Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Today in Labor History

January 30 - Union Communications Services, Inc.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt is born in Hyde Park, N.Y. He was elected president of the United States four times starting in 1932. His New Deal programs helped America survive the Great Depression. His legislative achievements included the creation of the National Labor Relations Act, which allows workers to organize unions, bargain collectively, and strike - 1882

Phil Tullis Rest in Peace

Bill Conover with Phil Tullis on the right

Long time Los Angeles Times machinist, Phil Tullis, passed away last Tuesday January 23rd, 2018. No further information available at this time.

Here’s the service information we received:

Saturday Feb 3, 2018, 1:00pm

Calvary Chapel
6355 Corto Del Abeto C100
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Monday, January 29, 2018

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

Chaos at the Los Angeles Times

Private sector newspapers down but not out - Frontier Myanmar

tronc (TRNC) Upgraded at BidaskClub - The Lincolnian Online

Top 'LA Times' Editor Pushed Out Amid Newsroom Unrest - NPR

Los Angeles Times to Name Jim Kirk as New Editor - Daily Beast

We're celebrating as one of the oldest family newspapers - Reading Eagle

Our View: Tariffs a threat to hometown newspapers - Olean Times Herald

'The Post" Shows How Newspapers Ruled in the Days of Molten Lead - Fortune

Documentary on ND journalists to air tonight on Prairie Public - Grand Forks Herald

Local owners bought this newspaper back from a cost-cutting chain - Nieman Journalism Lab

Chicago Journalist Jim Kirk to Be Named Editor of Los Angeles Times Amid Shake-Up - KTLA

Today in Labor History

January 29  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Responding to unrest among Irish laborers building the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, President Andrew Jackson orders first use of American troops to suppress a labor dispute - 1834
Six thousand railway workers strike for a union and the end of 18-hour day - 1889
Sit-down strike helps establish United Rubber Workers as a national union, Akron, Ohio - 1936
American Train Dispatchers Department granted a charter by the AFL-CIO - 1957
Dolly Parton hits number one on the record charts with "9 to 5," her anthem to the daily grind - 1981
Newly-elected President Barack Obama signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, making it easier for women and minorities to win pay discrimination suits – 2009

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Congratulations to new L.A. Times editor Jim Kirk

L.A. Times Guild - Los Angeles Times GuildThe Los Angeles Times Guild would like to congratulate Jim Kirk on being named the next editor in chief of the Los Angeles Times. We also look forward to working together in the future as one team — and we look forward to hearing his plans for the paper.

Breaking News: Sunday Night in the Blogosphere

LA Times to get new top editor on Monday - LAObserved

Chaos at newly unionized L.A. Times - San Diego Reader

Jim Kirk returning to LA Times as editor-in-chief - Robert Feder

Jim Kirk Named Editor in Chief of the Los Angeles Times - WWD

Tronc execs need to come clean about their plans for the LA Times - LAT Guild

Lewis D’Vorkin out at L.A. Times, more Tronc changes in the works - Ken Doctor

Troubled Los Angeles Times picking new editor amid unrest - The Business Times

Unionization and Sexual Harassment Accusations Rattle LA Times - Media File DC

Troubled Los Angeles Times Picking New Editor Amid Unrest - The New York Times

Jim Kirk to replace Lewis D'Vorkin as editor in chief of the Los Angeles Times - LA Times

40 years later, reporters remember how they bought a bar to expose corruption - Sun Times

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Today in Labor History

January 27  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

New York City maids organize to improve working conditions - 1734
Mine explosion in Mount Pleasant, Pa., leaves more than 100 dead - 1891
First meeting of the Int’l Labor Organization (ILO) - 1920
Kansas miners strike against compulsory arbitration - 1920
A 3¢ postage stamp is issued, honoring AFL founder Samuel Gompers - 1950

(There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America is the sympathetic, thoughtful and highly readable history of the American labor movement traces unionism from the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts in the 1820s to organized labor’s decline in the 1980s and struggle for survival and growth today.)
A group of Detroit African-American auto workers known as the Eldon Avenue Axle Plant Revolutionary Union Movement leads a wildcat strike against racism and bad working conditions.  They are critical of both automakers and the UAW, condemning the seniority system and grievance procedures as racist – 1969

Pete Seeger dies in New York at age 94. A musician and activist, he was a revered figure on the American left, persecuted during the McCarthy era for his support of  progressive, labor and civil rights causes. A prolific songwriter, he is generally credited with popularizing the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.” He actively participated in demonstrations until shortly before his death – 2014

Members of the Northwestern University football team announce they are seeking union recognition. A majority signed cards, later delivered to the National Labor Relations Board office in Chicago, asking for representation by the College Athletes Players Association - 2014

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

Turmoil at L.A. Times Has Newsroom In a Tailspin - Variety

Goodbye, Contributor Network. And thanks for nothing - Poynter

Newsonomics: Who and what is the new L.A. Times Network? - Ken Doctor

Top Daily News editors suspended amid sex misconduct claims - New York Post

tronc (NASDAQ:TRNC) Earns Buy Rating from Analysts at Sidoti - Dispatch Tribunal

Google Is Testing a New App That Would Let Anyone Publish a Local News Story - Slate

Ottawa may give financial aid to newspapers in next federal budget - West Lorne Chronicle

Tronc Is Building A Shadow Newsroom Full Of Scabs, L.A. Times Staffers Fear - Huffpost

Anything could happen: Amid newsroom clashes, LA Times becomes its own story - WaPo

Following Facebook's changes, publishers can use strategies to overcome loss of traffic - IJNET

Friday, January 26, 2018

Los Angeles Times retirees at the NHRA Winternationals

Join the retirees from the Los Angeles Times at the NHRA Winternationals on Friday February 9th, 2018 for a fun filled day of racing and remembering the good old days at the newspaper.

Frankie Cordola looks forward to seeing his former colleagues

Jeff Ellison, Tony Dominguez, and Frankie Cordola

I just spoke with Frankie Cordola and he sounds great as he's enjoying life at Lake Havasu with his aunt and uncle. Frank plans on attending our retirees breakfast next month.

Real-Life Rosie The Riveter Dies At Age 96

Today in Labor History

January 26  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

In what could be considered the first workers’ compensation agreement in America, pirate Henry Morgan pledges his underlings 600 pieces of eight or six slaves to compensate for a lost arm or leg. Also part of the pirate’s code, reports Roger Newell: shares of the booty were equal regardless of race or sex, and shipboard decisions were made collectively - 1695
Samuel Gompers, first AFL president, born in London, England. He emigrated to the U.S. as a youth - 1850
The Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America is chartered by the American Federation of Labor to organize "every wage earner from the man who takes the bullock at the house until it goes into the hands of the consumer." - 1897
Workers win a two-day sit-down strike at the Brooklyn electric plant that powers the city's entire subway system - 1937
A handful of American companies announce nearly 60,000 layoffs today, as the recession that began during the George W. Bush presidency charges full-tilt toward what became known as the Great Recession - 2009

Old newspapers at Yakima libraries

Old newspapers at Yakima libraries YAKIMA, WA - A historic contribution has been given to Yakima Valley Libraries: newspapers dating back to the 1900's showing what life used to be like.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

With so many student volunteers at Cal Poly Pomona my only task is delivering the food. 
Adding a second campus very soon.

So now HuffPost decides to pay writers - CJR

ESPN Exploring Sale of FiveThirtyEight - The Big Lead

City Magazines Fill the Newspaper Gap - Folio Magazine

Tech Is Starting to Lose Its War on Journalism - Bloomberg

The Register-Guard sold to GateHouse Media - Register-Guard

Negative newspaper nicknames nothing new - Lacrosse Tribune

Protect your magic: A survival guide for journalists of color - Poynter

Layoffs at these 11 Southern California newspapers have begun - Medium

How the Indy Star and Rachael Denhollander took down Larry Nassar - CNN

These publications have the most to lose from Facebook’s new algorithm changes - Recode

The staff of the Business section just sent the following letter to @latimes Editor in Chief Lewis D’Vorkin

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Today in Labor History

January 25

Sojourner Truth addresses first Black Women’s Rights convention - 1851
The Sheet Metal Workers Int'l Association (SMWIA) is founded in Toledo, Ohio, as the Tin, Sheet Iron and Cornice Workers’ Int’l Association - 1888
Two hundred miners are killed in a horrific explosion at the Harwick mine in Cheswick, Pa., Allegheny County. Many of the dead lie entombed in the sealed mine to this day - 1904
(The novel Sixteen Tons carries the reader down into the dark and dangerous coal mines of the early 1900s, as Italian immigrant Antonio Vacca and his sons encounter cave-ins and fires deep below the earth’s surface. Above ground, miners battle gun thugs and corrupt sheriffs at Virden, Matewan and Ludlow in an epic struggle to form a union and make the mines a safer place to work. Historian Kevin Corley’s depiction of miners’ lives is based on his own interviews with mining families.)
The Supreme Court upholds “Yellow Dog” employment contracts, which forbid membership in labor unions. Yellow Dog contracts remained legal until 1932 - 1915
Some 16,000 textile workers strike in Passaic, N.J. – 1926

The federal minimum wage rate rises to 75 cents an hour - 1950

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

LA Times 'prince of darkness' strikes - LAObserved

Newspaper praised for exposing abuse - South Bend Tribune

The Dangerous Media Paradox of the Digital Age - Vanity Fair

Pope says fake news is satanic, condemns use in politics - Reuters

LA journalism’s ‘Prince of Darkness’ - Columbia Journalism Review

Should newspapers return to their partisan roots? - North State Journal

Tronc, Axios Discussing Syndication Deal For Political Content - Forbes

The Sun makes landmark breakthrough in identifying print readers - The Drum

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette journalists are on a byline strike amid contract negotiations - Incline

Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media class and expansion of program - Poynter

UNO: Award-winning mobile media for millennials

UNO: Award-winning mobile media for millennials: Like many legacy news brands, Argentina’s Grupo América set out to identify new ways to capture a younger audience. With its spin-off product UNO, the group has given the 10-person team behind it the opportunity to continuously experiment with new formats and language to draw in millennials.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Today in Labor History

January 24  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Krueger’s Cream Ale, the first canned beer, goes on sale in Richmond, Va.  Pabst was the second brewer in the same year to sell beer in cans, which came with opening instructions and the suggestion: "cool before serving" - 1935

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Sowing Seeds for Life distributed food to the 
students and staff yesterday at Cal Poly Pomona

This Is Facebook's News Survey - Buzzfeed

In Defense Of Books And Newspapers - Chicago Now

Trump and the media are trying to destroy each other - Politico

What is the Future of Speculative Journalism? - New York Times

Tronc and Axios Are In Talks For a News Partnership - Wall Street Journal

tronc (NASDAQ:TRNC) Lifted to “Buy” at ValuEngine - The Ledger Gazette

A great newspaper war results in more Times, Post dueling exclusives - Poynter

Ex-staffers also allege Daily News editor sexually harassed them - New York Post

Slate Staffers Vote to Unionize in Defiance of Stiff Management Resistance - Splinter

Letter to the newsroom regarding Ross Levinsohn's "pyramid" plan - LA Times Guild

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Today in Labor History

January 23

Some 10,000 clothing workers strike in Rochester, N.Y., for the 8-hour day, a 10-percent wage increase, union recognition, and extra pay for overtime and holidays. Daily parades were held throughout the clothing district and there was at least one instance of mounted police charging the crowd of strikers and arresting 25 picketers. Six people were wounded over the course of the strike and one worker, 18-year-old Ida Breiman, was shot to death by a sweatshop contractor. The strike was called off in April after manufacturers agreed not to discriminate against workers for joining a union – 1913

In Allegany County, MD, workers with the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal era public works program employing unmarried men aged 18-25, are snowbound at Fifteen Mile Creek Camp S-53 when they receive a distress call about a woman in labor who needs to get to a hospital.  20 courageous CCC volunteers dig through miles of snow drifts until the woman is successfully able to be transported - 1936

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Our interview went well, should have Merly's green card within two weeks, 
which means she can leave the country and return

Deep layoffs began Monday at SoCal News Group - LAObserved

Internet use at home soars to more than 17 hours per week - USC News

Southern California is about to experience a journalism vacuum - Medium

New York 'Daily News' Exec Investigated After Harassment Complaint - NPR

Can newspapers make real changes under the constant threat of layoffs? - Poynter

Matea Gold named National Political Enterprise and Investigations Editor - WaPo

TV News Vet Ann Curry Says Newspapers Are Getting The Prime Scoops - BC Beat

Why ads keep redirecting you to scammy sites and what we’re doing about it - Vox Media

Colombian and Brazilian print newspapers most popular on Twitter in Latin America - KC

Rupert Murdoch says Facebook needs to pay publishers the way cable companies do - Recode

Monday, January 22, 2018

Los Angeles Times: Resting on journalism's charred laurels

Los Angeles Times: Resting on journalism's charred laurels

iNOVA Media Lab – research, project development and networking with media

iNOVA Media Lab – research, project development and networking with media: Joining the worlds of social sciences and emerging technologies, by applying their research to media industry practices.Read more ...

Today in Labor History

January 22  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Indian field hands at San Juan Capistrano mission refused to work, engaging in what was probably the first farm worker strike in California - 1826

Birth of Terence V. Powderly, leader of the Knights of Labor - 1849
The United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, Ohio, with the merger of the Knights of Labor Trade Assembly No. 135 and the National Progressive Miners Union - 1890
Five hundred New York City tenants battle police to prevent evictions - 1932

Year of reckoning looms for Canada’s newspapers

Year of reckoning looms for Canada’s newspapers: A critical year looms ahead for Canada’s beleaguered newspaper industry, writes guest poster Marc Edge, a Canadian professor of mass media and author....

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

We have an appointment with Homeland Security in San Bernardino at noon today, 
uncertain if we will have our interview for Merly's green card or not at this moment?

Guild vote isn't even the top LA Times story - LAObserved

Society has traded the printing press for a smart phone - iPolitics

Google suspends fact-checking feature over quality concerns - Poynter

Denver Post Launches New Paywall, Hopes For a Steadier Future - CJR

Production: How to Build and Motivate a Strong, Enthusiastic Team - EP

Today’s newspapers wouldn’t publish the Pentagon Papers - The Japan Times

Remember Newspapers? Here Are 17 Times They Failed Epically - Buzzfeed

Tronc INC. Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers - Market Exclusive

Sizzling Stock Touches New Recent High: tronc, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRNC) - Aiken Advocate

Why Even Digital Publishers Should 'Like' Facebook’s News Feed Change - The News Lens

Sunday, January 21, 2018

WAN-IFRA speaks copyright @ Internet Governance Forum

WAN-IFRA speaks copyright @ Internet Governance Forum: On 19 January we participated in a panel organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation on the importance of paying for content. In addition to myself, WAN-IFRA speaker was Daniel Bergamasco, Digital Editor at Veja, Brazil. Please find here below Daniel's full speech. Read more ...

Today in Labor History

January 21  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Some 750,000 steel workers walk out in 30 states, largest strike in U.S. history to that time - 1946
Postal workers begin four-day strike at the Jersey City, N.J., bulk and foreign mail center, protesting an involuntary shift change.  The wildcat was led by a group of young workers who identified themselves as “The Outlaws”- 1974
Six hundred police attack picketing longshoremen in Charleston, S.C. - 2000

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The New Indian Express presents packaged newspaper on New Year's Eve

The New Indian Express presents packaged newspaper on New Year's Eve: An innovative marketing idea in the form of a New Year's folder was a success for the South India-based daily newspaper, writes guest poster Vignesh Kumar, Senior Vice President (Marketing), Express Publications (Madurai) Ltd., India.  ... 

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

Los Angeles Times employees celebrate the results of a
ballot-counting hearing at NLRB to form a union.

How The LA Times Union Won - Huffpost

Los Angeles Times journalists vote 248-44 to unionize - LA Times

Layoffs Cut Photo Staff Down to 2 at Florida Times-Union - NPPA

Facebook Is Going To Let Users Rank News Credibility - BuzzFeed

Los Angeles Times newsroom votes for union - Los Angeles Times Guild

L.A. Times Publisher Ross Levinsohn to take unpaid leave of absence - LAT

Union Is Formed at Los Angeles Times and Publisher Put on Leave - New York Times

Will Comment Sections Fade Away, Or Be Revived By New Technologies? - Media Shift

Los Angeles Times newsroom votes to go union amid growing corporate tumult - Poynter

More Japanese read news online than in newspapers for first time, survey finds - Japan Times

Media cold to Facebook changes

Media cold to Facebook changes: “Facebook's News Feed changes have publishers on edge,” read a CBS News headline. “The end is nigh,” read a story at digiday.com.

Today in Labor History

January 20  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Chicago Crib Disaster—A fire breaks out during construction of a water tunnel for the city of Chicago, burning the wooden dormitory housing the tunnel workers.  While 46 survive the fire by jumping into the frigid lake and climbing onto ice floes, approximately 60 men die, 29 burned beyond recognition and the others drowned - 1909

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) founded – 1920

Hardworking Mickey Mantle signs a new contract with the New York Yankees making him the highest paid player in baseball:  $75,000 for the entire 1961 season - 1961
Bruce Springsteen's "My Hometown," a eulogy for dying industrial cities, is the country’s most listened-to song. The lyrics, in part: "Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores / Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more / They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks / Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back to your hometown / Your hometown / Your hometown / Your hometown..." - 1986

Friday, January 19, 2018

Harrisburg-area Sentinel paper to move

Harrisburg-area Sentinel paper to move: The paper, owned and operated by Lee Enterprises, will relocate to the new place in April at the earlier, according to Sentinel interim Publisher Kim Kamowski.

Ross Levinsohn takes voluntarily leave of absence

Dear Los Angeles Times colleagues,
As of this morning, Ross Levinsohn has voluntarily agreed to take an unpaid leave of absence, effective immediately. The company has retained Sidley Austin LLP to conduct a review of the allegations regarding his behavior. I want to reemphasize to you all that the Company takes any allegations of inappropriate behavior by its employees very seriously. It is critical that in any such circumstances we conduct a thorough review so that we have a full understanding of what happened. We will not hesitate to take further action, if appropriate, once the review is complete. In the meantime, Mickie Rosen will lead the Los Angeles Times and Lewis D’Vorkin will continue to lead the newsroom, reporting to Mickie. We understand this is a difficult and challenging issue. Thank you for your patience while we allow the review to run its course.
Justin Dearborn

Former Florida news executive Bob Christie dies

Former Florida news executive Bob Christie dies: Christie was born in Niagara Falls, New York, and graduated from LaSalle Senior High School. He worked at the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester New York before moving to Delray Beach, Florida, in 1983. He worked for the Sun-Sentinel for 31 years, where he retired as vice president and director of operations in 2014. He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and a proud Florida Gator dad. After being diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012, he became a strong supporter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He is survived by his wife of 41 years Margaret Christie; daughter Jennifer (Kevin) Perkins; daughter Meg Christie; sister Carol (Al) Clifton; and 3 grandchildren.

Congratulations from the Los Angeles Times Press-room

Dear Los Angeles Times Guild,
Well done on a successful union election campaign. It was great to hear of your overwhelming success this morning. It is good to see someone who gives so much getting their just reward. 

The Los Angeles Times Press-room offer you our wholehearted support in your future work, and we hope for your personal future success.
Cesar Calderon
Union President GCC/IBT 140N

Most daily newspaper deals since 2000

Most daily newspaper deals since 2000: In total, 80 daily newspapers changed hands in 2017 in 31 transactions worth $347.97 million.

Los Angeles Times Guild Union Election Results

“The final vote count for the @latguild: 248 in favor, 44 against. A landslide victory, and a historic day for the Los Angeles Times newsroom. 🦅✊”

Wilson’s “Kidnapped by Columbus” set for publication

Wilson’s “Kidnapped by Columbus” set for publication: The historical fiction novel “Kidnapped by Columbus” will be published by Floricanto Press later this winter. Here’s a description:

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Honey, I Shrunk 'The Guardian'! - AL DIA News

Newspapers face damaging paper tariff - Meadville Tribune

Writing for a newspaper taught me to be fearless - Aarushi Agni

Teenagers are our best hope in fighting fake news - Boston Globe

Tale of 2 polls: What do librarians have that journalists don’t? - Poynter

NPR’s Ross Levinsohn scoop delivers a double blow to Tronc - Ken Doctor

Newsday Eyes Move, Outsourcing Drivers and Printing - Long Island Press

Documentary Illustrates Importance of Community Newspapers - News Wise

John Carroll, Editor Who Reinvigorated The Los Angeles Times, Is Dead at 73 - NYT

Axios CEO Jim VandeHei says its high-priced subs will come by year’s end - DigiDay

Top LA Times editors, newsroom guild call for 'frat boy' publisher to go - LAObserved

QIPC has new partner in Iran

QIPC has new partner in Iran: Its owner, Babak Soukhakian, is to represent QIPC and EAE in the Iranian market.

Today in Labor History

January 19  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Twenty strikers at the American Agricultural Chemical Co. in Roosevelt, N.J., were shot, two fatally, by factory guards. They and other strikers had stopped an incoming train in search of scabs when the guards opened fire - 1915
Some 3,000 members of the Filipino Federation of Labor strike the plantations of Oahu, Hawaii. Their ranks swell to 8,300 as they are joined by members of the Japanese Federation of Labor - 1920
Yuba City, Calif., labor contractor Juan V. Corona found guilty of murdering 25 itinerant farm workers he employed during 1970 and 1971 - 1973
Bruce Springsteen makes an unannounced appearance at a benefit for laid-off 3M workers, Asbury Park, N.J. - 1986

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sun Chemical to raise prices

Sun Chemical to raise prices: The company attributes the increase to recent price hikes in a variety of raw materials including carbon black, oil, and pigments.

Justin Dearborn writes that Tronc is investigating NPR's Ross Levinsohn's claims

The management of tronc is fully committed to fostering a professional work environment where employees are respected, valued and appreciated. We expect all employees to act in a way that supports a culture of diversity and inclusion.
This week, the company learned of allegations of inappropriate behavior by Ross Levinsohn. I want to assure you that the management at tronc is taking the allegations seriously. Tronc is committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion, and we will take appropriate action to address any behavior that is inconsistent with this culture.
We are conducting an independent review into these matters. Once that review is complete, we will take swift and appropriate action to address any behavior that falls short of our expectations.
Ultimately, we all perform our best – individually and collectively – when everyone feels safe and respected. Tronc is committed to building an accountable and transparent workplace, where we can continue to serve our communities and produce exceptional journalism.
Thank you for your support and cooperation.
Justin Dearborn

Hearst cutting 145 after Rodale acquisition

Hearst cutting 145 after Rodale acquisition: Hearst notified the Pennsylvania Department of Labor of the cuts in a letter, as required by the federal law. The first jobs will end on March 10, except for one unidentified person who left Tuesday, according to the letter.

Editors at LA Times saying Levinsohn's alleged behavior "unacceptable"

Update: NPR obtained statement from 12 senior editors at LA Times saying Levinsohn's alleged behavior "unacceptable" - can't stay if true
table" - can't stay if true