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FRED
06-28-07, 02:28 PM
iTulip supports the protest by Wall Street Journal reporters against threats to their journalistic independence.

Date/Time: 6/28/2007 11:01:31 AM
Title: Why WSJ reporters didn't show up for work Thursday
Posted By: Jim Romenesko

Newspaper Guild release (http://poynter.org/forum/view_post.asp?id=12696)

June 28, 2007 11:00 A.M.

A statement from Wall Street Journal reporters:

Wall Street Journal reporters across the country chose not to show up to work this morning.

We did so for two reasons.

First, The Wall Street Journal's long tradition of independence, which has been the hallmark of our news coverage for decades, is threatened today. We, along with hundreds of other Dow Jones employees represented by the Independent Association of Publishers' Employees, want to demonstrate our conviction that the Journal’s editorial integrity depends on an owner committed to journalistic independence.

Second, by our absence from newsrooms around the country, we are reminding Dow Jones management that the quality of its publications depends on a top-quality professional staff. Dow Jones currently is in contract negotiations with its primary union, seeking severe cutbacks in our health benefits and limits on our pay. It is beyond debate that the professionals who create The Wall Street Journal and other Dow Jones publications every day deserve a fair contract that rewards their achievements. At a time when Dow Jones is finding the resources to award golden parachutes to 135 top executives, it should not be seeking to eviscerate employees’ health benefits and impose salary adjustments that amount to a pay cut.

We put the reputation of The Wall Street Journal and the needs of its readers first. That's why we will be back at our desks this afternoon, producing the day's news reports. But we hope this demonstration will remind those entrusted with the future of Dow Jones that our publications' integrity must be protected, and sustained, from top to bottom.

For more information, contact:
E.S. Browning (201) 491-8653
or Steve Yount (609) 220-5951

Editor's Comment: The U.S. isn't Russia... yet. Threats to the independence of American journalists must be countered in every instance. Where does lack of vigilance lead?


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jk
06-28-07, 04:06 PM
not to sound too cynical, but i'm just curious if anyone can lay hands on the wsj's reporting on the myriad of companies which have pressed their employees for givebacks. [i'm not a subscriber.] i'd like to think these events have all been objectively reported, but i'm curious to know whether there was an undertone of cheerleading for management.

Tet
06-28-07, 04:29 PM
Editor's Comment: The U.S. isn't Russia... yet. Threats to the independence of American journalists must be countered in every instance. Where does lack of vigilance lead?


WSJ is good for cleaning car windows and lining the bottom of the hamster cage. You certainly don't make money following any of the advice in the WSJ at for the last 15-years or so. I'd bet you make more money following Pravda's advice than the WSJ. If you want truth in media I'd suggest learning Chinese, or Russian, or Spanish because you aren't going to find it in any Wall Street owned press.

Uncle Jack
06-28-07, 04:34 PM
by our absence from newsrooms around the country, we are reminding Dow Jones management that the quality of its publications depends on a top-quality professional staff.

Uh huh.

Absense ... professional. You betcha.

FRED
06-29-07, 01:47 AM
Uh huh.

Absense ... professional. You betcha.

This is what makes iTulipers different. The irony is not lost.

We'll see how much they protest a challenge to "independence" the way Russian journalists do.