The Press: Britain's Battling Press

In Western nations, most newspaper editors do not belong to trade unions even though their reporters may. Reason: editors are considered part of management; besides, they usually fear that union membership might compromise their political independence. In Britain some editors join out of sympathy for the working class, but their numbers are small: less than 10% of the editors belong to the National Union of Journalists, the labor organization that represents most of the country's newspaper workers. In recent weeks, however, an N.U.J. drive against the high-profit, low-wage provincial papers outside London has threatened to change that situation. What began as...

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