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Why old school organized labor is needed in new digital newsrooms

The unionization of digital newsrooms is, like most labor movements, a struggle between workers and the powers that employ them. In this sense, these efforts are nothing new. But they also represent the desire to resist the forces of individualization wrought upon all of us by the gig economy, the digital demand for personal brands, and the shrinking of the American safety net.

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When newspapers first started unionizing in the 1930s, journalists “linked their cultural labor to systemic labor struggles,” wrote Michelle Chen in The Nation after the now-shuttered Al Jazeera America digital newsroom announced it would unionize last year.

Journalists in the digital newsroom can do the same says Stephanie Russell-Kraft

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