Bad Blood? The Wall Street Journal Apparently Wants Its Reporters to Pay to Use Their Own Reporting in Books


In most cases, if you’re a journalist employed by a news organization, the copyright of your work belongs to the company, not you. But in general, news publishers have been willing to let staffers expand their work into hardcover form — betting that whatever cut of the action they might be able to snag wouldn’t be worth pissing off some of your top staffers, especially when they’ve got another offer on the table.

Into that debate walks The Wall Street Journal and its Dow Jones corporate siblings, which are trying to grab more of the value its newsrooms produce.

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