McClatchy proposal to tie journalist pay to clicks draws protest – Sacramento Business Journal
The world of journalism, as we know it, may never be the same. There is speculation that reporters at The Sacramento Bee may get paid in the future by the number of clicks they receive on their online stories. That means reporters will be forced to write stories that attract fans rather than giving us the straight facts. Getting paid for results only, rather than receiving a straight salary, can easily cross over to other industries as well.
Employees of The Sacramento Bee and their union say they’re fighting an effort by owner McClatchy to base employee performance reviews on the popularity of their stories as measured by clicks.
G-III Apparel Group, which licenses brands like Calvin Klein and Guess, is enforcing a return to its New York office at full capacity. Employees at the American company could face termination and salary cuts if they do not return to the office. Five people who either visited or worked for G-III’s New York office have tested positive for COVID-19 since June. “The morale is just super low at this company. We’re all fed up,” a G-III employee said. “It’s just a very toxic work environment.” G-III
(JTA) — Jewish voters are set to vote 75% to 22% for Joe Biden, according to a poll by the American Jewish Committee.
The poll released Monday shows the Democratic nominee expanding his support among Jewish voters from a 67-30 split in a poll last month and it includes other signs that President Donald Trump is faring poorly among Jewish voters.
Trump’s record on bigotry may be the animating factor in his poor performance: Asked which candidate in the Nov. 3 presidential election would better handle anti-Semitism, respondents produced identical results, with Biden scoring 75% and Trump 22%.
The survey was conducted by SSRS from Sept. 9- Oct. 4, reaching 1,334 American Jews by phone; some respondents would have answered questions after Trump once again equivocate when asked to condemn white supremacists in the Sept. 29 debate with Biden. The poll has a margin of error of 4.2 percent.
Biden, the former vice president, has made Trump’s record on bigotry a central focus of his overall campaign and particularly of his Jewish campaign. Biden launched his campaign in April 2019 saying that he was coaxed into running by Trump’s failure to unequivocally condemn a deadly white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
The AJC poll shows Biden besting Trump on every other issue including handling the coronavirus pandemic, 78%-19%; combatting terrorism, 71%-26%; and uniting the country, 79%-15%.
Trump fares poorly even on those issues he has sought to draw strong contrasts with Biden: dealing with Iran, 71%-27%; handling crime, 72%-24%, and strengthening U.S.-Israel relations, 54%-42%.
A central plank of the Trump campaign’s campaign in the Jewish community has been his decision to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear, deal, which Trump has repeatedly emphasized was finalized when Biden was serving President Barack Obama as vice president.
Another plank has been Trump’s closeness to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump has moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, cut funding to Palestinians, recognized Israel’s claim to the Golan Heights, advanced an Israeli-Palestinian peace formula that would allow Israel to keep chunks of the West Bank, and most recently, brokered a normalization deal between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations.
Trump has expressed frustration that his Israel decisions have not garnered greater support in the Jewish community.
Another sign in the poll that Trump has alienated Jews is that just 16% of respondents admitted to voting for him in 2016; exit polls at the time showed 24% voting for him. The gap suggests that some respondents might have convinced themselves that they never voted for Trump.
The poll showed Jewish voters tend to rank foreign policy low on their list of priorities heading into the voting booth: The top two ranked issues are the pandemic and health care, at 26% and 17% respectively, with foreign policy ranked last among six issues, at 5%. The other issues respondents were asked to rank were the economy at third, 13%; race relations at fourth, 12% and crime at fifth, 6%.
David Harris, the American Jewish Committee CEO, identified a number of areas of concern for his group, which seeks to achieve a consensus among American Jews to better represent them to overseas governments and in international forums. One was the gap between Orthodox Jews, of whom the poll showed 74 percent favoring Trump, and others in the community.
“For those of us in the Jewish world who want to focus on unity, on outreach, on bridge-building within the Jewish community, I think this is a very compelling reminder of how wide some of the differences are,” he said.
Other concerns, Harris said, included the seeming gap between American and Israeli Jews, who overwhelmingly approve of Trump, and the shrinking interest in foreign policy among American Jews.
We participated in a zoom discussion with Gerald Posner sponsored by the Jewish Museum of Florida, FIU. Read it. Other pandemics on the way. Yikes
I met Gail’s husband, Eric Schneider, on September 9, 1966. We both started working as messengers (copy boy/copy girl) at Fairchild Publications on the same day. Fifty three years later, we live a few blocks away from each other in South Beach.
Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, Maurice de Hond, a Dutch tech entrepreneur and well known pollster, has been involved in data analysis so he can explore how the virus spreads. His degree in Human Geography, at the University of Amsterdam, has given him the expertise to understand what we need to know to survive this nightmare.
De Hond writes daily articles on the subject in his blog, maurice.nl. In the Netherlands, he is the most important critic of the policy of the Dutch CDC and the WHO. He appears frequently on TV shows, and in newspapers, as a trusted, reliable source.
Listen carefully to what de Hond has to say about measuring the inside air around you. Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess capture it all on “Lying on the Beach On Camera.”
Congratulations Savannah Guthrie! You grilled Trump like he has never been grilled before. He was squirming like a kid who didn’t want to take his medicine. It was a pleasure to watch.
Biden was filled with substance at his town hall. He was articulate, kind, filled with ideas and promise. He talked to the audience like they were friends. They loved him.
(Shelly Palmer, a well known tech writer and consultant, tells you everything you need to know about the iPhone 12. Eliot and I may buy this unit months from now, but not right away. We always like to wait to see what the reviewers say. One thing we can’t deny, the iPhone 12 is a state of the art machine).
If you’re an iPhone user and you need a new iPhone, the short answer is yes, you should get an iPhone 12. If you can afford it, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, while late to the game, is the best iPhone ever made. As every Apple Fanperson knows, iPhones are not phones; they are fashion accessories. As such, iPhone purchases are not business decisions, but rather lifestyle choices. For full details about the iPhone 12 launch, see The Apple iPhone 12 Event: Everything You Need to Know.
Will I get one? Yes, but only because I’m on Verizon’s “new iPhone every year” plan. I pay a monthly fee for the phone and insurance and get a new phone every year. (Apple has a similar plan.)
But… and this is a huge but… if I wasn’t on the new phone every year plan, I’d have to think long and hard about whether or not to get an iPhone 12 Pro Max over my iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The 5G connectivity is meaningless. The U.S. is still mostly 4G, and even when the 5G indicator lights up, there’s a very good chance that the backhaul (or some part of the network you are connected to) is 4G. In 2020/2021, no phone (Apple or otherwise) will truly benefit from having a 5G radio in it. At the moment, 5G is 95% marketing hype and 5% marketing hype!
The deciding factor for me is the camera. The iPhone 12 Pro Max will shoot in Apple ProRAW (the feature speaks for itself). The new iPhones can shoot and edit 4K video in HDR Pro and Dolby Vision HDR formats. If you have the video workflow to take advantage of these features, you know who you are, and you know why you will want a 12 Pro Max.
For developers and people who like to live on the edge of technology, the addition of LiDAR and a few other features put the new flagship iPhone in first position for AR.
I’m not sad about not getting a charger or wired earbuds with the new phone, but Apple’s eco-friendly explanation was disingenuous and insulting. They will reduce the environmental impact of iPhone packaging. That’s great. They will reduce the use of certain raw materials. That’s great. Except… you will need to purchase these accessories from Apple or third-party vendors who will now create individual packaging for each. So, where there used to be one box shipped containing three items, three will be created and shipped to take its place. I call bullshit! Apple wants to sell you a $40 MagSafe charger and some version of their AirPods for your new phone, so they are forcing you to need those accessories to use the devices. (Yes, most people who are likely to purchase an iPhone have a drawer full of chargers that take USB-A cables, but how many people have extra USB-C chargers laying around?) The new iPhones ship with a USB-C to Lightning cable in the new, thinner box.
To Sum Up
No iPhone 11 user “needs” an iPhone 12. At best, the iPhone 12 line offers some iterative feature improvements over the previous generation. However, the iPhone 12 line does offer a single benefit: if you want an iPhone 12, nothing else will do.
Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.
Last year, Jane Fonda promised she’ll never buy another item of clothing again. Now, the climate change activist is taking her environmentalist pledge a step further.
Even during the coronavirus pandemic, Fonda has kept up with her weekly Fire Drill Fridays, where she often peacefully protests the dangers of climate change in front of the United States Capitol.
At the At the TED Countdown conference on Saturday, Prince William (who made his TED talk debut), the Pope, Jaden Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Cynthia Erivo and more joined Fonda virtually to talk about the devastating threats climate change can pose to our environment.
Fonda co-hosted an hour of the Countdown program with 18-year-old climate change activist Xiye Bastida, where they asked questions like what happens to our carbon emissions and where do they go in the atmosphere, how have we used our fossil fuel budget, and shared actions that everyone can take to limit their carbon footprint.
The first commitment? Never buying a car (or two-wheeler with internal combustion engine) again. Fonda pledged she will not purchase a vehicle with a combustion engine. “Yes, I can certainly commit to that! You bet,” she said. “And I hope many others will, too.”
It’s sort of a follow-up promise to last fall’s pledge Fonda made, inspired by Greta Thunberg. The actress promised that the red wool coat she often wears to her weekly Fire Drill Fridays would be the final item of clothing she would ever buy. “When I talk to people about, ‘We don’t really need to keep shopping. We shouldn’t look to shopping for our identity. We don’t need more stuff,’ then I have to walk the walk too,” she said last November. “So I’m not buying any more clothes.” Since then, Fonda has been known to repeat outfits she wears to big events, like her Oscars dress this year (a repeat from Cannes) and her black sequined suit at last year’s GCAAP Empower Party (a repeat from the Glamour Women of the Year Awards).
At the Countdown conference, even Pope Francis echoed Fonda’s sentiment about global waste. “The current economic system is unsustainable,” he said. “We are faced with the moral imperative, and the practical urgency, to rethink many things: the way we produce; the way we consume; our culture of waste; our short-term vision; the exploitation of the poor and our indifference towards them; the growing inequalities and our dependence on harmful energy sources. We need to think about all these challenges
Message from an Israeli Jew: Please don’t re-elect Trump – The Forward