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Monday, July 21, 2014

Go to jail in the old HerEx building - LA Observed

Go to jail in the old HerEx building - LA Observed

AP’s robot-written stories have arrived

AP’s robot-written stories have arrived

Today in Labor History

Local militiamen are called out against striking railroad workers in Pittsburgh. The head of the Pennsylvania Railroad advises giving the strikers "a rifle diet for a few days and see how they like that kind of bread." - 18772014.07.21history-wcfl
Compressed air explosion kills 20 workers constructing railroad tunnel under the Hudson River - 1880
IWW leads a strike at Hodgeman's Blueberry Farm in Grand Junction, Mich. - 1964
Radio station WCFL, owned and operated by the Chicago Federation of Labor, takes to the airwaves with two hours of music. The first and only labor-owned radio station in the country, WCFL was sold in 1979 - 1926
A die-cast operator in Jackson, Mich., is pinned by a hydraulic Unimate robot, dies five days later. Incident is the first documented case in the U.S. of a robot killing a human - 1984

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Make it hot and sweet, mama - Native Intelligence

Make it hot and sweet, mama - Native Intelligence

Robbery halted by newspaper delivery | Poynter.

Robbery halted by newspaper delivery | Poynter.




Today in Labor History

Women's Rights Convention opens in Seneca Falls, N.Y.  Delegates adopt a Declaration of Women's Rights and call for women's suffrage – 1848
(Public Speaking in Easy Steps: The women who spoke at the Women’s Rights Convention knew how to inspire an audience!  How about you?  For most of us, the thought of public speaking sends pulses racing and stomachs lurching.  Public Speaking In Easy Steps guides you through the process, from planning, practice and props through relaxation techniques and tried and tested tips on the day itself. Try it—you might like it!)
An amendment to the 1939 Hatch Act, a federal law whose main provision prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity, is amended to also cover state and local employees whose salaries include any federal funds - 1940  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Murdoch says he won’t buy Tribune papers

Murdoch says he won’t buy Tribune papers

Muslim Family Day at Magic Mountain August 2nd, 2014


Rupert Murdoch Tweets

Rupert Murdoch says he can’t buy the Los Angeles Times because “cross-ownership laws from another age still in place.”(@rupertmurdoch) | Why he’s been off Twitter: “I have been busy lately with many preoccupations!” (@rupertmurdoch)

When a Facebook friend passes away do you delete them as friends?

Today in Labor History

2014.07.14history-sc-hospital-strikeJuly 18 - Union Communications Services, Inc.
The Brotherhood of Telegraphers begins an unsuccessful 3-week strike against the Western Union Telegraph Co. - 1883
Some 35,000 Chicago stockyard workers strike - 1919
Hospital workers win 113-day union recognition strike in Charleston, S.C. - 1969

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday Night in the Blogosphere

Wheng Fedelino just sent this from Batangas City, Philippines 




Peeing dog videobombs meteorologist - Poynter

Christian Science Monitor exits Chicago - Robert Feder

Researching old newspapers is a click away - Columbia Star

Stocks to Keep Your Eyes on: Tribune Company - Techsonian

Newspaper companies need to stop lying to themselves - Gigaom

What We Learned at the GEN Summit 2014 - Bertrand Pecquerie

Jill Abramson: "I'm Not Ashamed of Getting Fired" - Cosmopolitan

'Facebook has all the power. You have almost none' - Editors Weblog

Send your comment to the FCC on net neutrality. Here’s mine. - Jeff Jarvis

Print newspapers, magazines top media replaced by smartphones, tablets - emarketer


Edward Snowden is designing tools for journalists

Edward Snowden is designing tools for journalists

A sign of the print apocalypse? - LA Observed

A sign of the print apocalypse? - LA Observed

















Photo Credit: Tod Tamberg

Wall Street Journal reducing width of newspaper

The Southern California Edition of the Wall Street Journal will be a bit smaller in width beginning with tomorrow's edition. Most newspapers converted to the forty-four inch newsprint format years ago to reduce costs, the WSJ held out until now, the advertising slump must be the reason for the cost cutting measure?



Readers may not even notice the change as each page will be eleven inches wide, from the usual twelve inches in width. The print size will also be slightly reduced to accommodate the missing newsprint.

The Southern California Edition of the New York Times remains the same at forty-six inches.

The length of newspapers has remained the same for decades as it's too costly to retool the printing presses; some newspapers have overcome this by turning to the tabloid format.



Today in Labor History

July 17  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.


Two ammunition ships explode at Port Chicago, Calif., killing 322, including 202 African-Americans assigned by the Navy to handle explosives. It was the worst home-front disaster of World War II. The resulting refusal of 258 African-Americans to return to the dangerous work underpinned the trial and conviction of 50 of the men in what is called the Port Chicago Mutiny - 1944


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The most endangered jobs in 2014

The most endangered jobs in 2014



MAIL CARRIER
Median Salary: $53,100
Hiring Outlook: -28%
FARMER
Median Salary: $69,300
Hiring Outlook: -19%
METER READER
Median Salary: $36,410
Hiring Outlook: -19%
NEWSPAPER REPORTER
Median Salary: $37,090
Hiring Outlook: -13%
TRAVEL AGENT
Median Salary: $34,600
Hiring Outlook: -12%
LUMBERJACK
Median Salary: $24,340
Hiring Outlook: -9%
FLIGHT ATTENDANT
Median Salary: $37,240
Hiring Outlook: -7%
DRILL-PRESS OPERATOR
Median Salary: $32,950
Hiring Outlook: -6%
PRINTING WORKER
Median Salary: $34,100
Hiring Outlook: -5%
TAX EXAMINER AND COLLECTOR
Median Salary: $50,440
Hiring Outlook: -4%

h/t VICTOR BANUELOS

Sowing Seeds For Life - Food Bank Open Today


Sowing Seeds For Life will be open today from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM at 1350 Arrow Highway, La Verne.

One month ago today the visitors to the food bank were backed up onto Arrow Highway, as the volunteers worked as quickly as possible to distribute the food to our guests. As you can see by the photo above the parking lot was over flowing and at capacity, which caught the attention of the La Verne Police Department.

Most of the guests are handicapped, and we offer assistance in toting their food for them, to keep the crowd flowing as quickly as possible.

If your under the belief our guests are lazy, please come visit and you'll learn much from whom we serve.

Photo collection from the food bank


Rupert Murdoch bids on Time Warner | Poynter.

Rupert Murdoch bids on Time Warner | Poynter.



Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

Today in Labor History

Ten thousand workers strike Chicago's Int’l Harvester operations - 1919
Martial law declared in strike by longshoremen in Galveston, Texas - 1920
San Francisco Longshoreman's strike spreads, becomes 4-day general strike - 1934

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Peter Liguori's goodbye press release to Tribune Publishing

From: Peter Liguori 
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 9:58 AM
Subject: Update on Tribune Publishing Spin-Off


Today, we took one of the last remaining steps in the process of establishing Tribune Media and Tribune Publishing as separate, stand-alone companies, by announcing the timing and final details of the spin-off. As the attached press release details, on August 4th, Tribune Publishing and Tribune Media will each become independent companies with separate leadership, corporate identities, and operations.

Additionally, I am extremely pleased to share with you the news that Laura Walker was elected to the Tribune Board of Directors at the company's annual shareholders meeting yesterday (see additional attachment). Laura currently leads New York Public Radio where she oversees eight radio stations and a variety of digital properties and programming. She brings a wealth of experience, a fresh perspective, and will undoubtedly make a valuable contribution to the company's business strategy and operations. Laura replaces Eddy Hartenstein, who is becoming non-executive chairman of the Tribune Publishing Board.

I want to take this moment to express my extreme gratitude and respect for all of our publishing employees for their efforts over the course of the company's history and the current leadership who led the charge to establish an independent Tribune Publishing. Personally, it has been a tremendous honor to work alongside the best editors, publishers and journalists in the business. I have been impressed and humbled by the great work of the publishing division—across every department and in every rank—and I will remain one of your most loyal fans and readers.

In many respects, what this company has achieved over the last 167 years—the delivery of outstanding journalism, the respect and trust of our customers, consumers and partners, and even our collective financial success—all began with the vision of one man, Joseph Medill, and one newspaper, the Chicago Tribune.

Today, Tribune Publishing and Tribune Media are financially sound and well-positioned for success, powered by award-winning journalism, great original content, innovative technologies, and a continuing commitment to serve the communities in which they are located.

In a snapshot, our company will be divided as follows:

Tribune Publishing Company will deliver extraordinary news and information across print and digital platforms and will be home to the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press.

Tribune Media Company will combine quality content, distribution and digital businesses and will be home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties, including Tribune Broadcasting's 42 owned or operated local television stations, WGN America, Tribune Studios, Tribune Digital Ventures, Gracenote/TMS, a global leader in entertainment metadata, WGN Radio, Antenna TV, THIS TV and other strategic investments.

In the coming weeks, there may be questions that come to mind about the spin-off. Rest assured that the leadership within every division of this company has worked tirelessly to ensure that this is as smooth a transition as possible. You should feel free to reach out to your managers and corporate HR representatives for any questions or concerns that you have.

I am confident that on August 4th, as this 167 year-old start-up takes the next step in its evolution, we will all be ready for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. It is with gratitude to all of you who helped build this company that today we celebrate our past, and cherish our future.

Peter

Tribune jabs one last FU in the LA Times' face - LA Observed

Tribune jabs one last FU in the LA Times' face - LA Observed




Newspaper reporter makes ‘endangered jobs’ list

Newspaper reporter makes ‘endangered jobs’ list

Today in Labor History

2014.07.14history-steel-strike-1959
Some 50,000 lumberjacks strike for 8-hour day - 1917
Ralph Gray, an African-American sharecropper and leader of the Share Croppers Union, is murdered in Camp Hill, Ala. - 1931
A half-million steelworkers begin what is to become a 116-day strike that shutters nearly every steel mill in the country. Management wanted to dump contract language limiting its ability to change the number of workers assigned to a task or to introduce new work rules or machinery that would result in reduced hours or fewer employees - 1959

Monday, July 14, 2014

Battle for the Net - Net neutrality

Dear Friends,
We're in a battle to save the Internet as we know it: Thank you for taking a stand.  
The cable companies have millions of dollars and armies of lobbyists and public relations firms -- and since they own so much of the communications infrastructure, it's especially easy for them to push their propaganda.
That's why we need to enlist as many people as possible to join this fight, to demand that the FCC to protect the open Internet and restore Net Neutrality right away.
Will you urge your friends to take a stand?  You can use the tools below.
If you're already on Facebookclick here to share with your friends.
If you're already on Twitterclick here to tweet about the campaign.
Or, just email the link to your friends:
Here's a sample email you can send to your friends:

Friends-
I just submitted a comment to the Federal Communications Commission in support of Net Neutrality. We only have 36 hours left to stand up for Net Neutrality before the FCC's current comment period closes.
The important email below is from the groups behind the new Battle for the Net website -- it explains how you can take action too.
Please read on and join me in taking a stand!
--
Thirty six hours to go. That’s how long we have to get pro-Net Neutrality comments submitted to the FCC in front of their first comment period deadline — and save the Internet from the clutches of Comcast, Time Warner, and their ilk.
Let’s make our power clear, by submitting more comments than the FCC’s ever seen before.
Click here to visit our brand new website and send the FCC a formal comment demanding support for Net Neutrality. It’ll only take a minute:
We're in a battle to for the Internet as we know it. Net Neutrality guarantees all websites — start-ups, blogs, independent media — an even playing field. It’s essentially the First Amendment of the Internet.
But the cable companies want to gut Net Neutrality to increase their profits: Without Net Neutrality, those corporations can kill websites by relegating them to slow lanes if they don’t pay fees — or if they just don’t like the content they contain.
Many of you have already signed petitions to the FCC or President Obama — and so have literally millions of others. That’s incredible — and it’s had a huge impact. But now we all need to go one step further and submit formal comments into the FCC’s Net Neutrality proceeding.
It’s really quick and easy, and carries way more weight than the usual petition signature does. You’ll be a formal part of the process.
Click here to submit a formal comment to the FCC before the end of this comment period — it’s over TOMORROW:
Originally the FCC was poised to undermine Net Neutrality all together. Because we all pushed back, now they’re considering adopting rules that would save it.
But they’ll only do so if we speak out again, even louder.
We can make a huge statement: We have a chance of submitting more comments than the FCC has ever received on an issue before.
The cable companies have millions of dollars and armies of lobbyists and public relations firms -- and since they own so much of the communications infrastructure, it's especially easy for them to push their propaganda.
But we have millions of people on our side — and our only chance of beating the cable companies is if we all take a stand, together.
Click here to visit our brand new website and send the FCC a formal comment demanding support for Net Neutrality. It’ll only take a minute:
Thanks!


This campaign is brought to you by Fight for the Future and Demand Progress, two of the leading free speech organizations out there, working in partnership to make sure we win on net neutrality. You will be hearing from us. If you'd rather not, please unsubscribe below."

NYT names Arthur Gregg Sulzberger an editor in charge of strategy

NYT names Arthur Gregg Sulzberger an editor in charge of strategy

Sign the Petition to Fight Anti-Israel Hate


Today, anti-Israel hatred is rising. Throughout America and Europe, extremists demonize the Jewish state and whip up anti-Israel bigotry, boycotts and hatred. Help us expose this hate movement. Enter your email to fight hate right now.


Los Angeles Times Pressmen's Breakfast - Tues., Aug. 5th, 9:30 AM

The Pressmen from the Los Angeles Times are getting together next month and would enjoy seeing you again, so come on down and see your former colleagues.
Where: Carrows Restaurant
When: Tuesday, August 5th
Time: 9:30 AM
RSVP: Emmett Jaime

101 South Azusa Ave., West Covina

Media reporter’s advice for her replacement: ‘Turn your computer off once in a while’

Media reporter’s advice for her replacement: ‘Turn your computer off once in a while’

Monday Morning in the Blogosphere

The Skid Row artwork can be viewed at 6th and San Julian Streets, Los Angeles



USA Today Goes Viral - New York Times

'Digital-first' isn't the end of print - Printweek

Wolff: Murdoch still wants it all - USA Today

Newspaper design in the digital age - InPublishing

Ex-KPCC VP Stanton lands in crisis PR - Kevin Roderick

‘Temporary’ ban on comments continues at Sun-Times - Robert Feder

‘You made us proud’: Argentine paper celebrates second place - Poynter

Send your comment to the FCC on net neutrality. Here’s mine - Jeff Jarvis

Digital Publishing: Making Headway With Headlines - Editor and Publisher

Newspaper carrier injured after car rolls off Deer Isle causeway - Bangor Daily News


'Release me,' growls the bard of LA - Native Intelligence

'Release me,' growls the bard of LA - Native Intelligence




Today in Labor History

2014.07.14history-sacco-vanzetti
The Great Uprising nationwide railway strike begins in Martinsburg, W.Va., after railroad workers are hit with their second pay cut in a year. In the following days, strike riots spread through 17 states. The next week, federal troops were called out to force an end to the strike - 1877
Woody Guthrie, writer of "This Land is Your Land" and "Union Maid," born in Okemah, Okla. - 1912
Italian immigrants and anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are convicted in Massachusetts of murder and payroll robbery—unfairly, most historians agree—after a 2-month trial, and are eventually executed. Fifty years after their deaths the state's governor issued a proclamation saying they had been treated unfairly and that "any disgrace should be forever removed from their names." – 1921
(Making the News: A Guide for Nonprofits and Activists: Sacco and Vanzetti made the news in a most unfortunate way.  Today, it often seems that unions are either ignored or criticized.  You can influence how your events make the news by following some of the excellent guidance offered by this easy-to-read book.)