Today's Top Stories

Guild launches online forum for journalists covering protests

The Newspaper Guild has launched a Facebook page, called “Occupied Journalists,” to serve as an online forum for media workers to share survival strategies and anecdotes from the streets. The new Facebook page follows a letter-writing protest the union aimed at Oakland authorities after rough treatment of media covering a police action intended to clear out the Occupy Oakland encampment.

NLRB case production in FY 2011: Significant decisions and public engagement in a productive year

The National Labor Relations Board issued 368 decisions in contested cases during Fiscal Year 2011 (October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011) while also pursuing two rulemaking initiatives and seeking increased public engagement. The year‑end numbers, which include 272 unfair labor practice cases and 96 representation cases, represent an increase of 17% over the previous year. The number of pending cases at the end of the fiscal year dropped from 236 in the previous year to 209.

Study: More women, traditional media are blogging

Among the findings in the Technorati "State of the Blogosphere 2011" study: More women -- or fewer men -- are blogging, although men still are in the majority at 59%, down from 64% last year. But blogging remains largely a hobby for the vast majority of practitioners, as most can't afford to quit their day job. Only 4% of all bloggers say that online writing is their primary source of income.

New twist in Tribune Co. bankruptcy case could benefit billionaire Sam Zell

Judge's finding for holders of certain notes could support recovery claims of company chairman

For nearly three years, the various combatants in the Tribune Co. bankruptcy case haven't been able to agree on much. But few would have anticipated that claims held by Chicago billionaire Sam Zell against the company had any but the slimmest chances of recovery. Then U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J. Carey weighed in, opening up yet another battlefield in a case that has stubbornly defied all attempts at resolution since Tribune Co. filed for Chapter 11 on Dec. 8, 2008.

Net Neutrality-Blocking Resolution Senate Vote Expected Thursday

Look for debate on Wednesday, Nov. 9, and a vote the following day on the primarily Republican-backed resolution of disapproval to block the FCC's Nov. 20 implementation of the FCC's network neutrality rules. The actual resolution will almost certainly not pass in the Democrat-controlled Senate, but Republicans will have had the chance to make their arguments on the Senate floor and draw attention to the rules and their criticism of the substance and the process.

Murdoch papers accused of bias as media inquiry opens

Rupert Murdoch's Australian newspapers are biased against the Gillard Government and would attack the Prime Minister at any opportunity, a major inquiry into the nation's media has heard. Dr Martin Hirst, associate professor at Deakin University’s School of Communication, told the inquiry’s first public hearing in Melbourne today that he agreed with those who said News Ltd held an anti-Labor bias.

Minimal improvement in job-finding prospects

Today's release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the number of job openings increased by 225,000 in September to 3.4 million. With 14 million unemployed workers in September, the ratio of unemployed workers to job openings was 4.2-to-1, an improvement from the August ratio of 4.5-to-1. By comparison, in December 2000 the job-seeker’s ratio was 1.1-to-1, while the highest this ratio ever got in the early 2000s’ downturn was 2.8-to-1.

Generation Jobless: For Those Under 24, a Portrait in Crisis

Though workers of all ages face economic headwinds, teens and adults under the age of 24, especially those with little or no college education, are faring the worst. The 16.7% unemployment rate among Americans in that group is more than twice the rate for workers 25 and older. In the downturn of 1982 to 1983, unemployment among young adults topped 16% for 23 straight months. The current slump has been longer and deeper: The unemployment rate has been above 16% for 32 months—and counting.

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