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Friday media roundtable; author Susan Orlean

 Florida Times-Union employees publicize their contract negotiations on April 7, 2023, at James Weldon Johnson Park in Jacksonville.
Dan Scanlan
Florida Times-Union employees protest their contract negotiations April 7, 2023, at James Weldon Johnson Park in Jacksonville.

Our media roundtable discussed the biggest stories of the week. Joining us were David Bauerlein of the Florida Times Union, writer and regular contributor Nikesha Williams and Dan Scanlan of WJCT News.

Among the stories:

  • Times-Union strike: The Times-Union NewsGuild announced it will join a wave of nationwide strikes against Gannett that will start Monday, the day of Gannett’s annual shareholder meeting. Hundreds of journalists in two dozen newsrooms from California to New York are expected to take part to demand that Gannett reinvest in local news. The Times-Union NewsGuild represents Journalists in the Florida Times Union who will gather with community supporters at noon Monday at RiverFront Plaza, formerly the site of the Jacksonville Landing. The NewGuild then will do its one-day strike on Tuesday.
  • A day without immigrants: Strikes and protests drew big crowds Thursday across the country — and in Jacksonville. The protest was named A Day Without Immigrants and opposed a state immigration law signed in Jacksonville. During lunchtime Thursday in the St. Nicholas neighborhood, a group of protesters received support from drivers who honked their horns along Atlantic Boulevard.
  • Pride Month: June is Pride Month, and some members of the LGBTQ community are getting increasingly uncomfortable in Florida.
  • JEA: During an extensive eight-day hearing that ended last week, federal prosecutors exposed what they called selfishness and dishonesty that marred the plan to sell JEA in 2019. The project collapsed beneath the weight of public controversy and continues to influence city politics years later.
  • Redistricting settlement: The protracted legal case that involved the redrawing of the Jacksonville City Council districts is over. U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard accepted a settlement in the case. The lawsuit proved that the city had segregated voters along racial lines for many years.

Susan Orlean

New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean joined us in studio today to discuss her newest book, "On Animals." Orlean will be at the Jacksonville Library today to be a part of "Lit Chat" and then tomorrow to host a writers workshop. This will be an event where all current and aspiring writers are able to connect with local authors.

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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.