Ben Smith: “Why the Media Loves Labor Now”

From a Ben Smith Media Equation story in the New York Times headlined “Why the Media Loves Labor Now”:

The top story in the weekly print edition of The Chief-Leader, a publication that has long covered New York City’s civil servants, is often about the hottest job listing in town. Last week, it was, “Bus Operator Jobs With MTA Starting at $23.84 an Hour.”

For years, the paper, a broadsheet founded for firefighters in 1897, has been following the dual downward trajectories of the newspaper industry and the labor movement. Its top editor for the last 23 years, Richard Steier, took pay cuts in 2019 and 2020.