Dayton Reporters Rally for Journalism Jobs

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Reporters, editors and photographers at the Dayton Daily News urged management on Monday to fill jobs being vacated by early retirements.

About 30 workers attended a rally outside the newspaper, carrying signs that read “Taking a Stand for Good Journalism” and shouting “No news is bad news.”

Similar rallies to support journalism jobs were scheduled to be held in Pittsburgh and Knoxville, Tenn.

Cox Ohio Publishing, which owns the Dayton Daily News and several other southwest Ohio newspapers, said in September it was offering early retirement incentives to nearly 100 employees.

Lou Grieco, president-elect of the Dayton Newspaper Guild, said about 65 workers have elected to take early retirement at the end of the year. He called for as many of those jobs to be filled as possible.

“Democracy doesn’t work well without information,” Grieco said. “People are not able to make good decisions within the voting booth. They don’t realize what their local governments are doing, what their police forces are doing. We serve as a surrogate for them.”

Messages seeking comment were left for Publisher Doug Franklin.

Last month, the Guild urged the Daily News to begin negotiations on a contract to replace a 20-year-old pact. The newspaper said it had many of the same concerns as the Guild and was willing to resume talks.

The Daily News has a daily circulation of about 116,000 and 164,500 on Sunday.

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