J-Links: CEP says Bell-Astral deal threatens jobs; Israeli journos protest job cuts; Cost of photojournalism


In Canadian media:

Media union speaks out against Bell-Astral deal

One of the largest media unions in Canada, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, told the CRTC on Wednesday that it was opposing Bell’s proposed acquisition of Astral Media. The deal would have a negative effect on media workers, the union said. They are but one group speaking on the deal at CRTC hearings that have been taking place all week in Montreal.

The Globe and Mail’s mobile users, in graphic form

How do readers of The Globe get their news on the go? This interesting infographic breaks down smartphone use among those who get the news organization’s content on a mobile device.

In international news:

Israeli journalists protest job cuts

According to 972Mag blog, workers at two of Israel’s three large daily newspapers are protesting, as one faces sale to a right-wing publisher that would see 2,000 workers lose their jobs without proper severance, and the other faces 20 per cent of its employees set to be fired this month. Israel’s largest paper, the free and perceived pro-Netanyahu Israel Hayom is the only one not facing cuts.  

Today’s read:

The cost of seeing conflict through a viewfinder

So far, in 2012, 34 journalists have been killed, nearly half of them in Syria alone. Photojournalists gathered to discuss the cost of covering conflict, large organizations’ shift to becoming more risk-averse when it comes to sending their reporters to conflict zones and the barriers to entry for freelancers, if there should be any.