William Serrin, the former labor reporter for the New York Times who is now a journalism professor, argued at a recent symposium in Pennsylvania that the decline of labor coverage in the media is partly to blame for the poor media reporting from the Sago mine disaster in West Virginia back in January.
â€œIf we had better labor reporting, weâ€™d have better reporting in general… We donâ€™t have a lot of expertise that would help in this kind of reporting,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s a shame. I donâ€™t know, right now, any good solutions.â€?
Read about the symposium related to the media coverage of the Sago mine disaster and other issues here.
The lack of labor coverage at most newspapers and other media outlets is something that truly bothers me about the current staet of business journalism.