WSJ Reporters In Union Will Stop Podcasts, Webcast Interviews, CNBC Appearances

Members of the Independent Association of Publishers’ Employees, the union that represents WSJ reporters, are being told not to make “unpaid” appearances online or on TV as the union negotiates a new contract. That includes podcasts, webcast interviews and regularly scheduled CNBC appearances that publishers consider part of a reporter’s job and the union believes should bring additional compensation. The stoppage order, AP reports, represents a “sudden escalation of tensions” between the union and Dow Jones. E.S. Browning, a financial markets reporter who chairs the bargaining committee, says the decision was made when company representatives told negotiators that they would not discuss any of the union’s proposals. A Dow Jones spokesman told the AP the company is negotiating in good faith, “As we seek an agreement that serves the interest of all parties, we intend to focus our comments at the bargaining table.” A union bulletin here.