This week on CounterSpin: a dispiriting sign of the times—yet another veteran, award-winning journalist leaving the field. Nancy Cleeland was a labor reporter (you’ve heard of that) at the Los Angeles Times; she wrote on a range of issues affecting working class people, even shared in a Pulitzer for a series on Wal-Mart. But, she says, the paper today just doesn’t seem to care about stories about working people or the poor—no matter how critical those stories are. We’ll hear from Nancy Cleeland.
Also on CounterSpin today, looking back at a major labor story from ten years ago: the UPS strike made workers’ rights in a global economy a front and center media issue, bringing up questions that for many reporters were hardly up for debate. A new book looks at the unsurprising media treatment of striking UPS workers, but also notes some ways the media discussion opened up—at least for a brief moment. Deepa Kumar of Rutgers University will join us to talk about her book, Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike.
— Why I’m Leaving The L.A. Times, by Nancy Cleeland (Huffington Post, 5/28/07)
— Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike, by Deepa Kumar