Thursday, August 31, 2017

Any new employment at the U-T will be digitally related

Any new employment at the U-T will be digitally related

Struggling with an explanation to investors as to why tronc, Inc., the oddly named newspaper chain from Chicago, has slipped in both revenue and web traffic from last year, chief executive Justin Dearborn managed to throw a little journalistic glory San Diego’s way.

American Legion assisting Hurricane Harvey victims


Department of Texas commander encourages financial contributions be donated to the Legion's National Emergency Fund. Read more | Legion's NEF, TFA ready to help hurricane victims in Texas | American Legion Family bonds against Hurricane Harvey | Commander Rohan asks for help

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Today in Labor History

August 31  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

John Reed forms the Communist Labor Party in Chicago. The Party’s motto: "Workers of the world, unite!" - 1919
Some 10,000 striking miners began a fight at Blair Mountain, W.Va., for recognition of their union, the United Mine Workers of America. Federal troops were sent in and miners were forced to withdraw five days later, after 16 deaths - 1921
The Trade Union Unity League is founded as an alternative to the American Federation of Labor, with the goal of organizing along industrial rather than craft lines. An arm of the American Communist Party, the League claimed 125,000 members before it dissolved in the late 1930s - 1929
"Solidarity" workers movement founded as a strike coordination committee at Lenin Shipyards, Gdansk, Poland. The strike launched a wave of unrest in the Soviet Union that ultimately led to its dissolution in 1991 - 1980
An estimated 325,000 unionists gathered in Washington, D.C., for a Solidarity Day march and rally for workplace fairness and healthcare reform - 1991
Detroit teachers begin what is to become a 9-day strike, winning smaller class sizes and raises of up to 4 percent - 1999

Village Voice ending print

Village Voice ending print: 'The business has moved online — and so has the Voice's audience, which expects us to do what we do not just once a week, but every day, across a range of media, from words and pictures to podcasts, video and even other forms of print publishing,' Peter Barbey, the independent's paper's owner, said in a statement. Barbey, whose family owns Pennsylvania's The Reading Eagle, bought the paper from Voice Media Group in 2015.

Thursday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Structure fire at the old LA Times building on Winnetka. 
LAFD reports that all hydrants in the area are dry!

Photo Credit: Dan Tomlinson

Times Leader lays off 9 - Citizens Voice

Politico blasted for online cartoon - Business Insider

How Gannett is Growing its Events Business - DigiDay

Press problems delay delivery of newspapers - Star News

Hearst acquires local newspapers - The Edwardsville Intelligencer

Newspaper production opens a lens on flooded Houston - Jewish News

Glenn Beck makes big cuts at The Blaze, Mercury Radio Arts - Poynter

Boxing Isn’t Dead, but Newspaper and TV News Editors Are Trying to Kill It - TSS

Aljazeera Disables the Ability to Comment on Any of Their Online Stories - Medium

The Star made gains on its digital, its Sunday circulation has fallen 36 percent - KCUR

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Online News awards finalists

Online News awards finalists: The awards represent a wide range of nonprofit, public, academic, major media and emerging technology organizations from around the globe.

Today in Labor History

August 30  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Delegates from several East Coast cities meet in convention to form the National Trades' Union, uniting craft unions to oppose "the most unequal and unjustifiable distribution of the wealth of society in the hands of a few individuals."  The union faded after a few years - 1834
President Franklin Roosevelt's Wealth Tax Act increases taxes on rich citizens and big business, lowers taxes for small businesses - 1935
OSHA publishes scaffold safety standard, designed to protect 2.3 million construction workers and prevent 50 deaths and 4,500 injuries annually - 1996

Photojournalist wins award

Photojournalist wins award: The award honors a digital journalist who produces excellent reporting under the most challenging conditions, covering war, corruption, crime, culture and politics in countries around the world. Todras-Whitehill is the third winner of the award.

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Pressmen at the Los Angeles Times about 1970

Union-Tribune, apple of Jobs’s eye? - San Diego Reader

LA Times newsroom love for Megan Garvey - LAObserved

Is Facebook The Next Front Page For Newspapers? - MediaPost

Between the Stacks: National Newspaper Carrier Day - Moultrie News

Warren Buffett Still Secretly Loves to Control What You Read - TheStreet

Government and corporations hinder journalists with ‘media capture’ - CJR

Sweden's government wants newspapers to pay less tax - The Local Sweden

Newseum’s president steps down as financial review begins - Washington Post

Inside a small Texas newsroom that lost power and kept covering the storm - Poynter

As Crosswords Move Online, Publishers Can Still Make a Profit - Editor and Publisher

Singapore paper ends print

Singapore paper ends print: The deal is scheduled for the end of September 2017. Both entities will then be wholly owned subsidiaries of Mediacorp.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Learn More About La Verne Water by Mayor Don Kendrick

What’s New, La Verne?
by Mayor Don Kendrick

In last month’s article about restaurants in La Verne, I came up with a whopping 77 restaurants, with more on the horizon.  There is now going to be an easy way to access this list, and possibly, categories!  By the time you read this article, you will be able to go on the City of La Verne’s web site and scan the list.  The City’s web site is  Next time you can’t decide where to go to eat, this resource is at your fingertips!

Water – Our Most Precious Commodity

The city’s water rates have recently been raised, and there seems to be some parts of it that need a better and more thorough explanation.  I will try and bring you up to speed.  The “water” bill we receive includes charges for the Paramedic fee, Refuse (trash, recycling & green-waste) & Sewer charges as well as water charges.  There are 2 different charges for water: “Minimum Service Chrg” and “Water Consumption”.  Minimum Service Charge is the fixed cost of the system to get the water to our homes.  This would include such things as the upkeep of the pipes in the ground, personnel, equipment, utility costs, etc., as well as Metropolitan Water District and Three Valley Water Fees (non-water delivery costs that are passed on to La Verne).  Minimum Service Charge is determined by the diameter size of the meter delivering water to your home.  Most residences in La Verne have a one-inch diameter service meter in front of the home.  That cost is currently $36.40 every two months, or $18.20 per month.  The Water Consumption part of the bill is just that: The more water we use, the more we pay. The average residence in La Verne uses approximately 36,000 gallons every two months.

To put these charges in perspective in comparing them to 15 other communities which includes Glendora, Pomona, Ontario, Claremont, San Dimas, Chino, Upland, Montclair, Rancho Cucamonga, Diamond Bar, Walnut, La Puente, Azusa, Covina and Monrovia, at the end of our last fiscal year, June 30th, 2017, La Verne had the lowest Minimum Service Charge of all these cities, $36.40.  It should be noted that La Verne likely has the lowest rate because this rate has not been raised since 2009.  There are two reasons for this: the recession and the drought.  The Public Works Director felt we could get by if the decision to raise rates was delayed until we, the residents, were past the recession as well as the drought.

La Verne has two sources of water.  One is our own, and one we purchase.  We have a number of wells we use to pump ground water from aquifers that sit under the city.  The amount of water we can pump for our use depends on the amount of rain that fills these aquifers.  In drought years, less can be pumped, which until last winter seemed to be the new norm.  The La Verne community uses approximately 7,500 acre feet on average, which translate to 2,443,882,000 gallons per year.  For the upcoming year, La Verne will be able to pump approximately 30% of our needs from our own wells.  This means we will be purchasing 70% from the Three Valleys Municipal Water District, our wholesale water supplier.  Some cities have much more ground water available, so they pay less than La Verne, and some cities don’t have any ability to use ground water aquifers, so they pay much more.

So, what do the new rates look like and how does it match up with our neighboring cities?  The Minimum Service Charge will go up to $51.00 every two months or $25.50 per month, an increase of approximately $7.00 per month.  La Verne residents will pay $3.55 for every 1000 gallons we use, about the same as a bottle of water at a convenience store.  When doing a comparison with both the Minimum Service Charge and Water Consumption Fee, La Verne sits in the lower half of compared cities: residents in 9 cities will pay more than La Verne residents and only 6 will pay less.

La Verne currently offers a lifeline discount which is 50% off the bimonthly Minimum Service Charge for low and moderate income households. Information can be obtained by calling the Public Works Department at (909) 596-8741.  It should also be noted that the “Water Fund” is a “restricted” fund and cannot be used for other purposes within the city.  The City of La Verne owns its own water company and it is a separate business and treated as such.  We are very fortunate to have this asset in La Verne.

Fort Wayne paper cuts print

Fort Wayne paper cuts print: 'The News-Sentinel will now sharpen its focus on more timely, topical and in-depth coverage of the region's news without the constraints of the afternoon print cycle,' the paper said.

Today in Labor History

August 29  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Sixty letter carriers from 18 states meet in a room above Schaefer's Saloon on Plankinton Avenue in Milwaukee. They unanimously adopt a resolution to form a National Association of Letter Carriers - 1889

Seventy-five workers die when the lower St. Lawrence River’s Quebec Bridge collapses while under construction.  A flawed design was found to be the cause.  Thirteen more workers were killed nine years later when the reconstructed bridge’s central span was being raised and fell into the river because of a problem with hoisting devices - 1907
Dancers at San Francisco’s Lusty Lady Club vote 57-15 to be represented by SEIU Local 790. Their first union contract, ratified eight months later, guaranteed work shifts, protection against arbitrary discipline and termination, automatic hourly wage increases, sick days, a grievance procedure, and removal of one-way mirrors from peep show booths - 1996
Northwest Airlines pilots, after years of concessions to help the airline, begin what is to become a 2-week strike for higher pay - 1998
Delegates to the  Minnesota AFL-CIO convention approve the launching of, now in its fourteenth year.  It was the first web-based daily labor news service by a state labor federation - 2000

Scotsman tops audit

Scotsman tops audit: The 200-year-old title recorded a 4.5 percent rise in circulation compared the first half of last year, and a 9.1 percent rise compared with six months ago. The Scotsman’s circulation stands at 21,214.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Los Angeles Times increases single copy newspapers to $2.75

The Monday through Saturday edition of the Los Angeles Times increased from $2.00 per copy to $2.75. The price increase will help eliminate the hard copy of the newspaper as the company focuses on the digital version of the paper. The new price structure began this morning.

OwnLocal CEO on Wanderful Media acquisition

OwnLocal CEO on Wanderful Media acquisition: It is no different in respect to the advertising that goes hand in hand with print and digital revenue.

Today in Labor History

August 28  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom—the Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have A Dream" speech march—is held in Washington, D.C., with 250,000 participating.  The AFL-CIO did not endorse the march, but several affiliated unions did – 1963

(Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Washington: Written for 5 to 8 year-olds, this is a very nice introduction to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, that watershed event in the fight for civil rights. It uses the March as a point of reference as it talks about segregation in America and the battle for equal rights.)

LMA launching Chief Content Club

LMA launching Chief Content Club: The Chief Content Club will kick off later this summer and is inspired by LMA’s popular Chief Digital Club, which launched in January of this year.

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

Erasing the Los Angeles Times from downtown's history

Oh no, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel! - Romenesko

The terrifying truth about journalists - McSweeney's

The sky is not falling and print is still here - The Messenger

Dragons, Firings and the L.A. Times - LA Downtown News

Top newspapers lower paywalls for Hurricane Harvey - Politico

Community newspapers rebuilt – for the reader - Lake Country Now

As the water rose, this Houston TV station fought to stay on-air - Poynter

Newspaper for young people tops UK children's magazine - Press Gazette

KKK newspapers randomly delivered to Raynham homes - WCVB Boston

Half yearly circulation audit sees many newspapers suffer 10% declines - MuMbrella

Saturday, August 26, 2017

LMA launching Chief Content Club

LMA launching Chief Content Club: The Chief Content Club will kick off later this summer and is inspired by LMA’s popular Chief Digital Club, which launched in January of this year.

Today in Labor History

August 26  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Fannie Sellins and Joseph Starzeleski are murdered by coal company guards on a picket line in Brackenridge, Pa. Sellins was a United Mine Workers of America organizer and Starzeleski was a miner - 1919
(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.)
After three-quarters of the states had ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, women win their long struggle for the vote - 1920
With America in the depths of the Great Depression, the Comptroller of the Currency announces a temporary halt on foreclosures of first mortgages - 1932
In what some may consider one of the many management decisions that was to help cripple the American auto industry over the following decades, Ford Motor Co. produces its first Edsel. Ford dropped the project two years later after losing approximately $350 million - 1957
The Women’s Strike for Equality is staged in cities across the U.S., marking the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, under which women won the right to vote.  A key focus of the strike—in fact, more accurately a series of marches and demonstrations—was equality in the workplace.  An estimated 20,000 women participated, some carrying signs with the iconic slogan, “Don’t Iron While the Strike is Hot.”  Another sign: “Hardhats for Soft Broads” - 1970
More than 1,300 bus drivers on Oahu, Hawaii, begin what is to become a 5-week strike - 2003

August 25

Birth of Allan Pinkerton, whose strike-breaking detectives ("Pinks") gave us the word "fink" - 1819
Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters founded at a meeting in New York City.  A. Philip Randolph became the union's first organizer - 1925

A look back on 200 years at KBA

A look back on 200 years at KBA: It was 1807 when German inventor Friedrich Koenig first set out for London with a dream of creating a steam-driven printing press. There, fate aligned his path with that of precision engineer Andreas Bauer. In 1814, The Times became the first paper to be printed on a double-cylinder press that the two men designed.

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

A newspaper fight over fake news - Washington Times

The Atlantic is starting a membership program - Poynter

Headline Placement for a Local Pie Eating Contest - Imgur

Memo: New LA Times publisher drops web widget - LAObserved

A Day in the Life of a Newspaper Carrier - Crookston Daily Times

Pen, paper and data: Orb's approach to global reporting - Journalism UK

Fort Wayne’s News-Sentinel to cease afternoon newspaper - The Associated Press

A Global Media Company Is Using Overseas Labour And A Ghost Office - Buzzfeed

As Crosswords Move Online, Publishers Can Still Make a Profit - Editor and Publisher

More than a century of Fort Myers news, gossip, photos and more ..... - The News-Press

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Today in Labor History

August 24 - Union Communications Services, Inc.

The Gatling Gun Co.—manufacturers of an early machine gun—writes to B&O Railroad Co. President John W. Garrett during a strike, urging their product be purchased to deal with the "recent riotous disturbances around the country." Says the company: "Four or five men only are required to operate (a gun), and one Gatling ... can clear a street or block and keep it clear" - 1877
United Farm Workers Union begins lettuce strike - 1970

Report details digital news preferences

Report details digital news preferences: A recent report released by Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism outlines the different digital news preferences of 36 countries. The Digital News Report for 2017 surveyed over 70,000 people from these countries.

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

Rick Hernandez printing tomorrows news

Local newspaper marks 125 years! - Amery Free Press

tronc Inc. (TRNC) Plunges 5.04% on August 23 - Equities

Wanted: Rich patron for the once-great L.A. Times - Crain's

New LA Times publisher a million-dollar man - LAObserved

How Golden Is Ross Levinsohn's New Parachute? - The Street

The Atlantic relaunches redesigned iOS app - Talking New Media

Why The Penny Hoarder Ditched Display Advertising - Linked In

Newspapers Seized in Sudan, Press Corps Boycott Parliament - All Africa

New Los Angeles Times CEO will be paid a starting salary of $1 million - Poynter

New Jersey Introduces a Fund That Will Support Local Journalism - Editor and Publisher

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

California group to offer buyouts

California group to offer buyouts: The group owns 11 newspapers, including the Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Pasadena Star-News and the Daily Breeze, in Torrance, California.

Help Wanted: Journey Level Machinist- Seattle Times

The Seattle Times Company, the Northwest leader in print and online media, is seeking a fulltime Journey Level Machinist to join the Operations team at its North Creek Facility in Bothell, WA!
The Journey Level Machinist duties include but not limited to the predictive and corrective maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of production related equipment. The building of specialized equipment, installation of new equipment, and the manufacturing of accessories for existing equipment.
Job Duties:
• Proficient in the operation of general manual machine shop equipment lathes, drills, mills, and grinders. (No CNC).
• Provide maintenance support to all areas of production.
• Analyze problems, implement solutions, and manufacture parts as needed to ensure timely repairs and a smooth running operation.
•Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair a broad scope of machinery and equipment.
•Excellent time management skills, the ability to prioritize and complete projects.
•Complete tasks as directed with minimal supervision.
•Adhere to all company and safety policies and guidelines.
•Strong manual hand dexterity and mechanical ability.
•Must provide machinist and hand tools.
•Must be able to stand on ladders and scaffolding and work from heights.
•Maintain professional appearance/demeanor and positive attitude.
•To work effectively with co-workers in solving problems and to communicate problems from shift to shift.
•Journey level machinist or equal experience.
•Proficient use of lathes, milling machines, drill presses, grinders, and other shop related tools and equipment.
•Computer literacy and ability to clearly communicate information, both verbal and written.
Preferred Qualifications:
•Welding and fabrication.
•Individual with newspaper press and packaging experience.
•Experience in rebuilding pumps, motors and gearboxes.
COMPENSATION: up to $29.00 per hour DOE; Pension contribution available AND great benefits!
SHIFT: 40 hours per week; 24/7 schedule days & nights.