Monday, October 29, 2012

New York Times, Guild reach agreement

The New York Times Company and the Newspaper Guild of New York have reached a conceptual agreement on a new five-year contract. The tentative compromise reached late today with the aid of a mediator is subject to ratification by Guild members. At the request of Mediator Martin Scheinman, details will not be released until language is finalized. The Guild Negotiating Committee has voted to support the settlement, which preserves a Defined Benefit Pension, protects the jointly trusteed medical plan, and includes increases in compensation. We will provide more information in coming days, and a ratification meeting will be scheduled in the near future.

See story

Monday, October 22, 2012

Tom Moore makes a baseball trade

Tom Moore is back for the ninth year on Tom Giffin's Roy Robbs World Series staff. 

"We have 218 teams this year, including one women's group from Japan," Tom reports. "And this year I traded in my former bodyguards for these two ladies...Meg and Kim."

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Online revenue to overtake print

Digital media this year could exceed the $35.8 billion that U.S. print magazines and newspapers garnered in ad revenue in 2011.   

See report     

Lisa Abraham to speak at Author! Author! event

Beacon Journal food editor Lisa Abraham will be speaking November 14 at the Our Lady of Elms Author! Author! series. She is the author of Famous Chefs & Fabulous Recipes.

A native of Niles, Ohio, Lisa is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Abraham is the recipient of numerous writing and reporting awards and has been named best food columnist by the Association of Food Journalists and was twice named best lifestyle columnist in the Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards.

  A newspaper writer in Ohio for more than twenty-five years, she previously worked for The Blade in Toledo and the Tribune Chronicle in Warren. Her work regularly appears in newspapers across the country through the McClatchy-Tribune news service. When she’s not working, Abraham can be found at home in her kitchen, cooking up food and fun with her husband, Richard Hart.

This fall marks the 26th season of Author! Author! at Our Lady 0f the Elms. In 1987  the Elms Alumnae Association inaugurated a three session book and author luncheon/lecture/signing series.  The program gave national and local authors the forum to speak to avid readers in the Akron area.

The series has hosted more than  120 well-known authors and has hosted an audience of more than  325 constituents per venue for years.  In addition the series has raised more than $450,000 in scholarship dollars for young women to receive an Elms education.  Scholarship dollars are raised through patron tickets, sponsorships, and book sales.

Event Schedule:
11:00 am Doors open, Books available for purchase
11:30 am Light buffet luncheon begins
12:20 pm Auditorium doors open
12:30 pm Author talk begins
1:45 pm Book signing am dessert

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Newsweek to end print editions

Newsweek magazine, which will be 80 next year, will have its last printed edition Dec. 31, 2012. The octogenarian will be completely digital in 2013 as Newsweek Global.

IAC/Interactive Corp, Newsweek’s parent company, reported a $7.3 million quarterly loss from its media operations, which include Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Newsweek’s print advertising is in a freefall – down $334 million, or 70%, from 2007 to 2011.

Computer tablets have grown from 13 million to 70 million in just two years. Thirty-nine percent of Americans get their news from a digital source.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Connie Bloom art quilts on display

Former Beacon Journal editor/reporter/columnist Connie Bloom's art quilts are being featured through Oct. 27 in A Celebration of American Crafts show at the Don Drumm Studios and Gallery, 437 Crouse Street, around the corner from the University of Akron's Infocision Stadium.

Connie is a “textile artist,” meaning she puts together fabric that looks like paintings. She hand dyes, hand paints and hand prints much of her cloth.
Other stops for Connie next year are Heart of Ohio Quilt Guild in Newark, April 16-17; Talk & Trunk Show, Calico Hearts, in Ravenna, May 14; Talk & Trunk Show, North Coast Needlers, Rocky River, Aug. 13; and a pet portraits workshop in Rocky River, Aug. 17.

Connie’s shop is on the third floor of Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market Street, where her phone number is (330) 472-0161.

Reading of printed page plummets

In only a decade the percentage of Americans reading a printed newspaper has fallen from 41 percent to 23 percent, according to a Pew Research Center poll. More and more, we are reading our newspapers digitally rather than in print -- Internet, hand-held, etc. 

Book readings in print are down 8 percent and, for magazines, 7 percent since 2006.

While watching the news on television remains at 55 percent, only 34 percent of those younger than 30 watch (49 percent did in 2006).

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Jim Ricci's mother dies at 98

Former Beacon Journal reporter Jim Ricci's mother died. The email from Jim:

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Fellas, I want you to know that my mother, Cecilia Ricci, died
yesterday at age 98.

She had a great run. Her decline began only a few
weeks ago, and she was under hospice care for only a few days.

Of course, we in the family are sad, but also grateful for the long, spirited life she had.

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“Yesterday” was Friday, Oct. 12. Jim’s email to friends was forwarded to BJ Alums blog by former BJ reporter Bill Hershey (now with the Dayton Daily News).

Jim left the BJ for the Detroit Free Press, joining former BJ managing editor Scott Bosley as part of the “Akron Mafia” in the newsroom. 

Jim’s next stop was the Los Angeles Times, as a Pulitzer Prize finalist columnist till his 2008 retirement.

Jim has two daughters by first wife Kathy (they were married 30 years), Annie the opera singer and Laura the artist. He has a son and a daughter by his current companion, Carrie, a TV and film executive. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Dawidziak is frightful again

Current Plain Dealer and former Beacon Journal television writer Mark Dawidziak and his wife, Sara Showman, are still frightening people. 

This time it’s “an evening of folk tales and true ghost stories” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Nordonia Hills Branch of the Akron-Summit County Library at 9458 Olde Eight Road, Northfield.

Mark and Sara, who live in Cuyahoga Falls, have been presenting Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens and Mark Twain shows in the area for years. Sometimes they include daughter Becky.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Beth Hertz writes Medical Economics cover story

Beth Thomas Hertz wrote  the cover story for the latest issue of Medical Economics magazine discussing how primary care physician earnings remain flat.

Read the story

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Traveling top retirees topic

Rosetta Blanton and cousin Lonnie Thomas are headed for Hopkinsville, Kentucky; Tom Moore is bound for Fort Myers, Florida; Tracy McClellan is hoping to return to Albuquerque, New Mexico; and John Olesky is preparing to fly to Paris, France.

All that came out of the conversation today at the monthly lunch for Beacon Journal retirees and their family members at Papa Joe’s Restaurant on Akron/Peninsula Road at Portage Trail Extension.

Rosetta Sholdar Blanton will be visiting her birthplace. Lonnie’s mother also was born in Hopkinsville. Rosetta’s mother and Lonnie’s mom were sisters and Hopkinsville natives. Rosetta’s husband, BJ engraving retiree Watson Blanton, died in 2009. 

Rosetta and Lonnie live near each other in the Merriman Road and Palisades areas of Akron.

Rosetta will be visiting her brother, who still lives in Hopkinsville.

Rosetta told how she sold the last of the 10 acres that her and husband Watson owned in Clearwater, Florida. The buyer kept upping the price because it was the last land left that hadn't been developed and built on in that area. Rosetta kept saying: "Can't you give me a little bit more?" The buyer did, again and again, so Rosetta got thousands of dollars more than the original offer.

BJ newsroom retiree Tom Moore will leave next week for former BJ Sports Editor Tom Giffen’s Roy Hobbs Baseball World Series for older guys in Fort Myers. The tournament, which has nearly 300 teams, lasts into November. Tom writes and publishes the daily newsletter for the players, plus whatever else Tom Giffen wants him to do. Giffen pays Moore for his skills and provides Moore with lodging.

Tracy McClellan, daughter of retired printer Gene McClellan, who died in March 2012, has sold Gene’s vintage cars and motorcycle but still is trying to dispose of the Mogadore home that Gene had. 

That’s where Tracy is living till she can settle pop’s affairs and return to her husband, Ken, in their Albuquerque home. They moved there while Tracy works on her law degree through the University of New Mexico.

Tracy’s sister, Erin, lives in California. Their brother, Dean, lives in Japan.

Newsroom retiree John and former State Desk reporter Paula will be flying to Paris for an Oct. 25-Nov. 2 stay (between WVU Mountaineer football games, of course), John’s 8th anniversary present to Paula. While they’ve been to 50 countries together, it’s the first visit to Paris for John, unless you count a stop at Charles DeGaulle Airport on the way from Venice to New York City.

Retired printer Al Hunsicker also joined the lunch bunch.

The sextet provided the third-highest attendance at the monthly chat-and-chew events since August 2011.

BJ retirees, family and friends are welcome to join the party at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at Papa’s Joe Restaurant on Akron/Peninsula Road at Portage Trail Extension.

Monday, October 08, 2012

How does media stop plagiarism?

Penn State’s student newspaper The Daily Collegian, suspended a writer for plagiarizing and fabricating quotes by Sue Paterno, the widow of former coach Joe Paterno. This was the paper’s second plagiarism case this year. 

In September, Arizona State University’s State Press and Columbia University’s Daily Spectator both revealed that their students had plagiarized.

Problems include:

Taking information from another source, which may have plagiarized the information.

Relying heavily on source material rather than getting the information first-hand.

Quoting what a person says on TV.

Some colleges are requiring their student newspaper’s reporters to provide sourcing notes with their stories and then send out the story to the sources quoted asking if the quotes are accurate.

Some train their reporters about plagiarism, although plagiarized quotes were in stories written by reporters who had been trained.

Some use plagiarism-detecting software to see if identical or similar wording is used elsewhere on the Internet.

The author suggests that some of these tactics might be used in mainstream newsrooms, too. Plagiarized stories appeared in NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Time, CNN and The Boston Globe.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Attending lunch with Linda McElroy

Beacon Joural friends  attended a lunch at the Golden Corral on S.Arlington St. with Linda McElroy, Becon Circulation Accounting Department retiree who was in town from North Carolina. Atrtending the 11:30  lunch were Bob Craiglow and his wife, Pat, Mike Jewell and Janet Hall in the one photo.and Cheryl Sheinin, Linda, Martha (Cookie) Lipford and Noreen Dimmerling. Not in the photos but attending the luncheon were Mick Dimeff and Carol Eubank. 
(Photos and infro from Carol Eubank)

Joseph Kovach funeral Mass is Thursday

Joseph Anthony (Joe) Kovach died from the complications of Alzheimer's disease on September 27, 2012.

He was born June 21, 1956 in Akron, Ohio. Joe graduated from Garfield High School in 1974. He made his living as a journalist first working as a reporter for the Ashtabula Star Beacon. He came back to the Akron based Babcox
Publications as a writer and eventually as editor of several of their magazines such as Import Car. He later moved to Michigan and was employed for 15 years by Crain Communications where he was an editor for Auto Week Magazine. As a writer, Joe loved words and loved to read. He was an avid sports fan with a special love for the Cleveland Indians. Joe will be missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, John (Yotz). He is survived by his mother, Mary; and sister, Cindy Kovach of Akron; brothers, Tom and John (Kris) Kovach; niece, Ava; and nephew, Sevi of Austin, Texas; and many cousins.

Joe's family is grateful for the people who cared for him during his illness including the therapists at Bath Manor, the staff at Arden Court especially his guardian angel Ren, and the staff at Hickory Ridge Nursing home. At the end, Joe received care and support from the staff at City Hospital's Acute Palliative Care Unit especially from his cousin and good buddy, Mike Klein; who is a nurse practitioner there.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Vincent Catholic Church, 164 W. Market St. in Akron. Fr. Joseph Kraker celebrant. Further interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

(Anthony, Akron, 330-724-1281,
[Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, Tuesday, October 2, 2012, page B5, col. 2]

Monday, October 01, 2012

Bored readers deserting newspapers

Everyone blames the Internet for newspapers’ plummeting bottom line, but a Journalism & Mass Communications Quarterly says the newspapers are the problem: They need more engaging and stimulating content.

Study authors Rachel Davis Mersey, Edward C. Malthouse and Bobby J. Calder suggested "a question of the day around a major, local or even barely known but interesting news story that runs on the front page and is designed to encourage conversation among readers and between readers and the newsroom."

Yesterday's newspaper models don't work in today's high-tech, quick-satisfaction world.