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Dallas Morning News Lays Off 38

The Dallas Morning News laid off a reported 38 newsroom employees on Tuesday, including two black journalists, in still another cutback attributed to declining advertising revenues. "This is the state most metros find themselves — a constant alignment of expenses to revenues — which almost invariably means reducing headcount,' "News Publisher and CEO Jim Moroney wrote in explaining the layoffs.

NLRB judge finds New York nonprofit unlawfully discharged employees following Facebook posts

In the first ruling of its kind, a National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge has found that a Buffalo nonprofit organization unlawfully discharged five employees after they posted comments on Facebook concerning working conditions, including work load and staffing issues. The NLRB has received an increasing number of charges related to social media in the past year, as that means of communication grows in popularity.

Fox News, ABC air edited clip of Hoffa’s fiery speech at Obama rally, sparking tea party’s fury

A fiery speech delivered by James Hoffa at a Detroit Labor Day rally for President Obama sparked criticism from conservative critics who say Hoffa was inciting violence against the tea party. But it appears that a selectively edited version of Hoffa's speech, aired by media outlets including on Fox News and ABC on Monday, helped incite the fury.

Guardian journalist questioned over alleged phone-hacking leaks

Case raises concerns about attempts to criminalise contact between journalists and off-the-record sources

A Guardian journalist has been questioned by police officers investigating alleged leaks of information from Operation Weeting, the police team pursuing phone hacking at the News of the World. Amelia Hill, a reporter behind several of the Guardian's key phone-hacking revelations, was questioned under caution several days ago in a case that has raised concerns about attempts to criminalize contact between journalists and off-the-record sources.

Why phone hacking is a story that deserves big coverage

What British-based story of recent times has led to the resignation of two senior officers from the nation's largest police force, the closure of the country's second-highest selling national newspaper, the resignation of two senior executives from the world's largest news organization, the resignation of the prime minister's media aide, the early retirement of the chairwoman of the press regulator, a judicial inquiry, two police investigations, two overlapping Commons inquiries, and the arrest of 16 people?

Phone hacking: Evidence to MPs gives James Murdoch room for manoeuvre

Colin Myler and Tom Crone did not deal a fatal blow

Colin Myler and Tom Crone may have come to the British Parliament's select committee investigating the telephone hacking scandal with pistols loaded, but they did not fire a fatal shot at James Murdoch. Murdoch junior will almost certainly have to face MPs again -- and explain why his evidence about the all-important "for Neville" email differs from his former employees. But he is also beginning to narrow the discrepancies between his and their evidence.

Getting Those Republican Attacks Right

At this point, Republican politicians are beginning to sound almost like wind-up toys when they complain about job-killing taxes and regulations that keep businesses from hiring. If the charges are true, then there are logical implications that can be explored. The media should be taking the time to see whether the evidence is consistent with Republican claims. The tax side of the story is pretty simple. The Republicans are making things up.

Report: Textbooks Ignore Union Contributions

Most American children never receive any education about the union movement’s proper place in our country’s history, according to a new report on a survey of the four major textbooks that together account for most of the U.S. market. The report found that the textbooks often present labor history in a biased, negative way, focusing on strikes and strike violence while giving little or no attention to the employer abuse and violence that caused the strikes.

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