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Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 04:58 pm

SHOE LEATHER REPORTING

A gaggle of State Journal-Register journalists took to the streets Monday for the city’s annual Labor Day parade, which might explain why there were pictures, but not a story, about the festivities in the next day’s fish wrap. Perhaps there were too many reporters marching to actually cover the event. Then again, it’s never fun to write about an event that involves yourself, and in this case, SJ-R newsroom employees were marching to draw attention to their plight and the lack of a contract since unionizing last year. Fliers handed out by the unionized editorial staffers were an ugly reminder of what has happened to the capital city’s daily newspaper during the past three years: printing outsourced to Peoria, page design outsourced to Rockford, ad design outsourced to India and no more Chris Britt. And no raises in six years. They aren’t playing tough just yet – rather than calling for a boycott, the union is asking people to buy the newspaper. But the bargaining unit is asking people who support the cause to get in touch via telephone, email or Facebook. An online petition or email campaign can’t be far off.
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