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Posted on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 7:24 PM

Losing Working Mothers and Caregivers

Next week, the US Senate will conduct a hearing on antitrust issues facing the journalism sector, entitled “Breaking the News -- Journalism, Competition and the Effects of Market Power on a Free Press,” reports John Eggerton of Next TV. The hearing comes in advance of proposed legislation to protect publishers in an online and social publishing landscape filled with potential legal landmines. Eggerton writes that the “Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), ... would grant publishers immunity from federal and state antitrust laws for a 48-month period while they bargain collectively with digital platforms.”

The bill is seeing bipartisan support in the Senate, cosponsored by Senators John Kennedy (R-LA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). The House Antitrust Subcommittee is taking up a similar bill, led by committee chair David Cicilline (D-RI), who “has argued that if the balance of power remains as it is, Big Tech’s dominance of digital advertising could be an ‘extinction-level event’ for local media.” Read more here.

Hotel Software in the Newsroom

Some publishers are turning to new IT solutions to manage operations that have become increasingly complex in the post-2020 workplace. Sara Guaglione of Digiday reports that “publishers have turned to workplace software companies like Envoy and Condeco as a platform for reserving desks, gathering data on office usage and, in some cases, tracking employees’ vaccination status.” Hoteling software is proving useful in this new reality because it can, as Guaglione says, “provide employees with the ability to reserve available desk space when assigned desks are no longer the case” and help publishing managers “to adjust to the reality that all employees wouldn’t be coming into the office five days a week.” Read more here.

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