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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.

Government data key to reporting

Reporters at U.S. daily newspapers routinely turn to local, state and federal government websites to hunt for data that they can use in their stories, but many said they found information that was outdated, poorly documented or incomplete. The reporters ranked state data as the most accurate, and local as the least, adding that their local governments were the most transparent and accountable, while the federal government ranked the lowest on those counts.

Some companies pay their CEOs more than Uncle Sam, study says

It has become a bipartisan article of faith in some quarters that the income tax on U.S. corporations must be lowered. But for many large U.S. companies, the burden of U.S. taxation pales in comparison with what they pay their chief executives: of last year’s 100 highest-paid corporate executives in the United States, 25 -- including Verizon's recently retired CEO, Ivan Seidenberg -- earned more in pay than their company recorded as a tax expense in 2010.

Guild wins representation election for business unit at the Forward

A small group of employees at The Forward Association, publisher of Jewish newspapers and digital media, recently voted unanimously to name the Newspaper Guild of New York as their bargaining agent. The vote was 5-0 with one ballot being set aside after being challenged by The Forward Association. Since the ballot would not determine the outcome of the election, it will not be counted.

Out of the Shadows

When women are sexually assaulted, a well-defined narrative of male dominance and female suppression clicks in. No such narrative exists for men. There is more of a stigma. Men are more likely to remain silent. That some male journalists have spoken publicly about their abuse in recent months has moved the dialogue into new territory. "Sexual violence is not just a women's issue," says researcher Lara Stemple. "It is a human issue."

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