Today's Top Stories

UK website claims 1,000 'citizen journalists'

"Citizen journalism" website Blottr began the latest phase of its UK roll last week, as it claimed to have 60,000 registered users and at least 1,000 contributors. Blottr is the brainchild of web entrepreneur Adam Baker, who said he first had the idea of creating a citizen journalism website after the 11 September attacks in New York. Now, with most of the UK’s newspaper publishers cutting staff he is confident that Blottr’s brand of citizen journalism can fill the void.

What Facebook’s latest updates mean for journalists

Vadim Lavrusik, Facebook’s Journalist Program Manager, is responsible for building and managing programs that help journalists, in various ways, make use of Facebook in their work. Here he explains Facebook’s recent design changes, including Subscribe, which enables readers to subscribe to journalists’ public updates, a redesigned News Feed, and Timeline, which showcases not only the most recent stories from a single user, but also contextualizes who that user is.

Kentucky Labor Institute Raises Labor’s Voice, Image

Dave Suetholz says he got fed up with “the right wing’s effective use of the echo chamber through its network of reactionary think tanks and media.” So the Kentucky labor lawyer climbed aboard his American-made Ford pickup truck and drove across the Bluegrass State seeking support for a Kentucky Labor Institute. His travels bore fruit, and seven months later the new institute has racked up an impressive record of labor activism.

Paper Tiger: Q&A With L.A. Times Pressman Ed Padgett

Ed Padgett works as a pressman at the L.A. Times’ Olympic Boulevard printing plant, a third-generation employee who has been with the paper 39 years. In this short interview, he says the company is "expecting a really bad fourth quarter. The senior vice president told us we’ve got three years more of printing the hard copy Times before they shut it down. Our plant manager says five years."

#OccupyWallStreet bleeds and leads

None of the articles about the Occupy Wall Street protest captures what is distinctive about this occupation, or how it works, or what the protesters are doing for most of the day, or the courage they have shown in the face of the brutality. These are common oversights in press coverage of nonviolent resistance movements, but that doesn’t mean there’s any excuse.

Woman journalist is decapitated by Mexican drugs cartel over comments she made on social networking site

Police found a woman's decapitated body in a Mexican border city on Saturday, alongside a handwritten sign saying she was killed in retaliation for her postings on a social networking site. The victim was identified as Marisol Macias Castaneda, a newsroom manager for the Nuevo Laredo newspaper Primera Hora. The gruesome killing may be the third so far this month in which people in Nuevo Laredo were killed by a drug cartel for what they said on the internet.

Boeing saw risks, chose S.C. anyway

Boeing decided to locate a 787 Dreamliner plant outside the Seattle area to gain the upper hand with employee unions, concluding that goal trumped the new site's higher risks and expenses. Executives in 2009 assessed a new factory in Charleston, S.C., as having the highest danger of failing and worst consequences if it did. Their findings are outlined in presentations submitted as evidence in an NLRB lawsuit against the company.

Talks hit impasse at Victoria Times Colonist

An about-face by management of the Victoria Times Colonist has brought contract talks with three unions -- including the Victoria-Vancouver Island Newspaper Guild -- screeching to a halt. The Victoria Joint Council of Newspaper Unions says meetings planned for this week have been cancelled and no new dates have been scheduled. The impasse was reached when the employer attempted to reintroduce significant items the council believed had been removed.

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