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Journalists Debate Impact of Potential Koch Takeover of Tribune Newspapers

What would happen if David and Charles Koch, the conservative billionaire brothers, bought the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and other leading newspapers from the Tribune Co.?

Concerned about the likelihood of the Kochs purchasing some of the largest and most influential newspapers in the nation from the financially troubled Tribune Co., The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America organized a very spirited debate at the National Press Club in Washington on June 26.

“The fear is that the Kochs are motivated to use the newspapers to further their overt conservative agenda. Credible news will suffer. This is of special concern as virtually every city in America, with just a handful of exceptions, is now a one-newspaper town,” Guild President Bernie Lunzer said in a statement at the event, attended by about 60 journalists, Guild members and members of the public. 

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Watch Live: Should the Koch Brothers Own the Tribune Newspapers?

Watch Live: Should the Koch Brothers Own the Tribune Newspapers?

This morning, the panel "Should the Koch Brothers Own the Tribune Newspapers?" is discussing the potential sale of the group of newspapers to Charles and David Koch at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., at 9 a.m. EDT. As we've covered on the blog before, the Kochs are interested in buying the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and other leading newspapers owned by the Tribune Co.  

Watch the event live after the jump or here: www.aflcio.org/koch-brothers.

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Should the Koch Brothers Own the Tribune Newspapers?

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Some say the press is the fourth branch of government. It serves as a "check and a balance" to our elected and non-elected leaders and informs the public of news for the greater good. But what if that was compromised by a corporate power grab?

That's exactly what the panel "Should the Koch Brothers Own the Tribune Newspapers?" will examine this Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 

You can watch the event live at 9 a.m. EDT at www.aflcio.org/koch-brothers

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Sun-Times Photojournalists Plan Rally

Sun-Times Photojournalists Plan Rally

The photographers and photo editors the Chicago Sun-Times fired without warning last week, when it eliminated its entire photo department, will picket and rally outside the Sun-Times building tomorrow, June 6, 8–9 a.m. CDT. If you are in Chicago, you can join them at the intersection of Franklin and N. Orleans streets.

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Chicago Sun-Times Fires Entire Photo Department, Sign a Petition Demanding Jobs Back

Chicago Sun-Times Fires Entire Photo Department, Sign a Petition Demanding Jobs Back

Last week in a 20-second meeting with Chicago Sun-Times Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk, some 28 Sun-Times photographers and photo editors—the paper’s entire photo department—were told they were fired

Photographer John White, with 44 years at the paper, told Poynter Institute’s Kenneth Irby that the meeting was “intimidating” and said, “There was a toxic and unkind spirit in the office.”

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Out Foxing Fox? Stop Koch Takeover of L.A. Times

Out Foxing Fox? Stop Koch Takeover of L.A. Times

Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who fund a number of extreme right-wing organizations and are major contributors to the tea party and bankrollers for a host of anti-worker state ballot initiatives and legislation, now have their sights set on building a major media empire.

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Carwash Workers, Interpreters, Nurses and Others Join AFL-CIO Unions

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In another victory for Southern California “carwasheros” seeking justice, respect and safe workplaces, the workers at Magic Clean carwash in Los Angeles this week voted to join United Steelworkers (USW) Local 675. The Magic Clean employees are the fourth carwash workforce to win their union as part of the CLEAN Carwash Campaign.

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Restaurant Worker Advocate Wins 2012 Edna Award

Restaurant Worker Advocate Wins 2012 Edna Award

Veronica Avila, the daughter of immigrants who rose out of Chicago's poor meatpacking neighborhood and later organized restaurant workers, has been named winner of the 2012 Edna Award.

The Edna, which has a $10,000 prize, honors women age 35 or younger who already have distinguished themselves as leaders of the social justice movement. The award honors Edna Berger, a pioneer for women’s rights, who rose from a receptionist at The Philadelphia Inquirer to become a writer, editor and the first female organizer in The Newspaper Guild-CWA.

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Eleanor Roosevelt Would Say 'No' to California’s Prop. 32

Eleanor Roosevelt Would Say 'No' to California’s Prop. 32

Take a minute today (Oct. 11) and say “Happy Birthday” to Eleanor Roosevelt. A member of the Newspaper Guild for more than a quarter of a century, Roosevelt strongly believed in workers, their unions and their involvement in the political process. 

Brigid O’Farrell, a member of the National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981, writes if Roosevelt were alive today, she would be out campaigning against California’s Prop. 32 to silence workers in the political arena, while giving the wealthy and corporations free reign. Read more at the Roosevelt Institute's Next New Deal blog.

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July 31 Is Deadline for 2012 Edna Award Nominations

Less than a week remains before the deadline—July 31—to submit nominations for the 2012 Edna, a $10,000 award for young women making a mark in labor, women’s and other social justice movements.

The award honors Edna Berger, a pioneer for women’s rights who rose from a receptionist at The Philadelphia Inquirer to become a writer, editor and the first female organizer in The Newspaper Guild-CWA.

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