Saturday, September 30, 2017

Mobile seen as dominant for news future

Mobile seen as dominant for news future: Mobile platforms offer a lot. The variety of platforms and the freedom of customization can lead to award-winning strategies, such as the Economist's engagement strategy. These platforms will gain a status of increasing importance in the next few years, and the media industry is reacting to the rise.

Today in Labor History

September 30  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

A total of 29 strike leaders are charged with treason—plotting "to incite insurrection, rebellion & war against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania"—for daring to strike the Carnegie Steel Co. in Homestead, Pa. Jurors refuse to convict them - 1892
Seventy-year-old Mother Jones organizes the wives of striking miners in Arnot, Pa., to descend on the mine with brooms, mops and clanging pots and pans.  They frighten away the mules and their scab drivers.  The miners eventually won their strike - 1899
Railroad shopmen in 28 cities strike the Illinois Central Railroad and the Harriman lines for an 8-hour day, improved conditions and union recognition, but railroad officials obtain sweeping injunctions against them and rely on police and armed guards to protect strikebreakers - 1915
Black farmers meet in Elaine, Ark., to establish the Progressive Farmers and Householders Union to fight for better pay and higher cotton prices.  They are shot at by a group of Whites, and return the fire.  News of the confrontation spread and a riot ensued, leaving at least 100, perhaps several hundred, Blacks dead and 67 indicted for inciting violence - 1919
Cesar Chavez, with Dolores Huerta, co-founds the National Farm Workers Association, which later was to become the United Farm Workers of America - 1962
(Farmworker’s Friend: The story of Cesar Chavez: A thoughtful and moving book about the inspiring life of American hero Cesar Chavez, co-founder, along with Dolores Huerta, and long-time leader of the United Farm Workers of America. This sympathetic portrayal of Chavez and his life’s work begins with his childhood, starting from the time his family’s store in Arizona failed during the Great Depression and his entire family was forced into the fields to harvest vegetables for a few cents an hour.)

Tulsa World embarks on $2M press upgrade

Tulsa World embarks on $2M press upgrade: The Tulsa World continues to invest in technology to improve quality not only for its flagship daily, but to stake its claim as a competitive regional printer. To that end, the publisher has embarked on a multi-phase project to increase efficiency and redundancy to meet commercial demand.

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

The Los Angeles Times in 1945

Top 10 U.S. Daily Newspapers - Cision

Newspapers more important than ever - Rapid City Journal

Fake news hard to find in newspapers - Berkeley Independent

Animation crafted from torn-up newspapers - The Straits Times

Newspapers, in some form, must be saved, but how? - Carolina Journal

The Design of Newspapers: Why The News Industry is Changing - Medium

Local newspapers deserve better than Joly's culture plan - The Globe and Mail

U.S. newspapers, circulation and revenue fall for industry overall - Pew Research

Tanzania closes third newspaper since June as part of media crackdown - Reuters

Newspapers Should Be Transparent About Their Financial Challenges - Editor and Publisher

Friday, September 29, 2017

Digital publishers can no longer afford to procrastinate on paywalls

Digital publishers can no longer afford to procrastinate on paywalls: Distributed content has turned the digital publishing business model on its head. Once an easy source of quick ad revenue, distributed content has changed how and where people consume content. Today the majority of publisher site traffic often comes from one-and-done, anonymous readers who click away almost as quickly as they arrived.

Today in Labor History

September 29  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

A report by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that the average weekly take-home pay of a factory worker with three dependents is now $94.87 - 1962

African printers tap manroland

African printers tap manroland: Paarl Media and CTP Printers Cape Town, both of South Africa, and Nation Media of Kenya recently opted for the service.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Do you stand or do you kneel?

Newspapers are the source people trust - The Tand D

Newspaper journalists bring readers real news - Index-Journal

Facebook Subscriptions: ‘Tokenism’ or a Real Test? - The Street

The 4 things successful newsroom collaborations share - Poynter

Couple finds old newspapers inside wall - Plainview Daily Herald

Inside CEO David Callaway’s plans for TheStreet - Editors Weblog

Wall Street Journal kills international print editions - NBC Montana

Extra! Extra! Appreciate your newspaper carrier - The Providence Journal

Facebook Loses Attention as Publishers Shift Focus to Other Platforms - DigiDay

Australia's Big Media Set to Get Bigger, With Help From Lawmakers - New York Times

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cuts at Gannett papers

Cuts at Gannett papers: An award winning publication and premier resource for insight, analysis and technology integration in newspaper, digital and hybrid production.

La Verne Mayor Don Kendrick speaks to Corporal Martinez

N.C. papers consolidate printing

N.C. papers consolidate printing: The Fifth Street facility near Business 40 has added a press with the new 12,000-square-foot space.

Jesse Espinoza Promoted at the Los Angeles Times

Long time pressman Jesse Espinoza was recently promoted to press room foreman at the Los Angeles Times production facility commonly referred to as The Oly Plant.

Congratulations to Jesse and his family.

NYT gets Schur palletizers

NYT gets Schur palletizers: The paper had six Winrob III palletizers from Schur already operating for more than ten years.

Today in Labor History

September 28

The International Workingmen’s Association is founded in London.  It was an international organization trying to unite a variety of different left-wing, socialist, communist and anarchist political groups and unions. It functioned for about 12 years, growing to a membership declared to be eight million, before being disbanded at its Philadelphia conference in 1876, victim of infighting brought on by the wide variety of members’ philosophies - 1864

Alaska's largest paper avoids liquidation

Alaska's largest paper avoids liquidation: The Binkley family had already loaned the paper that amount, so 'the balance of the purchase price is zero,' U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Gary Spraker said in an order signed in the case.

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

With the next governor of California, Mayor Eric Garcetti 

Real newspapers, real news - Sonoma West

Twitter, please don't mess with the perfect measure - Poynter

Hearst grandson creates self-funded California magazine - NY Post

Journalism needs creativity right now. Here's how to ignite it. - Poynter

The True Value in News is Commanding an Audience - Editor and Publisher

Wall Street Tycoon destroying America’s hometown newspapers - The Nation

Newspaper staffers hit by logistical headaches as they descend on Puerto Rico - CNN

Hugh Hefner, Who Built Playboy Empire and Embodied It, Dies at 91 - New York Times

Hashtag Our Stories aims to build a global network of mobile storytellers - Editors Weblog

Owner of Indy-area newspapers merging with broadcast firm - Indianapolis Business Journal

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Two new CEOs at EAE

Two new CEOs at EAE: Heiko Kuttner has been with EAE since 1995. He has held a number of managerial positions in software programming and customer service, and was appointed CTO and officer with power of attorney in 2008. As managing director of EAE, Kuttner will be responsible for development, projects and service.

Today in Labor History

September 27  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Striking textile workers in Fall River, Mass., demand bread for their starving children - 1875
The Int’l Typographical Union renews a strike against the Los Angeles Times; a boycott runs intermittently from 1896 to 1908. A local anti-Times committee in 1903 persuades William Randolph Hearst to start a rival paper, the Los Angeles Examiner. Although the ITU kept up the fight into the 1920s, the Times remained totally nonunion until 2009, when the GCIU—now the Graphic Communications Conference of the Teamsters—organized the pressroom – 1893

Int’l Ladies' Garment Workers Union begins strike against Triangle Shirtwaist Co. This would become the "Uprising of the 20,000," resulting in 339 of 352 struck firms—but not Triangle—signing agreements with the union. The Triangle fire that killed 146 would occur less than two years later - 1909
Twenty-nine west coast ports lock out 10,500 workers in response to what management says is a worker slowdown in the midst of negotiations on a new contract. The ports are closed for 10 days, reopen when President George W. Bush invokes the Taft-Hartley Act - 2002

Colorado Springs Gazette using Brainworks

Colorado Springs Gazette using Brainworks: Four area weekly papers have also turned to the Brainworks software: the Tri-Lakes Tribune, Woodmen Edition, Cheyenne Edition and Pikes Peak Courier.

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Student Newspaper at Cal Poly Pomona

Our Dependent Student Newspaper - Amherst Student

'Sunday Business Post' put up for sale by Key Capital - Irish Times

The secret cost of pivoting to video - Columbia Journalism Review

Layoffs hit Alaska Dispatch News in wake of bankruptcy sale - ADN

Police detain newspapers vendors, demand bribe for bail - The Punch

Fact check: Football ratings are down; reason unclear - Chicago Tribune

Celebrating newspapers, still the best source for news - Observer Reporter

Sinclair, Tribune merger would make a TV media monopoly - The Cougar

“Where are the journalists?” Part One: threats to local news persist - East Village Magazine

Here are more than 85 journalism internships and fellowships for application season - Poynter

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dallas publisher, reporters receive awards

Dallas publisher, reporters receive awards: Watler, a partner in the law firm of Jackson Walker LLP who represents The News in First Amendment legal cases, chairs the James Madison Award committee and is a past president of the foundation.

Today in Labor History

September 26  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

 The Old 97, a Southern Railway train officially known as the Fast Mail, derails near Danville, Va., killing engineer Joseph “Steve” Broady and ten other railroad and postal workers.  Many believe Broady had been ordered to speed to make up for lost time.  The Wreck of the Old 97 inspired balladeers; a 1924 recording is sometimes cited as the first million-selling country music record - 1903
The first production Ford Model T leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Mich. It was the first car ever manufactured on an assembly line, with interchangeable parts. The auto industry was to become a major U.S. employer, accounting for as many as one of every eight to 10 jobs in the country - 1908

Presstek selling some assets

Presstek selling some assets: Presstek, headquartered in New Hampshire, will continue to deliver on its core product portfolio, which includes DI digital offset presses, Anthem Elite and Dimension Thermal CTP, JT‐Inkjet CTP, Zahara waterless plates, associated consumables, and global service support for pre‐press, press, and post‐press equipment, according to a press release from the company.

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Homeless encampment outside of Los Angeles Times Production Facility

Stopping The Presses - Village Voice

Raycom Sees Synergies In Newspapers - TV News Check

Knight's new initiative to counter misinformation - Poynter

CNHI to merge with Raycom Media - Suwannee Democrat

The news bots are coming. Do you know how to build yours? - Poynter

Congo’s victims of violence: Why the birds stopped singing - Editors Weblog

The Secret to Podcast Discovery? Newsletters - Columbia Journalism Review

Woodward Communications to buy weekly newspapers - Iowa Breaking News

China Blocks WhatsApp, Broadening Online Censorship - The New York Times

Why Facebook Is Taking India's Fake News Problem To Its Newspapers - Forbes

Monday, September 25, 2017

North Carolina paper launches agency

North Carolina paper launches agency: Print and online ads for the Courier-Tribune “are only one little part of what we have to offer,” General Manager Todd Benz said. “That’s what we want people to know. We can offer so many different products and services now. Anything you need to market your business.” The agency’s Multi-Media Sales Executives (MMSE) work with clients to develop comprehensive audience-based, multimedia sales campaigns to meet their diversified needs and maximize return on investment (ROI).

Today in Labor History

September 25  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

American photographer Lewis Hine born in Oshkosh, Wisc. - 1874

(Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor: Your heart will be broken by this exceptional book’s photographs of children at backbreaking, often life-threatening work, and the accompanying commentary by author Russell Freedman. Photographer Lewis Hine–who himself died in poverty in 1940–did as much, and perhaps more, than any social critic in the early part of the 20th century to expose the abuse of children, as young as three and four, by American capitalism.)
Two African-American sharecroppers are killed during an ultimately unsuccessful cotton-pickers’ strike in Lee County, Ark.  By the time the strike had been suppressed, 15 African-Americans had died and another six had been imprisoned.  A white plantation manager was killed as well - 1891

Indian publisher turns to ppi Media

Indian publisher turns to ppi Media: The Bangalore-based company publishes the daily newspapers Deccan Herald and Prajavani, as well as other publications. The goal was to make the production workflow for the papers more efficient and future-oriented, a press release from ppi Media says.

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

We return to Cal Poly Pomona to give the students food this Tuesday at 11:00 AM

Get Serious: The case for newspapers - Daily Press

Oct. 1 is National Newspaper Week - The Capital Journal

LA Times Tops 100,000 in Digital Subscriptions - The Street

Crossword Writer Slips Rape Joke Into Multiple Major Newspapers - HuffPost

Who cares if local newspapers fold? You should - Jackson County Newspapers

Just 22, this digital news publisher is ready to go old-school with print - Poynter

Residents protest Sinclair merger in front of Hunt Valley headquarters - Baltimore Sun

Raycom Media and Community Newspaper Holdings Announce Merger - Editor and Publisher

Consolidation of BH Media newspaper printing begins at Journal plant - Winston-Salem Journal

1910 bombing of the LA Times has been the subject of books and film. Now it's a bus tour - LAT

Friday, September 22, 2017

Trib Total Media to buy MSA Sports Network

Trib Total Media to buy MSA Sports Network: “They are the source of high school sports broadcasts in western Pennsylvania,” said Jennifer Bertetto, CEO of Trib Total Media. “We are excited to welcome an established name in high school sports into the Trib family.’’

How to Make a Printer's Hat

Tom Leech demonstrates how to make a printer's hat from a newspaper. Printer hat-making is part of the many activities at the annual Christmas at the Palace event each December at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Cox Media lauds teams

Cox Media lauds teams: “After ensuring that our teams and their families were all safe, our mission was to serve our communities by relaying vital, lifesaving information to our viewers, listeners and readers,” said CMG President Kim Guthrie in a press release. “The preparedness of our engineers and operations leaders paid off — with generator power, fuel, personnel and even MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) for our small but mighty teams who went without sleep, worked onsite and in the field to continue to report the news and weather.”

How It's Made - Newspapers, Magazines & Books

Graph Expo moves back to Chicago

Graph Expo moves back to Chicago: The tradeshow was held in Orlando in 2016. The show is a comprehensive exhibition of inkjet, digital, offset, flexo, gravure and hybrid technologies, products and services for the printing and imaging industry.

Maintenance Technician Needed

Nevada’s Largest Newspaper is seeking a Motivated Production Maintenance Technician.
For Maintaining, repairing and installing production equipment including auxiliary and support devices.
Position requires some experience with industrial electrical and mechanical
Troubleshooting skills. Understanding of computers is a necessity.
We are working in a highly scheduled production facility where essential assignments may require flexible working hours.
We offer a competitive wage and benefit package.
Send resume by e-mail ( no attachments please) to:
Las Vegas Review Journal is an equal opportunity employer.

Must pass a pre-employment drug screen to start.

Star Tribune Co. holds travel event

Star Tribune Co. holds travel event: The Twin Cities is the Midwest’s top market for travel spending, the company said.

Today in Labor History

September 22  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Emancipation Proclamation signed - 1862
Eighteen-year-old Hannah (Annie) Shapiro leads a spontaneous walkout of 17 women at a Hart Schaffner & Marx garment factory in Chicago. It grows into a months-long mass strike involving 40,000 garment workers across the city, protesting 10-hour days, bullying bosses and cuts in already-low wages - 1910
Great Steel Strike begins; 350,000 workers demand union recognition. The AFL Iron and Steel Organizing Committee calls off the strike, their goal unmet, 108 days later - 1919
Martial law rescinded in Mingo County, W. Va., after police, U.S. troops and hired goons finally quell coal miners' strike - 1922
U.S. Steel announces it will cut the wages of 220,000 workers by 10 percent - 1931
United Textile Workers strike committee orders strikers back to work after 22 days out, ending what was at that point the greatest single industrial conflict in the history of American organized labor. The strike involved some 400,000 workers in New England, the mid-Atlantic states and the South - 1934
Some 400,000 coal miners strike for higher wages in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Illinois and Ohio - 1935
The AFL expels the Int’l Longshoremen's Association for racketeering; six years later the AFL-CIO accepted them back into the house of labor - 1953
OSHA reaches its largest ever settlement agreement, $21 million, with BP Products North America following an explosion at BP's Texas City, Texas, plant earlier in the year that killed 15 and injured 170 - 2005
Eleven Domino's employees in Pensacola, Fla., form the nation's first union of pizza delivery drivers - 2006
San Francisco hotel workers end a 2-year contract fight, ratify a new 5-year pact with their employers - 2006

September 21

Militia sent to Leadville, Colo., to break miners’ strike - 1896
Mother Jones leads a march of miners' children through the streets of Charleston, W. Va. - 1912
(Changing Roles, Changing Lives: Stories of Women During the Industrial Revolution: During the Industrial Revolution, workers were forced to endure dangerous working conditions for miserable wages. Among those who courageously spoke out against this poor treatment were some remarkable women, including Mary Harris “Mother” Jones and Sarah G. Bagley, whose stories are told here for young readers.) 
National Football League Players Association members begin what is to become a 57-day strike, their first regular-season walkout ever - 1982 
Members of five unions at the Frontier Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas begin what was to become the longest successful hotel strike in U.S. history. All 550 workers honored the picket line for the entirety of the 6-year, 4-month, 10-day fight against management’s insistence on cutting wages and eliminating pensions - 1991

September 20

Upton Sinclair, socialist and author of The Jungle—published on this day in 1906—born in Baltimore, Md. - 1878
According to folklorist John Garst, steel-drivin’ man John Henry, born a slave, outperformed a steam hammer on this date at the Coosa Mountain Tunnel or the Oak Mountain Tunnel of the Columbus and Western Railway (now part of the Norfolk Southern) near Leeds, Ala. Other researchers place the contest near Talcott, W. Va. - 1887
Int’l Hod Carriers, Building & Common Laborers Union of America changes name to Laborers' Int’l Union - 1965

September 19

Chinese coal miners forced out of Black Diamond, Wash. - 1885
Between 400,000 and 500,000 unionists converge on Washington D.C., for a Solidarity Day march and rally protesting Republican policies – 1981

Musician and labor educator Joe Glazer, often referred to as “Labor’s Troubadour,” died today at age 88.  Some of his more acclaimed songs include "The Mill Was Made of Marble," "Too Old To Work" and "Automaton." In 1979 he and labor folklorist Archie Green convened a meeting of 14 other labor musicians to begin what was to become the annual Great Labor Arts Exchange and, soon thereafter, the Labor Heritage Foundation - 2006

Muller Martini wins award

Muller Martini wins award: Muller Martini launched the Finishing 4.0 strategy, with systems connected via Connex workflow software, at drupa 2016. The book production system features a seamless, touchless workflow, so books can be produced in runs of one copy without manual interventions and setup time.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Volunteers at Sowing Seeds for Life in La Verne giving away Kleenex

Tronc VP exits to work on his novel - New York Post

Publishers' fear: 'reluctance to innovate' - Editors Weblog

What are your earliest memories of local news? - Poynter

In paywall age, free content remains king for newspaper sites - CJR

Help Find Historic Cartoons in World War I-era Newspapers - Smithsonian

Future of Borderland newspapers at risk as readers go online - KVIA El Paso

Politics Hang Heavy Over FCC's Review of Sinclair-Tribune Media - The Street

Post-Dispatch demands charges be dropped against reporter covering protest - St. Louis Today

More Than 2 Million Public School Students Now Receiving Free Access to The Times - NYT

FCC requests information on Sinclair Broadcast deal to acquire Tribune Media - Baltimore Sun

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday Night in the Blogosphere - Mexico City

Rescuers, firefighters, policemen, soldiers and volunteers desperately remove rubble and debris from a flattened building in search of survivors after a powerful quake in Mexico City on September 19, 2017. Photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

Central Mexico earthquake kills more than 130, topples buildings - CNN

Mexico earthquake: at least 139 dead after powerful quake - The Guardian

At Least 139 Dead After 7.1-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Mexico - TIME

Hours after an earthquake drill in Mexico City, the real thing struck - WTVR

Mexico City EARTHQUAKE: SHOCK explosion as 7.1 quake rocks southern Mexico - Express

Mexico earthquake: Watch live TV moment quake violently shakes - The San Diego Union-Tribune


Central Mexico Earthquake
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Storm update from Flint Group

Storm update from Flint Group: More from the update: 'Some are still assessing the damage and impact to their businesses. Others have begun to restart operations but at reduced capacity, causing a supply and demand imbalance. Many have made public announcements about continued forces majeures and supply allocations. Some transportation companies are imposing fuel surcharges due to very limited availability of carriers.