Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Tensor gets book press order from Indonesian printer

In March 2018, Tensor International was awarded a contract for a new book press for PT Macanajaya Cemerlang, located in Indonesia.
The order consists of two T-400 4-high printing towers and one H-50 folder.
The 40,000 iph rated Tensor T400 printing units will be equipped with remote inking and spray bar dampening. Tensor, along with sister company DCOS Automation Sweden, has designed into the configuration a unit shaftless drive system, integrated press console, and an automatic camera-based registration and cut-off control system.
The shaftless heavy duty H-50 folder is equipped with a commercial-grade quarter folder along with a complete signature perforation package.
“We desired a heavy duty, high durability machine to fulfill our 24-hour-a-day production environment and found the Tensor T400 to be the right press for our needs,” said Sugeng Sentosa, CEO of PT Macanajaya Cemerlang.
The T-400 will be added to an existing Solna press to produce high-quality 4-color text books.
The equipment shipped in early September and installation will be completed by the end of November 2018. 

Newspaper printing, Fleet Street, 1986.mpg

In 1980 London faced monumental change. One tenth of the city, the docklands, was empty and derelict. Fleet Street, newspaper-land, was too small, union bound and technologically archaic to allow any progress. So The Daily Telegraph made a decision and became the first major company to move to Docklands. This film illustrates the start of London's transition. Also, the creation of Westferry Printers - the main printer of newspapers today. (News International had riots but West Ferry quietly did it!) The movie is a bit slow by today's pace and the commentary, delivered well by Benny Green, is a bit clunky - but hey, it's historic!

Startup Scroll announces financing round

Digital startup Scroll has announced that Union Square Ventures is leading a $7 million financing round in Scroll. The round also includes participation from Samsung Next, Bertelsmann, Gannett, Axel Springer, The New York Times, Uncork Capital, Founder Collective, OATV and Tom Glocer, according to Scroll. 

Scroll, a startup that aims to sell subscriptions to an ad-free digital news bundle featuring various publishers, plans to launch in 2019. The company has offices in New York and Portland.

Scroll’s backers are “investing in the idea that it’s possible to fix an internet that has evolved to feel more like something done to us than something built for us,” the company says.

The company aims to “balance a frictionless, fast, ad-free user experience on an open web with a revenue model that gave publishers a strong future.”

New publishers joining Scroll Network include Buzzfeed, Vox Media, Fatherly and The Daily Beast, the company says. There are now 27 partner publishers on board.

Chartbeat founding CEO Tony Haile is Scroll’s founder and CEO.

Dan Rosandich the Cartoon Maker

 By Dan Rosandich

Cartoon maker software is readily available to help cartoonists.
I prefer to use the old method of drawing that requires pen and ink on paper. Basically,  cartoons actually drawn by hand or “manually” so to speak.
It’s because no technology existed when I was a child and my interest in drawing cartoons initially began at a young age.
In n sense, I use technology to my advantage by colorizing my cartoons digitally, I communicate with those professionals who may be interested in my work via email. And I derive sales of my cartoons and illustration services through my online portfolio and cartoons I make available through my website.
I still consider myself “old school” to a degree though.
Pencils and paper are all I ever knew. But I see technology as a great asset to the creative world and this includes cartooning.
I have nothing against using software programs or any devices now in use for creating artwork and cartoons digitally.

I think it’s because I inherently learned to draw using the old school method and really, I value and cater to that method more and think it’s still the best way for creating my own cartoons and humorous illustrations.

U.K. hits Facebook with data protection fine

The U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office has fined Facebook £500,000 ($640,463) for “serious breaches of data protection law.”
The ICO is the UK’s independent regulator for data protection and information rights law.
The fine is the maximum allowable under the laws that applied at the time the incidents occurred.
The ICO’s investigation found that between 2007 and 2014, Facebook processed the personal information of users unfairly by allowing application developers access to their information without sufficiently clear and informed consent, and allowing access even if users had not downloaded the app, but were simply “friends” with people who had, according to the ICO.
Facebook also failed to keep the personal information secure because it failed to make suitable checks on apps and developers using its platform, the ICO says. These failings meant one developer, Aleksandr Kogan and his company GSR, harvested the Facebook data of up to 87 million people globally, without their knowledge, ICO says. According to ICO, a subset of this data was later shared with other organizations, including SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, who were involved in political campaigning in the U.S.
Even after the misuse of the data was discovered in December 2015, Facebook didn’t do enough to ensure those who continued to hold it had taken adequate remedial action, including erasing the data, the ICO claims. 
The ICO found that the personal information of at least one million U.K. users was among the harvested data.

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Torstar launches paid digital subscriptions with eSuite

MPP Global, the technology company that delivers the eSuite subscription and billing platform, has launched digital subscriptions for Torstar Corporation. Torstar is home to over 90 regional news titles across Canada, including The Toronto Star, one of Canada's highest-circulation daily newspapers.
ESuite was implemented on the newspaper’s flagship website ( in September 2018, an MPP Global press release says. The Toronto Star now offers both registrations and subscriptions through “Star Digital Access.”
A further three regional websites owned by Torstar have been implemented with user registration walls, and an additional 24 will be implemented by the end of the year. Torstar is using the complete collection of modules available within eSuite, according to MPP Global, which is headquartered in the U.K. “The breadth of functionality in the platform enables Torstar to offer a complete solution without the need for multiple third-party components,” the release says.

Today in Labor History

Labor History October 31st
Seattle’s Hooverville
George Henry Evans published the first issue of the Working Man’s Advocate, “edited by a Mechanic” for the “useful and industrious classes” in New York City. He focused on the inequities between the “portion of society living in luxury and idleness” and those “groaning under the oppression and miseries imposed on them”. – 1829
Tennessee sent in leased convict laborers to break a coal miners strike in Anderson County. The miners revolted, burned the stockades, and sent the captured convicts by train back to Knoxville. – 1891
Occupy Seattle was inaugurated. Led by unemployed lumberjack Jesse Jackson, the first Hooverville was built on vacant land owned by the Port of Seattle near Pioneer SquareCLICK TO TWEET. Within two days over 50 shacks were erected and by 1934, 600-1000 people were living in them. By 1941, Seattle’s “Hooverville” covered 25 blocks. Hoovervilles eventually spread throughout the country. – 1931
After 14 years of labor by 400 stone masons, the Mt. Rushmore sculpture was completed in Keystone, South Dakota. – 1941
The Upholsterers International Union merged into the United Steelworkers Union. – 1949
The International Alliance of Bill Posters, Billers & Distributors of the United States & Canada surrendered its AFL-CIO charter and was disbanded. – 1971

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Brockton paper makes temporary move to Taunton

The Enterprise (Brockton, Massachusetts) is temporarily departing the city of Brockton. The paper’s current offices in Brockton are being renovated by the landlord, the paper reported
The paper relocated its operations to the Taunton Daily Gazette building, also owned by GateHouse Media, beginning last week. But the move is not permanent, and the aim is to move the newspaper back to its market, said Publisher Mark Olivieri.
“While The Enterprise’s editorial staff will be physically leaving Brockton for a few weeks during the renovation of the current office, the move does not by any means indicate we are changing our news coverage plans in our core market area,” said Olivieri.
The Enterprise had been at 1324 Belmont St. since 2008. The paper moved from its spot at 60 Main St. in downtown Brockton in 2008 after opening there in 1881.

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Washington Post expanding tech coverage

The Washington Post is expanding its tech coverage, adding 11 new positions for reporters, editors and videographers, the paper announced.
The expansion will result in additions to The Post’s San Francisco bureau, where two tech reporters and one editor work. The bureau also will now include a video studio. Jobs also will be added in Seattle and Washington, D.C., the paper says.
The new positions bring the total number of Post journalists focusing on tech to 25 from 14, an 80 percent increase. These jobs add to a business section that has doubled its staff over the past five years, with greater coverage in areas ranging from economic policy to the business of entertainment, The Post says.

Today in Labor History

Labor History October 30th
Ed Meese
In an escalation of their attempts to intimidate and run the Industrial Workers of World out of Everett, Washington, Sheriff Donald McRae and his deputies rounded up 41 Wobblies who had come to town to support striking shingle workers, beat them, and forced them to run through a gauntlet of “law and order” officials armed with clubs and whips.  The IWW would return, however, with greater numbers on November 5. – 1916

Monday, October 29, 2018

YouTube outage sends traffic to publishers

The Oct. 16 outage on YouTube led to a 20 percent rise in traffic to client publishers’ sites, Chartbeat found
Just over half of the increase (11 percent of overall traffic) went to general articles on publisher sites, while articles about the YouTube outage made up a 9 percent lift in the hour-long outage.
Chartbeat analyzed the YouTube outage, which happened around 9 p.m. ET, using global traffic data across a sample of more than 4,000 sites.
Chartbeat compared the traffic boost to a Facebook outage on Aug. 3, 2018, which brought a 2.3 percent net increase to publisher traffic during the 45-minute outage. That outage happened on a Friday afternoon, so most people were probably at work or out for the evening, Chartbeat says. Another factor in the difference is that YouTube is not normally a traffic driver to publishers, Chartbeat points out. 
A Reddit outage in August didn’t show an appreciable effect to overall publisher traffic, Chartbeat says.

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

How long before America mirror's the Philippines, with armed guards everywhere?

Pondering the predicament of newspapers - Observer-Reporter

Mexican engineer and radio host killed in Acapulco - Knight Center

Digital natives learn to spot fakes at ‘Be MediaWise’ training - Poynter

'Rebel' newspaper from 1774 lands in Goodwill in New Jersey - USA TODAY

Chatham County newspapers sold. Look who bought them - Durham Herald Sun

Gun Store Sticker Ad Runs on Top of Synagogue Massacre Story - Go Local Prov

Another bad joke about journalists by Czech president - Reporters Without Borders

How Russia’s Online Trolls Engaged Unsuspecting American Voters - BuzzFeed News

Tribune Media Company To Report Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results - Pr News Wire

Women in News: old boy's club culture prevails even when parity is reached - Editors Weblog

Q&A on the proposal of a UN Convention for the safety of Media Professionals

Today in Labor History

Labor History October 29th
Katsu Goto
Japanese immigrant and labor advocate Katsu Goto was strangled to death, his body then strung from an electric pole, on the Big Island of Hawaii by thugs hired by plantation owners.CLICK TO TWEETThey were outraged over Goto’s work on behalf of agricultural workers and because he opened a general store that competed with the owners’ own company store. – 1889
The Wall Street Crash, also known as Black Tuesday, the Great Crash, or the Stock Market Crash of 1929 was the most devastating stock market crash in U.S. history when taking into consideration the full extent and duration of its aftereffects. The crash signaled the beginning of the 10-year Great Depression that affected all Western industrialized countries. – 1929
The National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded in Chicago. – 1966

Friday, October 26, 2018

Harold M. Rios Rest in Peace

Harold Rios 07-17-1927 - 10-19-2018

Long time pressman for the Los Angeles Times, Harold Rios 91, passed away last Friday due to natural causes.

Mr. Rios began his career at the Los Angeles Times in 1950 and retired in 1989, a career spanning thirty-nine years. The changes he witnessed at the newspaper were vast.

Harold's sons Dennis and Michael also worked as pressmen for the newspaper, with Dennis at the Olympic Production Facility and Michael at the shuttered San Fernando Production Facility.

As the photographs below show, Harold never missed a dinner or breakfast with his former colleagues from the newspaper.

Harold was a happy person and was extremely proud of his sons.

A memorial service in his honor will be held in two to three weeks.


Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Los Angeles Times Pressmen from the 1960's

The Stories Behind the Nation's Oldest Newspapers - 24/7 Wall St

Tribune suspends package delivery ‘out of caution’ - Robert Feder

How Facebook deals with misinformation, in one graphic - Poynter

The Erosion of Hong Kong’s Free Press - Columbia Journalism Review

America's newspapers are vanishing, Illinois losing more than most - WQAD

Apple’s Radical Approach to News: Humans Over Machines - New York Times

ATT donates $250,000 to defend press freedom - Committee to Protect Journalists

Dozens of old WWII newspapers found hidden in wall of Seattle home - 13WHAM-TV

Herald-Tribune project wins EPPY from Editor and Publisher - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Just like vinyl records, "print" newspapers are NOT relics of the past - The Rogersville Review

What do newspapers lose when they use non-professional photography? - American Press Institute

Today in Labor History

Labor History October 26th
The Erie Canal
Women’s rights leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton died on this date in New York City. She was a suffragist, social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure on the early women’s rights movement. Her Declaration of Sentiments, presented at the Seneca Falls Convention held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York is often credited with initiating the first organized women’s rights and women’s suffrage movement in the United States. Stanton was president of the National Woman Suffrage Association from 1892 until 1900. – 1902
Begun in 1817, the Erie Canal that linked Lake Erie on the west to the Hudson River on the east was completed.CLICK TO TWEETThe canal was dug from Albany to Buffalo, 4 feet deep and 40 feet wide.  Local laborers and Irish immigrants were primarily employed to build the canal and were paid 80 cents per day for 10-12 hours of work. Estimates are that over 1,000 workers died during the construction. Father John Raho wrote to his bishop that “so many die that there is hardly any time to give Extreme Unction to everybody. We run night and day to assist the sick”. – 1825
President Truman raised the federal minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents. – 1949

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Marketwatch to run print supplement in The Wall Street Journal is putting out a print product for the first time in its nearly two decades of publishing, Talking Biz News and others reported. 
The Dow Jones Media Group’s money news website will run its Best New Ideas in Money feature as a print supplement in The Wall Street Journal on Oct. 29. Dow Jones Media also owns The Wall Street Journal.
“This is the perfect feature for our debut in print,” said Jeremy editor, in a statement. “What better way to explore the next phase in money’s evolution than by using the medium that really made money possible in the first place.”

Wednesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Harold Rios, Dan McQuitty, and Owen Brennan 

Libel Law is Having a Moment - CJR

Golf Digest Proves Journalism Still Matters - Folio

Service Valley fourth-graders produce newspaper for class - Parsons Sun

Newspapers remain great election source for voters - Standard-Democrat

Rural folks resort to online publications in the wake of newspaper scarcity - RadioVop

Errors in a university study leads to mea culpa about newspaper column - Tulsa World

How one family used an obituary to lay out the reality of opioid addiction - The Guardian

US Border Agencys Stop and Search Undermine Press Freedom - Committee to Protect Journalists

Examining Larry Nassar scandal, journalists wonder: Will America believe victims now? - Poynter

More pressure on York Vision as “send nudes” controversy seen by national newspapers - The Yorker

Lee Enterprises leaving downtown Davenport office

Lee Enterprises is moving out of its downtown Davenport, Iowa, corporate office, the Quad-City Times reported. The company has been at the Mississippi Plaza building, 201 N. Harrison St., since 2004, according to a news release. Lee will move its offices to 4600 E. 53rd St., Davenport. That building holds Russell Construction’s headquarters at the moment.
The relocation is planned for summer 2019.
Mississippi Plaza is a beautiful facility, and it has served Lee Enterprises well,” said Tim Millage, vice president, CFO and treasurer, in the release. “The new offices will allow for a more modern, open floor plan, which is much better suited for our company’s current and future needs.”
Lee Enterprises operates newspapers, specialty publications and digital products in 49 markets and 21 states.