[Storm tracker: the Hattiesburg American's homepage, moments ago]
Updated at 9:54 p.m. ET. As the mammoth storm stalks the Gulf Coast, readers are debating OT policy in today's edition of Real Time Comments. A sampling:
- "Hattiesburg American news staff has been told it has to spend the night at the paper if Gustaf hits Monday. Do they have to pay us overtime for forcing us to do this?"
- "We're in Gustav's path and the salaried employees have been told they are essential, which means we're supposed to be at work during the worst of the storm."
- "Anyone who doesn't WANT to be at the newspaper when a hurricane hits the town they cover isn't much of a journalist. Overtime? That's the last thing anyone should be thinking about. It's a calling, people."
[Today's print front page, from the Newseum]