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NYT Journos Threaten ‘Byline Strike’

What a stupid idea. Via Romenesko:

A Sunday dispatch from the Newspaper Guild of New York says hundreds of New York Times staffers have in recent days “quietly signed pledges to withhold their bylines, photo credits, and producing credits” and “have also pledged to work strictly to the terms of the contract.”

It adds: “We don’t know yet if we will have to go down this road, but it is vital that we be prepared.”

The memo also describes how union members plan to “welcome” Mark Thompson Monday as he starts his Times Co. CEO duties.

There’s no better way than a “byline strike” in the age of digital tracking of readers to show management that it doesn’t matter who writes most stories.

The rest here.


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