Aggregation posts from New York At Work on Tumblr

As part of our Reporting and Writing 1 assignments in the fall of 2011, our class ran a series of Tumblr sites focused on sectors of the New York economy. I partnered with another student to report on the intricacies of labor in the city on a website we called NY At Work. When the semester ended, I chose to leave the site while Joshua continued to develop it into a more individual project. Now, it is named Labor Economics. My aggregation posts are still available on the site, and they represent the skills and expertise I gained during this crash-course in the economics of working in New York City.

Here are some samples of my work on NY At Work.

  • “ALIGN’s Wal-Mart Study: What is the Cost of Convenience?”
    An analysis of the debate on Wal-Mart’s expansion into New York City and its detractors in organized labor. This post received 107 notes, Tumblr’s proprietary tally of views, likes, and reposts.
  • “Organized Labor Shows Support for OccupyWallStreet”
    Written at the start of the Occupy movement, this post traces the beginning of the partnership between unions and Liberty Plaza in September. This post received 19 notes and was reblogged on Professor Bill Grueskin’s Tumblr page.
  • “For Women, Workplace Relationships are Benefit and Bane”
    I wrote this post after seeing a spate of editorials and blog posts concerning the relationships between women in the workplace and their–often–male superiors. The aggregated content reflects some of the pertinent issues and a few suggested solutions for women who want to advance their careers but see obstacles in their paths. This post received 10 notes.
  • “Labor and Rabbis Team Up Against Kosher Corporations”
    In October, I saw news in Crain’s New York about the tense relationship between two Kosher companies–Flaum Appetizing Corporation and Tnuva Food Industries–and the consumers and religious leaders of Park Slope in Brooklyn. It seemed like an interesting situation that was not receiving much attention in other news outlets, so I used this blog post to examine how the situation was evolving.
  • “The STEM of the Problem”
    This blog post analyzes an AP article about a National Center for Education Statistics report, checks the claims made in the article, and localizes the statistics to the New York level for readers to understand the prevalence of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) degrees among black students.
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