Civic Info Bill to be funded in NJ

FreePress. net reports TRENTON, NJ: On Tuesday afternoon, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy delivered a budget speech outlining his vision for the upcoming fiscal year. Absent from the governor’s list of priorities, in both his speech and his released budget brief, was his prior commitment to fully fund the Civic Information Consortium, a first-of-its-kind initiative to strengthen local-news coverage and boost civic engagement across the state. The bill establishing the consortium passed the state legislature last year and was signed into law by Gov. Murphy. But while the state’s FY 2019 budget dedicated $5 million for the consortium, Murphy said…
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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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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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State of the Pelosi Trump Union

‘I knew there was this tension’: Photographer behind viral Pelosi photo speaks. By the time the State of the Union was over, a photo Mills captured early on in the address had already circled the globe, a viral phenomenon that encapsulated the raw conflict between two very public adversaries. CRJ reports by Amanda Darrach - DONALD TRUMP’S FEBRUARY 5 STATE OF THE UNIONaddress, which Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi originally cancelled due to “security concerns,” came three months after Democrats won back a majority in Congress. During those months, tensions between Trump and Pelosi amplified. At a December 11 Oval Office…
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Gatehouse Eliminates Oldest Employees. 60+ Journalists, Local Sports & Photo Staffs across US Communities

Local newspaper giant GateHouse Media laid off at least 60 journalists across the US after a $30 million acquisition Business Insider reports - Local newspaper giant GateHouse Media has quietly been laying off reporters and photographers across its publications, according to reports, journalists' testimony online, and sources close to the layoffs. GateHouse, which says it owns 145 daily newspapers, 325 community publications, and over than 555 local websites in 37 US states, seemingly focused cuts on photo departments and local sports coverage. The layoffs follow GateHouse's  Share More: Here are some numbers by state. 8 FL: Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 1+ MA:…
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Jeff Bezos calls out National Enquirer for extortion attempt

Jeff Bezos reports 2/7/2019 via medium. com News. No thank you, Mr. Pecker  Something unusual happened to me yesterday. Actually, for me it wasn’t just unusual — it was a first. I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse. Or at least that’s what the top people at the National Enquirer thought. I’m glad they thought that, because it emboldened them to put it all in writing. Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten. AMI, the owner of the National Enquirer, led by David Pecker, recently…
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Gannett rejects unfit to run Digital First Media Takeover Bid

Poynter. org reports - Based on Digital First’s cut-and-slash management of the Denver Post and other properties, Gannett questioned whether it would be able to run the 109 Gannett regional papers and USA Today in the best interests of the communities served. Share More: Digital First owns The Denver Post, The Boston Herald, The Trentonian in NJ, and 94 other news outlets.
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MLW – Jeff Bezos Grateful for the journalists around the world who do the work, no matter the risk or dangers they face.

Grateful for Journalists: When we go off to war. When we exercise our rights. When we soar to our greatest heights. When we mourn and pray. When our neighbors are at risk. When our nation is threatened. There’s someone to gather the facts. To bring you the story. No matter the cost. Because knowing empowers us. Knowing helps us decide. Knowing keeps us free.
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Gannett Eliminates Hundreds of News Jobs across US. Gannett may buy Hedge Fund Alden Global value-destroyed Digital First Media news products

DFM newspapers include The Boston Herald, The Trentonian, The San Jose Mercury News, The Denver Post. NY Post Josh Kosman, Keith J. Kelly and Carleton English report: Looks like slashing and burning has its limits in the newspaper business. The secretive hedge fund that owns MNG Enterprises — a controversial newspaper chain hated by journalists for slashing jobs at papers like the Denver Post and The (San Jose) Mercury News — is desperately looking to exit its investment, The Post has learned. Last week, MNG, better known as Digital First Media, sent shudders through the media industry with a $ billion hostile takeover bid…
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Mogul Law Boston – OT Pay Shutdown. Will CWA Strike Out? Will Globe Union Cave to Billionaire Surges now that company is value-destroyed, striped of Real Estate Assets ? Will The Boston Globe without a Union, hedge a buyer? Or will old contract renew ?

Will John and Linda Henry Strike Out at the Boston Globe ? Boston, MA: - Boston Globe owner billionaires want more from workers in an attempt to dilute the CWA Unions strong power. New demands include: If a new owner buys us, our contract disappears. Boston Newspaper Guild reports - If a new owner buys us, our contract disappears. Our current contract includes a key clause that requires that if the company is sold to a new owner, the new owner must adhere to our current contract. The proposal the Globe has on the table would eliminate that. Pay Shutdown…
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Digital First Media Hedge – MNG offers Value-Destroyed Gannett Newspapers Takeover Bid

“suffered from a series of value-destroying decisions made by an unfocused leadership team.” MNG Gannett Receives $ Billion Takeover Offer From a Rival. New York Times reports - MNG Enterprises, which owns one of the largest newspaper groups in the United States, proposed on Monday a takeover of the giant newspaper publisher Gannett, a move that would further consolidate a struggling industry. In an open letter to Gannett’s board, MNG said it was willing to pay $12 per share in cash, which represents a 23 percent premium on Gannett’s closing price on Friday and values the company at $ billion. Monday morning,…
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