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Beware Wall Street! Movements have succeeded

The Occupy Wall Street phenomenon has been spreading across the country. It is the latest movement in the history of labor activism. The main difference is that this labor movement is not comprised solely of blue-collar workers. It includes main street professionals -- teachers, social workers, nurses, middle managers, fireman, policeman -- who make up the middle class fabric of America. And it turns out that history is on the side of the activists.

WSJ Asia moves more than half of its copies through heavy discounting, like WSJ Europe

Responding to one of our posts about The Wall Street Journal Europe’s use of bulk sales to, well, bulk up its circulation, a commenter questioned whether The Wall Street Journal Asia employs a similar strategy. Apparently so. Heavily discounted copies account for about the same share of circulation for both editions of the Journal -- 62% in Asia, compared to 61% for the Europe edition.

Nonprofit News Outlets Face Long Waits for IRS Approval

The rise of local nonprofit news organizations has been heralded as one of the most promising signs in the news industry’s rapid transformation over the last four years. But many say they've been waiting more than a year for the IRS to recognize their non-profit status, and as they wait the delay is threatening to derail a journalism movement that is “supplying some of the best investigative work and public service work in the U.S.”

NLRB May Lose Quorum in 2012, Suspending Recent Progress

The embattled National Labor Relations Board could soon be crippled by lack of a quorum. If that happens, conservative politicians outraged by the board’s defense of worker rights will notch another win. While loss of its quorum would not prevent the NLRB from conducting elections and investigating unfair labor practice charges, the board could not decide the hundreds of cases that come before it each year. Employers would have no incentive to settle cases.

What if working class Americans actually like Occupy Wall Street?

What if working class white voters actually like and agree with Occupy Wall Street’s message, if not always with the cultural and personal instincts of its messengers? The movement is still very young, and it’s very hard to gauge support for it. But one labor official shares with me a very interesting data point: Working America, the AFL-CIO affiliate, has signed up approximately 25,000 new recruits in the last week alone, thanks largely to the high visibility of the protests.

In Spain, 'Little Black Book' of Journalism Shows Profession in Crisis

Pressure from the publishing industry has weakened the watchdog role of journalists, turning them into lapdogs at the service of corporations and politicians and unable to serve their readers. That's one of the conclusions of Bernardo Diaz Nosty, journalism professor at the University of Malaga and author of "Libro Negro del Periodismo en España" (the "Black Book of Spanish Journalism"), an in-depth analysis of the current media situation in that country.

Free Dawit Isaak, an Eritrean journalist jailed without charge

A journalist is jailed without charge or trial in a part of the globe that few people spend much time thinking about. Why should anyone care about Dawit Isaak, winner of this year’s Golden Pen of Freedom given by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers? Isaak, 46, disappeared into a jail in Eritrea 10 years ago, and may or may not still be alive.

Journalism in Mexico Faces Threat of Being Completely Silenced

Just over a decade after journalists asserted their vital role in the political system, reversing the long-established patronage system, Mexico's institution of journalism faces the threat of being completely silenced. The chilling effect of the gruesome deaths -- this year alone, some 10 journalists have been killed and more than 30 since President Calderon began his term -- is enabling the darkest elements of humanity to fester and destroy lives and communities.

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