Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Manroland relocates press for China’s People’s Daily

Manroland relocates press for China’s People’s Daily: The job unfolded as manroland expanded its offerings to service presses produced by competitors around a year ago. To date, manroland counts two control upgrades on Goss presses. In addition, numerous printing houses that operate third party presses are benefitting from the retrofit of a manroland web systems Inline Control System, the company says.

Today in Labor History

November 28  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

William Sylvis, founder of the National Labor Union, born - 1828
National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, precursor to IBEW, founded - 1891
A total of 154 men die in a coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pa.  Engineer and General Superintendent A.C. Beeson tells the local newspaper he had been in the mine a few minutes before the blast and had found it to be in perfect condition - 1908
Some 400 New York City photoengravers working for the city’s newspapers, supported by 20,000 other newspaper unionists, begin what is to become an 11-day strike, shutting down the papers - 1953

NYT to develop new digital products

NYT to develop new digital products: The move is meant to coax more people to pay for material outside of traditional news, a senior executive told Reuters.

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere


Seattle Central revives student newspaper - Capitol Hill Times

Closure of Simcoe County newspapers a 'sad day' - Barrie Today

Former top editor worries about TIME magazine's future - Poynter

At Svenska Dagbladet an algorithm is running the news - Editors Weblog

tronc, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRNC) Reaches Overbought Range - Aiken Advocate

Feds face new pressure to help hobbled newspaper industry - Humboldt Journal

Koch brothers' 'passive' role in Time Inc. takeover met with skepticism - Politico

Meredith Makes Claim There's Still Value in the Magazine Business - The Street

Guardian newspaper avoids a paywall but bets on reader support - Digital Journal

Postmedia-Torstar Deal: 290 Jobs Lost, 30+ Newspapers Shut Down - Huffington Post

Monday, November 27, 2017

Romanian group gets new system from QIPC

Romanian group gets new system from QIPC: In 2015, EDS Romania bought a 2001 manroland Lithoman 48S press from Sweden and turned to QIPC for automation solutions, according to QIPC.

The Times - Your Morning Paper - Newspaper Production During 1940s

NYT: Decision-makers in Asia look to us

NYT: Decision-makers in Asia look to us: Market research firm Ipsos measured The New York Times’s affluent digital Asian audience at 1,165,506 readers per month, with one in eight affluent Asian readers consuming New York Times content across print and digital in the last 12 months. The survey comprised of a representative sample of affluent household ages 25 to 64 in the top 20 percent of households, defined by household income, in 10 Asian countries.

Today in Labor History

November 27  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Some 1,200 workers sit down at Midland Steel, forcing recognition of the United Auto Workers, Detroit - 1936

The pro-labor musical revue, “Pins & Needles,” opens on Broadway with a cast of Int’l Ladies Garment Workers Union members. The show ran on Friday and Saturday nights only, because of the cast’s regular jobs. It ran for 1,108 performances before closing - 1937

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

Pacific News Service, RIP - LAObserved

Vox Media workers' union move, explained - Poynter

The Newspaper Revolution has begun - Columbus Post

What the blockbuster sale of Time Inc. means - Poynter

The Chicago Reader is in no danger of folding - Robert Feder

A great newspaper makes you late for work - Los Angeles Times

Zimbabwe’s biggest newspaper can print exactly what it wants - WaPo

Pacific News Service closes, but lessons continue - San Francisco Chronicle

Indian Newspapers Run Blank Pages to Protest Journalist Killing - The Guardian

Gearing for a bull run? Tronc Inc (TRNC) Moves 7.19% For Week - Stock Daily Review

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Ira Copley's Elgin Courier-News led to tronc slaughter?

Ira Copley's Elgin Courier-News led to tronc slaughter?

The ominous news has triggered fears in San Diego that the Union-Tribune, once the flagship of the Copley Press — founded shortly after the turn of the last century by Illinois gas-and-electric magnate Ira Copley — could meet a similar fate at the hands of tronc, led by Chicago wheeler-dealer Michael Ferro.

Today in Labor History

November 25  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Some 10,000 New Orleans workers, Black and White, participate in a solidarity parade of unions comprising the Central Trades and Labor Assembly. The parade was so successful it was repeated the following two years - 1883

Teachers strike in St. Paul, Minn., the first organized walkout by teachers in the country. The month-long “strike for better schools” involving some 1,100 teachers—and principals—led to a number of reforms in the way schools were administered and operated - 1946

(No Contract, No Peace: A Legal Guide to Contract Campaigns, Strikes, and Lockouts is a must-have for any union or activist considering aggressive action to combat management’s growing economic war against workers. The book references recent union activities and NLRB decisions that have affected the labor relations environment and the author's familiarity with labor and employment law combines with his activist spirit to provide innovative yet practical tips for mounting and maintaining meaningful campaigns designed to build union and workers’ power.)

Nearly 1,550 typesetters begin what is to become a victorious 22-month strike against Chicago newspapers - 1947

George Meany becomes president of the American Federation of Labor following the death four days earlier of William Green - 1952

Canadian postal workers, protesting a Post Office decision to offer discounts to businesses but not individuals, announce that for one week they will unilaterally reduce postage costs by about two-thirds.  Declared the Canadian Union of Postal Workers: “(M)embers of the general public, not businesses, can mail letters with 10 cents postage and postal workers will process them without taxing them for insufficient postage" - 1983

November 24

Led by Samuel Gompers, who would later found the American Federation of Labor, Cigarmakers’ Int’l Union Local 144 is chartered in New York City - 1875

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A Conversation with Otis Chandler

Otis Chandler, the former publisher of the Los Angeles Times, joins Dean Nelson of Point Loma Nazarene University for a lively discussion on the ethics and business of journalism today as part of PLNU's 5th Annual Writer's Symposium By The Sea. Series: "Writer's Symposium By The Sea"

Today in Labor History

November 23 - Union Communications Services, Inc.

History’s first recorded (on papyrus) strike, by Egyptians working on public works projects for King Ramses III in the Valley of the Kings. They were protesting having gone 20 days without pay—portions of grain—and put down their tools. Exact date estimated, described as within “the sixth month of the 29th year” of Ramses’ reign—1170BC—in The Spirit of Ancient Egypt, by Ana Ruiz. Scholar John Romer adds inAncient Lives: The Story of the Pharaoh’s Tombmakers that the strike so terrified the authorities they gave in and raised wages. Romer believes it happened a few years later, on Nov. 14, 1152 B.C.
Troops are dispatched to Cripple Creek, Colo., to control protests by striking coal miners - 1903
Mine Workers President John L. Lewis walks away from the American Federation of Labor to lead the newly-formed Committee for Industrial Organization. The CIO and the unions created under its banner organized six million industrial workers over the following decade – 1935

The first meeting between members of the newly-formed National Football League Players Association and team owners takes place in New York. Union founders included Frank Gifford, Norm Van Brocklin, Don Shula and Kyle Rote. They were asking for a minimum $5,000 salary, a requirement that their teams pay for their equipment, and a provision for the continued payment of salary to injured players. The players’ initial demands were ignored - 1956

Merger and acquisition firm discusses trends

Merger and acquisition firm discusses trends: Dirks, Van Essen & Murray is a New Mexico-based merger and acquisition firm. Since its inception in 1980, the firm has focused primarily on assisting companies in the sale, acquisition and valuation of daily and weekly newspapers for a variety of purposes. News & Tech caught up with partners Owen Van Essen, Sara April and Phil Murray for their take on some recent trends in the industry.

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

The Pivot From Advertising - Slate

Value your constitutional rights? Thank a journalist - CNN

The journalist I most want to thank - The Washington Post

Were You a Victim of Russian Propaganda? - The New York Times

Weeks of preparation go in to Turkey Day newspaper - Sun Journal

Getting the Most Out of Life: 10 Questions for Thanksgiving - Poynter

tronc Inc. (TRNC) Breaks into New 52-Week High on November 22 - Equities

After 28 years on the job, Strong woman to deliver last newspaper - Sun Journal

The Times is “torn” about whether Glenn Thrush should lose his job - Vanity Fair

How MTV, The Telegraph and Evening Standard are Using Amazon Echo Show - DigiDay

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Chicago Does L.A.

Chicago Does L.A.

The L.A. Times after being bought by the Tribune

Content marketer Keywee puts focus on publishers

Content marketer Keywee puts focus on publishers: The automated service scans and analyzes keywords in your content and finds the audiences on social media most likely to engage with those topics.

tronc's anti-union flyer

Screen grab from tronc flier

Private jets and golden parachutes: The L.A. Times Guild asks, 'Where is the money?'

Catamount Color orders press upgrade

Catamount Color orders press upgrade: The work on the M130 sixteen-page web press system will include an ink fountain upgrade, consisting of the more responsive one-piece ink key motors and potentiometers which Goss maintains are less costly and easier to replace than previous generation ink keys.

Today in Labor History

November 22  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

“The Uprising of the 20,000.” Some 20,000 female garment workers are on strike in New York; Judge tells arrested pickets: “You are on strike against God.” The walkout, believed to be the first major successful strike by female workers in American history, ended the following February with union contracts bringing better pay and working conditions – 1909

The district president of the American Federation of Labor and two other Caucasians are shot and killed in Bogalusa, La., as they attempt to assist an African-American organizer working to unionize African-American workers at the Great Southern Lumber Co. - 1919

President John F. Kennedy is assassinated. Generally considered a friend of labor, Kennedy a year earlier had issued Executive Order 10988, which authorized unionization and a limited form of collective bargaining rights for most federal workers (excluding the Department of Defense). Many states followed the example set by Kennedy - 1963

Canadian printer invests in M-3000 upgrades

Canadian printer invests in M-3000 upgrades: The project consisted of a drives and controls system upgrade, an Omni Make-Ready bundle and ink fountain rebuilds.
The drives and controls upgrade involved replacing existing consoles with new OmniconT and OmnicolorT consoles, new Siemens PLC CPU hardware, controllers and drives. Goss technicians rebuilt the ink fountains on eight existing units and added new four and 16 channel driver boards, embedded controller boards, ink fountain balls, and single piece ink keys.
Also included was the Omni Make Ready package, a combination of hardware and software functions designed to reduce waste.
'We have invested a significant amount of money into this press to ensure longevity and reliability, says Ted Schneider, Maintenance and Engineering Manager of RBW Graphics. 'The new upgrades will also help to gain efficiencies and help to provide consistency in quality. By adding the Omnicon control system to this press, it aligns with the operating platforms on our other Goss Sunday presses which all run the Omnicon system.'

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

tronc (TRNC) Reaches $16.98 52-Week High - Wolcott Daily

You can ‘blame’ the Internet for the newspaper’s demise - BND

Daily News lost $13.9M in the first half of the year - New York Post

What journalists need to know about the new net neutrality battle - Poynter

‘Jack-of-All-Trades, Master of None’: Why Mashable Flamed Out - DigiDay

Washington Post gets, and sends, the message via chat apps - Editors Weblog

The newspaper created a platform to tackle its own challenges - Fast Company

Sage is latest publisher to warn of China censorship pressures - Financial Times

What to Do When a Neighbor Is Taking Your Newspaper - The New York Times

Newspapers and their communities of readers still need each other - Press of Atlantic City

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Trib leaving Tribune Tower in early 2018

Trib leaving Tribune Tower in early 2018: The paper is relocating to leased quarters at One Prudential Plaza, a 41-story building overlooking Millennium Park, in the second quarter of 2018, says parent company Tronc.

How are newspapers produced Part 1 | Editorial Process | Finding Out | 1973

How are newspapers produced Part 2 | The printing process | Finding Out | 1973

News Media Alliance to host adXchange 2018

News Media Alliance to host adXchange 2018: The conference will take place immediately following Mega-Conference 2018, for which the Alliance is a first-time partner, along with Inland Press Association, Local Media Association, Southern Newspaper Publishers Association (SNPA), and local host association in 2018, the California News Publishers Association, a news release from the Alliance said.

The Golden Parachutes at the Tribune Company October 24th, 2011


Tribune Company Bankruptcy Nears an end

As the Tribune Company prepares to exit bankruptcy the new owners have let it be known they will be replacing Eddy Hartenstein as CEO of the company. I’m curious as to the amount of severance pay he will receive once the transition is consummated? Eddy also holds the title of publisher at the Los Angeles Times; will he receive a severance for both titles I wonder? Looking back at our former CEO and former publisher’s payouts, Eddy could receive as much as $44,000,000 if his kings ransom is matched. Not a bad take for just over three years at the company! Makes me wonder why no one has started an Occupy the Los Angeles Times yet?

David Hiller was terminated as publisher of the Los Angeles Times in July, 2008 and for doing such a great job was rewarded with $15,400,000 in severance pay

Former CEO of the Tribune Company Dennis Fitzsimmons walked away with $28,729,797 dollars after the company was purchased and he was replaced.

Guardian: Facebook fact-checkers raise doubts

Guardian: Facebook fact-checkers raise doubts: In late 2016, the social media giant announced the fact-checking program, in which Facebook partners with third-party fact checkers, including the Associated Press, Snopes, ABC News and others, to mark fake news with a “disputed” tag that would warn users about passing on debunked content. A Guardian review found “that the fact-checks seemed to be mostly ineffective and that ‘disputed’ tags weren’t working as intended,” says the paper.

Blast from the past: Tribune Co. in bankruptcy but management receives bonuses July 24th, 2009

FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009

Tribune Company Bonuses to Managers

Tribune Company CEO Randy Michaels and CAO Gerry Spector sent a memo out on Wednesday July 22, 2009 regarding the motions filed with the bankruptcy court regarding bonuses to 700 managers. The payouts will be between $21.5 million to $66.7 million, with 9 of the top 10 executives dividing $3.1 million among themselves.

Expecting some type of descent from the working class at Tribune properties across the country, their memo explains the need for bonuses, for us simple-minded folks to understand. As usual I could not locate anyone from my department that was allowed access to their message, so here it is.

From: Tribune Communications
Sent: Wed Jul 22 13:56:02 2009
Subject: Message from Randy Michaels & Gerry Spector/Motion Filed Today

Today we filed a motion asking the United States Bankruptcy Court in Delaware to approve the implementation of a comprehensive performance-based incentive plan for 2009 for key employees across the company. This plan has been reviewed and approved by the Compensation Committee of our board of directors and has the support of the Official Unsecured Creditors Committee and our senior lender Steering Committee. This motion will certainly draw some media attention, so we’d rather you hear about it from us first.

Importantly, this is a pay-for performance plan that pays nothing if our companywide and/or business unit operating goals are not met. The plan is more conservative than in past years in that it requires the company to meet its 2009 operating goals before recipients are eligible for any payout, instead of allowing for a smaller payout in the event of reduced operating performance. In fact, a full payout can only be achieved by significantly exceeding the company’s 2009 operating plan.

As submitted to the court, the plan has three components, including:
  • A management incentive program (MIP) with performance metrics based on our 2009 operating plan as approved by our board of directors earlier this year. This is consistent with our long-standing practice of incentivizing and rewarding employees for exceptional performance. More than 700 employees will be eligible for incentive pay under this part of the plan. This program is generally consistent with the 2008 program that was paid out following court approval earlier this year, with certain aspects that are more conservative than prior years’ programs.
  • A transition management incentive program which is tied to the same operating metrics and is designed to incentivize key managers to continue to focus on maximizing operating cash flow while performing substantial duties related to our restructuring efforts.
  • A supplemental program designed to incentivize business unit leaders to maximize cash flow for their particular operations.
We have also asked the court for approval to pay the earned 2008 MIP awards to our top executives. As you may recall, in May we deferred requesting authorization to pay the top executives following discussions with our key constituents to avoid delays in paying the other 710 employees in the program. The court approved these payments and now, after further discussions with our key constituents, we are seeking payment for the remaining employees so that they will be treated the same as other MIP participants. (Sam is not part of this group, and is not seeking a 2008 MIP award. He is also not a participant in any of the 2009 incentive plans.)
For those who don’t participate in this plan, the company still offers a variety of other incentive programs. Earlier this year the company paid out approximately $8.8 million in various local incentive payments to more than 3,000 employees companywide. We fully expect to continue this practice.

Incentivizing employees is essential to Tribune’s future success. Our employees are committed and working harder than ever to make improvements happen across the company. We must continue motivating our people to overcome obstacles, achieve our performance goals and take the company to the next level.

As a company we are making progress—it is slow, but sure. Looking around the media industry, thanks to your hard work and dedication, we are more competitive than we’ve been in some time. Let’s keep it up.

Randy and Gerry

Wick plans to sell Half Moon Bay Review

Wick plans to sell Half Moon Bay Review: “We’re exploring the opportunity to sell the Half Moon Bay Review because of the combined value of the operation and the real estate,” Wick CEO Francis Wick told the paper.

Private jets and golden parachutes at tronc

L.A. Times Guild - Los Angeles Times Guild

Private jets and golden parachutes: The L.A. Times Guild asks, 'Where is the money?'

It’s a question we hear often: How would Tronc pay for the raises and improved benefits we’ll pursue through our union?

Well, the answer is that a great deal of money continues to flow into The Times, because of the high-quality journalism our newsroom produces every day. At a recent all-hands meeting, Ross Levinsohn said Tronc still earns $1.5 billion in annual revenue and remains profitable.

The problem is that a disproportionate amount of those profits are lavished on the salaries and perks for Levinsohn and a handful of other richly compensated Tronc executives.

The Columbia Journalism Review noted Monday that executive compensation at Tronc shot up 80% last year — a nearly $9 million jump over 2015. That squares with the findings below from a NewsGuild analysis of Tronc’s SEC filings.


Michael Ferro’s private jet alone costs the company millions. From February 2016 through September of this year, Tronc spent $4.6 million to sublease and operate the sleek Bombardier aircraft, which costs $8,500 an hour to fly. The kicker? Tronc subleases the jet from Merrick Ventures, one of Ferro’s companies.


Last year, Tronc CEO Justin Dearborn made an eye-popping $8.1 million in total compensation. He made substantially more than his counterparts at The New York Times Co., Gannett Corp., Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal and McClatchy, among others. In fact, Dearborn’s compensation was $3 million more than that of New York Times CEO Mark Thompson, whose company has revenues similar to ours but a market value many multiples of Tronc’s. Plus, Thompson took a pay cut in 2016 because he did not meet his performance goals.

Continue reading remainder of article at The Los Angeles Times Guild

Verizon’s Oath to lay off more than 550

Verizon’s Oath to lay off more than 550: Oath has around 14,000 employees worldwide, so the layoff consists of just under 4 percent of the global workforce.

Today in Labor History

November 21  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Six miners striking for better working conditions under the IWW banner are killed and many wounded in the Columbine Massacre at Lafayette, Colo. Out of this struggle Colorado coal miners gained lasting union contracts - 1927
The 1,700-mile Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) is completed, built during World War II on the order of President Roosevelt.  Some 11,000 troops, about one-third of them African-Americans, worked on the project, which claimed the lives of an estimated 30 men. Memorials for the veterans are scattered in spots throughout the highway, including the Black Veterans Memorial Bridge, dedicated in 1993.  It wasn’t until 1948 that the military was desegregated - 1942
The United Auto Workers Union strikes 92 General Motors plants in 50 cities to back up worker demands for a 30-percent raise. An estimated 200,000 workers are out - 1945
Staten Island and Brooklyn are linked by the new Verrazano Narrows Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time and still the longest in the U.S.  Joseph Farrell, an apprentice Ironworker on the project, told radio station WNYC: "The way the wind blows over this water it would blow you right off the iron. That was to me and still is the most treacherous part of this business. When the wind grabs you on the open iron, it can be very dangerous." Three workers died over the course of the 5-year project - 1964

(Survival of the Fittest is a must-read for anyone in the building trades, especially younger workers. In clear, easy-to-read language it explains how to be successful in the trades and, directly linked to that success, how to make union construction thrive and prosper.)
The promise of telecommuting arrives when the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network—ARPANET, the beginnings of the global internet—is established when a permanent link is created between the University of California at Los Angeles and the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, Calif. - 1969
A fire at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas kills 85 hotel employees and guests and sends 650 injured persons, including 14 firefighters, to the hospital. Most of the deaths and injuries were caused by smoke inhalation - 1980
Flight attendants celebrate the signing into law a smoking ban on all U.S. domestic flights - 1989
Congress approves the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), to take effect Jan. 1 of the following year - 1993
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act takes effect in the nation’s workplaces. It prohibits employers from requesting genetic testing or considering someone’s genetic background in hiring, firing or promotions - 2009

Ziff Davis may buy Mashable

Ziff Davis may buy Mashable: The acquisition would give cash-hungry Mashable the means to get deeper into video. Terms of the deal aren’t known, Bloomberg reports.

Tuesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

The newspaper ad that changed everything - CNN

3-pound newspaper coming Wednesday - The Courier

Current Newspapers Sued for Unpaid Printing Bills - Washingtonian

New York Times Journalists Are Groveling to Their Readers - Politico

Executives at The New York Times took a steep pay cut - MorningStar

The internet is collectively outraged over net neutrality repeal - Mashable

Welcome to your local library, which also happens to be a newsroom - Poynter

FCC Relaxes Limits on Owning Newspapers, TV Stations - Canada Free Press

Members of Tronc management are giving themselves huge raises - MorningStar

Justice Department suing ATT to block its $85 billion bid for Time Warner - WaPo

Monday, November 20, 2017

How to get started: Youtube Q&A

How to get started: Youtube Q&A: How do I get started with YouTube?

Logging For Newsprint (1956)

Includes log transport, logging train, logs arriving at Boyer paper manufacturer, paper transport by barge to Hobart, newspaper stand. 

A Tasmanian Government Film Unit Production.
Sponsored by the Premier's Department.

Please be advised that this footage may contain words and descriptions that may be culturally sensitive, which reflect the attitude of the period in which the film was produced, and which may be considered inappropriate today.

Connecticut weeklies close

Connecticut weeklies close: Hearst bought both papers in June. Hearst Connecticut Media also owns the Westport News and Fairfield Citizen-News.

Today in Labor History

November 20  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

First use of term “scab,” by Albany Typographical Society - 1816
Norman Thomas born, American socialist leader - 1884
The time clock is invented by Willard Bundy, a jeweler in Auburn, N.Y. Bundy’s brother Harlow starts mass producing them a year later - 1888
Mine fire in Telluride, Colo., kills 28 miners, prompts union call for safer work conditions - 1901
A total of 78 miners are killed in an explosion at the Consolidated Coal Company’s No. 9 mine in Farmington, W. Va. - 1968 
The Great Recession hits high gear when the stock market falls to its lowest level since 1997. Adding to the mess: a burst housing bubble and total incompetence and greed—some of it criminal—on the part of the nation’s largest banks and Wall Street investment firms. Officially, the recession lasted from December 2007 to June 2009 - 2008

Podcast examines cop killing

Podcast examines cop killing: Journalists at the paper spent six months investigating the murder, a well-known unsolved case in Virginia.

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

Newspapers flowing from the printing press

The LA Times flirts with unionization, defying its history - CJR

The FCC says local media is thriving, that's not so clear - Wired

Tronc Inc (TRNC) Shares Climb Higher For the Week - Stock Talker

There’s a Digital Media Crash. But No One Will Say It - Talking Points

Chicago Tribune leaving namesake tower by mid-2018 - Chicago Tribune

Fox News Bans Kiss Frontman Gene Simmons for Life - The Daily Beast

How mega-media deals further erode the myth of a 'liberal' media - Poynter

Vox Media Is Trying to Unionize and Your Newsroom Should Too - Splinter

The media today: A unionization wave across the industry - Columbia Journalism Review

A call to arms (and wallets) in the new era of deregulation and bigger media - Nieman Lab

Friday, November 17, 2017

Adams acquires MessAge

Adams acquires MessAge: MessAge also publishes the weekly Bargain Hunter free distribution shopper, an eight-times-per-year real estate guide, along with an annual Fun Guide and various special pages and sections throughout the year.

Today in Labor History

November 17  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York is founded "to provide cultural, educational and social services to families of skilled craftsmen." The Society remains in existence to this day – 1785

Martin Irons dies near Waco, Texas.  Born in Dundee, Scotland, he emigrated to the U.S. at age 14.  He joined the Knights of Labor and in 1886 led a strike of 200,000 workers against the Jay Gould-owned Union Pacific and Missouri railroads.  The strike was crushed, Irons was blacklisted and he died broken-down and penniless.  Said Mother Jones: "The capitalist class hounded him as if he had been a wild beast." - 1900
To the huge relief of Post Office Department employees, the service sets a limit of 200 pounds a day to be shipped by any one customer.  Builders were finding it cheaper to send supplies via post than via wagon freight. In one instance, 80,000 bricks for a new bank were shipped parcel post from Salt Lake City to Vernal, Utah, 170 miles away.  The new directive also barred the shipment of humans: a child involved in a couple’s custody fight was shipped—for 17¢—from Stillwell to South Bend, Ind., in a crate labeled “live baby” - 1916
With many U.S. political leaders gripped by the fear of communism and questioning citizen loyalties in the years following World War II, the Screen Actors Guild votes to force its officers to take a “non-communist” pledge.  A few days earlier the Hollywood Ten had been called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities - 1947

Wisconsin papers strike printing deal

Wisconsin papers strike printing deal: Production is set to start at the Journal Times’ facility with the May 1, 2018, edition.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

The day I quit journalism - Quartz

What every newsroom can do to fight online misinformation - Poynter

F.C.C. Opens Door to More Consolidation in TV Business - NY Times

Chairman Steps Down As NPR Grapples With Harassment Crisis - NPR

FCC rolls back ownership regulations for big media companies - Poynter

BuzzFeed Set to Miss Revenue Target, Signaling Turbulence in Media - WSJ

Axios Raises $20 Million to Fund Newsroom Expansion - Wall Street Journal

Trust Project launches indicators to promote quality and reliability - Editors Weblog

Rollins College has officially terminated its print subscription of The NY Times - The Sandspur

For 54 years McCloskey hung on to newspapers he saved the day JFK died - Altamont Enterprise