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A Rift Divides Members of Journalism Groups

When the National Association of Black Journalists opens its annual conference Wednesday, a topic of conversation is likely to be its recent efforts to get more black anchors on prime-time news programs. But another issue may form a larger backdrop: the association’s decision to end its alliance with three other minority journalist groups after nearly 20 years. The rift comes as the number of minorities in newsrooms across the country has declined for the third consecutive year.

You're Poorer than You Think

A major bank's ads say "you're richer than you think" but in fact, you're poorer! New statistics actually prove it. In the 33 years between 1976 and 2009 median income in Canada increased by just 5.5% -- from $45,800 in 1976 to $48,300 in 2009. [Median income is a dividing line, with half the population making more than that and the other half less.] But the gap between rich and poor skyrocketed during that same time.

Phone-hacking scandal: Stuart Kuttner is latest NoW exec to be arrested

Stuart Kuttner, the public face of the News of the World and its most vocal public defender for 22 years, has been arrested by police investigating allegations of phone hacking and of bribing police officers to leak sensitive information. As managing editor until his resignation in July 2009, Kuttner was in charge of finances at the now-defunct tabloid and was described at the time of his resignation as a man whose "DNA is absolutely integrated into the newspaper."

Star Tribune newsroom votes on extending labor deal, pay freeze

Guild members at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune will be voting Thursday, Aug. 4, on an 18-month extension of the contract that expired Sunday. The vote comes after 11 negotiating sessions and a week's worth of hard bargaining through last Friday night that failed to resolve a couple of key issues. If approved, the extension will cover approximately 260 members and will run through Jan. 31, 2013.

Measuring CEO pay: more than gore

One unusually hot debate simmering during the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act deals with a little provision calling on public companies to publish the CEO’s pay as a multiple of the median-paid employee of the firm. Industry claims it’s too difficult to measure (which should alarm shareholders who assumed their companies held some grip on payroll figures), or that there’s no interest in the number (which the hot debate itself contradicts).

NY Post reporters told to preserve documents: memos

Rupert Murdoch's New York Post has ordered newsroom staff to keep all documents related to questionable reporting methods involving phone hacking or unlawful payments to government officials . John Rockefeller, chairman of the U.S. Senate commerce committee, has called for an investigation to determine if News Corp has broken any U.S. laws and the FBI is investigating allegations News Corp might have hacked the phones of victims of the September 11 attacks in the United States.

What does it mean to 'break up' media power?

Media power as exercised by the Murdochs, at least until the past three weeks, allowed a "power elite" to legitimize its view of the world and secure consent for its actions: from taking us to war to convincing us that austerity is the only solution to tackling the deficit. Indeed, the Murdochs have underscored the contention that the media are "agencies for the dissemination of ideas and values which affirm rather than challenge existing patterns of power and privilege."

Met to probe computer hacking claims

Scotland Yard is widening its probe into phone-hacking with the creation of new unit to investigate claims of computer hacking. The Metropolitan Police said that Operation Tuleda will consider a number of breach of privacy allegations received since January, including allegations made by a BBC Panorama program in March that a senior News of the World executive obtained emails hacked from a former Northern Ireland intelligence operative's computer.

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