turn off their ad-block, reports Digiday.

Today in Labor History

April 20  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Nearly 10,000 demonstrators celebrate textile workers’ win of a 10-percent pay hike and grievance committees after a one-month strike, Lowell, Mass. - 1912

Ludlow massacre: Colorado state militia, using machine guns and fire, kill about 20 people—including 11 children—at a tent city set up by striking coal miners - 1914

An unknown assailant shoots through a window at United Auto Workers President Walter Reuther as he is eating dinner at his kitchen table, permanently impairing his right arm. It was one of at least two assassination attempts on Reuther. He and his wife later died in a small plane crash under what many believe to be suspicious circumstances - 1948

National Association of Post Office Mail Handlers, Watchmen, Messengers & Group Leaders merge with Laborers - 1968

United Auto Workers members end a successful 172-day strike against International Harvester, protesting management demands for new work rules and mandatory overtime provisions - 1980
(They're Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions: How familiar do these phrases ring? Unions are responsible for budget deficits; they’ve outlived their usefulness; their members are overpaid and enjoy cushy benefits. The only way to save the American economy, many say, is to weaken the labor movement, strip workers of collective bargaining rights, and champion private industry. In They're Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions, longtime labor activist and educator Bill Fletcher Jr. makes sense of this debate as he unpacks the 21 myths most often cited by anti-union propagandists.)

Dallas Morning News wins 'Grand Slam' award from APSE

Dallas Morning News wins 'Grand Slam' award from APSE: “It is truly an honor for our sports department to be recognized as a ‘Grand Slam’ winner by the Associated Press Sports Editors,” Garry Leavell, assistant managing editor/sports told the News Media Alliance.

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

Los Angeles Times 1910

Be informed: Subscribe to your local newspaper - Grist

Is there an untapped market for print in local journalism? - Poynter

Publisher launches Spanish-language newspaper - Compton Herald

Facebook’s algorithm isn’t surfacing one-third of our posts - Medium

Russian Journalist Dies in Hospital After Brutal Beating - The Moscow Times

The Washington Post's Ruben Castaneda Recalls a Near-Suicide Mission - LA Weekly

Della Femina Sells The Independent Newspaper To Billionaire Ron Perelman - 27 East

Majority of staff at two B.C. newspapers approve deal to save some jobs - RD News Now

sideline's empty newspapers question information overload in today's world - Design Boom

University of Tennessee student newspaper cuts print edition to twice weekly - The Tennessean

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Berkshire Hathaway’s BH Media Group to cut 300 jobs

Berkshire Hathaway’s BH Media Group to cut 300 jobs: Though many papers under BH Media have been transitioning to a digital platform, no papers are safe from the cuts.

Today in Labor History

April 19  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, the nation’s “Furniture City,” more than 6,000 immigrant workers—Germans, Dutch, Lithuanians and Poles—put down their tools and struck 59 factories for four months in what was to become known as the Great Furniture Strike - 1911
(Mobilizing Against Inequality:Are immigrant workers themselves responsible for low wages and shoddy working conditions? Should unions expend valuable time and energy organizing undocumented workers? Unions in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States have taken various approaches to confront the challenges of this significant segment of the workforce. As U.S. immigration policy is debated, readers will gain insight into how all workers benefit when wages and working conditions for immigrant workers are improved.)

An American domestic terrorist’s bomb destroys the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, 99 of whom were government employees - 1995

mediaXchange speakers announced by News Media Alliance

mediaXchange speakers announced by News Media Alliance: The annual event will have over 40 speakers from across the industry.

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

50 Years in Newspapers - View News

Is the UAE’s publishing industry in trouble? - AMEinfo

Newspaper decline continues to weigh on AP earnings - ABC News

Eight cheery thoughts for life after newspapers - Hold The Front Page

The Washington Post cuts off ad tech vendors slowing its site - DigiDay

How to Succeed as a Printer in the Digital Marketing Age - Printing Impressions

Facebook and Google happy to monetise, not monitor, fake news - Editors Weblog

Washington’s Moonie-Owned Newspaper Wants To Improve Its Reputation - Daily Caller

U.S. Press Freedom Tracker will keep tabs on the safety of journalists in America - Poynter

The State of South African Journalism - There's Good News and There's Bad News - All Africa

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Kodak to retain Prosper inkjet business

Kodak to retain Prosper inkjet business: The sale process for prosper was conducted over one year and was “robust,” according to David Bullwinkle, chief financial officer for Kodak.

Tuesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

If Macy's dies, so do the last hard copy newspapers

Real journalism isn't going away - Wichita Eagle

What do journalists need to stop doing to survive? - Poynter

The Boston Globe is trying to reinvent the metro newspaper - CJR

Even small newspapers can have a big impact - Albert Lea Tribune

Is American Retail at a Historic Tipping Point? - The New York Times

LePage calls newspapers ‘a dying, antiquated industry’ - Central Maine

Filmmakers hope to ride wave of newspaper nostalgia to fund documentary - CJR

Luther graduate Alberty on Pulitzer Prize winning reporting team - Decorah Journal

How three European media organisations are bringing news to refugees - Editors Weblog

Transcon Selling Its Local, Regional Newspapers in Quebec, Ontario - Printing Impressions

North Carolina paper debuts redesign

North Carolina paper debuts redesign: A new feature, dubbed cards, are boxes that direct readers to content inside.

Today in Labor History

April 18  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

West Virginia coal miners strike, defend selves against National Guard - 1912

After a four-week boycott led by Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., bus companies in New York City agree to hire 200 Black drivers and mechanics - 1941

Monday, April 17, 2017

GateHouse Media joins Support Real News campaign

GateHouse Media joins Support Real News campaign: The campaign, which launched in March, is designed to fight the increase of fake news and highlight the importance of real news produced by trusted news organizations and high-quality journalists.

Charlie Boebinger Rest in Peace

Charlie Boebinger pictured on the right

I was informed that Charlie Boebinger passed away at 9:49 A.M. Saturday April 15th, 2017.
No reason for his passing was shared, Charlie was seventy-seven years old. Charlie began working at the Los Angeles Times in 1969 and took one of the many buyouts in 1998.

Charlie was a real nice guy to work with and a pleasure to know

May he rest in peace.

Condolence cards can be mailed at the following address:

Jackie Boebinger and Family
6032 Ensign Ave.
North Hollywood, CA. 91606

Final Edition: Last press run in Memphis

The Commercial Appeal will continue to publish, but for the first time since Civil War, it won't be printed in Memphis. Brad Vest/The Commercial Appeal

Seven ink-stained working men came to 495 Union Avenue on Sunday evening to print one more edition of The Commercial Appeal. Monday's Volume 176, No. 107 will be the last edition of the Memphis daily newspaper printed in Memphis. Beginning with Tuesday's April 18 edition, The Commercial Appeal will be published 80 miles up the road in Jackson, Tenn.

Read the entire article here

h/t Ronnie Pineda

Berkshire Hathaway newspaper group cuts 289

Berkshire Hathaway newspaper group cuts 289: The cuts include 108 vacant positions, according to a memo from Terry Kroeger, CEO of BH Media, Berkshire Hathaway’s newspaper division. Some papers are also lowering the number of pages they publish.

Today in Labor History

April 17  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The Supreme Court holds that a maximum-hours law for New York bakery workers is unconstitutional under the due process clause of the 14th amendment - 1905

An explosion at a West Texas fertilizer plant kills 15 people and injures nearly 300 when 30 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate—stored in sheds without sprinkler systems—caught fire.  Of those killed, ten were emergency responders - 2013

Government numbers show shrinking newspaper industry

Government numbers show shrinking newspaper industry: Numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics illustrate a shrinking newspaper industry over the last 15 years.

Monday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Los Angeles as viewed from the top of City Hall

Festival of Books - Los Angeles Times

The Longevity of Newspapers - Uloop News

Is Freedom of the Press Under Siege? - Writers Bloc

Modern Luxury buys Michigan Avenue magazine publisher - Robert Feder

How Vice Media cut page-load time by 50 percent in six months - DigiDay

California Today: At Newspapers, Covering Pot Like Wine - New York Times

A Lesson in Moscow About Trump-Style ‘Alternative Truth’ - New York Times

B.C. newspaper jobs to be saved through deal with Postmedia, union says - The Star

In China, the art of media censorship is becoming more sophisticated - Journalism UK

A Downtown Loft Development Steeped in the Glory Days of Print Newspapers - Ad Week

Friday, April 14, 2017

French publisher upgrades with QIPC

French publisher upgrades with QIPC: The new system will be installed on a Goss Community and DGM press. The company, owned by the Groupe Sud Ouest, prints mainly small-circulation newspapers and works exclusively on the night shift.

Today in Labor History

April 14  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

More than 100 Mexican and Filipino farm workers are arrested for union activities, Imperial Valley, Calif. Eight were convicted of “criminal syndicalism” - 1930
John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath published - 1939
The United Steelworkers and the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers unions merge to form the largest industrial union in North America - 2005

Bills would keep legal notices requirement

Bills would keep legal notices requirement: The House and Senate bills are similar to recent legislation in Florida. Legal notices would run in a newspaper of general circulation, but would also be published on the paper’s website and on a North Carolina Press Association (NCPA) website with notices from all over the state.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Los Angeles Times Press Room producing thousands of newspapers per hour

Newspapers aren't dying. Supporters are - Benton Courier

Wells Fargo ignores black newspapers - Winston-Salem Chronicle

Was the United passenger’s ‘troubled past’ newsworthy? - Poynter

Facebook runs full page newspaper ads against fake news - TechCrunch

Weekly paper group Observer Newspapers NI ends publication - BBC News

The Times of London is wooing subscribers via a Brexit Facebook group - Digiday

Newspapers may be dying, but they're great for forecasting economy - MarketWatch

The World Newspaper Creates Monthly Print Obituary Compilation - Editor and Publisher

Warren Buffett’s newspapers deploy familiar playbook as fortunes dim - Columbia Journalism

Pulitzer-winning editor defends immigrants and tries to bring a community together - LA Times

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cox launches programmatic ad platform

Cox launches programmatic ad platform: COMET leverages artificial intelligence and anti-fraud technology alongside datasets from Cox Automotive, Cox Communications and Cox Media Group to provide buyers and sellers with tools geared towards increasing return on investment. The technology powers the transaction of media across advertising channels and in various formats, such as display, pre-roll video and OTT.

Today in Labor History

Int’l Hod Carriers & Building Laborers’ Union (today’s Laborers’ Int’l Union) is founded, as 25 delegates from 23 Local Unions in 17 cities—representing 8,186 Laborers—meet in Washington, D.C. - 1903
A 17-year-old Jimmy Hoffa leads his co-workers at a Kroger warehouse in Clinton, Indiana, in a successful job action: by refusing to unload a shipment of perishable strawberries, they forced the company to give in to their demands.  Among other things: the “strawberry boys” had to report to work at 4:30 a.m., stay on the job for 12 hours, and were paid 32¢ an hour—only if growers arrived with berries to unload.  Plus, they were required to spend three-fourths of any earnings buying goods from Kroger - 1930

Labor leader and Socialist Party founder Eugene V. Debs is imprisoned for opposing American entry into World War I.  While in jail he ran for president, received 1 million votes - 1919
(The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene V. Debs: Eugene V. Debs was a labor activist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who captured the heart and soul of the nation’s working people. He was brilliant, sincere, compassionate and scrupulously honest. A founder of one of the nation’s first industrial unions, the American Railway Union, he went on to help launch the Industrial Workers of the World—the Wobblies. A man of firm beliefs and dedication, he ran for President of the United States five times under the banner of the Socialist Party, in 1912 earning 6 percent of the popular vote.)

April 12

A group of "puddlers"—craftsmen who manipulated pig iron to create steel—met in a Pittsburgh bar and formed The Iron City Forge of the Sons of Vulcan. It was the strongest union in the U.S. in the 1870s, later merging with two other unions to form what was to be the forerunner of the United Steel Workers - 1858
Birth of Florence Reece, active in Harlan County, Ky., coal strikes and author of famed labor song “Which Side Are You On?” - 1900
The Union Label and Service Trades Department is founded by the American Federation of Labor. Its mission: promote the products and services of union members – 1909
Twenty “girl millworkers,” attempting to relieve striking pickets at the Garfield, New Jersey, mill of Forstmann and Huffmann, were beaten “when they did not move fast enough to suit” 30 special deputies who ordered them off the site, according to a news report - 1912

Chris Turner is born in Floyd, Va.  He went on to become a NASCAR driver and attempted, along with Fireball Roberts and Tim Flock, to organize the other drivers into a union in 1961 in the hope of better purses, a share in broadcasting rights and retirement benefits for the drivers. He was banned by NASCAR and was unsuccessful when he sued for reinstatement. The court said he was an individual contractor, not an employee of NASCAR or any track - 1924

The Toledo (Ohio) Auto-Lite strike begins today with 6,000 workers demanding union recognition and higher pay.  The strike is notable for a 5-day running battle in late May between the strikers and 1,300 members of the Ohio National Guard.  Known as the "Battle of Toledo," the clash left two strikers dead and more than 200 injured.  The 2-month strike, a win for the workers’ union, is regarded by many labor historians as one of the nation’s three most important strikes - 1934