Wall Street Journal reporters skipped work Thursday morning to demonstrate the need for editorial independence as owner Dow Jones & Co. weighs a $5 billion offer from Rupert Murdoch, the employees’ union said.

Some Wall Street Journal employees across the country didn’t show up for work, the IAPE-CWA union said Thursday in a prepared statement, also citing languishing pay talks. The walkout won’t affect Dow Jones’ talks with Murdoch’s News Corp. or publication of Friday’s Journal, company spokeswoman Andrea Grinbaum said.

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