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We are the New York area workplace advocate for people in the news business, and that includes some of the best journalists in the country.

The Newspaper Guild of New York represents more than 3,000 employees at New York area-based news organizations, as well as a few non-news organizations.

Since its launch in 1934 by crusading columnist Heywood Broun and others, the Guild has been the voice in the workplace for practitioners of big-city journalism and employees in advertising, circulation and other related areas. It started with newspapers, but today the Guild’s reach extends to workers in all media.

Newest Executive Committee members Dan Grebler of Reuters and Montasir Islam of Hudson News are sworn in by President Bill O'Meara on Nov. 11. Beyond the window is the Paramount Building, the Guild's former home for 16 years.
Newest Executive Committee members Dan Grebler of Reuters and Montasir Islam of Hudson News are sworn in by President Bill O'Meara on Nov. 11.

Newest Executive Committee members Dan Grebler of Reuters and Montasir Islam of Hudson News are sworn in by President Bill O'Meara on Nov. 11.

Guild members at Time Inc. were nearly unanimous on Oct. 10 in voting down a management contract offer that would have enabled to the company to outsource the jobs of more than half the journalists at its key magazines.
Time Inc. Guild members vote down management offer on Oct. 10.

Time Inc. Guild members vote down management offer on Oct. 10.

Guild members at Scholastic consider a new contract at a meeting on Sept. 19 before voting unanimously to ratify it.
Scholastic Guild members consider new contract at Sept. 19 meeting.

Scholastic Guild members consider new contract at Sept. 19 meeting.

Guild Bargaining Committee reviews information received from Reuters management during a break in Oct. 29 talks at Baker Hostetler, the company's labor law firm.
Guild negotiators discuss Reuters' airy responses at Oct. 29 talks.

Guild negotiators discuss Reuters' airy responses at Oct. 29 talks.

Guild officers and members were among the thousands of union members who marched in the New York City Labor Day Parade on Sept. 6.
Guild contingent gets ready to join 2014 NYC Labor Day Parade on Sept. 6.

Guild contingent gets ready to join 2014 NYC Labor Day Parade on Sept. 6.

    Local and Unit News

    Dan Neuburger nominated as new Time Inc. unit chair

    November 21, 2014

    TIME INC. - Dan Neuburger was nominated at a Nov. 3 Unit Council meeting to replace Time Inc. Unit Chair Alan Levine, who has retired.  No other nominations were made at the meeting. Additional written nominations may be made by Dec. 5 by any member in good standing as of Nov. 1.

    Reuters pulls plug on Insider: Eight Guild members affected

    November 20, 2014

    THOMSON REUTERS - Reuters management announced Wednesday that it is turning off the lights on its high-profile Insider video news product.  The Guild has received notice that the jobs of eight guild members will be eliminated by the end-of-the-year closure.

    Time Inc. to impose 'final' offer; Guild sets employee meeting

    November 18, 2014

    TIME INC. - Time Inc. management has told the Guild that it will implement its “last, best and final” offer on Thursday – the same offer that Guild members overwhelmingly rejected on Oct. 10. The Guild will have a meeting on Thursday, open to all Guild-represented employees, to explain the implications of management’s actions and answer questions.

    S&P targets five for layoff; Guild seeks severance volunteers

    November 18, 2014

    STANDARD & POOR'S - S&P management has issued layoff notices to five Guild-represented employees – three Administrative Assistants, a Senior Research Assistant and a Research Specialist. In an effort to save the jobs of those affected by the layoff, the Guild is seeking interested employees to volunteer for a severance package.

    Industry News

    Andrew Beaujon heading for Washingtonian

    November 21, 2014

    Poynter’s news editor, Andrew Beaujon, announced to staff Friday that he’s leaving for Washingtonian, where he’ll be a senior editor.

    “I’m grateful that Poynter gave me a shot as a media blogger,” Beaujon said. “I’ve loved my time here and care deeply about my coworkers. I have grown a lot in this job and learned so much.”

    Beaujon came to Poynter in 2012 and he has most proudly worked as media blogger in that time. At the Washingtonian, Beaujon will return to local news.

    “Anyone who knows me knows I love doing local news, especially news about the D.C. area,” he said. “And I’m very excited to finally work with Mike Schaffer, who I’ve admired for a long time, at a publication I grew up reading.”

    At Washingtonian, he’ll work on the magazine’s digital strategy, he said, and still write about the media.

    “I look forward to working in an office with other humans and relearning how to dress myself before I begin work,” he said. Read more

    In St. Louis, high school journalists are telling their own stories about Ferguson

    November 21, 2014

    Jennifer Fowler watched news as it flowed out of Ferguson, Missouri, in August. She felt scared. She wanted to know what was real. And she wanted to tell the story herself.

    When her senior year finally started at McCluer North High School in neighboring Florissant, Missouri, she got the chance. Along with her staff, Fowler, the editor-in-chief of McCluer’s newspaper, focused on the stories they could tell — about Parents for Peace, a group that set up a makeshift school when the Ferguson-Florissant schools were delayed, about students who went to the protests, about what it meant to wait for school to start.

    #Ferguson slants across McCluer North’s yearbook’s cover, too. It’s faint gray on a black background, near the top. The hashtag, the place and what has happened since August is a part of their year now.

    Screenshot from the opening spread of McCluer North's yearbook.

    Screenshot from the opening spread of McCluer North’s yearbook. “I didn’t think we were ever going to come back.”

    Six days

    Yearbook Editor-in-Chief Melissa Moore’s story on Ferguson begins with this introduction:

    Six days.

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    3 lessons from the G20 Summit ‘Factcheckathon’

    November 21, 2014

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    Earlier this week, nine fact-checking websites joined forces to fact-check the statements made by world leaders during the G20 summit in Australia. Glenn Kessler wrote about the results in The Washington Post. I coordinated this first factcheckathon with Cristina Tardàguila from O Globo and took home three important lessons.

    1. Global fact-checking experiments can yield useful results for comparative politics
      Our fact-checking network caught three of the eight world leaders we were monitoring saying essentially the same thing: Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey, Barack Obama of the USA and Matteo Renzi of Italy all said something along the lines of “large amounts of jobs were created under my government” – and then proceeded to inflate their records. What was interesting was not so much that politicians chose to dabble with figures, but that they did so in such a similar manner. While the rhetoric and imagery deployed by politicians may vary greatly across countries, facts are facts everywhere.
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    I’m dreaming of a Christmas without holiday clichés

    November 21, 2014

    It’s beginning to look a lot like laziness from headline writers across America:

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    The result is the same no matter which holiday standard you plug into Google.

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    Here’s “Deck the Halls”:

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    If you’re looking to shake off the Christmas clichés, NPR standards editor Mark Memmot has a few banned phrases.

    Have you spotted any holiday ledes or headlines that make you cringe? Send them to me at bmullin@poynter.org.

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