Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

How big is the Chinese misinformation machine? - Poynter

Too Many People Think Satirical News is Real - The Conversation

First look at luxury condos inside Chicago’s iconic Tribune Tower - WGN

So Youngstown will have a daily named The Vindicator after all - Nieman Lab

Jury awards former Times sports columnist $15.4 million - Los Angeles Times

Artificial Intelligence journalism will cut into print media consumption - Gulf Today

Twitter shuts Chinese accounts targeting Hong Kong protests - Tacoma News Tribune

The Athletic now has more than a half-million readers, but can it turn a profit? - Bloomberg

Columnist Owen Jones said he believes he was targeted in an unprovoked night attack - Guardian

After Retrial, T.J. Simers Wins $15.45 Million Judgment Against The Los Angeles Times - Deadspin

APTech launches forum, continues IPMA partnership

The Association for PRINT Technologies has launched the APTech Connect Community Forum, a free online resource designed to foster engagement, collaboration and information-sharing across the print industry’s value chain, according to the association.
The APTech Community Forum’s goal is to create a virtual community replete with useful, user-generated content, according to the association. The forum has the capacity to allow committees and working groups to create specific spaces to share information, including meeting minutes, privately and in real-time.
Large portions of the forum will be open to the entire print community and are available to APTech members and non-members.
APTech also recently announced the continuation of its partnership with the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA). IPMA is the only professional organization dedicated exclusively to the needs of all in-house corporate publishing, printing and distribution professionals, APTech says. Dedicated conference and learning sessions for IPMA members are being planned for APTech’s PRINT 19 event in Chicago (McCormick Place North, Oct. 3–5).
Meanwhile, APTech and Print Media Centr are joining forces to curate the TechTalks at PRINT 19. These panel discussions are a coming-together of The Printerverse, the long-running sessions at PRINT and Graph Expo, and APTech’s future direction for bringing the print community together, according to APTech.
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Today in Labor History August 20th

Great Fire of 1910

The short-lived National Labor Union (U.S.) was formed on this date and called for the 8-hour workday. The union, led by William H. Sylvis, was the first American labor union to unite skilled and unskilled workers (preceding the Industrial Workers of the World by nearly 40 years). At its height, the union had 640,000 members. – 1866
The short-lived Nation Labor Union was formed, sentences for the Haymarket defendants, Woodworkers end a 14-week strike in Oshkosh, the Great Fire of 1910 burns 3 million acres and kills 87 and more.CLICK TO TWEET
Sentences were handed down on this date against the Haymarket defendants. All were found guilty despite the obvious innocence of most of them. None were even present at the scene of the bombing at Haymarket Square, Chicago, where activists had been organizing for the 8-hour day. Seven of the eight defendants (George Engel, Samuel Fielden, Adolph Fischer, Louis Lingg, Albert Parsons, Michael Schwab and August Spies) were condemned to death. Oscar Neebe was sent to prison for 15 years. The hangings occurred on November 11, 1887. – 1886
Fourteen weeks after beginning a walkout, the Amalgamated Woodworkers Union of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, ended its strike. – 1898
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) was engaged in a free-speech fight in Fresno, California. – 1909
The Great Fire of 1910,  (also commonly referred to as the Big Blowup, the Big Burn or the Devil’s Broom fire) was a wildfire that consumed about 3 million acres in Washington, Idaho and Montana—an area about the size of Connecticut. The firestorm burned over two days and killed 87 people, mostly firefighters. It is believed to be the largest, although not the deadliest, fire in U.S. history.  – 1910
An office for the Parrot Mine in Butte, Montana was dynamited on this date. In March 1912, Amalgamated Copper fired 500 miners, accusing them of being Socialists. In December they imposed a blacklist to exclude workers with affiliations to leftist and labor organizations. Pinkerton and Thiel detective agencies infiltrated the union to mark agitators and provoke violence in order to weaken the union. – 1914
Deranged relief postal service carrier Patrick “Crazy Pat” Henry Sherrill shoots and kills 14 co-workers, and wounds another six, before killing himself at an Edmond, Oklahoma, postal facility.  Supervisors had ignored warning signs of Sherrill’s instability, investigators later found; the shootings came a day after he had been reprimanded for poor work.  The incident inspired the objectionable term “going postal”. – 1986

Koenig & Bauer establishes endowed chair

Koenig & Bauer has set up a five-year endowed chair at Germany’s Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences. Helene Dorksen has been appointed as chair. The goal of the endowed chair is to promote development and research in the field of document authentication and classification. 
The chair and its laboratory are to be hosted by the Mathematics and Authentication section in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. This interdisciplinary field embracing mathematics, algorithmics, biophotonics and chemical analysis is a highly future-oriented field of research.
The field focuses on the analysis of documents of all types, including security documents and banknotes, or similarly critical packaging, especially in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as on the analysis of other physical objects that require authentication at points along the value chain. Studies of the implementation technologies, such as embedded and mobile systems, and their usability are also supported.
“The endowed chair was a logical next step and appropriate recognition for the academic achievements of our university partner,” said Claus Bolza-Schunemann, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer.
The Koenig & Bauer location in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region is the company’s center for image processing technology.
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Los Angeles Times Retirees Breakfast

Hello again, its time again for a get together and say goodbye to summer. Please make your plans to attend the LA Times Retirees Breakfast while Marie Callenders is still open, who knows for how long, they assured me they expect to be open next month. The price is $14.00 plus a tip.

Make plans to attend and talk to your old pals, bring somebody new, here's the info;

Where; Marie Callenders
              3117 E. Garvey North Ave. West Covina 626-339-5491
When; September 16th  @ 9:00am

Emmett Jaime

Today in Labor History August 19th

The first edition of the IWW Little Red Songbook was published. Since the founding of the Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the IWW, songs have played a big part in spreading the message of the One Big Union (an idea in the late 19th and early 20th centuries among trade unionists to unite the interests of workers and offer solutions to all labor problems). – 1909
The IWW Little Red Songbook was published, Strikebreakers attacked and beat IWW strikers in Everett, Wa, streetcar workers strike (and loose) in San Francisco, The Communist Control Act was passed and more.CLICK TO TWEET
Strikebreakers attacked and beat picketing IWW strikers in Everett, Washington. The police refused to intervene, claiming it was federal jurisdiction. However, when the strikers retaliated, they arrested the strikers. Vigilante attacks on IWW picketers and speakers escalated and continued for months, culminating in the Everett massacre on November 5, when union men were fired upon, with seven dying and 50 being wounded. – 1916
Some 2,000 United Railroads streetcar service workers and supporters paraded down San Francisco’s Market Street in support of pay demands and against the company’s anti-union policies. The strike failed in late November in the face of more than 1,000 strikebreakers, some of them imported from Chicago. – 1917
Members of the Newspaper Guild struck the Hearst-owned “Seattle Post-Intelligencer,” shutting it down for nearly four months. – 1936
The Maritime Trades Department of the AFL-CIO was founded, to give “workers employed in the maritime industry and its allied trades a voice in shaping national policy”. – 1946
The Communist Control Act was passed in the U.S., outlawing the Communist Party and criminalized membership in, or support for the Party or “Communist-action” organizations. The Act defined evidence to be considered by a jury in determining participation in the activities, planning, actions, objectives, or purposes of such organizations. – 1954
Phelps-Dodge copper miners in Morenci and Clifton, Arizona, were confronted by tanks, helicopters, 426 state troopers and 325 National Guardsmen brought in to walk strikebreakers through picket lines in what was to become a failed 3-year fight by the Steelworkers and other unions. – 1983
The United Parcel Service agreed to a contract with the Teamsters after a 16-day strike. This was labor’s first successful nationwide strike in two decades. – 1997
Some 4,400 mechanics, cleaners, and custodians, members of AMFA (Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association) at Northwest Airlines, struck the carrier over job security, pay cuts and work rule changes. The 14-month strike failed, with most union jobs lost to replacements and outside contractors. – 2005

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Today in Labor History August 18th

Radio station WEVD, named for Eugene V. Debs, went on the air in New York City.  It was a talk radio station launched by the Socialist Party of America. Making use of the initials of recently deceased party leader Eugene Victor Debs in its call sign, the station operated from Woodhaven in the New York City borough of Queens. The station was purchased with a $250,000 radio fund raised by the Socialist Party in its largest fundraising effort of the 1920s and was intended to spread progressive ideas to a mass audience. A number of national trade unions and other institutions aided the Socialist Party in obtaining the station. Operation of the station was taken over by the publishing association responsible for producing the Yiddish-language social democratic daily newspaper The Jewish Daily Forward in 1932 and continued broadcasting until 1980. – 1927
Radio station WEVD, named for Eugene V. Debs, went on the air in NYC, and the American Federation of Government Employees was founded. CLICK TO TWEET
This day marked the founding of the American Federation of Government Employees, following a decision by the National Federation of Federal Employees (later to become part of the International Association of Machinists) to leave the AFL. – 1932

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Globe and Mail creates its own paywall strategy model for retention

When it comes to paywall strategy, The Globe and Mail built its own model. Sonali Verma, deputy head of audience, said this helps the company figure out what to put behind the paywall and what not to. 

“The machine basically looks at articles that nobody reads — in other words, where we’re not giving up a lot of ad revenue — and then says, hmm, based on what this article is about, should we paywall it or shouldn’t we?” Verma explained during the most recent INMA World Congress of News Media. 

Some factors that go into this decision include if the topic is one they know subscribers care about or one that might spark new subscriptions. 

“So we might be able to really score high on retention with this,” she said.

Chicago Sun-Times goes with Chatterbox Cloud Self-Service

The Chicago Sun-Times has opted to use Chatterbox Cloud Self-Service from Innovative Systems Design, the company says.
Chatterbox Cloud has been working since April to provide the Chicago Sun-Times with significantly increased call containment (56 percent) versus their previous solution (46 percent), according to Innovative Systems Design.
In addition to Chatterbox Cloud Self-Service, Chicago Sun-Times uses the Chatterbox Outbound Notification (OBN) Cloud Module for automated customer service calls. Chatterbox OBN makes automated, outbound calls, emails or text messages for applications such as new start verification, re-delivery verification, credit card expiry and other outbound notifications. 
Chicago Sun-Times is also leveraging Chatterbox’s native VoIP SIP technology platform to send internet calls when it’s necessary to transfer subscribers to a customer service agent.  
Innovative Systems Design has data centers in Virginia, California, New York and Ontario, Canada.

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

Newspaper seeks info on stolen racks - The Robesonian

Myanmar’s Other Reporters - Columbia Journalism Review

A leap of faith for the newspaper industry? - The Seattle Times

A death in the Atlantic, a media empire that once had $4 billion in debt - MRT

Fighting for Future Journalists: 10 College Newspapers We Love - Media Blog

Globe and Mail Creates Its Own Paywall Strategy Model for Retention - INMA

Tribune Chronicle reach deal for Mahoning County readers - Youngstown Vindicator

Eastside Media Corp. Acquires Three Weekly Newspapers in Washington - Press Release

BBC Defies Kashmir Media Blackout by Increasing Shortwave Broadcasts - Press Gazette

Everybody Has a Story: Two bits, and many more lessons delivering paper - The Columbian

Unions add their voice for "urgent" aid to threatened Quebec newspapers - Montreal Gazette

GateHouse-Gannett deal hits possible snags

Industry watchers are wondering what will happen with the announced GateHouse buy of Gannett after MNG Enterprises, controlled by hedge fund Alden Global Capital, acquired a 9.4 percent stake in New Media Investment Group last week, as Gannett-owned USA Today reports. 
GateHouse owner New Media is managed by Fortress Investment Group, which is owned by Tokyo-based Softbank. MNG attempted but did not succeed in a hostile takeover of Gannett recently.
An SEC filing from MNG indicated it may vote against, campaign against or suggest alternatives to the merger.
Also increasing his stake in New Media was billionaire Leon Cooperman, whose investment has hit 9.9 percent. Cooperman is thought to favor the merger, USA Today indicated. 
Meanwhile, the New York Post reported that Tribune Publishing is mulling a $10-a-share cash bid for Gannett, citing a well-placed source
Tribune would make that move if Gannett’s stock doesn’t top $10 a share.
Shares of both Gannett and GateHouse fell after the companies announced their $1.38 billion proposed deal last week.
Analysts, including Ken Doctor at Newsonomics, said Alden may be aiming to shed its newspapers or get MNG merged with New Media or Gannett.

Today in Labor History August 17th

Hormel Strike

Women strikers broke through police lines and demolished a New York garment factory that tried to open in defiance of a strike. Garment workers were toiling as many as 15 hours per day for as little as 50 cents. They tossed sewing machines out the windows and smashed furniture. The industry-wide strike had begun in June and quickly spread, with 60,000 striking up and down the east coast. – 1910
Women strikers demolish garment factory, Wobblies get prison for resisting the war, UFCW workers start an unsuccessful 10-month strike at Hormel.CLICK TO TWEET
95 Wobblies (members of the IWWIndustrial Workers of the World) were sent to prison for up to 20 years for resisting the war. – 1918
The Bakery & Confectionery Workers International Union of America merged with the Tobacco Workers International Union to become Bakery, Confectionery & Tobacco Workers. – 1978
Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) in Austin, Minnesota, went on strike against Hormel, makers of SPAM. They ignored the advice of their national union and struck anyway. Workers continued to strike even after the company tried to reopen the plant with replacement workers, including some union members who crossed the picket lines. After ten months the strike ended, with no gains for union members. – 1985

Friday, August 16, 2019

Adweek: Hearst using online habits to target print ads

Hearst Magazines is monitoring what readers go to online and using that info to give those readers targeted print ads, Adweek reported.
The product is dubbed MagMatch and comes from the Hearst Data Studio. Its first appearance is in Elle magazine. But the ads may also show up in other Hearst publications, including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Food Network Magazine and Car & Driver, Adweek reports.
The product will be able to be used in all categories but pharmaceuticals, Adweek reports.
Skincare maker StriVectin is the first to try MagMatch, with an ad that uses a reader’s name in the latest Elle edition, Adweek says.
“Researching and shopping for skincare is a personal journey. We’re always looking for ways to make 1:1 connections with consumers … Harnessing the power to target and personalize the insert took a great campaign concept to the next level,” said Alison Yeh, chief marketing officer at StriVectin, in a statement, according to Adweek.

Scammers target newspaper subscribers

WSJ: Facebook may pay to license news content

Facebook would pay news outlets up to $3 million annually for the rights to use their material in a news section that Facebook aims to start this year, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. 
The social media giant is in talks with publishers such as The Washington Post, New York Times, ABC News, Bloomberg and Dow Jones, WSJ reported.
Publishers could choose between placing content right on Facebook’s tab or using previews that link back to the publisher’s site, the paper reported. 
The story didn’t address what a revenue split would be with Facebook, Nieman Lab points out. Apple recently announced a 50 percent revenue split with publishers for its Apple News+. 
“Licensing and paying for news content is a good idea, and continued access to quality journalism would be an absolute good for Facebook users,” said a statement from News Media Alliance President and CEO David Chavern in response to the report. “However, we still have many questions about the idea, including which publishers would be included, what kinds of terms they would be offered, and what it would mean for local journalism in particular.” Chavern’s statement went on to advocate for  passage of the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Pacific Standard, Governing ceasing publication

Two U.S. magazines, Pacific Standard and Governing, are ceasing publication, The Hill and others reported.
“Today is an extremely difficult day, the worst day—and I’m heart-broken and devastated. We learned this morning, without any warning, that our primary funder is cutting off all charitable giving and that our board is shutting down @PacificStand, effective next Friday,” tweeted Pacific Standard Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Jackson on Aug. 7.
The magazine is published by the Social Justice Foundation and almost entirely funded by SAGE Publishing. “SAGE is unable to continue to offer the very considerable financial support that the magazine requires to be viable while also investing in the core businesses of SAGE Publishing and, as a result, the Board of the Foundation had no alternative but to take this decision,” said a statement from the foundation. “The Board is committed to exploring options for maintaining the availability of Pacific Standard’s content or otherwise continuing the work of the magazine,” the statement said.  
Governing, covering local and state government, announced it was shuttering this fall.
“For the past several years, Governing and our parent company, e.Republic, have made continued investments in the magazine, in governing.com and in the numerous events we host throughout the country. Ultimately, however, Governing has proven to be unsustainable as a business in today’s media environment. We will cease publication of the monthly print magazine after September, and we will be ramping down our web presence and the rest of our operations over the next few months,” said a statement from the publication. 

Today in Labor History August 16th

George Meany

William George Meany was born on this date. Meany was a labor leader for 57 years. He was the key figure in the creation of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), and served as its first president from 1955-1979. Meany’s father was a union plumber, and George also became a plumber at an early age. He became a full-time union official twelve years later. As an officer of the American Federation of Labor, he represented the AFL on the National War Labor Board during World War II. He served as president of the AFL from 1952 to 1955. He proposed its merger with the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in 1952, and led the negotiations until the merger was completed in 1955. He then served as president of the combined AFL-CIO for the next 24 years. Meany had a reputation for integrity and opposition to corruption in the labor movement, as well as uncompromising anti-communism. In his official biography, George Meany and His Times, he said he had “never walked a picket line in his life.” – 1894
George Meany was born on this date, as was UAW leader Homer Martin, Congress passed the National Apprenticeship Act and Juan De La Cruz was shot to death on the UFW vineyard picket lineCLICK TO TWEET
Homer Martin, an early United Auto Workers leader, was born in Marion, Illinois on this day. After serving in Baptist churches in Goreville, Illinois and Kansas City, Missouri, Martin went to work in the auto plants in Kansas City. He soon became active in the union movement and was appointed as Vice-President of the UAW-AFL in 1935. In 1936 he was elected President of what came to be the UAW-CIO. – 1902
Congress passed the National Apprenticeship Act, establishing a national advisory committee to research and draft regulations establishing minimum standards for apprenticeship programs. It was later amended to permit the Labor Department to issue regulations protecting the health, safety and general welfare of apprentices, and to encourage the use of contracts in their hiring and employment. – 1937
The National Agricultural Workers Union merged into Amalgamated Meat Cutters & Butcher Workmen. – 1960
Juan De La Cruz, 60 years old, was shot to death on the vineyard picket line in Kern County during the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) 1973 grape strike. He was an early recruit into Cesar Chavez’s farm worker union during the 1960s. He was murdered by a strikebreaker driving by the picket line in a pickup truck. Juan became the UFW’s third martyr. – 1973
The International Union of Wood, Wire & Metal Lathers merged with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners. – 1979

Thursday, August 15, 2019

imPRESSions expedites Honolulu liquidation

imPRESSions Worldwide has purchased all the equipment at Hagadone Printing in Honolulu, making the buy one of the largest acquisitions in the company’s 25-year history. 
With less than six months to remove the contents of the manufacturing facility, imPRESSions worked to sell the pre-press, press, mail and bindery equipment off to multiple destinations that included California, Rhode Island, Florida, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Illinois, India, Canada, Chile and China.
Equipment sold and removed included a late model Komori GL-640 sheet fed press and a 5-unit Goss M600C offset web heat set press. The Goss M600C made its way to Anaheim, California, and included a Contiweb splicer and dryer. The same company recently purchase a Muller 227 inserter from imPRESSions.  
The process was completed a month ahead of schedule, with all equipment removed and the building readied for new owners, according to imPRESSions. 
imPRESSions Worldwide offers an inventory of second-hand single-wide newspaper and commercial presses and auxiliary equipment. imPRESSions is headquartered in Burlington, Washington, and also has a facility in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Behind the scenes with Mayor Don Kendrick

THANK YOU "PUBLIC WORKS" & "LA VERNE CITY YARD" for everything you do to make La Verne a better community! 

Subscriptions up, profit down at NYT

The New York Times Company has reported second-quarter revenue growth of 5.2 percent compared with the same quarter of 2018. 
Operating profit fell to $37.9 million from $40 million a year earlier. 
The profit decline was “in large part a result of continued investment into growing our subscription business,” according to a statement from Mark Thompson, the company’s chief executive.
The number of digital and print paid subscriptions hit a new high of 4.7 million, the paper reported. Almost 3.8 million people purchased New York Times online products, with a net total of 197,000 customers added for its news, crossword and cooking apps during the quarter, up from the 109,000 subscriptions that came on in the same period last year. Of those subscribers, 131,000 bought the digital news product.
“We’re making steady progress toward our goal of reaching 10 million total subscriptions by 2025,” Thompson said.
Digital advertising revenue was up 13.7 percent year over year, while print advertising fell 8 percent, the Times said.