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The late channel 3 reporter Brian Garnett once cracked up a gaggle of colleagues by saying one station he had worked for “really took care of its staff,” then, after a pause added, “They pay you $22,000 a year whether you need it or not.”

Garnett’s words came to mind this week when the Obama administration revised overtime pay rules. Any journalist assigned to an after hour stakeout has certainly wondered whether the duty qualified for overtime, or comp time, and after this week’s ruling the debate is on as to whether the new rules apply to journalists.

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