September 15, 2015 |
Louis William "Bill" Sabatino, 70, a longtime labor relations executive for the company that owned The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, died Sept. 6 at his home in Gulf Shores, Ala. He was diagnosed with leukemia last year and was under a physician's care at the time of his death. A professional football defensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons in the late 1960s, Mr. Sabatino went on to become a federal mediator before his career as a newspaper executive.
August 13, 2015 |
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram - the trinity of social media - have changed the way public relations professionals do business. Where once they worked mostly to get their clients in print, more PR professionals now are needed to curate a company's Web content, devise online campaigns, and develop strategies to deal with complaints and maintain corporate reputations. "The advent and continual evolution of social media has made PR even more critical to organizations," said Kate Shields, president of Vault Communications in Plymouth Meeting.
August 1, 2015 |
Robert W. Lambert Sr., 76, of Westville, who retired in 2006 as a machinist for The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, died of lung disease Thursday, July 23, at Elmwood Hills Healthcare Center in Blackwood. Tom Riley, production maintenance director for the newspapers' publisher, Philadelphia Media Network, had known Mr. Lambert since 1991 and said "he was a quiet and skillful machinist. " Mr. Lambert, Riley said, "helped maintain and repair the pressroom equipment. " Before assuming his current job, Riley was the machine shop manager and Mr. Lambert's immediate superior.
July 15, 2015 |
Ronald L. Martin, 67, of Tabernacle, executive editor of the Burlington County Times from 1996 to 2008, died of cancer Saturday, July 11, at Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice in Mount Holly. Steve Todd, the newspaper's general manager since 2010, who had first met Mr. Martin at the Willingboro paper in the 1970s, said, "He was a true local community journalist. " "He was a great leader in the newsroom," Todd added. Beyond the newsroom, Todd said, "he was one of the directors for the Ellis Family Foundation . . . created by Shirley Ellis, one of the owners of the newspaper.
July 1, 2015 |
The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia's tentative agreement with the owners of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com calls for no increase in health-care costs and the end of unpaid furloughs for Guild members, the union said. In an e-mail to its members Monday morning, the Guild announced that it had negotiated a two-year deal with Philadelphia Media Network that also included no changes to the health-care plan for at least the first year of the contract.
June 5, 2015 |
AFTER MONTHS of contentious negotiations over health care and seniority rules, members of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia last night authorized a strike if no resolution can be reached with the owner of the city's two daily newspapers and their website. "Striking is a last resort, and we certainly hope it doesn't come to that," Guild president Howard Gensler said at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City, where paper ballots were cast. "If it does, it's because the company forced the membership's hand.
June 5, 2015 |
Members of the largest union representing employees at The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com voted Wednesday evening to authorize strike preparations as ongoing contract negotiations have yielded no breakthroughs. The vote - 263-19 in the main unit and 24-7 in the unit representing Philly.com employees - authorized the executive board of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia to plan for a strike by 445 employees at the city's two largest newspapers and their companion website.
March 20, 2015 |
IF YOU WANTED to see a face light up with a happy smile, all you had to do was say the words "Lou Voci' to anyone who had known the man even slightly. Lou Voci was a single-copy supervisor for the Daily News and Inquirer for more than 30 years, a man known for his devotion to his job, his meticulous attention to detail and a friendly nature that endeared him to everyone he met. "Everybody loved Lou," said Bob Palmo, retired regional manager in the newspapers' circulation department and Lou's onetime boss.
March 11, 2015 |
ATLANTA - Claude Sitton, 89, a newspaper journalist who set the pace for reporters covering the civil-rights movement in the South in the 1950s and '60s and later won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, died Tuesday in Atlanta. He had been under hospice care with heart failure. Mr. Sitton, a Georgia native, began crisscrossing the South for the New York Times in 1958 and became a leading figure among the reporters covering the civil-rights struggle, said Hank Klibanoff, who cowrote The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle and the Awakening of a Nation.
January 21, 2015 |
THERE ONCE was a time that publishing lies was a bad thing. Now publishing truth is a bad thing. We're not talking about newspapers' or networks' political biases, or about charged issues for which people can have different opinions. We're referring to the ultra-Orthodox Israeli newspaper HaMevaser ("The Announcer"), which published the photo of world leaders linking arms at the Charlie Hebdo rally in Paris and photoshopped out the women - you know, like Angela Merkel , chancellor of that little European hamlet called Germany.