Where is the labor coverage in the biz press?

Chris Roush

Chris Roush is the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He was previously Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in business journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication" and "Thinking Things Over," a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.

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  1. Jim Brumm says:

    Bill Witherup poses a question that’s valid far beyond the Seattle area and I’m sad to see no one has offerred an explanation for the lack of labor — union and non-union. Could it be that labor doesn’t flood the media with news releases?

  2. John R says:

    Agreed Jim. This phenomenon is not just confined within Seattle area. In fact, this lack of coverage of labor related issues is very common with modern era newspapers- the world over.

    My personal assumption about the issue has always been in line with Mr. Witherup when -he says
    “He did not say the obvious, that the corporate world provides most of the advertising revenue. (Check out the cost, for instance, for a full page mobile phone ad!)”.
    That might be the most suitable explanation for this phenom.

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