A note to the staff of Libération in France: Yes, your paper needs to be a social and cultural hub

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Earlier this week, a fight between the staff and shareholders of the legendary French newspaper Libération — which was founded by philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in the 1970s — broke out into the open when the employees of the left-wing periodical put their grievances in large type on the front page, saying they didn’t want to be a “cultural hub” or social-media engine or a TV studio, but just wanted to be a newspaper and do journalism. They couldn’t be more wrong.

As The Guardian and others have described the dispute, the shareholders of the paper want to turn the heritage building that houses Libération into a kind of cultural and social space to hold events, and they want the staff to focus on building up their presence on social-media platforms as well as moving more quickly into areas like mobile. And presumably some or all of these decisions are…

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