Friday, May 31, 2019

Boston Globe digital subscriptions top print

The Boston Globe has more digital subscribers than print ones, the Boston Business Journal reported.
In the first quarter of  2019, weekday print subscribers went from 108,719 to 98,978, an 11 percent decline year-over-year. Meanwhile, digital subscriptions went from 107,902 to 112,241 as of March 31, the business publication reported. The numbers came from Globe filings to the Alliance for Audited Media.
The switch is a first for a daily regional paper, the Boston Business Journal said.
A Globe digital subscription costs $360 a year after starting discounts, according to Nieman Lab. That’s among the highest in the market and tops subscriptions to The Washington Post and New York Times, the Nieman Lab says.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Everyone knows headlines are broken - Media Matters

Subscription Pricing: 3 Key Industry Questions - INMA

Gannett holds merger talks with Gatehouse Media - New York Post

Tribune Publishing Announces $1.50 Per Share Special Cash Dividend - Nasdaq

Gannett reportedly in deal talks with GateHouse, Tribune, McClatchy - USA Today

How Does Tribune Publishing Company Stack Up In Terms of Value? - Osburn Oracle

1,600 Journalists reporting from 160 countries power The Weekly a new TV show - NYT

Where do LA Times staffers go after they leave the paper? - Columbia Journalism Review

Potential GateHouse/Gannett merger shows more scale is still the industry’s top strategy - NJL

Arizona Republic reportedly in merger talks with GateHouse, Tribune, McClatchy - AZCentral

Vjoon Inc. to represent vjoon in U.S.

Vjoon, a developer of software solutions for the management of digital content, has announced the founding of vjoon Inc.
The new company represents vjoon in the Americas and, in addition to the existing integration partner network, will also offer consulting, sales and professional services for its flagship cross-media publishing platform vjoon K4 in the United States and Canada, effective immediately.

“By founding vjoon Inc., we are strengthening our focus on customer satisfaction while planning further expansion in the American market,” said Andreas Schrader, CEO of vjoon GmbH in Germany.
American customers that have used vjoon K4 include AARP, Conde Nast International, Dow Jones, Highlights for Children, McGraw-Hill Education, National Geographic, Playboy Enterprises, Rolling Stone, RSNA, Smithsonian Enterprises, The New York Times, TVA Publications, Walch Education and others, the company says.
Vjoon’s headquarters are in the Hamburg metro area.

Today in Labor History May 31st

Rose Will Monroe, Rosie the Riveter

The Johnstown Flood occurred on this date.  More than 2,200 died when a dam holding back a private resort lake burst upstream of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  The resort was owned by wealthy industrialists including Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick.  Neither they nor any other members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club were found guilty of fault, despite the fact the group had created the lake out of an abandoned reservoir. – 1889
The Johnstown Flood occurred with more than 2.200 dead, 25.000 white autoworkers walk off the job at a Detroit Packard Motor Car Company, Rose Will Monrow, (Rosie the Riveter) dies at 77CLICK TO TWEET
The infamous trial of Sacco and Vanzetti, in which the two Italian anarchists were railroaded for a crime they did not commit, began in Dedham, Massachusetts. Judge Webster Thayer’s anti-worker and anti-immigrant opening remarks set the tone for the trial. – 1921
Some 25,000 white autoworkers walked off the job at a Detroit Packard Motor Car Company plant heavily involved in wartime production, when three black workers were promoted to work on a previously all-white assembly line.  The black workers were relocated and the whites returned. – 1943
Rose Will Monroe, who became known as “Rosie the Riveter” died at the age of 77.  Rose worked at an aircraft parts factory during World War II, and was “discovered” by filmmakers producing a film promoting war bonds.  The song and the iconic poster were already well known and a real-life Rosie who was a riveter “proved too good for the film’s producers to resist,” said Monroe’s daughter. – 1997

Philadelphia Inquirer publisher offers buyouts

The publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Daily News, and has announced buyouts to cut 30 union jobs in the newsroom and other departments, the paper reported. 
A number of nonunion positions will be cut as well, the paper reported.
“We wish we didn’t have to make these tough choices, but these are the economic realities of journalism in 2019,” Terrance C.Z. Egger, Philadelphia Media Network’s publisher and chief executive, said in a statement.
“Declines in revenue that have affected media companies of all sizes, including ours, require that we constantly adapt and adjust our expenses while also making strategic investments necessary for our future,” Egger said.
The buyout will be offered to around 140 employees, including 117 members of the NewsGuild of Greater Philadelphia, the company said. 
The for-profit news organization is owned by the nonprofit Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

The shuttered Los Angeles Times printing plant in Costa Mesa

A joint venture between two newspapers - Rapid City Journal

How journalists can take care of themselves while covering trauma - Poynter

Political and union pressure halts hedge fund takeover of Gannett - People's World

When cities lose newspapers like the New Orleans Times-Picayune - Media Matters

Arrest made in shooting of newspaper delivery driver in Federal Way - KIRO Seattle

Goodbye to print? The Democrat-Gazette publisher sends more signals - Arkansas Times

Vox Media has shifted its hiring to part-timers and contract workers since its staff unionized - NL

Facebook Could Fix the News Industry With Micropayments—Unless Kik Does It First - Fortune

For Local News, Americans Embrace Digital but Still Want Strong Community Connection - Pew

The Seattle Times Uses Crowdfunding to Stay Independent as Ad Revenue Dwindles - Journalism

Kriechbaum takes over for Wassermann as manroland Goss CEO

Manroland Goss Group CEO Alexander Wassermann is taking up a career outside the printing industry, the company announced. The move is part of a scheduled leadership change.
Franz Kriechbaum has been appointed new CEO by the shareholders L. Possehl and American Industrial Partners (AIP). Kriechbaum served as chief operating officer of the manroland Goss Group since 2017.
“Together with the manroland Goss management team, (Kriechbaum) will continue to drive the company’s established and successful strategy as a reliable, stable and highly customer-oriented solutions partner for all webfed offset printers,” said a company press release.
“Company, shareholders and employees are very thankful for the accomplishments of Alexander Wassermann,” said the release from the company, which has headquarters in Augsburg, Germany.
The move comes about a year after the merger of manroland web systems and Goss International. The newly formed company has completed its post-merger-integration phase, the company says.

Today in Labor History

May 30, 1937

In what would become known as the Memorial Day Massacre, police open fire on striking steelworkers, their families, and supporters who were marching to the Republic Steel plant in South Chicago to set up a picket line.  The police killed ten people and pursued those fleeing the attack, wounding many more; no one was ever prosecuted.
On this day in 1922, Bridgeport’s Central Labor Union issued a formal call to all of its 12,000 members to support the striking trolleymen who worked for the Connecticut Railway and Lighting Company, triggering months of labor unrest in one of Connecticut’s largest cities.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

GateHouse Media cuts jobs in restructuring

GateHouse Media cut jobs around the country May 23, Poynter and others reported. The number of positions affected is unclear, according to Poynter,  but a count from journalist Andrew Pantazi puts the number at more than 150. 
“We are doing a small restructuring — at least that’s what I would call it — that I’m sure will be misreported. We have 11,000 employees. This involves a couple of hundred,” Mike Reed, CEO of New Media Investment Group, told Poynter analyst Rick Edmonds. New Media Investment Group is GateHouse’s parent company.
Reed said that of the around 200 affected employees, most “are moving from non-reporting to reporting jobs,” Poynter said.
Reed told Poynter the number of news staff being downsized is “more like 10.”
“But numbers far exceeded 10 when journalists impacted took to social media and reached out to Poynter,” Poynter said.
Among affected organizations were the Columbus Dispatch, Providence Journal, Tuscaloosa News, Herald-Journal in Spartanburg (South Carolina), Peoria Journal Star (Illinois) and Rockford Register Star (Illinois), according to Poynter.
Six were cut from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette (Massachusetts). Worcester Magazine’s Bill Shaner tweeted that Walter Bird, the magazine’s editor, and Josh Lyford, arts editor, were cut, making Shaner the sole full-timer, Poynter says.
In a memo given to Business Insider by staff at the Worcester Business Journal, GateHouse CEO Kirk Davis mentioned “sizeable reductions to staff.”
“I don't take these reductions lightly; many committed colleagues, who played important roles in our company, were impacted,” he wrote.
After the Business Insider article, Mike Reed sent a memo to GateHouse employees calling the articlemisleading” and saying “nothing is more important to our future than preserving high quality local journalism,” Business Insider said.

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Western Communications plans to sell papers, dissolve

Western Communications, owner of the Bend Bulletin (Oregon), aims to sell the seven papers in its Pacific Northwest chain. The company also plans to dissolve, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported, citing a filing in a federal bankruptcy court. 
Western Communications owes around $30 million in debt, about two thirds of which is secured under a lone creditor through the terms of an earlier bankruptcy, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.  
Western Communications filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January. Over 20 have been laid off in 2019, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting, and other employees made the choice to leave. John Costa, ex-company president and Bulletin publisher, stepped down in the spring, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.
In Oregon, Western Communications has the Baker City Herald, the Redmond Spokesman, the La Grande Observer and Curry Coastal Pilot. In California, the company has the Union Democrat in Sonora and the Del Norte Triplicate in Crescent City

Today in Labor History May 29th

Animators working for Walt Disney began what was to become a successful five-week strike for recognition of their union, the Screen Cartoonists’ Guild. The animated feature Dumbo was being created at the time and, according to Wikipedia, a number of strikers are caricatured in the feature as clowns who go to “hit the big boss for a raise”. – 1941
The United Mine Workers (UMWA) and the U.S. government signed a pact establishing one of America’s first union medical and pension plans. The UMWA Welfare and Retirement Fund permanently changed health care delivery in U.S. coal fields. The Fund was used to build eight hospitals in Appalachia. It also established many clinics and recruited doctors to practice in rural coalfield areas. – 1946
Disney animators strike, the first union medical and pension plans agreed to by UMWA and U.S Government, United Farm Workers of America agree on lettuce contract, and UAW members accept concessions in return for a 17.5% stake in GMCLICK TO TWEET
The United Auto Workers (UAW) at General Motors won a hospitalization plan. – 1950
The United Farm Workers of America reached agreement with Bruce Church Inc. on a contract for 450 lettuce harvesters, ending a 17-year-long boycott. The pact raised wages, provided company-paid health benefits to workers and their families, created a seniority system to deal with seasonal layoffs and recalls, and established a pesticide monitoring system. – 1996
UAW members at General Motors accepted major contract concessions in return for a 17.5 percent stake in the financially struggling company. – 2009

Postmedia partners with The Logic

Canada’s Postmedia Network plans to invest for a minority position in digital media outlet The Logic, and the two companies plan to partner on various initiatives including content licensing, marketing projects and events, Postmedia announced.
The deal is expected to be completed this summer.
“The Logic launched less than a year ago, and has already staked its place in the center of Canada’s journalism ecosystem. It has the largest team of innovation reporters in the country, its Daily Briefing has become a 4 pm must-read for decision makers, and its award-winning investigative journalists have exposed everything from Facebook’s discriminatory advertising policies (now reversed), to the price the government was expecting for selling off Canada’s airports, to the controversial deals between Toronto and Google-sister company Sidewalk Labs,” says a press release from Postmedia.
“I started The Logic because I believe in Canada’s future,” said David SkokThe Logic’s CEO and editor-in-chief.
Postmedia is a Canadian news media company representing more than 140 brands across multiple print, online, and mobile platforms.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

VFW Honor Guard talks about Memorial Day

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE! La Verne Mayor, Don Kendrick (U.S. Navy Veteran) w/the La Verne VFW Band of Brothers Honor Guard talk about Memorial Day.

Fortune’s digital staff votes to join NewsGuild

Fortune magazine’s newsroom is completely unionized now, according to WWD.
“The digital staff at Fortune magazine voted 20-3 to join the NewsGuild-CWA, joining their print colleagues in the union’s New York local. The group became the fourth digital unit to join the NewsGuild of New York on May 21, following workers at Ars Technica, Pitchfork and Quartz,” said a statement from the NewsGuild.
“We look forward to joining the 41 percent of staff already represented by the existing union agreement and working with management to agree on a contract that covers all editorial workers equally,” Fortune digital unit members wrote.
Fortune’s online editorial staff consists of 27 people, most of whom had signed cards supporting of unionization, according to WWD.  
Fortune’s management, including CEO Alan Murray, had tried to “derail” the union, according to WWD.
Meredith sold Fortune in 2018 to Fortune Media Group, owned by Chatchaval Jiaravanon, heir to a Thai business empire.

Newspaper carrier shot while delivering newspapers

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Today in Labor History May 28th

Arrested during the Rochester General Strike

The Ladies Shoe Binders Society formed in New York. – 1835
The first American law prohibiting employment of women was passed to prevent women from working in coal mines in Illinois. – 1879
At least 30,000 workers in Rochester, New York, participated in a general strike in support of the nearly 500 municipal workers who had been fired for forming a union. The next day, the city agreed to reinstate all of the discharged workers, drop the illegal charges against arrested picketers, and recognize the workers’ right to organize and bargain collectively. – 1946

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Racine paper cutting 39 jobs

The Journal Times (Racine, Wisconsin) plans to shed 39 jobs that are apparently on the production side at the paper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported
Lee Enterprises owns the paper.
Jobs being cut include press operators and maintenance and packaging workers, according to the Milwaukee paper. The Journal Times notified state officials about the job losses. 
The layoffs are to happen on July 14.
Lee publishes about 50 daily newspapers, including several in Wisconsin.  

Mayor Don Kendrick on the La Verne Veterans Memorial and Memorial Day Ceremony

Mayor Don Kendrick and Councilwoman Robin Carder talk about the the La Verne Veterans Memorial and Memorial Day Ceremony. The memorial is located on the corner of Wheeler and Bonita Avenue in front of Veterans Hall. The Ceremony will be on Monday May 27 at 11 a.m.

Canada’s postal service aims to make gains in flyer business

Canada’s publicly owned postal service aims to make gains in the newspaper industry’s advertising flyer business, the Chronicle Herald reports
The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia) has gotten hold of an internal Canada Post Corporation document called Neighbourhood Mail 2.0 Launch that explains the effort. “This is a direct mail campaign targeting CPC’s top 100 retail customers ... The new NM (Neighbourhood Mail) is very specific to retailer(s) who use flyers, so we are focusing on our biggest bets to see if we can convert them from newspaper to CPC distribution.”
The document is dated Jan. 15, 2018.
One post office move is offering discounts of between 24 and 34 percent off non-contract, standard per-unit prices, according to the paper.
Chronicle Herald parent company Saltwire Network is the top flyer distributor in Atlantic Canada.
“Yes, Canada Post has been in the flyer business forever,” John Hinds, president and CEO of Toronto-based News Media Canada, which represents 800 outlets across Canada, said. “But, over the past three-to-five years they’ve been doubling down in their efforts to target flyers, direct mail and parcel delivery as their core business in personal and letter mail drops.
“It’s really not a level playing field. Their flyers go into lock boxes in any condo or any apartment in Canada. We have no access to those,” he said.
Simultaneous with this reported plan from the postal service, Canada’s government has a CAN$595 million ($443 million U.S.) plan to boost the country’s media sector.

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

Wow, another granddaughter, hello Reese

Catching the world’s newspapers doing something right - Poynter

Publish Asia: Using data to drive editorial decisions - Editors Weblog

Running the Numbers on Tribune Publishing Company - Chandler Caller

Arkansas newspaper gambles on free iPads as the future - Washington Post

Hope springs eternal: Another newspaper ESOP - Crain's Chicago Business

America's Top Newspaper Editors Alarmed by Assange Indictment - Daily Beast

Op-ed brings back memories of delivering newspapers - Allentown Morning Call

Outcry Over Summoning of French Journalists by Intel Agency - Associated Press

Despite Industry Concerns, WSJ Says Apple News+ Relationship Is Good for Business - INMA

By Defending Their Raid on a Journalist, SF Police Strike a Blow Against a Free Press - Poynter

McClatchy sells Kansas City Star building

The McClatchy Company has completed the sale and leaseback of its Kansas City Star headquarters to Ambassador Hospitality, according to McClatchy. The glass building was sold for $30.1 million and leased back for 15 years with initial annual lease payments of $2.8 million. The company previously disclosed that it had completed the sale of a distribution center in Miami, Florida, for approximately $2.2 million. 
The company expects to use the approximately $32 million of net proceeds from the real property sales to perform a partial redemption of its 2026 Notes at par as required under its 2026 notes indenture, the company says. 
McClatchy operates 30 media companies in 14 states. 

Today in Labor History May 25th

Remington Rand strike

Pressured by employers, striking shoemakers in Philadelphia were arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy for violating an English common law that barred schemes aimed at forcing wage increases. The strike was broken. – 1805
The U.S. slave trade was abolished. – 1807
Philip Murray was born in Scotland. He went on to emigrate to the U.S., become founder and first president of the United Steelworkers of America, and head of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) from 1940 until his death in 1952. – 1886
Two company houses occupied by scab coal miners were blown up and destroyed during a strike against the Glendale Gas & Coal Company in Wheeling, West Virginia. – 1925
The U.S. slave trade was abolished, Phillip Murray was born, thousands of WWI vets arrive in DC, the 11 month Remington Rand strike begins, and moreCLICK TO TWEET
Thousands of unemployed WWI veterans arrived in Washington, D.C. to demand a bonus they had been promised but never received. They built a shantytown near the U.S. Capital but were burned out by U.S. troops after two months. – 1932
The notorious 11-month Remington Rand strike began. The strike spawned the “Mohawk Valley (NY) formula,” described by investigators as a corporate plan to discredit union leaders, frighten the public with the threat of violence, employ thugs to beat up strikers, and other tactics. The National Labor Relations Board termed the formula “a battle plan for industrial war.” – 1936
The railroad strike was settled with terms imposed by President Harry Truman. – 1946
The AFL-CIO began what was to become an unsuccessful campaign for a 35-hour workweek, with the goal of reducing unemployment. Earlier tries by organized labor for 32- or 35-hour weeks also failed. – 1962