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Veteran Guild member and journalist Murray Seeger dies

Veteran Guild member and award-winning journalist Murray Seeger, who among other accomplishments became a spokesman and public relations official for the AFL-CIO, died Aug. 29 from pneumonia. He also was executive director of the Newspaper Guild-CWA Committee on the Future of Journalism, a short-lived effort to tackle the growing crisis within American journalism.

Local newspapers could gain charitable status

The British government is being urged to allow newspapers to gain charitable status. According to a report on the Third Sector website, a group of "journalists, academics and charitable funders" will ask the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to make it easier for charitable trusts and foundations to fund not-for-profit local newspapers. At present the Charity Commission does not recognizse the provision of news as a charitable activity, the report said.

AFL‑CIO Announces Full‑Time Push for Jobs, Working Family Heroes

Detailing the desperate need for jobs, AFL‑CIO President Richard Trumka today outlined a broad new mobilization effort to speak to and for working people on economic issues year‑round. Joined at a Labor Day press event by workers from Missouri, Ohio, New Hampshire and Minnesota, Trumka pledged to amplify the voices of working families in a public debate dominated by partisanship and goals defined by Tea Party Republicans and their corporate backers.

News of World journalists who ordered phone hacking will not be revealed

The names of several News of the World journalists who ordered a private detective to hack into mobile phones belonging to six public figures will not be publicly disclosed, after Scotland Yard intervened to prevent their publication. The names were disclosed on Friday by Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who worked for the paper, in compliance with a high court order, and could show how far the practice was widespread at the now defunct paper.

Working America Sets Up Return Desk for Voters With Buyers’ Remorse

We’ve all been there. The salesman was slick. The promises were big. We really wanted to believe. So we plunked down our cash and went home ready to lose weight, grow hair, find love and change our lives. Then we got home and thought, “OMG. Did I really fall for that?” Yep, buyer’s remorse. But when your currency is your vote and the product is a politician, you just can’t shove it aside and move on -- or can you?

Sustained, high joblessness causes lasting damage to wages, benefits, income, and wealth

The pain caused by persistently high unemployment is not limited to workers who are currently unemployed. The economic damage extends to the broader workforce and the country in general through lost wages, income and wealth, as well as higher poverty. Roughly 31% of U.S. workers experienced unemployment or underemployment at some point in 2009, while the share of unemployed workers who have been out of work for more than six months has hovered around 45% for more than a year.

Pulitzer photojournalist takes a stand for quality

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Larry Price took a stand this week for journalistic quality -- and it cost him his job. Price, who has served as the director of photography for the Dayton Daily News -- the largest daily newspaper in the region -- on Aug. 29 surrendered his job in a rare move of self sacrifice. Only three days earlier, Price was asked by management to lay off up to half of the paper’s photographers, a move he simply couldn’t support.

‘The New York Times’ Wants Your Kitchen Table to Be Giant iPad

Remember the good old days when the whole family would gather for a lazy Sunday brunch and haggle over their favorite sections of The New York Times? Well with paper going the way of the dodo, the folks at the NYT‘s R&D lab have built the next generation of new media reader for you and your closest kin. Meet what we’re calling the Times Tablet Table, a giant touchscreen that lets the whole clan read and share right from their furniture.

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