Monday, October 20, 2014

Fake Los Angeles Times Subscription Renewal - Readers Beware

My elderly neighbor called seeking my assistance after retrieving his mail, seems the newspaper subscription scammers sent him something he didn't understand. As I glanced over the statement I knew immediately this was part of a scam occurring around the country at many different newspapers.

If the yearly cost doesn't grab your attention, $799.95 for 364 issues, the lack of the Los Angeles Times logo lettering should.

I hope no one is taken by this scam, but I'm certain a few older readers sent in payments.

My mailbox did not have the renewal notice today from Publishers Billing Association, do they have access to all subscribers I wonder?

Gannett gives employees an extra paid day off

Gannett gives employees an extra paid day off

Monday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Herald Examiner trucks picking up their newspapers at the LA Times

Three things lost; we'll miss them all - SFGate

Publishing revenues continue a steep slide - Poynter

WAN-IFRA's annual 'World Press Trends' - Editors Weblog

Annual 10 Newspapers That Do It Right list - Editor and Publisher

Gannett earnings up 49% on broadcast business gains - USA Today

Advertising agency Jump Cut is launching a print division - Variety

For Aaron Kushner, a Difficult Foray Into Newspapers - New York Times

Déjà vu: LA Times under Beutner restores California section - LAObserved

Google Loves Print, This We Know, For Its Guidelines Tell Us So - Dead Tree Edition

MyNewsLA is a website devoted to providing up-to-date news about LA - My News LA

Los Angeles Times Press Release

 — The Los Angeles Times is enriching its print edition and digital report with the launch of a daily California section. The new section is dedicated to the news and analysis essential to navigating life in the Southland and across the Golden State. California will cover California as only The Times can, with a focus on local and statewide news, analysis and feature stories, as well as commentary from its award-winning columnists.
“California, the nation’s most vital melting pot, is where America comes to see its future. Here in Los Angeles, almost 200 languages and dialects are spoken every day. We stand on the edge of a continent, a window to Asia and Latin America, constantly pushing boundaries in art, science, politics and culture,” said Times publisher Austin Beutner. “No matter where the news is breaking – in Sacramento or just down the street – California will help frame readers’ perspective on the latest trends and discoveries in our community and the state. It will present the news with the timeliness, insight, intelligence and balance that it deserves.
“We’ve been reporting on and about one of the world’s most influential regions for more than 132 years,” said editor Davan Maharaj. “With the launch of California, we are sharpening and deepening our coverage – with exclusive enterprise reporting, watchdog journalism, vital data, and distinctive local reporting from across the state.”
Highlights of the section include:
  • Los Angeles city and county news with in-depth coverage of key government institutions
  • New analytical takes on goings-on at City Hall, the state’s political landscape, higher learning and education, science and California’s impact beyond its borders
  • Signature columnists: Sandy Banks, Steve Lopez, George Skelton and Robin Abcarian
  • Distinct local City Beat stories, images from The Times’ extensive photo archives and dispatches from the Homicide Report
  • Coverage from Times reporters across the state, including Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno, Ventura, Orange County and San Diego
  • Q&As, graphics, document markups and by-the-numbers features that help put news in context
  • Obituaries and a new online database
  • The weather
About the Los Angeles Times
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country and has been covering Southern California for more than 132 years.
The Los Angeles Times Media Group (LATMG) businesses and affiliates also include The EnvelopeTimes Community News, and Hoy Los Angeles which, combined with the flagship Los Angeles Times, reach approximately 5 million or 36% of all adults in the Southern California marketplace. LATMG is part of Tribune Publishing Company (NYSE: TPUB), a diversified media and marketing solutions company that delivers innovative experiences for audiences and advertisers across all platforms. Additional information is available at http://latimes.com/aboutus.

Los Angeles Times Introduces New California Section

From: "Beutner, Austin M" 
Date: October 20, 2014 at 6:48:32 AM PDT
To: AllLosAngelesTimesEmployees 
Subject: Los Angeles Times Introduces New California Section 

Colleagues –

Today brings big news of the launch of The Times’ daily California section.

We will celebrate in-person at Noon and get all the details from Davan and his team.

In the meantime, we have attached the public announcement that will be distributed shortly, as well as my letter to our readers.

This is an exciting time as we invest additional resources in our core mission.

See you in the Chandler Auditorium at 12pm.


Politician won’t talk to ‘muckraking’ outlets

Politician won’t talk to ‘muckraking’ outlets

Newspaper Publishing: "Good Neighbors" 1944 Minneapolis Star-Journal and Tribune

Today in Media History: In 1967 Walter Cronkite imagined the future of online news and communications

Today in Media History: In 1967 Walter Cronkite imagined the future of online news and communications

Today in Labor History

2014.10.20history-debscrossEugene V. Debs, U.S. labor leader and socialist, dies in Elmhurst, Ill. Among his radical ideas: an 8-hour workday, pensions, workman's compensation, sick leave and social security. He ran for president from a jail cell in 1920 and got a million votes - 1926
(The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene V. Debs: Eugene V. Debs was a labor activist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who captured the heart and soul of the nation’s working people. He was brilliant, sincere, compassionate and scrupulously honest.  A founder of one of the nation’s first industrial unions, the American Railway Union, he went on to help launch the Industrial Workers of the World—the Wobblies.  A man of firm beliefs and dedication, he ran for President of the United States five times under the banner of the Socialist Party, in 1912 earning 6 percent of the popular vote.)
Hollywood came under scrutiny as the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) opened hearings into alleged Communist influence within the motion picture industry.  Dozens of union members were among those blacklisted following as a result of HUAC’s activities - 1947
Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan writes to PATCO President Robert Poli with this promise: if the union endorses Reagan, "I will take whatever steps are necessary to provide our air traffic controllers with the most modern equipment available and to adjust staff levels and work days so that they are commensurate with achieving a maximum degree of public safety." He got the endorsement. Nine months after the election, he fires the air traffic controllers for engaging in an illegal walkout over staffing levels and working conditions - 1980
2014.10.20history-merle.travisDeath of Merle Travis, songwriter and performer who wrote "Sixteen Tons" and "Dark as a Dungeon" – 1983
Two track workers are killed in a (San Francisco) Bay Area Rapid Transit train accident.  Federal investigators said the train was run by a BART employee who was being trained as an operator as members of the Amalgamated Transit Union were participating in what was to be a four-day strike - 2013

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Rutter: Media no strangers to income inequality - Post-Tribune

Rutter: Media no strangers to income inequality - Post-Tribune

Peter Liguori and I have never met, but I will stipulate that he’s probably a nice guy with a nice family and nice home and lots of nice things inside his nice home.
He and I are sort of in the same business. Media is a giant circus tent packed with clowns, freaks, sequins and tightrope walkers. Liguori and I occupy the same tent but perform in different rings.

Fits and Starts: Construction Leads Fragile Economic Recovery In Hard-hit Inland Empire - capradio.org

Fits and Starts: Construction Leads Fragile Economic Recovery In Hard-hit Inland Empire - capradio.org

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In Hong Kong, Apple Daily gets to deliver papers after days of blockades

In Hong Kong, Apple Daily gets to deliver papers after days of blockades

Today in Labor History

October 18 
The "Shoemakers of Boston"—the first labor organization in what would later become the United States—was authorized by the Massachusetts Bay Colony - 1648
New York City agrees to pay women school teachers a rate equal to that of men - 1911
IWW Colorado Mine strike; first time all coal fields are out - 1927
Some 58,000 Chrysler Corp. workers strike for wage increases - 1939
The United Packinghouse Workers of America (UPWA) was formed as a self-governing union, an outgrowth of the CIO's Packinghouse Workers Organizing Committee. UPWA merged with the Meatcutters union in 1968, which merged with the Retail Clerks in 1979 to form the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) - 1943
GM agrees to hire more women and minorities for five years as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment 2014.10.13history-gm.eeoc.settlementOpportunity Commission - 1983

2014.10.13history-london.beer.floodOctober 17
A huge vat ruptures at a London brewery, setting off a domino effect of similar ruptures, and what was to become known as The London Beer Flood.  Nearly 1.5 million liters of beer gushed into the streets drowning or otherwise causing the deaths of eight people, mostly poor people living in nearby basements - 1814
Labor activist Warren Billings is released from California's Folsom Prison. Along with Thomas J. Mooney, Billings had been pardoned for a 1916 conviction stemming from a bomb explosion during a San Francisco Preparedness Day parade. He had always maintained his innocence - 1939
"Salt of the Earth" strike begins by the mostly Mexican-American members of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union Local 890 in Bayard, N.M. Strikers' wives walked picket lines for seven months when their men were enjoined during the 14-month strike against the New Jersey Zinc Co. A great movie, see it! - 19502014.10.13history-workingstiffs.bookcover
(Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Expanded Guide to Films About Laborhttp://www.laborbooks.com/index.php?app=ecom&ns=prodshow&ref=movies: This wonderful book is an encyclopedic guide to 350 labor films from around the world, ranging from those you’ve heard of—Salt of the Earth, The Grapes of Wrath, Roger & Me—to those you’ve never heard of but will fall in love with once you see them.)
Twelve New York City firefighters die fighting a blaze in midtown Manhattan - 1966
Int’l Printing Pressmen's & Assistants' Union of North America merges with Int’l Stereotypers', Electrotypers' & Platemakers' Union to become Printing & Graphic Communications Union - 1973
Industrial Union of Marine & Shipbuilding Workers of America merges with Int’l Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers - 1988

While in Russia, two U.S. journalism teachers were hauled before a judge

While in Russia, two U.S. journalism teachers were hauled before a judge

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

Local 140-N Vice-President Chuck Reney at the negotiating table, with Richard Olmeda

Remembering his days at the Bay Guardian - John Schwada

Print and digital are like butter and a car - The Washington Post

I'm Sorry for the "Lies" I Must Tell Subscribers - Gustavo Arellano

Illinois Deserves Better Than the Chicago Tribune - Huffington Post

A Case Study in Ink Testing and Vendor Selection - Editor and Publisher

So why can't you get only certain sections of the newspaper? - David Lazarus

Tribune Media and 21st Century Fox Renew Agreement in Seattle - CNN Money

LA Times Says OC Register Owner Aaron Kushner Won't Pay Bills - OC Weekly

Why some newspapers are abandoning endorsements - Columbia Journalism Review

Gannett to offer dozens of newsroom of the future seminars for employees - Romenesko

Journalists struggle to balance reporting on Ebola with HIPAA

Journalists struggle to balance reporting on Ebola with HIPAA

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today in Labor History

Queen Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, is beheaded during the French Revolution.   When alerted that the peasants were suffering due to widespread bread shortages, lore has it that she replied, “Let them eat cake.”  In fact she never said that, but workers were, justifiably, ready to believe anything bad about their cold-hearted royalty - 1793
Abolitionist John Brown leads 18 men, including five free blacks, in an attack on the Harper's Ferry ammunition depot, the beginning of guerilla warfare against slavery - 1859   

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Trees to Paper

In the modern age how newspapers are made seems like ancient history. We it actually is but the process is interesting none the less. In watching this instructional film from 1937 sponsored by the Chicago Tribune consider all of the environmental factors that went into the morning paper.

Trees, energy and manual labor were key ingredients in this critical industry in the 20th century.

The Chicago Tribune was one of the largest newspapers in the country. When the Tribune commissioned its new home, its daily circulation was nearly half a million and 827,000 on Sundays, and by 1937, when "Trees to Tribunes" was produced, the paper had a daily circulation of 833,000 and Sunday circulation of more than a million.

The film takes the viewer on a tour of the entire manufacturing and editing process, from the company-owned timberlands of Quebec, to the shores of Lake Michigan, and finally to the Tribune Tower newsrooms and the paper's printing plant.

Trees to Tribune is a vintage educational video which shows the way the newspaper production process for the Chicago Tribune, from the trees to the printing press, and every step along the way. Beginning with a detailed view of the logging setup of the Tribune, a map shows the location of the Tribune's own timber lands in Quebec. The film documents the transport of supplies by boat, wagon, and even sled to the various logging camps in the region. It also shows the logging camps, and how the trees are cut and transported to saw mills. The log pieces are floated downriver, with occasional traffic jams being freed by the use of dynamite, and then fed into revolving drums to have their bark removed. After being shipped to the pulp mills, the logs are cleaned and sent through wood chippers to be made into either chemical sulphite pulp or mechanical pulp. These pulps are then mixed to make the substance that is passed through rollers and made into newsprint. The Tribune had its own ships that transported the paper through the Great Lakes to a Chicago warehouse. At this point, the film shows a few of the editing offices, a scene of how they make an engraving of a cartoon, and linotype setting type. They make the stereotype plates, then load everything onto roller presses. After the paper has been printed, we see the process of delivery to newsstands and subscribers. Walking viewers from a tree in the ground to a newspaper on a doorstep, Trees to Tribune is a marvelously educational and informative exploration of Canadian forestry, logging history, lumber mills, newspaper printing supplies and production, and the operation of old newspapers.

How a small experiment at The Washington Post revolutionized its content management platform

How a small experiment at The Washington Post revolutionized its content management platform

Wednesday Night in the Blogosphere

Need cheap office space? Call 1-800-LA-Times

Are newspapers really hard up? - The Hook

BBC website blocked throughout China - Poynter

Tribune Direct’s sample ballots are voted down - Romenesko

The Star announces reduction in workforce - Ventura County Star

The capital of Florida used to have a good newspaper - Flagler Live

Crash claims life of man delivering newspapers - Bangor Daily News

How interim is everything about the Orange County Register? - NiemanLab

Amazon U.K. Taps Newspaper Distributor For Same-Day Deliveries - WSJ

Your new mobile news habit – building loyalty and revenue - Editors Weblog

Scammers target L.A. Times subscribers with fraudulent bills - Los Angeles Times

Services to Celebrate the Life of John Bragg

Viewing: Monday October 20th, 2014 
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
570 North Garey Avenue
Pomona, California 91767
Telephone: (909) 622-1217
Fax: (909) 623-3950
Email: toddchapel@toddchapel.com

Funeral: Tuesday October 21st, 2014 at 11:00 AM

StStephen Baptist Church

  1. Address: 1720 Walnut Ave, La Puente, CA 91744

Kushner kept tips subscribers gave to his carriers, suit alleges - LA Observed

Kushner kept tips subscribers gave to his carriers, suit alleges - LA Observed

Another alt-weekly folds

Another alt-weekly folds

Sowing Seeds For Life - Food Pantry - Open Today

The food pantry will be open from 1pm though 5pm this afternoon, with a light drizzle falling at this very moment, the crowd may be smaller than usual.

Two weeks ago the girls from San Dimas High School became volunteers, which was very helpful.

We can always use volunteers

Sowing Seeds For Life
1350 Arrow Highway
La Verne, CA. 91750


Today in Labor History

October 15  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

President Woodrow Wilson signs the Clayton Antitrust Act—often referred to as "Labor’s Magna Carta"—establishing that unions are not "conspiracies" under the law. It for the first time freed unions to strike, picket and boycott employers. In2014.10.13history-joelguide.bookcoverthe years that followed, however, numerous state measures and negative court interpretations weakened the law - 1914
(Every Employee’s Guide to the Law, 3rd edition: The Clayton Antitrust Act was liberating, but on a day-to-day basis you need to know about current laws. This book goes into solid, useful detail about the federal and state laws that, together with union contracts, are designed to assure fairness and justice in the workplace.)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

John Bragg Rest in Peace

Just heard that retired Los Angeles Times pressman, John Bragg, passed on Monday
October 13th, after a long battle with leukemia.

Charlie Coleman shared that John was very involved with his church in La Verne, CA.
, and often helped prepare meals for the homeless of Skid Row Los Angeles.

I will post services when they become available.

The SF Bay Guardian is printing its last issue

The SF Bay Guardian is printing its last issue

San Francisco Bay Guardian Shuts Down

San Francisco Media Company publisher Glenn Zuehls Message to employees:

The Guardian has for decades been a leading voice for progressive San Francisco. As a company, we are proud of its legacy as a community watchdog, a publication with stellar reporting and its passion to push for a better city.
Unfortunately, the economic reality is such that the Bay Guardian is not a viable business and has not been for many years. When SFMC took over the publication, the company believed the publication’s finances could rise out of the red and benefit from joining forces with the Examiner and the Weekly. We have tried hard to make that happen over the past few years. I joined SFMC in June and was hopeful that I could make good on that potential. I was excited to see if the Guardian could be a part of the long-term stability and growth of this unique media partnership.
Since then, I have come to realize that this isn’t possible and that the obstacles for a profitable Bay Guardian are too great to overcome. The amount of money that the Bay Guardian loses each week is causing damage to the heart of the company and cannot justify its continued publication. The success of this company, providing the highest quality journalism for our readers along with superior results for our advertisers, is my sole priority.
I am a huge fan of the Bay Guardian and of the talented journalists that work here. This is the hardest decision that I have had to make in my 20 year Newspaper career.
I am saddened to say good-bye to a member of our media family and colleagues here in this office, many of whom I have come to respect and admire. I wish them all well.
Glenn G. Zuehls

LA Times sues the Register over unpaid fees - LA Observed

LA Times sues the Register over unpaid fees - LA Observed

Tuesday Morning in the Blogosphere

Aaron Kushner steps down as publisher of the OC Register

Big stories boost newspaper circulation - BDlive

Inside Gannett’s editorial innovation lab - Digiday

Kushner out as Register publisher, remains CEO - Kevin Roderick

New York Times Rolls Out Archive of Vintage Print Ads - AdAge

Tribune Media to buy back $400 million in stock - Chicago Tribune

The public continues to lose faith in newspapers - Editor and Publisher

Aaron Kushner Steps Down as OC Register Publisher - Gustavo Arellano

Newspaper mergers don't matter as much as they once did - Guelph Mercury

Pro-Protest Hong Kong Newspaper Besieged as Deliveries Disrupted - Bloomberg

Digital tools: they're free and effective, why aren't you using them? - Editors Weblog

Today at the South Florida Sun Sentinel, a switch to digital thinking

Today at the South Florida Sun Sentinel, a switch to digital thinking

Today in Labor History

Int’l Working People's Association founded in Pittsburgh, Pa. - 1883
The Seafarers Int’l Union (SIU) is founded as an AFL alternative to what was then the CIO’s National Maritime Union.  SIU is an umbrella organization of 12 autonomous unions of mariners, fishermen and boatmen working on U.S.-flagged vessels - 1938

Formal construction began today on what is expected to be a five-year, $3.9 billion replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River.  It's estimated the project would be employing 8,000 building trades workers over the span of the job - 2013

Monday, October 13, 2014

Today in Media History: The first commercial Web browser, Netscape Navigator, is released in 1994

Today in Media History: The first commercial Web browser, Netscape Navigator, is released in 1994

Monday Night in the Blogosphere

New York publishers mull more layoffs - Poynter

O.C. Register names new publisher - O.C. Register

The Huffington Post offers agencies content lessons - Digiday

Newspaper renewal scam making rounds in Valley - KVVU Las Vegas

Newspapers are not dead, and I dare you to say they are - Thomastontimes

How can we grow audiences through online engagement? - Editors Weblog

Mexican activist killed on air during radio show in Mazatlan - The Guardian

NY Times chess column ends in print; could continue online - Capital New York

Advocate joining forces with Sun Herald for greater Gulf coverage - The Advocate

Tribune Publishing Is Undervalued After Recently Being Spun Out - Seeking Alpha

Today in Labor History

2014.10.13history-boycott.german.goodsOctober 13 - Union Communications Services, Inc.
American Federation of Labor votes to boycott all German-made products as a protest against Nazi antagonism to organized labor within Germany - 1934
More than 1,100 office workers strike Columbia University in New York City. The mostly female and minority workers win union recognition and pay increases - 1985
National Basketball Association cancels regular season games for the first time in its 51-year history, during a player lockout.  Player salaries and pay caps are the primary issue.  The lockout lasts 204 days - 1998
Hundreds of San Jose Mercury News newspaper carriers end 4-day walkout with victory - 2000

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Los Angeles Times deputy food editor Betty Hallock leaving the paper

From: Hallock, Betty
Sent: Friday, October 10, 2014 6:13 PM
To: yyeditlocal
Subject: Thank you
Dear friends, it has been a pleasure and an honor to work at The Los Angeles Times for the past 13 years. Thank you for all of your well-wishes. Feel free to contact me via my personal email.
With much gratitude,

Today in Labor History

The Miners’ National Association is formed in Youngstown, Ohio, with the goal of uniting all miners, regardless of skill or ethnic background - 1873
Nearly 1,500 plantation workers strike Olaa Sugar, on Hawaii’s Big Island - 1948

What you need to know before you see ‘Kill the Messenger’

What you need to know before you see ‘Kill the Messenger’