Thursday, June 13, 2019

Louie Aguilar Rest in Peace

Louie Aguilar (L) with Frank Diaz

From Emmett Jaime III

I received a call last night from Louis's daughter Cindy informing me that Louis passed away yesterday in the hospital of conjestive heart failure.He was living at a facility for senior living in Chino at the time.
Louis started working at the LA Times on 2/57 and took a buy out on 12/31/95, 38 years of service at the Times. He enjoyed going to our Retirees Breakfast and really looked forward to them, he will be missed.
Rest in peace, Louie will be missed. As I get information about the services I shall pass them along. I do not have an address as to where to send a sympathy card at this time, I will get one.

Emmett Jaime III

News Media Alliance applauds journalism protection bills

The News Media Alliance is praising a recent effort on Capitol Hill.
Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced the “Journalism Competition and Preservation Act” in the U.S. Senate. The bill, similar to H.R. 2054, introduced in the House last month by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), would provide a limited safe harbor — a four-year antitrust exemption — for news publishers to collectively negotiate with Facebook and Google for better business arrangements. 
hearing before the U.S. House Judiciary’s subcommittee on antitrust is set to address the matter. The hearing is scheduled for June 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Testimony will be available to see at
The News Media Alliance has been vocal over the last year in advocating for such legislation, which it believes is needed to address the imbalance in the news publisher-platform relationship, according to a release from the News Media Alliance.
The News Media Alliance recently published findings from a new study that says the platform received an estimated $4.7 billion in revenue in 2018 from crawling and scraping news publishers’ content, without paying the publishers for that use.

Production Coordinator Wanted Los Angeles Times

o                                                        Los Angeles, CA (Downtown) - Olympic Printing Plant
·        Join the hundreds of innovators, advocates and team members who are making an impact every day at one of the most iconic media brands in the nation. Whether you love to tell compelling stories or want to drive our award-winning powerhouse in new directions, the Los Angeles Times team is the place to be.

Job Description Summary

Production Coordinator position supports manufacturing productivity reporting, ordering and inventory of key supplies, parts ordering and on-base coding and assisting in period end accruals and reporting of financial results, This position will work closely with all department managers; and provide support and report to the Executive Director of Operations.


  •                                                          Managing Ink to include:
  •                                                                          Ink ordering
  •                                                                          Ink inventory
  •                                                                          Reconciliation of ink invoices
  •                                                                          Tracking daily use by color
  •                                                                          Point of contact for ink vendor

  •                                                          Managing newsprint to include:
  •                                                                          Newsprint ordering
  •                                                                          Newsprint waste accounting
  •                                                                          Newsprint Inventory
  •                                                                          Reconcile commercial client paper to usage

         Orders outside commercial paper and perform bi-annual inventory
Point of contact for paper providers
Oversees plate recycling
Maintain and track production stats to include rolls per break, total copies printed, net copies printed, press run speeds, web breaks, # rolls consumed.
Places orders, codes invoices, tracks payments, submit invoices, ensures accurals made as needed for Maintenance Department.
Liaison to finance assisting with period close to include ensuring all accruals adjustments are recorded.
To perform other tasks as directed by the Executive Director of operations.
Thank you for your interest in joining our team at the Los Angeles Times!  We look forward to reviewing your application.

WAN-IFRA, Google News Initiative partner on Table Stakes Europe

WAN-IFRA is inviting local news publishers in Europe to participate in The Table Stakes Europe program.
The program for local and regional newspaper enterprises was created through a collaboration of WAN-IFRA and Table Stakes architect Doug Smith in partnership with the Google News Initiative.
The vision is to build in Europe on the model of Table Stakes plus performance-driven change methodologies and programs that have helped dozens of local news groups in the U.S. “transform themselves to dramatically improve their audience and digital capabilities and results,” according to the Google News Initiative.
Beginning in 2015, Douglas Smith co-founded and led an effort to help U.S. local news enterprises find audience-first high-quality journalistic pathways toward sustainability built on digital transformation. These efforts are popularly known as “table stakes.”
The objectives of the program, according to Google, are to help the selected participants transform their enterprises by closing shortfalls against the seven core table stakes, increasing consumer-based revenue, and building audience-first and digital capabilities.
The program will begin in October 2019 and run for 10 to 12 months.
The deadline for application is Sept. 1, 2019.

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

Adams Publishing buys Bliss papers; Big Radio acquires stations

Adams Publishing Group is purchasing Bliss Communications’  two dailies, The Gazette in Janesville and The EagleHerald in Marinette (Wisconsin), along with weeklies The Janesville Messenger, The Wisconsin/Illinois Stateline News and Walworth County Sunday, The Gazette reported.
The final transaction is expected to take place in mid-June. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are very excited to have the Bliss newspapers join the Adams family of newspapers," said Mark Adams, Adams Publishing Group CEO. "The communities served by Bliss are exactly the type of cities and counties that we look for as we continue to expand our company, and each of these markets fits well with other publishing properties we own in the great state of Wisconsin.”
Adams Publishing Group has 30 daily papers, more than 100 non-dailies and other entities in 20 states.
Bliss is selling its radio stations, WCLO and WJVL, to Ben Thompson, CEO of Big Radio, The Gazette reported. Thompson is part of a father/son team running eight radio stations from Janesville, Wisconsin.

Today in Labor History June 13th

A riot erupted at the Miner’s Union Day parade in Butte, Montana. Acting Mayor Frank Curran was pushed out of a second-story window. Frustration and mistrust had been growing for decades. In 1914, miners were being paid $3.50 a day, the same as in 1878, despite the fact that the price of copper had more than doubled in that same time period. – 1914
A riot erupted at the Miner’s Union Day parade in Butte, Montana. Acting Mayor Frank Curran was pushed out of a second-story window and Tony Mazzocchi was born in Brooklyn.CLICK TO TWEET
Tony Mazzocchi was born in Brooklyn, NewYork. An activist and officer in the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union, he was a mentor to Karen Silkwood, a founder of the Labor Party and a prime mover behind the 1970 passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. – 1926

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

McClatchy drops Saturday print at two papers

McClatchy is putting two additional papers onto its “Digital Saturdays” plan, which drops the Saturday print edition and results in digital-only journalism on that day, Poynter reported
The Durham Herald Sun (North Carolina) and the Bellingham Herald (Washington) cease Saturdays print editions starting the first week of July. They join the Myrtle Beach Sun News (South Carolina), which stopped its Saturday print in April.
“You’re going to get all the same content that you got before,” said Sara Glines, McClatchy’s Carolinas & East regions president and publisher. “You’re just going to get it in a different way.”
Extra comics and puzzles will show up in the Friday and Sunday print papers. The Saturday e-edition will include more international, national, sports and entertainment material than the Saturday print edition had, according to McClatchy, Poynter reported.

Russian newspapers run front pages in support for detained journalist Ivan Golunov

In an unprecedented show of solidarity, three leading Russian newspapers have published nearly identical front pages to protest the detention of an investigative journalist charged with drug offences. The front pages of the respected business newspapers Kommersant, Vedomosti and RBK all read ‘I am/We are Ivan Golunov’ and call for a probe into the detention and arrest of the journalist.

Engle Printing gets second DCOS press automation upgrade

Engle Printing Company, a family-owned printing company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has ordered a second CRC4 closed loop density/register control system from DCOS Automation – Sweden AB.
The CRC4 system will be installed on a second Tensor T400BE press with a configuration of four towers and one folder replacing the existing WPC register system. For ink density control, DCOS will integrate the CRC4 camera system with the existing Perretta remote inkers.
The second press order came a month after completion of the initial installation.
DCOS has also been contracted to replace the drives on an existing chill roll assembly on Engle’s Tensor T460 press with IR dryers.
The installation is expected to be completed by the end of June.

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Boards approve plan to consolidate SNPA, Inland

Directors of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and the Inland Press Association have unanimously approved a plan to consolidate the two associations, effective Oct. 1.
Details of the plan approved by the two boards were set to be sent to members of both associations on June 7 for their consideration and vote. The result of the member balloting is expected to be announced on June 28.
“The consolidated association is crafted to be the champion of the newspaper industry and a proactive voice that promotes the value and contributions of newspapers to the communities that they serve,” according to a news release from the Atlanta-based Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. 
Doug Phares, this year’s president of Inland, which is based in Des Plaines, Illinois, said that the boards of both associations saw a need for an industry association that “provides voice, focus and function equal to the challenges of our new reality.”
In anticipation of approval by the membership, the merger planning group has engaged an attorney to prepare legal documents and filings, a marketing/branding firm to work on naming and messaging, and a company to conduct a national search for a CEO to lead the new association.

Today in Labor History June 12th

Fifty thousand members of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen employed in meatpacking plants walked off their jobs; their demands included equalization of wages and conditions throughout US plants. – 1904
Massachusetts became the first state to adopt a minimum wage law. Other states passed similar laws later that year. – 1912
The US Supreme Court invalidated two sections of a Florida law: one required state licensing of paid union business agents, the other required registration with the state of all unions and their officers. – 1945
Fifty thousand Meat Cutters and Butchers walk off the job,  the first minimum wage passed, Major League Baseball goes on strike, Farmworker leader Philip Vera Cruz dies, and it's the World Day Against Child Labour.CLICK TO TWEET
A Major League Baseball strike began, forcing the cancellation of 713 games. Most observers blamed team owners for the strike; they were trying to recover from a court decision favoring the players in free agency. – 1981
Farmworker, labor leader, and Asian American civil rights activist Philip Vera Cruz died Vera Cruz was one of the founders of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, composed mainly of Filipino workers. Their strike in 1965 against Delano, California grape growers was joined by the mostly Latino union, the National Farm Workers Association. The two groups went on to merge to become the United Farm Workers. Vera Cruz remained an activist for social justice throughout his life. – 1994
This day marks the World Day Against Child Labour, an annual observance established in 2002 by the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO) to raise awareness about and activism around the issue of child labor, defined as “work performed by children who are under the minimum age legally specified for that kind of work, or work which, because of its detrimental nature or conditions, is considered unacceptable for children and is prohibited.” – 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Tuesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Franklin sells publishing business to Johnson family

Tim Franklin’s group of northern Minnesota print and digital news publications are now part of neighboring Northstar Media, a company owned by Gene and Carter Johnson
Titles sold include The Pine County Courier in Sandstone, Askov American, Hinckley News, Star Gazette in Moose Lake, the Evergreen shopper, Minnesota Flyer aviation magazine as well as related web and mobile sites, events and niche products. 
Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
“I am blessed to find another family owner to continue to provide news and advertising to our longtime readers,” said Tim Franklin.
Franklin will be staying on for a few months to help with the transition. “We’re planning to recruit a group publisher as we join Tim’s operations with our Northstar Media and Kanabec Publications divisions,” said CEO Matt McMillan. “In the meantime, we’re pleased Tim’s agreed to stay on this summer.”
Northstar Media and Kanabec Publications include the Isanti-Chisago County Star, Pine City Pioneer, Kanabec County Times as well as a printing facility in Cambridge
The Johnsons also own a suburban group based out of White Bear Lake (Minnesota), a group of Wisconsin publications and ownership in Publishers Printing, a central plant in Amery (Wisconsin).

Today in Labor History June 11th

Representatives from the AFL, Knights of Labor, populists, railroad brotherhoods and other trade unions held a unity conference in St. Louis but failed to overcome their differences. – 1894
Cops shot black and white IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) members and AFL maritime workers who were striking against United Fruit company in New Orleans, killing one and wounding two. – 1913
The first 40-hour work week, Jonh L. Lewis dies, wildcat strike at Chrysler Truck Facility and more..CLICK TO TWEET
The first 40-hour work week in the U.S. was won by New York fur workers. – 1926
Labor leader John L. Lewis died on this date.  Born in Cleveland, Iowa in 1880 to Welsh immigrant parents, Lewis went to work as a miner when he was a teenager.  He worked as a mine workers’ organizer for the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and went on to serve the president of the United Mine Workers of America for 40 years.  A firm believer in industrial unionism, Lewis formed the predecessor organization to what would become the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). – 1969
A labor dispute at the Chrysler Truck Facility erupted into a spontaneous wildcat strike lasting from June 11 through June 14. Two Dodge Truck strikers wrote, “[we wanted] to free ourselves from the tyranny of the workplace; stop being forced to sell our labor to others; stop others from having control over our lives.” – 1974

Sun Newspapers working with [BN]Tech

[BN]Tech, a provider of paywall and data analytics tech, has been selected by Adams Publishing Group to help the company grow digital subscriptions with its paywall technology. Four publications owned by Sun Newspapers, a division of Adams Publishing, have deployed [BN]Tech Paywall and Single Sign-on service on the APG websites throughout southwestern and central Florida. The solution went live last month.
In addition to implementing the [BN]Tech paywall on its sites, Adams adopted [BN]Tech’s proprietary Single Sign-on Solution to connect DSI, Town News, and Tecnavia logins seamlessly.
[BN]Tech is a division of The Buffalo News. It was formed in 2015 with the goal of building an improved paywall system for The Buffalo News in order to gain more digital subscribers. After success with The Buffalo News, [BN]Tech made the decision to offer this technology to other publishers, according to a news release from The Buffalo News. [BN]Tech now offers a paywall, a Single Sign-on Solution, a customized Reporting System and as other features.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Monday Night in the Blogosphere

Every time I drive by California Community News 
it appears to be abandoned? 

Newspapers’ Embarrassing Lobbying Campaign - Politico

Five steps to success at Canada's Brunswick News - Editors Weblog

What would you do with an extra fifty-six million dollars - Chicago Now

Google made $4.7bn from news sites in 2018, study claims - The Guardian

Russian newspapers show rare solidarity with detained, beaten journalist - CBS News

As China blocks U.S. media, Trump denounces the same companies on Twitter - WaPo

Bleacher Report is on Track to Grow 50 Percent This Year, Hit $200M in Revenue -Digiday

A Look Inside Earnings and Quant Signals For Tribune Publishing Company - Tyndall Times

When is the Right Time to Repair, Replace and Refurbish Printing Equipment? - Editor and Publisher

Boston Globe expands Rhode Island coverage

The Boston Globe is expanding its Rhode Island coverage, the paper says.
Three Providence journalists are now officially a remote part of the Globe’s newsroom, Nieman Lab reports.
“We saw opportunity in Rhode Island where quite honestly great newspapers like the Providence Journal were seeing significant cuts and that market is particularly engaged in news. We saw the opportunity to create a digital regional enterprise by heading down there and hiring local reporters,” Globe editor Brian McGrory said, according to Nieman Lab.
“The intention of the Globe, and definitely my intention, is to tell more of the (Rhode Island) stories and tell different stories. It’s not to hurt the Journal,” said Amanda Milkovits, according to Nieman Lab. She is one of the journalists tasked with covering Rhode Island for The Globe. Milkovits was with the Providence Journal for nearly 20 years, according to Nieman Lab.

Today in Labor History June 10th

Signing the Equal Pay Act

Unions were legalized in Canada. – 1872
A massive strike by miners occurred in Coeur d’Alenes, Idaho. In order to prevent scabs from working the mines while they were on strike, workers destroyed and seized mines. The strike was broken after the state declared martial law. – 1892
Miners strike at Coeur d'Alenes, ID, City leaders attack strikers with tear gas and clubs after the Republic Steel company pays for weapons, the Equal Pay Act was signed and more.CLICK TO TWEET
In an effort to break the picket line by striking steelworkers at Newton Steel, a subsidiary of Republic Steel in Monroe, Michigan, a vigilante mob deputized by city leaders attack with tear gas and clubs. Workers and union supporters were gassed, chased and beaten and eight people were injured and hospitalized. An inquiry later revealed that Republic Steel had paid the city for the purchase of the weapons. – 1937
The United States Supreme Court ruled on Anderson et al. v. Mt. Clemens Pottery Company, also known as the “portal-to-portal” case, finding that preliminary work activities, where controlled by the employer and performed entirely for the employer’s benefit, are considered working time under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  In 1947, Congress enacted the Portal-to-Portal Act to amend the FLSA in light of the court’s ruling. – 1946
The Equal Pay Act was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy. The law prohibits employers from paying men and women different wages for the same job. – 1963