NY Guild President Bill O'Meara on Jan. 16 tells TNG-CWA Sector Conference delegates how to get CWA funding for projects and contract campaigns.
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.
Local and Unit News
January 25, 2015
TIME INC. - Just after the close of business on Wednesday evening, Time Inc. management notified the Guild that it was eliminating the jobs of three writers, one writer-reporter and all six staff photographers at Sports Illustrated – 10 jobs in all. The notification came only hours before the affected employees began receiving phone calls at home.
January 21, 2015
LOCAL BULLETIN - The Guild will hold its annual winter membership meeting on Jan. 27 amid a swirl of contract campaigns and a decision by our parent union to change its name. In addition, Guild members are eligible for two separate scholarship programs, and the maximum weekly salary on which dues are assessed will increase on March 1. For the large majority of members, however, there will be no increase in dues.
January 16, 2015
THOMSON REUTERS - The Guild made incremental progress in contract negotiations on Tuesday, with an agreement to increase paid paternity leave from the current three days to two weeks. But we’re still waiting for a response to the Guild’s extensive information request regarding the use of freelancers, contractors and stringers. And management negotiators are so far sticking to their guns on wanting to eliminate overtime minimums that they have said cost the company almost nothing.
January 15, 2015
THOMSON REUTERS - In the long and often contentious history of relations between the Guild and Reuters management, Jan. 7, 2015 was an anomaly. On that day, the Guild-management Partnership Committee worked as intended. Guild members got a clearer idea of management's thinking, while the managers on the panel got valuable insight from their front-line employees that helped them shape their plans.
January 26, 2015
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) January 26, 2015
The New Yorker’s latest cover is a farewell to 4 Times Square, where the magazine’s offices were located for 15 years. Nick Paumgarten writes for The New Yorker about the move to 1 World Trade Center and the things staff sifted through on the way out.
Frankly, it was harder to get ready to leave. As a prelude to the move, the staff, told that it would have to travel light, spent weeks purging offices of the detritus of the decades. Some of it was easy to bid goodbye to: here and there a shrine of exotic booze (flask of Ugandan banana gin, anyone?) or a Cornell-box assemblage of promotional doodads. The things we keep around! But mostly it was paper, whole forests’ worth. Thousands upon thousands of orphaned books, some hoarded for novelty appeal, or a nascent interest, or a bygone assignment, or out of allegiance to (or guilt about) writer friends—an “accretion of intention,” as one acquaintance put it—were trucked off to Housing Works and the like.
January 26, 2015
Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.
- Please don’t get blown away today (and don’t get frostbite)
Vox voxifies on where the mighty storm came from (Canada) and how much snow may fall (lots.) (Vox) | The word of the day is bombogenesis. It's a "rapid intensification of a cyclone (low pressure) with surface pressure expected to fall by at least 24 millibars" in 24 hours. (NJ.com) | Last March, Mark Robinson and Chris Scott were blown off camera while reporting from a blizzard in Nova Scotia. They recovered quite admirably. (YouTube) | Previously: Poynter's Al Tompkins has tips from journalists who work in cold weather on how to stay safe. The tips include wearing lots of layers, keeping your batteries in a cooler and keeping your car cool (even though you may want it really warm.) (Poynter)
- Jason Rezaian is reportedly out of solitary in Iran
The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian is out of solitary confinement in Iran and sharing a cell with another person, according to Rezaian's brother, who lives in the U.S.
January 26, 2015
Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:
- Steve Korioth is now news director at WVVA in Bluefield, West Virginia. Previously, he was interim news director there. (Rick Gevers)
- Theodore Ross is now features director at The New Republic. Previously, he was a freelance writer for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic and Vice. (Poynter)
- Kim Komenich is now an assistant professor of photojournalism at San Francisco State University. Previously, he was an assistant professor of new media studies at San Jose State University. (NPPA)
Job of the day: The Seattle Times is looking for a reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)
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January 26, 2015
In the late 1970s and early 1980s electronic spreadsheet programs became important tools for computer-assisted reporting.
Two of the first programs were VisiCalc and Lotus 1-2-3.
The introduction of VisiCalc came in 1979.
Lotus 1-2-3‘s original release date was 32 years ago today, on January 26, 1983.
Another spreadsheet you may have heard of, Microsoft’s Excel, appeared two years later.
The following video describes Lotus 1-2-3 and its early success with the IBM personal computer.
“Credit for the invention of the spreadsheet goes to Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston, who created VisiCalc for the Apple II. VisiCalc required 32k of memory to run. A chart from a roundup of spreadsheets in the 1982 Personal Computing magazine lists eighteen spreadsheets. Most ran on either the Apple II or on machines with the CP/M operating system.
….In January 1983, Lotus introduced Lotus 1-2-3 at a price of $495. It was immediately acknowledged to be a better product than VisiCalc.