U.S. Department of Labor announces new lock-up rules

Hmm, this sounds like the end of an era:

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on Wednesday it plans to tighten its rules for the media to prevent leaks of the monthly jobs numbers.

The department will supply standard equipment to journalists in press “lock-ups” and will not allow company-owned computers or phones to be used.

Under the new rules there will also be no wireless access. Pens and pencils will be supplied and no personal gear, umbrellas or bags will be allowed.

The Labor Department is also making all news organizations already in the lock-ups reapply for their spots.

Wonder if RTTNews will get in again? Should we start a pool?

Now if only Statistics Canada would take a look at its policies.