Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New local news editors named at the LA Times - LA Observed

New local news editors named at the LA Times - LA Observed

Advice Goddess Blog

Advice Goddess Blog - "TV Producer In Beverly Hills For Pre-Emmys Event Arrested For Being Tall, Bald And Black"

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the creators of the Cartoon The Jetsons, prediction of 
how newspapers would be read in the future were exactly on the mark

Stick a Fork in Your Newspaper - Bloomberg View

Ad revenue forecast to set record next year - Crain's

UH student paper shifts to weekly print publication - Chron

The Fall and Rise of Investigative Journalism - Huffington Post

Rupert Murdoch runs News Corp along 'feudal' lines - The Guardian

The Financial Times' mobile-led weekend evolution - Editors Weblog

Jonesboro Police Chief resigns after attacking reporter online - Romenesko

Declining circulation is a term that haunts editors and publishers - Grubstreet

LITTLE: Newspapers are still here, still making money - Grand Haven Tribune

Newspapers appear to be deemphasizing single copy sales - Talking New Media

Turner rumored to be offering buyouts to 550 employees

Turner rumored to be offering buyouts to 550 employees

Today in Labor History

Fannie Sellins and Joseph Starzeleski are murdered by coal company guards on a picket line in Brackenridge, Pa. Sellins was a United Mine Workers of America organizer and Starzeleski was a miner - 1919

After three-quarters of the states had ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, women win their long struggle for the vote - 1920
With America in the depths of the Great Depression, the Comptroller of the Currency announces a temporary halt on foreclosures of first mortgages - 1932
In what some may consider one of the many management decisions that was to help cripple the American auto industry over the following decades, Ford Motor Co. produces its first Edsel. Ford dropped the project two years later after losing approximately $350 million - 19572014.08.25history-womens.strike.equality
The Women’s Strike for Equality is staged in cities across the U.S., marking the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, under which women won the right to vote.  A key focus of the strike—in fact, more accurately a series of marches and demonstrations—was equality in the workplace.  An estimated 20,000 women participated, some carrying signs with the iconic slogan, “Don’t Iron While the Strike is Hot.”  Another sign: “Hardhats for Soft Broads” - 1970
More than 1,300 bus drivers on Oahu, Hawaii, begin what is to become a 5-week strike - 2003

Today the Jackie Robinson West All Stars have made history

Well the fellows came up short in the championship game but they are still Americans little league champions! Give these young men a thumbs up ladies and gentlemen, Americans 2014 little league world series Champion’s! - Haywood Galbreath
"Today the Jackie Robinson West All Stars have made history as only the third team ever from Illinois to reach the championship game of the Little League World Series and the City of Chicago could not be prouder of them. Their positive attitude and success on the field has rallied people from every neighborhood to support these kids and they continue to demonstrate why they are the pride of Chicago. What a comeback. What a win!" - Mayor Emanuel

Monday, August 25, 2014

American journalist released in Syria; British officials ID man believed to be Foley’s killer

American journalist released in Syria; British officials ID man believed to be Foley’s killer

Today in Labor History

Birth of Allan Pinkerton, whose strike-breaking detectives ("Pinks") gave us the word "fink" - 1819
Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters founded at a meeting in New York City.  A. Philip Randolph became the union's first organizer - 1925

Sunday, August 24, 2014

No brotherly love for rival papers in Philadelphia

No brotherly love for rival papers in Philadelphia

Bookie - Dem Nuh Bad (Raw) Social Issues Riddim - August 2014

Bookie - Dem Nuh Bad (Raw) Social Issues Riddim
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Today in Labor History

The Gatling Gun Co.—manufacturers of an early machine gun—writes to B&O Railroad Co. President John W. Garrett during a strike, urging their product be purchased to deal with the "recent riotous disturbances around the country." Says the company: "Four or five men only are required to operate (a gun), and one Gatling... can clear a street or block and keep it clear" - 1877
National Association of Letter Carriers formed - 1889
United Farm Workers Union begins lettuce strike - 1970

Jack Ryan, said the company is profitable, but he declined to provide numbers

The end of newspapers as we know them

Clay Shirky has some some truths: "Maybe 25 year olds will start demanding news from yesterday, delivered in an unshareable format once a day. Perhaps advertisers will decide 'Click to buy' is for wimps. Mobile phones: could be a fad. After all, anything could happen with print. Hard to tell, really."
The other significant point is that journalists are being kept deliberately in the dark about the fortunes of their employers. When asked to estimate their own circulation, they overestimate it by an order of magnitude. It's the sharp between the newsroom and the business side: "

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Today in Labor History

The U.S. Commission on Industrial Relations is formed by Congress, during a period of great labor and social unrest. After three years, and hearing witnesses ranging from Wobblies to capitalists, it issued an 11-volume report frequently critical of capitalism. The New York Herald characterized the Commission's president, Frank P. Walsh, as "a Mother Jones in trousers" - 1912
Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, accused of murder and tried unfairly, were executed on this day. The case became an international cause and sparked demonstrations and strikes throughout the world - 1927
Seven merchant seamen crewing the SS Baton Rouge Victory lost their lives when the ship was sunk by Viet Cong action en route to Saigon - 1966
2014.08.18history-chavez.fightFarm Workers Organizing Committee (to later become United Farm Workers of America) granted a charter by the AFL-CIO - 1966
(The Fight in the Fields: No man in this century has had more of an impact on the lives of Hispanic Americans, and especially farmworkers, than the legendary Cesar Chavez. Born to migrant workers in 1927, he attended 65 elementary schools before finishing 7th grade, the end of his formal education. Through hard work, charisma and uncommon bravery he moved on to become founder and leader of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) and to win a degree of justice for tens of thousands of workers... and to set a moral example for the nation.)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

The Teamster truck parked across the street from the Los Angeles Times

The end of the printed newspaper - Medium

Beyond the Printed Page - Editor and Publisher

Newspapers are, pretty much, dead - Boing Boing

Extra! Extra! North Shore gets new newspapers - Crain's

LA Times asking readers about a smaller format paper - LAObserved

Newspapers might be changing, but they make money - Times-Leader

Mobile devices are conquering the time of our readers - Editors Weblog

Despite what you've heard, newspapers are still going strong - Penn Live

Newspapers To Sink Or Swim In The Sea of Changing Media - WUWM

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Alums send treats to former colleagues - Romenesko

Today in media history: In 1762, Ann Franklin becomes one the first women newspaper publishers

Today in media history: In 1762, Ann Franklin becomes one the first women newspaper publishers

Daily News and LANG hire county reporter from Register - LA Observed

Daily News and LANG hire county reporter from Register - LA Observed

Today in Labor History

Five flight attendants form the Air Line Stewardesses Association, the first labor union representing flight attendants. They were2014.08.18history-first.contactreacting to an industry in which women were forced to retire at the age of 32, remain single, and adhere to strict weight, height and appearance requirements. The association later became the Association of Flight Attendants, now a division of the Communications Workers of America - 1945
(From First Contact to First Contract: A Union Organizer’s Handbook is a no-nonsense tool from veteran labor organizer and educator Bill Barry. He looks to his own vast experience to document and help organizers through all the stages of a unionization campaign, from how to get it off the ground to how to bring it home with a signed contract and a strong bargaining unit.)
Int’l Broom & Whisk Makers Union disbands - 1963
Joyce Miller, a vice president of the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers, becomes first female member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council - 1980
The Kerr-McGee Corp. agrees to pay the estate of the late Karen Silkwood $1.38 million, settling a 10-year-old nuclear contamination 2014.08.18history-silkwood.carlawsuit.  She was a union activist who died in 1974 under suspicious circumstances on her way to talk to a reporter about safety concerns at her plutonium fuel plant in Oklahoma - 1986
Int’l Longshore & Warehouse Union granted a charter by the AFL-CIO - 1988

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The journalists you meet on West Florissant Avenue

The journalists you meet on West Florissant Avenue

Union wins decertify vote at the Los Angeles Times

Ronnie Pineda, President of Teamsters Local 140-N at the Los Angeles Times.

Today Tribune Publishing lost in it's attempt to decertify the union representing the men and women working in the press room at the Los Angeles Times by a vote of 44 Yes to 36 No's.

Back in the Los Angeles Times heydays, with three production facilities, there were over 800 pressmen and press women, that number has dwindled down to 88 today.

Should we all pretend poverty doesn't exist?

5 things you should know about poverty in Southern California

Ms. Jenna Chandler from the Orange County Register wrote an interesting article regarding poverty in our area, which is worth reading. The information shared should be of concern for everyone regarding poverty, which makes me ask Should we all look the other way and pretend their is no problem?

Today in Labor History

August 21  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Slave revolt led by Nat Turner begins in Southampton County, Va. - 1831

Turner started with several trusted fellow slaves, but the insurgency ultimately numbered more than 70 enslaved and free blacks, some of whom were mounted on horseback. On August 13, 1831, an atmospheric disturbance made the Sun appear bluish-green. Turner took this as the final signal, and began the rebellion a week later on August 21. The rebels traveled from house to house, freeing slaves and killing all the white people they encountered.
Because the rebels did not want to alert anyone, they discarded their muskets and used knives, hatchets, axes, and blunt instruments instead of firearms. (The latter also would have been more difficult for them to collect.) Historian Stephen B. Oates states that Turner called on his group to "kill all the white people." A contemporary newspaper noted, "Turner declared that 'indiscriminate slaughter was not their intention after they attained a foothold, and was resorted to in the first instance to strike terror and alarm.'" The group spared a few homes "because Turner believed the poor white inhabitants 'thought no better of themselves than they did of negroes.'"
The rebels spared almost no one whom they encountered. A small child who hid in a fireplace was among the few survivors. The slaves killed approximately sixty white men, women and children[12] before Turner and his brigade of insurgents were defeated. A white militia with twice the manpower of the rebels and reinforced by three companies of artillery eventually defeated the insurrection.
The Rebecca Vaughan House is the last remaining intact building in Southampton County at which owners and their families were killed in the Nat Turner Insurrection.

Today in media history: Journalists introduced to TV in 1928

Today in media history: Journalists introduced to TV in 1928

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sowing Seeds For Life open today in La Verne, CA. from 1pm to 5pm

Mary and Tajha both work full time jobs, yet find the time to volunteer

As the food crisis intensifies across America many families have been able to bridge the gap by visiting local food banks, such as Sowing Seeds For Life. Depending on weather conditions and the cars snaking down Arrow Highway we will distribute food to anywhere from 550 to 650 families today. The only requirement for receiving food, you must reside in Los Angeles County.

Sowing Seeds For Life
1350 Arrow Highway
La Verne, CA. 91750
(909) 392-5777

Open the 1st and 3rd Wednesday every month from 1pm to 5pm

The second Friday of each month for seniors and veterans

The last Saturday each month from 1pm to 3pm, open to anyone in need 

James Foley’s mother: ‘We have never been prouder of our son Jim’

James Foley’s mother: ‘We have never been prouder of our son Jim’

Today in Labor History

The Great Fire of 1910, a wildfire that consumed about 3 million acres in Washington, Idaho and Montana—an area about the size of Connecticut—claimed the lives of 78 firefighters over two days.  It is believed to be the largest, although not deadliest, fire in U.S. history - 1910
Deranged relief postal service carrier Patrick “Crazy Pat” Henry Sherrill shoots and kills 14 coworkers, and wounds another six, before killing himself at an Edmond, Okla., postal facility.  Supervisors had ignored warning signs of Sherrill’s instability, investigators later found; the shootings came a day after he had been reprimanded for poor work.  The incident inspired the objectionable term “going postal” - 1986