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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Alexandra Le Tellier to become Los Angeles Times's new digital team leader

To: The Staff
From: Megan Garvey, Deputy Managing Editor

I’m very excited to announce that Alexandra Le Tellier will join the newsroom’s digital team as a senior editor, working closely with our teams in entertainment and features to promote their coverage on our site and in social media.
Alexandra is known for her boundless energy and her keen attention to detail (and that’s understating it). During 4½ years in Opinion, she played a key role in increasing readership and engagement many times over. She organized special digital projects such as The 21st Century Citizen, which explored the meaning of U.S. citizenship in today’s world, and Roadshare, which looked at whether L.A.’s drivers and cyclists will ever be able to share the city’s streets.
Alexandra has been with The Times since 2007. She has a passion for arts and entertainment – particularly movies and television – as well as wellness and home design. She was the deputy editor of Brand X and managing editor of the L.A. edition of Metromix, an entertainment website and print weekly. She also worked for LA.com and freelanced for Los Angeles Magazine, Variety and People. She grew up in L.A. and is a 2002 graduate of Emerson College.
She will report to me.

Today in Labor History


2015.02.23history lawrence strikeU.S. Supreme Court upholds Oregon state restrictions on the working hours of women, justified as necessary to protect their health. A laundry owner was fined $10 for making a female employee work more than 10 hours in a single day - 1908
Women and children textile strikers beaten by Lawrence, Mass., police during a 63-day walkout protesting low wages and work speedups - 1912
Congress passes a federal child labor tax law that imposed a 10 percent tax on companies that employ children, defined as anyone under the age of 16 working in a mine/quarry or under the age 14 in a “mill, cannery, workshop, factory, or manufacturing establishment.” The Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional three years later - 1919

Today in Media History: Floyd Gibbons broadcasts the first daily network radio news program in 1930 | Poynter.

Today in Media History: Floyd Gibbons broadcasts the first daily network radio news program in 1930 | Poynter.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Abram N Apodaca Rest in Peace

February 17, 1939 - January 26, 2015

Retired Los Angeles Times Pressman Abram Noe Apodace has passed away last month, I remember him as a quiet man, that was always cheerful. May he rest in eternal sleep.

Messages can be left on his tribute wall

Today in Labor History


2015.02.23history duboisW.E.B. DuBois, educator and civil rights activist, born - 1868
The National Marine Engineers Association (now the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association), representing deck and engine officers on U.S. flag vessels, is formed at a convention in Cleveland, Ohio - 1875
The Journeyman Bakers’ National Union receives its charter from the American Federation of Labor - 1887
William Randolph Hearst’s San Francisco Examiner began publishing articles on the menace of Japanese laborers, leading to a resolution in the California legislature that action be taken against their immigration - 1904
Woody Guthrie wrote “This Land Is Your Land” following a frigid trip—partially by hitchhiking, partially by rail—from California to Manhattan. The Great Depression was still raging. Guthrie had heard Kate Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” and resolved to himself: “We can’t just bless America, we’ve got to change it” - 19402015.02.23history guthrie
(Woody Guthrie: A Life: Folksinger and political activist Woody Guthrie contributed much to the American labor movement, not the least of which are his classic anthems "Union Maid" and "This Land Is Your Land." This is an easy-to-read, honest description of Guthrie’s life, from a childhood of poverty to an adulthood of music and organizing—and a life cut short by incurable disease. Guthrie’s life and work inspired millions while he lived and continues to do so through musicians such as his son Arlo, Bob Dylan, Billy Bragg and Bruce Springsteen, to name just a few. Guthrie is portrayed as he was—an imperfect being but one with a gift that helped millions as they struggled toward better lives.)
Association of Flight Attendants granted a charter by the AFL-CIO - 1984
Following voter approval for the measure in 2003, San Francisco’s minimum wage rises to $8.50, up from $6.75 - 2004

Today in Media History: The 70th anniversary of Joe Rosenthal’s Iwo Jima photo | Poynter.

Today in Media History: The 70th anniversary of Joe Rosenthal’s Iwo Jima photo | Poynter.

Monday Night in the Blogosphere

Rest in Peace Brian Quintana



Los Angeles Times Festival of Books - L.A. Times

AP goes into business with podcasting service - Poynter

Los Angeles Times Wins Silver Medal in Features - SND

Walkout suddenly gives Missouri town rival newspapers - Joplin Globe

Energetic reporter Julie Wernau ends ‘wild ride’ at Tribune - Robert Feder

Unemployment rates are falling for everyone but journalism grads - Fusion

Stephens Media newspapers sold to New York investment group - ArkTimes

BuzzFeed newsletter begins expansion into breaking news platform - Editors Weblog

Will cash-strapped newspapers be tempted to get cosier with advertisers? - The Guardian

Mall of America security tells St. Paul Pioneer reporter she's not allowed in - Romenesko


Saturday, February 21, 2015

5 front pages from 5 warm places | Poynter.

5 front pages from 5 warm places | Poynter.

Today in Labor History

February 21 - Union Communications Services, Inc.2015.02.16history 8.hours
A state law was enacted in California providing the 8-hour day for most workers, but it was not effectively enforced - 1868
Transportation-Communication Employees Union merges with Brotherhood of Railway, Airline & Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express & Station Employees - 1969
United Farm Workers of America granted a charter by the AFL-CIO - 1972
February 202015.02.16history lowell.mills
Responding to a 15 percent wage cut, women textile workers in Lowell, Mass., organize a “turn-out”—a strike—in protest. The action failed. Two years later they formed the Factory Girl’s Association in response to a rent hike in company boarding houses and the increase was rescinded. One worker’s diary recounts a “stirring speech” of resistance by a co-worker, 11-year-old Harriet Hanson Robinson - 1834
Rally for unemployed becomes major confrontation in Philadelphia, 18 arrested for demanding jobs - 1908
Thousands of women march to New York’s City Hall demanding relief from exorbitant wartime food prices. Inflation had wiped out any wage gains made by workers, leading to a high level of working class protest during World War I - 1917
2015.02.16history peoples.history(If your last serious read of American history was in high school—or even in a standard college course—you’ll want to read this amazing account of America as seen through the eyes of its working people, women and minorities. Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a widely respected historian, author, playwright, and social activist. InA People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present, he turns history on its head with his carefully researched and dramatic recounting of America and its people—not just its bankers, industrialists, generals and politicians.)
United Mine Workers settle 10-month Pittston strike in Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia - 1990
February 19
American Federation of Labor issues a charter to its new Railroad Employees Department - 1909
2015.02.16history reviving.strike
A few weeks after workers ask for a 25¢ hourly wage, the Philadelphia Rapid Transit (streetcar) Co. fires 173 union members “for the good of the service” and brings in replacements from New York City. Striker-scab battles and a general strike ensued - 1910
(In Reviving the Strike: How Working People can Regain Power and Transform America, labor lawyer Joe Burns draws on economics, history and current analysis in arguing that the labor movement must redevelop an effective strike based on the now outlawed traditional labor tactics of stopping production and workplace-based solidarity. The book challenges the prevailing view that tactics such as organizing workers or amending labor law can save trade unionism in this country.)
Journeymen Stonecutters Association of North America merges with Laborers’ Int’l Union - 1968
2015.02.16history weingartenThe U.S. Supreme Court decides in favor of sales clerk Leura Collins and her union, the Retail Clerks, in NLRB v. J. Weingarten Inc.—the case establishing that workers have a right to request the presence of their union steward if they believe they are to be disciplined for a workplace infraction - 1975
Int’l Union of Police Associations granted a charter by the AFL-CIO - 1979
Farm Labor Organizing Committee signs agreement with Campbell Soup Co., ending 7-year boycott - 1986
2015.02.16history printing.pressFebruary 18
One of the first American labor newspapers, The Man, is published in New York City. It cost 1¢ and, according to The History of American Journalism, “died an early death.” Another labor paper, N.Y. Daily Sentinel, had been launched four years earlier - 1834
Faced with 84-hour workweeks, 24-hour shifts and pay of 29¢ an hour, fire fighters form The Int’l Association of Fire Fighters. Some individual locals had affiliated with the AFL beginning in 1903 - 1918