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Unions vote for 'conscience clause' to cover journalists

Spurred by the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World, British unions have unanimously voted for journalists to be covered by a legally-binding "conscience clause." Michelle Stanistreet, the general secretary of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), told delegates at the TUC conference in London that there was a clear link between "union-busting" at News International and the "moral vacuum" that had been allowed to exist.

BostonGlobe.Com Launches Today; Shifts To Paying Subscribers-Only Oct. 1

One of the most unusual efforts to make money from a newspaper web site launches today in Boston. For the rest of September, BostonGlobe.com, which went live overnight, will be open to registered users through a sponsored free trial. Come Oct. 1, most of the content from the second-largest New York Times Co. paper will be available only to print subscribers and those willing to pay $3.99 a week -- $208 a year -- for online-only access.

Declaration Adopted by IFJ/EFJ Conference on ‘Journalism in the Shadow of Terror Laws'

The international conference organised by the International Federation (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) on ‘ Journalism in the Shadow of Anti-Terror Laws' has concluded today in Brussels by calling for a review of anti -terror legislation which undermines journalists' independence . The following is the Declaration which was adopted after two days of debates on the impact of anti-terror legislation on journalism following the 9/11 attacks in America.

Details of Inquirer/Daily News buyout

The editorial departments get departure offers

Employees at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News have just been presented with the worst-ever buyout offer in the long and storied history of attempts to pay journalists here in Philly to stop working. “It’s not the most enticing offer,” says Newspaper Guild representative Bill Ross, who says previous offers from other owners were “more generous.” To compare: Knight Ridder buyouts ran about two weeks’ salary for every year of service -- i.e., more than half a year’s salary for an employee with 15 years on the job.

Pay for staffers at St. Petersburg Times cut five percent for five months under new cost-saving plan

Pay for full-time employees at the St. Petersburg Times will be cut by 5% until January 2012 under a new cost-savings plan implemented by the newspaper starting Monday. Staffers will be given five additional days off, with pay, during the five-month period. The company also will reduce its maximum severance payment from 40 weeks to 26 weeks, starting Oct. 1. Although further job reductions are likely, company officials could not say how many jobs would be cut or when.

Philadelphia dailies seek voluntary layoffs

Guild-represented newsroom employees at the two Philadelphia dailies received letters from management Wednesday, informing them they are "eligible for participation" in a "voluntary separation program." (This post corrected from earlier version to indicate that Inquirer newsroom employees as well as Daily News employees received buyout offers, and to remove erroneous information about severance payments.)

Lee refinances debt, pushes repayments out to 2017

Lee Enterprises, owner of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, said it has reached agreement with a significant majority of the holders of its revolving credit and term loan facilities to provide for extension of maturities to 2015 and 2017. Company chairwoman Mary Junck said the refinancing "will remove a cloud that has obscured Lee's formidable strengths in our markets."

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