Lee launches new Oregon weekly
Lee Enterprises is launching the Philomath (Ore.) Express on Jan. 7. The newspaper will publish a weekly print edition on Wednesdays and provide daily coverage online.
The paper will be printed in Albany, Ore., along with sister papers the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Albany Democrat-Herald and Lebanon Express.
The paper plans to direct mail the new publication to Philomath residents for the first six weeks, after which time the paper will be available via home-delivery subscription for $0.75 or for $1 at newsstands.
Mike McInally will serve as the paper’s general manager.
“I’m really excited at the opportunity to serve Philomath,” he said. “I think there are really great things going on in Philomath right now.”
Jeff Precourt will serve as publisher and also continue that role at the other Lee newspapers in the mid-Willamette Valley. Bill Draper was named director of operations, Brad Fuqua was named editor and Jeff Robischon was named advertising director.

Resolute cuts newsprint production in Canada
Resolute Forest Products Inc. is shuttering its Iroquois Falls (Ontario) newsprint mill, as well as paper machines at the Baie-Comeau (Quebec) and Clermont (Quebec) mills. The closures will result in the permanent loss of 465,000 metric tons of newsprint production capacity in Canada.
The Iroquois Falls mill employs approximately 180 people and has an annual production capacity of 210,000 metric tons of newsprint, according to the company. It will permanently close on Dec. 22. Paper machine #1 at Baie-Comeau was permanently closed last week and paper machine #4 in Clermont will be closed by Jan. 30, 2015. The closures at Baie-Comeau and Clermont will result in the loss of approximately 120 positions and 255,000 metric tons of newsprint capacity.
Ongoing weakness in the global newsprint business, fiber-related issues, including both availability and cost, as well as transportation challenges, power costs and a spruce budworm infestation were all cited as reasons for the closures.
“Market conditions have had a major impact on our newsprint operations in both Ontario and Quebec, and the cost position of these operations has made them vulnerable to the structural decline in newsprint,” said Richard Garneau, president and CEO.
Staff resignations impede publication of New Republic
The New Republic will not publish its Dec. 15 issue, after about a dozen editorial staffers and the majority of the magazine’s contributors resigned.
Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer and Literary Editor Leon Wieseltier resigned last week following a dispute with owner Chris Hughes and new CEO Guy Vidra over the magazine’s direction. The two named Gabriel Snyder editor-in-chief.
Hughes and Vidra announced that they were repositioning the magazine to become a vertically integrated digital media company according to The Huffington Post.
A letter to The Huffington Post signed by 20 of the exiting staffers said they take issue with the New Republic being labeled a “brand” and a “media company.” They claim “The New Republic is a kind of public trust. That is something all its previous owners and publishers understood and respected. The legacy has now been trashed, the trust violated.”
Hughes defended his desire to make the New Republic a sustainable business in The Washington Post.
 “The New Republic’s future will be in both digital and print, and it will mean aspiring to be a strong and sustainable institution that constantly challenges itself to adapt,” he said. “I have and will continue to invest because I care about the strength of journalism in the United States and a national media that serve as a guardian of liberty.”

GIS dismantles postpress at Freedom Center North
The Chicago Tribune contracted GIS for the dismantling and preparation for shipment for all of the production equipment at Chicago Tribune’s Freedom Center North facility. The 115,000-square-foot facility housed hundreds of collator stations, hundreds of hopper loaders, automatic palletizers and auxiliary postpress equipment. Following GIS’ dismantling and preparation for shipment, the vendor shipped the equipment to Chicago Tribune’s nearby warehouse. The project was completed in one week, GIS said.


Canon U.S.A. Announces PRISMAsync Remote Manager for Monitoring Production Workflows

Canon U.S.A. has released PRISMAsync Remote Manager, a unique multi-engine scheduler and remote management console for expanded control on a customer’s fleet of PRISMAsync controller-driven digital presses. This Web-based tool helps shop floor managers and operators manage a high-performing printing operation by providing insight into their production schedules with the ability to upload jobs, edit job properties and manipulate digital press queues from a remote location or workstation with ease.*“One way to ensure deadlines are met is to have idle machines ready to produce work at a moment’s notice. Another is to effectively manage your presses to run as continuously as possible with properly prioritized work,” said Greg Cholmondeley from Caslon. “Being able to easily and remotely do this for multiple presses and across multiple sites is essential for many digital printing operations.”“With installations of PRISMAsync-driven digital presses surpassing 11,000 worldwide, Canon has built upon the success of this technology and introduced the PRISMAsync Remote Manager to meet the needs of the market,” said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. “By providing a single point of control for multiple presses, the launch of the new PRISMAsync Remote Manager fosters a more efficient workflow, which will help increase the productivity of our customers.”

The PRISMAsync Remote Manager provides customers with the capability of remote monitoring, remote job management, queue management and press management to help print shops maximize efficiencies.

Remote Monitoring
To help avoid idle time, customers can benefit from the real time status overviews and alerts provided by the new multi-engine PRISMAsync Scheduler from a single screen. The PRISMAsync Scheduler functionality provides a clear visual guide of the jobs scheduled for up to five presses, which allows operators to plan production schedules one shift ahead for added efficiency. At a glance, print shop managers and operators can see the ‘time to completion’ for jobs, based on relevant job settings and process parameters. And, to help achieve non-stop productivity, upcoming interventions are color coded so operators can load media and toner and unload print output before a press stops.

Remote Job Management
To provide expanded flexibility, the PRISMAsync Remote Manager allows production staff to easily submit jobs of print-ready PDF, PostScript and PCL files via file import or drag-and-drop functionality. Another time-saving capability users can benefit from when using the PRISMAsync Remote Manager is the ability to edit job properties remotely. Now an operator can have full control over job settings, including page level editing if page programming functionality is enabled.

Remote Queue Management
Operators can actively manage and prioritize the print jobs in the queues or PRISMAsync DocBoxes with the ability to reroute jobs from one digital press to another directly from PRISMAsync Remote Manager. The expanded capability of remotely changing job priorities, holding, reprinting or rerouting print jobs provides users the flexibility needed to accommodate dynamic deadlines.

Remote Press Management
Operators and shop managers can now check the status of loaded media and other consumables remotely to help ensure the press is prepared to support the projects in its queue. Advanced system, media and workflow settings of each connected press can be directly accessed from PRISMAsync Remote Manager.

For added flexibility, multiple operators can conveniently access the production schedule around the clock and from anywhere in the world. The platform independent Web-based tool is available on an HTML5 compliant browser on Microsoft Windows and Apple iOS with no additional software installation required on their workstation.*

The PRISMAsync Remote Manager functionality is a standard feature on the imagePRESS C800/C700 series and will be available on the following additional Canon digital presses in early 20151.

  • imagePRESS C7011VPS Series of production color digital presses
  • imagePRESS C7010VPS Series of production color digital presses
  • varioPRINT 135/120/110 production monochrome digital presses
  • Océ VarioPrint 6000+ Series production monochrome digital presses

Field upgrades will also be available to existing customer using the presses outlined above.

†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

*For specifications of PRISMAsync Remote Manager, including system requirements to run the Web-based tool, please refer to the product specification sheet and operation guide as made available by Canon U.S.A.