Thursday, May 7, 2009

Byline strike at The Sun a show of support for laid-off colleagues

Drawing upon one of the last plays they have left against their employer, Baltimore Sun reporters are staging a byline strike for Thursday’s paper in protest of last week’s mass layoffs.

The move, a tactical option for the newspaper union in which writers, photographers and artists do not allow their names to be placed with their work, is one of several efforts this week to show support for the 61 newsroom employees who were abruptly shown the door to one of the worst job markets in decades.

“We wanted to show them we care about what happened and that we’re there for them with this,” said Brent Jones, a general assignment reporter who helped organize the byline strike.

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