Hearst Magazines staffers unionizing

“Hearst Magazines’ editorial, video, design, photo and social staff across 24 brands is moving to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO. The brands are Best Products, Bicycling, Car and Driver, Cosmopolitan, Country Living, Delish, Elle, Elle Decor, Esquire, Good Housekeeping Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, House Beautiful, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, O The Oprah Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Prevention, Road & Track, Runner’s World, Seventeen, Town & Country, Veranda, Woman’s Day and Women’s Health.

A strong majority of the 500-member staff has signed union cards, according to the union.

“Organizing has become common in our industry. In forming a union, we’ll be joining our colleagues across the industry at Vox Media, NY Magazine, Slate and countless others,” said a statement from the union organizing committee.

The WGAE will pursue voluntary recognition of the union, Lowell Peterson, executive director of the union, told the New York Post. ”

Source: News and Tech, 2019 

McClatchy to cut Saturday print in 2020


“McClatchy intends to drop Saturday print in all its markets in 2020, its CEO said. The chain will continue to publish digitally on Saturdays.

CEO Craig Forman announced the change during a call with investors on third-quarter earnings.
The chain, which has more than 30 publications in 14 states, has already made the switch in some markets.
“This encouraging growth in digital subscribers came as we also expanded our digital Saturday rollout to include conversions or announcements to convert 12 of our markets to digital-only editions on Saturdays,” said Forman. “We are seeing wide acceptance of digital Saturdays among our subscribers in the markets where the change has been implemented and/or announced, and in those markets where implementation has occurred we are seeing an accelerated conversion to our digital products.”
Circulation revenue in the third quarter surpassed ad revenue for the first time in the company’s history, The New York Times reports. Digital-only subscriptions grew nearly 50 percent from the same period a year earlier.
McClatchy reported a net loss of $304.7 million during the quarter and said that the IRS won’t give the company a waiver that would have allowed it to avoid making minimum contributions to its pension plan, The New York Times reported. A $124 million contribution due in 2020 “creates a significant liquidity challenge,” McClatchy said in its quarterly report.”

Tribune Publishing closing Hoy

“Tribune Publishing will stop producing Hoy, its Spanish-language newspaper, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Print and online production will cease Dec. 13, the company said.

In 2017, Hoy switched from three days a week to weekly production. The paper was started in 2003, taking the place of Exito, which the Chicago Tribune launched in 1993, the paper says.

The paper has around a half-dozen staff members. All affected employees should have the opportunity to take open positions inside the company, said a spokesman for Chicago-based Tribune Publishing.

The Hoy brand first emerged in New York in 1998. In 2000, Tribune Co. bought Hoy New York as part of the purchase of Times Mirror, which also owned the Los Angeles Times, the Tribune reported. In 2007, Hoy New York was sold to ImpreMedia. In 2018, Tribune Publishing, going by the name Tronc, sold Hoy Los Angeles along with the Los Angeles Times to billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong. Tribune’s closing of Hoy Chicago doesn’t touch Hoy Los Angeles, the Tribune said.

Tribune Publishing will grow Spanish-language content with the syndicated Tribune Content Agency and is looking at other options to serve Hispanic readers, the spokesman said.”

Source: News and Tech, 2019 


Georgia newsprint plant shutting down

“Resolute Forest Products announced that it’s “indefinitely idling” its Augusta, Georgia, newsprint plant, the Augusta Chronicle reported.

The move affects 160 employees, the paper said.

Employees had not been working since early last month when the plant was idled. That followed shutdowns earlier this year.

The outlook for reopening the plan is not good, company spokeswoman Debbie Johnston indicated. In a statement, the company cited the newsprint sector’s “continued, challenging market conditions,” the paper reported.

In 2016, Resolute Forest Products idled one of the mills’ two paper machines, cutting 95 jobs.

The company will work on outplacement service to the workers, Fox 54 reported.”

Source: News and Tech, 2019