Monday, February 25, 2008

Byline and blog strike in Honolulu

A byline strike by reporters is a traditional job action used to show editorial worker solidarity. But the Honolulu Advertiser's reporters extended their three-day byline strike to include the blogs. It received full support of the union members. According to The Newspaper Guild, the tactic may be the first of its kind.

...the blogs written by reporters had no new posts, other than an explanation of the temporary hiatus, which drew comments of support from readers
Mark Platte, the paper’s editor, said that the blog blackout was within the reporters’ rights. They “have to write for print — that’s part of their jobs — but blogs are voluntary,” he said.

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