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Sen. Kerry Talks 'Future of Journalism' (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Poynter Online ^ | May 6, 2009 | Julie Moos

Posted on 05/06/2009 4:51:59 AM PDT by abb

Guild, Globe Reach Agreement; Guild Pres.: 'Large Layoffs' Likely

Talks that began Tuesday evening between The Boston Globe and the Boston Newspaper Guild led the two sides to an agreement that modifies -- but does not lift -- lifetime job guarantees protecting about 200 Guild members, according to a report on the Globe's Web site. The deal also reportedly includes a pay cut and unpaid furloughs. Official details will be released after Guild members hear about them Thursday.

In a letter sent to members Tuesday, Guild president Daniel Totten referenced the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act that Globe management said it was prepared to file on Monday. Totten said, "The Warn Act is used not only in cases of closure, but in instances of layoffs of more than 100 people. The Globe has intimated a large layoff can be expected regardless of the outcome of negotiations."

The two sides temporarily tabled discussions early Monday after agreements were reached with the paper's other unions, but not with the Guild.

This agreement completes the concession negotiation process that started early last month when The New York Times Company threatened to close the paper unless $20 million was saved.

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry knows firsthand how uncertain the future of newspapers may be. Kerry will hear on Wednesday from "Wire" creator David Simon, Knight Foundation president and CEO Alberto Ibargüen and others interested in "The Future of Journalism," the subject of a panel to be convened by him today as chair of the Senate's Communications, Technology & the Internet subcommittee.

When he announced the hearing, Kerry said, "The history of our Republic is inextricably linked to the narrative of our free and independent press. ... America's newspapers are struggling just to stay afloat. I called this hearing to directly address a problem that for too long has had us turning the other way. Whatever the model for the future, we must do all we can to ensure a diverse and independent news media endures."

There has been increasing discussion of the government's role in saving journalism recently. On Monday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about The Globe closing and told reporters, "I don't know what, in all honesty, government can do about it ... Obviously [President Barack Obama] believes there has to be a strong free press ... I think there's a certain concern and a certain sadness when you see cities losing their newspapers or regions of the country losing their newspapers."

In April, a House subcommittee discussed "A New Age for Newspapers." In March, Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin introduced "The Newspaper Revitalization Act," which would allow newspapers to become tax-exempt nonprofits.

Cardin will speak at Wednesday's Senate subcommittee hearing, as will:

* Marissa Mayer Vice president, search products & user experience Google Inc. * Alberto Ibargüen President and CEO The Knight Foundation * David Simon Author, TV producer and former newspaperman * Steve Coll Former managing editor The Washington Post * James Moroney Publisher and CEO The Dallas Morning News * Arianna Huffington Co-founder and editor-in-chief The Huffington Post

The hearing is scheduled to be televised live on C-SPAN 3 beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on May 6.


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Kerry hearings in second half of story.
1 posted on 05/06/2009 4:51:59 AM PDT by abb
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Birch T. Barlow; ..

ping


2 posted on 05/06/2009 4:52:33 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Bailouts for newspapers. Now THAT’S a joke. A real big joke...on us.

I’ve always dreamed of subsidizing newspapers, especially The Boston Globe.

Ugh.


3 posted on 05/06/2009 4:53:38 AM PDT by RexBeach ("Do your duty in all things." Robert E. Lee)
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To: abb

“The history of our Republic is inextricably linked to the narrative of our free and independent press. ... America’s newspapers are struggling just to stay afloat. I called this hearing to directly address a problem that for too long has had us turning the other way. Whatever the model for the future, we must do all we can to ensure a diverse and independent news media endures.”

Translation - govt. to bail out DNC mouthpieces.


4 posted on 05/06/2009 4:54:31 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: abb

http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2009/05/06/globe_and_guild_talk_into_the_night/?page=full
Globe, guild reach deal

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1170427&format=text
Boston Globe, newspaper guild reach accord

http://newsosaur.blogspot.com/
Newsosaur’s Top Ten media blogs

http://www.newspaperdeathwatch.com/
Globe, Largest Union Come to Terms


5 posted on 05/06/2009 4:55:57 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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Whatever the model for the future, we must do all we can to ensure a diverse and independent news media endures.

I wonder what he means by 'diverse'. /s
6 posted on 05/06/2009 4:56:34 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (Affirmative Action + Peter Principle = 0bama)
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To: abb

http://www.observer.com/2009/media/times-mad-hell-and-well
The Times is Mad as Hell and ... Well?


7 posted on 05/06/2009 4:58:17 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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Hmmm.... So Lurch is the Rat designated savior and the Globe is the designated savee. That is, perhaps the negotiations are real enough to provoke a national cause requiring Senate and ultimately government intervention to yet another business.

The action is but the swirl of America going down the drain


8 posted on 05/06/2009 5:00:10 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Crucify ! Crucify ! Crucify him!!)
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To: abb

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2245163/posts
Liberal bias isn’t killing newspapers
Boston Globe ^ | May 6, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby


9 posted on 05/06/2009 5:00:14 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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Lifetime job guarantee?

OK. You got it.

Can't guarantee if the position will be paid or unpaid.

But, you folks have got a job.

10 posted on 05/06/2009 5:07:02 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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. . .which would allow newspapers to become tax-exempt nonprofits. . .

. . . in exchange for being pro-Obama, pro-statist, pro-Democrat propaganda 24/7/365.

I guess he means like PBS and we all now how unbiased they are.

11 posted on 05/06/2009 5:08:40 AM PDT by 3catsanadog (I plan to give the new President the same respect and dignity the other side gave Bush.)
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When he announced the hearing, Kerry said, "The history of our Republic is inextricably linked to the narrative of our free and independent press.

Its a shame we have neither.

12 posted on 05/06/2009 5:08:53 AM PDT by Go Gordon
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To: abb

They still can’t force anybody to buy them.


13 posted on 05/06/2009 5:31:00 AM PDT by OldBlondBabe
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To: abb

Pravda must be saved.

Pray for America


14 posted on 05/06/2009 5:33:56 AM PDT by bray (No Obozos)
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To: abb; Mrs. B.S. Roberts

Sen Kerry will hold a “hearing” so the perps of PRAVDA of the WEST can sob out their tales of woe. But the question is what will he NOT hear? Easy..listen to the voice of the people who think for themselves....
I will NOT be lied to.
I will NOT have my intelligence insulted any longer.
I will NOT waste my time reading drivel that is posed as NEWS.
I will NOT allow deeply opinionated “journalists” to corrupt my thinking.
I will NOT accept as accurate a “news Coverage” so slanted politically that it defies gravity itself.
I will NOT waste my MONEY (hard earned as it is) on newspapers that today bring shame on the very word ‘newspaper’.
What I will do is take the time to search out NEWS that is the actually NEWS as it occurs. I will take the time to search out opinions, that even if I disagree, do NOT insult my beliefs, my country, my religion, and my intelligence.
My word to all too much of the “Newspaper Industry”
YOU ARE FIRED!!! GO AWAY


15 posted on 05/06/2009 5:49:02 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY Times: We print the news as it fits our views)
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To: abb
Journalis ain't what it used to be.

Advocacy Propaganda & Character Assassination of your ideological opponents are now taught by tenured 60's hippies running most all Schools of Journalism APCA!

16 posted on 05/06/2009 5:56:20 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: abb; N. Theknow; PhilDragoo
"Talks that began Tuesday evening between The Boston Globe and the Boston Newspaper Guild led the two sides to an agreement that modifies -- but does not lift -- lifetime job guarantees protecting about 200 Guild members, according to a report on the Globe's Web site."

Oh my, the Mailer's Union sure won't be liking this. Where's the equality? Where's the sacrifice. :o)

"Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry knows firsthand how uncertain the future of newspapers may be."

Say.
Word on the street is this guy served in Viet Nam.

"When he announced the hearing, Kerry said, 'The history of our Republic is inextricably linked to the narrative of our free and independent press'..."

To say *nothing* of America's Democrat Party, eh Jack? ;^)

"Whatever the model for the future, we must do all we can to ensure a diverse and independent news media endures."

Any fool stupid enough to be close to this gasbag had better damned well be outfitted with electrical insulators.

"Cardin will speak at Wednesday's Senate subcommittee hearing, as will: * Marissa Mayer Vice president, search products & user experience Google Inc. * Alberto Ibargüen President and CEO The Knight Foundation * David Simon Author, TV producer and former newspaperman * Steve Coll Former managing editor The Washington Post * James Moroney Publisher and CEO The Dallas Morning News * Arianna Huffington Co-founder and editor-in-chief The Huffington Post."

And just look at that guest list.
No Jeb. No Mitt. No Powell. No McLame *and* no Megan?
Well, that'll be no fun. ;^)

17 posted on 05/06/2009 5:57:16 AM PDT by Landru (Arghh, Liberals are trapped in my colon like spackle or paste.)
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Wouldn't you just love to get the NYT's very own Johnny Inkslinger drunk and get him to unload?

Bet that guy has no fingernails or hair left.

Johnny? This is Pinch. How do we pay Slim this month?

18 posted on 05/06/2009 6:10:25 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: abb
This is like a criminal discussing the future of law enforcement.
19 posted on 05/06/2009 6:24:27 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (I am an extremist that was created by Butch Napolitano.)
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To: abb

Refresh my memory, who is John Kerry?


20 posted on 05/06/2009 6:31:02 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does Zer0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foriegn/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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