New Jersey Herald Sold to Gatehouse Media

HERALD STAFF May. 16, 2019 11:41 am Updated: May. 17, 2019 11:12 am NEWTON – The New Jersey Herald, in operation since 1829, is being sold to GateHouse Media. In announcing the pending sale to Herald staff Thursday morning, Ralph Oakley, CEO of Quincy Media, the newspaper's current owners, said, “We are proud to have been associated with the New Jersey Herald for more than 50 years. “The paper has done a wonderful job of covering the Sussex County area. This change in ownership will allow the newspaper to continue as a very important institution in this region.” Joe Vanderhoof,…
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California Man Pleads Guilty to Making Violent Threats Against Boston Globe Employees

DOJ BOSTON reports - BOSTON, MA – A California man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston in connection with making violent threats against Boston Globe employees in retaliation for the newspaper’s editorial response to political attacks on the media.  Robert D. Chain, 68, of Encino, Calif., pleaded guilty to seven counts of making threatening communications in interstate commerce. District Court Judge William G. Young scheduled sentencing for Sept. 23, 2019. On Aug. 10, 2018, the Boston Globe announced that it was requesting other newspaper publications around the country to publish a coordinated editorial response to political attacks on the media. The coordinated…
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Times-Picayune, nola.com bought by Advocate’s Dathel and John Georges to ensure ‘strong’ news company

Advocate Staff reports - New Orleans Advocate owners Dathel and John Georges have purchased The Times-Picayune and its  from the Newhouse family’s Advance Local Media. The Advocate will publish a seven-day, home-delivered newspaper in New Orleans using the brands and features of both publications. The new paper will debut in June. The two papers’ websites will be combined under the  around the same time. In Baton Rouge, the paper will remain The Advocate, as will the website. Baton Rouge readers will be unaffected. At a time when local media companies are struggling and have cut back on news content, New…
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Media companies on notice over traumatised journalists after landmark court decision

In her court challenge, the journalist alleged: had no system in place to enable her to deal with the trauma of her workfailed to provide support and training in covering traumatic events, including from qualified peersdid not intervene when she and others complainedtransferred her to court reporting after she had complained of being unable to cope with trauma experienced from previous crime reporting. The Conversation. com reports - A landmark ruling by an Australian court is expected to have international consequences for newsrooms, with media companies on notice they face large compensation claims if they fail to take care of journalists who…
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McClatchy 4Q 18 Advertising Down 16.9% Audience Down 11.2 %

McClatchy Reports Fourth Quarter And Full-Year 2018 Results- Increased digital-only subscribers to 155,500, up from Q4 2017- Achieved eleventh consecutive quarter of growth in digital only-subscriptions- Grew digital-only advertising revenues by on a comparable basis to Q4 2017- Met adjusted EBITDA guidance for fourth quarter 2018 SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- McClatchy(NYSE American-MNI) today reported net loss in the fourth quarter of 2018 of $ million, or $;per share. Results in the fourth quarter 2018 include after-tax non-cash impairments on newspaper mastheads of $ million. In the fourth quarter of 2017, McClatchy reported net income of $ million, or $;per share. Additionally, the company reported adjusted net loss,…
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Boston City Council Resolution Affirming the Rights of Journalists as Workers and the Need for a Free Press

Boston, MA: Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards reports - Docket - 0460 WHEREAS: Democracy depends on a free press to promote the open exchange of ideas, promote debate and critical reflection, question authority, lift up and remember history and the story of the neighborhoods, and to seek, discover, analyze and share information that affects residents' lives and wellbeing; and WHEREAS:With the evolution of technology, consolidation of media outlets, increased use of freelance agents and ever-changing play field, many members of the press have experienced unstable working conditions and uncertain futures; and WHEREAS: Recently, amidst criticism from the White House of individual journalists and the…
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Mogul Law Boston – Give Up Your Rights. Union Busting Red Sox owned Boston Globe owner J Henry Swings Back at Newsroom “public rhetoric” first amendment rights

Boston, MA: In response to a letter by the union representing Boston Globe employees, owner John Henry said that “public rhetoric that grossly misstates and mischaracterizes proposals does a disservice to everyone.” Share More: Media Nation by Dan Kennedy. net reports ;- Contract negotiations between The Boston Globe and the Boston Newspaper Guild are becoming increasingly tense, with the Guild accusing management of union-busting and Globe publisher John Henry denying it. John Henry's sends an email to the Boston Business Journal in response to the Guild's letter. The highlight: Globe management has set a very simple but very important goal of strengthening…
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Mogul Law Boston – Is Newspaper Guild CWA local 31245 Relevant Amid Strong Arm Tactics

The strong-arm tactics the managers are using will drive away that talent and will undermine that history we know you both treasure. We have done our part to keep this paper relevant and strong amid attrition, buyouts and layoffs. Boston, MA: BNG reports - The Executive Committee of the Boston Newspaper Guild sends Moguls John and Linda Henry, Boston Globe and Red Sox billionaires, hope and solidarity open letter. Dear John and Linda, When you bought our newspaper in 2013, you rescued it from absentee owners who had no true commitment to our city and our region. You came in…
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Kennedy on Thomas First Amendment

WGBH News reports - Thomas wrote that the court ought to overturn its landmark 1964 New York Times v. Sullivan decision and allow the states free rein in deciding what standards should prevail in libel suits. In Sullivan, the court ruled that to prove libel public officials would have to show defamatory material about them was published with the knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard as to whether it was true or false. That standard, known as “actual malice,” was later extended to public figures as well. Now Thomas would reverse that. “The states are perfectly capable of striking an…
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