Saturday, September 29, 2018

Daily News automates sports video with AI

AI seems to be making inroads everywhere and newspapers are no exception. The New York Daily News is among the publishers to embrace the technology, in its case, leveraging AI technology to provide video coverage of New York sports teams to its approximately 200,000 daily readers.
Since last year, the publisher has been using SendtoNews’ Smart Match, an AI-powered video player feature. The paper has automated the process of publishing sports-related video content, and as a result, seen an uptick in sports video consumption since the implementation of Smart Match, according to STN. The vendor said NYDN has seen more than a 30 percent increase in both page views and unique viewers.
Unfortunately for the NYDN, automation has become more of a necessity than a luxury. In July 2018, the paper’s new owner Tronc slashed the sports staff by 70 percent — part of a 50 percent cut to the paper’s overall editorial staff. Prior to those cuts, the staff was at 32, and in its heyday NYDN had about 100 people on its reporting team.
“At this point we aren’t generating the same amount of content as we were, but we are still digging out of a huge hole trying to cover New York City sports with a team of nine,” said Andy Clayton, senior content editor, digital sports for the Daily News. “Smart Match helps to make that more manageable.”

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

Tools of the trade used at our food bank

NOA: The app that wants to read the news to you - The Independent

Indiana school's newspaper focuses on covering small town - WRAL

Can Your Publication Survive Without Facebook? -

INS president urges govt to ensure protection for journalists - Greater Kashmir

Important to value role of newspapers, journalists now more than ever - York Region

Backroads fried chicken wins big at Association of Food Journalists - Post and Courier

As machines replace people, what's a human to do? Become a lifelong learner - Poynter

StarNews moves operations to downtown Wilmington after Florence - Star News Online

Tribune Charitable Foundation Donates $50K for Hurricane Relief - Broadcasting and Cable

An editor tells of a past sexual assault, sparking dialogue about a crude newsroom culture - LAT

Largest newspaper tech conference to focus on innovation

The IFRA World Publishing Expo will return to Berlin, Germany, on Oct. 9 for a three-day event that will focus on the latest in printed publishing solutions. The tradeshow and conference will be held in conjunction with the DCX Digital Content Expo, which will highlight the creation, distribution and monetization of digital content.
More than 3,000 publishing executives from 100 countries will attend the events, which will feature more than 170 exhibitors covering the range of the publishing industry, according to organizers.
New are partners FIPP, a London-based trade association for global media, the World Association of Magazine Media, and Google’s Digital News Innovation Fund.
The Start-up Park has its own stage and space for networking. The Print Innovation Awards and exhibition areas for content services and virtual reality will also be on tap in Berlin.
Tickets can be reserved at
Below is a sample of vendors that will be showcasing technology at the event.
ABB will highlight its automation and integrated workflow systems for the newspaper industry. ABB’s systems cover digital workflow, roll supply, press automation, mailroom and distribution up to the planning and tracking of the entire production chain. ABB will present modular press control and drives retrofit solutions for newspaper presses from all leading manufacturers.

Today in Labor History

Labor History September 29th
Three members of the United Mine Workers of America were shot to death by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Saskatchewan. The RCMP had fired into a miners’ parade. During the course of the strike, 400 miners and their families clashed with police. – 1931
A report by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the average weekly take-home pay of a factory worker with three dependents is $94.87 – 1962

Friday, September 28, 2018

Is it time to start your own weekly newspaper?

Will weekly newspapers work in markets long served by now struggling daily newspapers? Would local ownership of a newspaper overcome the problems caused by absentee ownership?
“(A) new media baron has emerged in the United States,” says a report issued by the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Private equity funds, hedge funds and other newly formed investment partnerships have swooped in to buy — and actively manage — newspapers all over the country. These new owners… mission is to make money for their investors, so they operate with a short-term, earnings-first focus and are prepared to get rid of any holdings — including newspapers — that fail to produce what they judge to be an adequate profit.”
In many communities, the era of the new media baron is failing.
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Immediate full time opening for a pressman-maintenance person

  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Company Website: KILLEEN DAILY HERALD
  • Contact Name: donna sypion
  • Contact email:
  • Contact Phone: 2545017590
  • Contact Fax: 2546348204
  • City: KILLEEN
  • State: Texas
  • Country: United States
  • Zip/Postal Code: 76541


The Killeen Daily Herald has an immediate full time opening for a pressman-maintenance person. This person must have working knowledge of all aspects of printing on a DGM 850 or Urbanite Press to include plating, hanging plates, roll tending, inking, registration, etc. This person must be able to troubleshoot, have mechanical skills, and be able to work flexible hours. This position will report directly to the operations manager.
The Killeen Daily Herald prints two daily newspaper with three weeklies and also produces extensive commercial work.
Located in the heart of Texas at Fort Hood’s front door, Killeen is a city of 130,000 population and about an hour from Austin and two hours from Dallas. We offer an excellent salary, great benefits, paid vacation, sick leave and profit sharing. We’re looking to move quickly in adding the right person to our team.

APTech a founding member of Americans for Free Trade

The Association for Print Technologies (APTech) has joined with over 80 other trade organizations representing manufacturers, other technology suppliers, retailers, services trade groups, farmers and agribusinesses in a campaign against tariffs under the coalition banner Americans for Free Trade (
Through a multi-million dollar nationwide campaign titled Tariffs Hurt the Heartland (, coalition members will tell stories of how Americans are being economically damaged by tariffs on aluminum, steel and a myriad of Chinese-sourced products that have spawned retaliatory tariffs on a growing list of U.S. exports, according to APTech.
The campaign will tell the stories through town-hall meetings, grassroots outreach to Congress and the Trump administration, social media, and digital advertising. The campaign also includes a searchable map ( that records stories of job losses, deferred investments, higher prices and other negative consequences for businesses hurt by tariffs, according to APTech.
“The combined power of this broad-based multi-industry effort is what’s needed to turn back these harmful tariffs,” says Mark J. Nuzzaco, APTech vice president, Government Affairs. “Ultimately, everybody loses in a trade war,” he said.
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Cox sells Mundo Hispanico

Cox Media Group announced the sale of Mundo Hispanico ( to Mundo Hispano Digital Network (MHDN), a tech-focused media company created to serve the U.S. Latino community.
“We are excited that Mundo Hispanico has found a new home with owners who are committed to continue offering quality news coverage to the growing Latino community in Atlanta and across the country,” said Cox Media Group President Kim Guthrie. “The new owners have deep ties to and demonstrated involvement in the Hispanic community and are a perfect match with our talented and passionate group of Mundo employees.”
Mundo Hispanico launched in 1979 and has served as metro Atlanta’s largest Spanish-language newspaper for nearly four decades. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution purchased Mundo Hispanico in 2004 and rapidly expanded the publication’s digital reach through
“Mundo Hispanico has long-served as a dynamic and trustworthy news source for the Latino community in Atlanta. That solid foundation, coupled with our mission to strengthen Atlanta’s position as a center for Hispanic media in the country, really solidifies this acquisition. It makes perfect sense for us and we’re excited to get started,” said MHDN CEO Rene Alegria.
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Today in Labor History

Labor History September 28th
IWW Demonstration
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
Federal agents arrested 165 Wobblies (members of the Industrial Workers of the World) for their resistance to World War I.CLICK TO TWEETOver 300 IWW leaders were arrested in September and their offices raided throughout the country. Of course, their real crime was continuing to engage in labor strikes and slowdowns, despite the war propaganda. – 1917

Indian paper Mathrubhumi adds MWM CopyTrack

Indian newspaper Mathrubhumi has added the CopyTrack system from Swedish systems supplier MWM to its operation. Mathrubhumi has a total circulation of 1.5 million and is printed in 16 editions across the country, ten in Kerala and one each in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangaluru, Chennai, Dubai and Doha.
The paper is printed using machinery including TKS color offset presses from Japan and Ferag mailroom facilities from Switzerland.
MWM CopyTrack is a system for real-time follow-up of the on-going print plant production. The system registers all types of waste in the pressroom and mailroom, reducing the number of run-ons and re-runs by automatically shutting down the press when the correct print run has been produced, according to MWM Group.
The Mathrubhumi order also includes MWM’s Realtime Roll Consumption (RRC), real-time monitoring through the CopyTrack Mobile App and the MWM Business Intelligence dashboard. 
Cadgraf Digitals is a MWM partner in India.
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

The Los Angeles County Fair experienced record crowds this year

Lessons from a 25-year-old local 'startup' - Poynter

Layoffs announced at The Day newspaper in New London - The News Tribune

What will happen when newspapers kill print and go online-only? - Nieman Lab

Is a New Russian Meddling Tactic Hiding in Plain Sight? - The New York Times

Newsonomics: The Washington Post’s ambitions for Arc have grown - Ken Doctor

New Local News Outlet – THE CITY – Raises $8.5 Million, Launching Soon - Bklyner

Will Tribune Media Company (NYSE:TRCO) Get Their Groove Back? - Winslow Record

LA Times owner calls fake news and how it spreads on social media 'cancer of our time' - CNBC

Billionaires, Buyouts, a Newspaper Empire in the Balance: Continuing Saga of Tronc - The Ringer

Trump says propaganda ads in newspapers show U.S. is winning trade war with China - USA Today

D-R Media buying Sun Publications of Florida

D-R Media and Investments is buying Sun Publications of Florida from Lakeway Publishers according to Cribb, Greene & Cope, who represented Lakeway Publishers in the transaction.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Publications include the Sumter Shopper, The Clermont News Leader, the Four Corners News Leader, the Mt. Dora Triangle News Leader and the commercial printing operations based in Polk County, Florida
“We are excited to add the weeklies and printing operations of Sun Publications to our existing weeklies in Polk County and to our daily newspaper in Highlands County, helping us create a larger presence in central Florida. We think the Florida market is a vibrant growth market for newspapers,” said D-R Media founder David Dunn-Rankin.
“Serving the central Florida readers and advertisers during the past few years had been rewarding and a pleasure. Our staff has produced quality papers and we are very pleased that David Dunn-Rankin and family with their experience and background, will be expanding their presence in central Florida. Community newspapers are a vital party of local communities and are very important to the citizens that live and work in them,” said R. Jack Fishman, president of Lakeway Publishers.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

La Verne Mayor Don Kendrick: Youth and Family Action Committee

Biddeford Journal Tribune moves to new site

The Journal Tribune (Biddeford, Maine) announced its move into a new location, as of Sept. 20, the paper reported.
The new building is at 6 Digital Drive in Biddeford and is a 4,435-square-foot, two-story building that will contain the staffs of the Journal Tribune and Mainely Media newspapers. The building has more than 1,072 square feet of warehouse space.
The paper had been at the previous location on Alfred Street since 1976. The paper is currently being printed in Portland, and new company owners MaineToday Media wanted to upgrade the paper’s location for the public, the paper said.
“I think everyone is really going to like and appreciate this new newspaper facility in Biddeford,” Ed Pierce, Journal Tribune executive editor, told the paper. “It’s quite a step-up from where we have been for the last 42 years, and a welcome change for us.”
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Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

The student volunteers yesterday at Cal Poly Pomona preparing 
to give away food to their fellow students in need

Three Lee Enterprises Execs Tender Resignations - Folio

For once-jailed journalist, the struggle is not over - Poynter

LA Times owner backs McClatchy bid for Tronc - New York Post

Production: Exploring the Best Time Savers - Editor and Publisher

Redefining the way printed newspapers are delivered at the door - Freight Waves

News publishers are using Snapchat to encourage younger readers to vote - Tech Crunch

Fewer Pittsburgh newspapers could mean higher costs of living for residents - PGH City Paper

How to lead a business through disruption – lessons from former CEO of Chicago Tribune - JF

Canadian news coverage on civic affairs drops in difficult decade for newspapers - Financial Post

Brush with death not enough to break delivery drivers' obligation to subscribers - Asheville Citizen

Topeka Capital-Journal leaving offices

Topeka Capital-Journal is leaving its downtown offices, according to Morris Communications, the owner of the building, KSNT News reported.
The Topeka Capital-Journal “will be vacating the building,” according to Robert Kuhar, vice president of properties and facilities for Morris Communications. Morris kept the building after selling the paper to GateHouse last year.
It is unknown where the paper will relocate to.
“We do not have a location,” according to Publisher Steve Wade, the station reported.
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Today in Labor History

Labor History September 26th
The first production Ford Model T left the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan. 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 ten jobs in the country. – 1908

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Meredith may be close to sale of Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Money

Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Money, which Meredith is selling, may be on track to a sale with a group including billionaire Dan Gilbert and motivational speaker Tony Robbins, sources told The New York Post.
The Post report didn’t include details on the price being negotiated, but said Des Moines-based Meredith hoped to get at least $500 million in selling the titles.
One thing being considered is further cutting Sports Illustrated editions, according to the Post. The sports publication was reduced to 26 issues earlier this year.
Meredith announced Sept. 16 that it has agreed to sell the Time media brand to Marc and Lynne Benioff for $190 million in cash. The transaction was expected to close within 30 days.
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Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

On Sunday a mylar balloon caused power lines to arc in a massive explosion. 
Should they be banned?

When and how to use 4chan to cover conspiracy theories - Poynter

UK newspapers want big tech to pay for using their work - Engadget

The Ins And Outs Of A Potential McClatchy-Tronc Merger - Seeking Alpha

What Newspapers Can Learn From Digital-Only Services - Editor and Publisher

One Editor’s Hunt for Stories Leads Him to ‘Untapped Corners of the Internet’ - EP

Financing dies in darkness? The impact of newspaper closures - Brookings Institution

Stack of Sandpoint newspapers lit on fire in latest anonymous attack targeting writer - KHQ

'Roaring Back': Tiger Woods's victory makes newspaper front pages across the country - Golf

Irish newspapers join forces as news body chairman warns 'future of journalism at crossroads' - PG

Chinese-backed newspaper insert tries to undermine Iowa farm support for Trump, trade war - DMR

New York Times launches City Tours

The New York Times has launched City Tours with Urban Adventures, Skift reports.
City Tours involves “walking tours inspired by The New York Times.”
“Interact with locals, get hands-on experience, and enjoy exclusive access to places with a local guide,” says the Times’ page on the service. The tours last around four hours each, Skift says.
The tours are co-branded as New York Times and Urban Adventures tours, and Urban Adventures will do bookings and customer service. Nine tours will be available to start.
In 2019, new Times Journeys will include the politics of Jordan and Lebanon, Norway, with a focus on drone photography, and exploring mystery writers in Edinburgh. “All our journeys offer exclusive insights into the culture, history and forces that brought these areas to worldwide prominence,” according to the Times.
People who book a City Tour receive a one-month free trial of the Times, Skift says. When the trial is over, tour participants get a 50 percent discount off the regular price.
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Today in Labor History

Labor History September 25th
Lewis Hines
American photographer Lewis Hine was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.CLICK TO TWEETHine used his camera as a tool for social reform. His photographs were instrumental in changing the child labor laws in the United States. – 1874
A group of African-American sharecroppers in Lee County, Arkansas perhaps loosely affiliated with the Colored Farmers’ National Alliance and Union (commonly call the Colored Farmers’ Alliance), struck to increase the wages they received from local planters for picking cotton. By the time a white mob put down the strike, 15 African-Americans and one white plantation manager were killed. – 1891
Playwright John Howard Lawson was born on this date in New York City. Lawson wrote several plays about the working class, including The International (1928), which depicts a world revolution by the proletariat, and Marching Song (1937), about a sit-down strike. He was for several years head of the Hollywood division of the Communist Party USA. He was also the organization’s cultural manager and answered directly to V.J. Jerome, the Party’s New York-based cultural chief. He was the first president of the Writers Guild of America, West after the Screen Writers Guild divided into two regional organizations. In the late 1940s, Lawson was blacklisted as a member of the “Hollywood Ten” for his refusal to tell the House Committee on Un-American Activities about his political allegiances. – 1894

Monday, September 24, 2018

Lee closes Montana Magazine

Lee Enterprises has closed Montana Magazine, the magazine announced.
“For nearly 50 years, Montana Magazine has captured the best qualities of Big Sky Country and helped define its unique character. Unfortunately, the dynamics of the publishing business have changed, and the magazine has reached the end of its distinguished run,” said a note from General Manager Matt Gibson on the publication’s website. “All of us at Montana Magazine appreciate our loyal readers, and we’re sorry to disappoint so many of you,” the note said.
Subscribers will get a refund for the unfulfilled issues remaining on their accounts, the magazine said.
The closure comes not long after Lee closed the Missoula Independent newspaper, which Lee shuttered on Sept. 11.
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Trade commission overturns newsprint tariff

The U.S. Department of Commerce initiated the tariff after a Washington state paper producer filed a complaint.

China shuts down over 4,000 websites

China has shuttered over 4,000 websites and online accounts in a move against “harmful” information, the official Xinhua news agency said Sept. 22, the BBC and others reported.
The campaign was jointly launched by the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications and the State Administration of Press and Publication in May, Xinhua said.
“As of the end of August, authorities nationwide have amended over 120 relevant violations and ordered 230 enterprises to rectify irregularities, removing or filtering more than 147,000 pieces of harmful information, according to a statement by the two agencies,” Xinhua reported.
The content included copyright infringements and material spreading “improper values, vulgarity or obscenity,” Xinhua said.
The move also seemed to be targeted at platforms offering free e-books, according to the BBC.
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