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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.

Illegally fired El Diario employees Annette Santiago (l) and Rosa Murphy (r) were among those speaking to the press from the steps of City Hall with the support of New York's labor and Latino communities.
Former El Diario employees on the steps of City Hall at Guild press conference.

Former El Diario employees on the steps of City Hall at Guild press conference.

Guild Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely briefs the press about El Diario's union busting tactics.
Guild Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely briefs the press about El Diario's union busting tactics.

Guild Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely briefs the press about El Diario's union busting tactics.

New York Guild President Bill O'Meara briefs a June 26 rally outside El Diario's Brooklyn offices after meeting with company executives, who had refused to reinstate eight laid-off Guild members.
Guild President Bill O'Meara briefs June 26 rally on meeting with El Diario.

Guild President Bill O'Meara briefs June 26 rally on meeting with El Diario.

El Diario employees, current and laid-off, were joined by Guild and other union leaders on June 26 outside the papers Brooklyn offices for a rally to reinstate eight laid-off Guild members.
"Bring them back," demand El Diario workers and Guild officers on June 26.

"Bring them back," demand El Diario workers and Guild officers on June 26.

Scholastic Unit Chair Kathy Wilmore addresses colleagues and a May Day rally about the company's refusal to come to the table to finish contract talks.
May Day protesters join Scholastic Guild members in rallying for a contract.

May Day protesters join Scholastic Guild members in rallying for a contract.

    Local and Unit News

    Guild, Forward reach tentative agreement

    August 21, 2014

    FORWARD - The Guild and the Forward Association have reached a tentative agreement for Guild-represented employees in the Editorial and Business Departments, and at the Yiddish Forward. The Guild Bargaining Committee is unanimously recommending that members approve the tentative deal.

     

    Guild and allies call on ImpreMedia to halt threats against unionized employees

    August 19, 2014

    EL DIARIO - Former employees, community activists, labor leaders and Guild representatives all gathered on the steps on City Hall to  demand an end to the illegal firings and threats by ImpreMedia management against union-represented workers at the media company.

    ImpreMedia CEO's new pitch: situation complicated, not bleak

    August 14, 2014

    EL DIARIO - ImpreMedia CEO Francisco Seghezzo told El Diario Guild members last week that investors have been contributing $500,000 a year since 2012 in an effort to raise the paper's circulation, and that while ImpreMedia's finances are “in a complicated situation,” he “doesn’t think El Diario has a bleak future” -- a far cry from his June 24 assessment that El Diario is “almost broke.”

    Dawn Yancy narrowly wins election as CU first vice chair

    August 12, 2014

    CONSUMERS UNION - Dawn Yancy, assistant treasurer of the Consumers Union Guild unit, was narrowly elected over John McAloon, as the unit’s first vice chairperson. Yancy, an operations associate, received 70 votes in a special election to fill the vacant position. McAloon a unit vice chairperson who works as a test project leader, received 64 votes.

    Industry News

    Journalists are losing access, but the public still expects the story

    September 1, 2014

    This weekend, Florida International University opened its 2014 football season at home in Miami against Bethune-Cookman University. The game was close, ending when FIU fumbled a field goal attempt that would have won the game as time ran out.

    Pretty good game, I’m guessing. But I’m only going on the six paragraphs that ran on the Miami Herald’s website under a byline: “From Miami Herald Wire Services.”

    The Herald decided not to cover the game. Why?

    Because FIU refused to give a press pass to the Herald’s FIU beat reporter, David J. Neal.

    In a statement issued Saturday and placed atop the Herald’s original story on the flap, FIU said:

    “We did not issue a media credential to the Herald’s beat reporter because of concerns we have brought up to the Herald’s reporter and editors over the past few years about the reporter’s interactions with our student athletes, coaches, and staff and the nature of the resulting coverage.”

    “As far as we can tell,” Managing Editor Rick Hirsch said in the Herald’ story, “David has done a diligent, thorough job of reporting on the Golden Panthers.… Read more

    Today in media history: ‘The Workingmen’s Picnic’ and other early Labor Day reports

    September 1, 2014

    What was the news coverage like for the first Labor Day celebrations? The Library of Congress and its “Chronicling America” collection gives us some newspaper examples and this description of the first parade:

    On September 5, 1882, some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City to participate in America’s first Labor Day parade. After marching from City Hall, past reviewing stands in Union Square, and then uptown to 42nd Street, the workers and their families gathered in Wendel’s Elm Park for a picnic, concert, and speeches. This first Labor Day celebration was eagerly organized and executed by New York’s Central Labor Union, an umbrella group made up of representatives from many local unions. Debate continues to this day as to who originated the idea of a workers’ holiday, but it definitely emerged from the ranks of organized labor at a time when they wanted to demonstrate the strength of their burgeoning movement and inspire improvements in their working conditions.

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    A&E Networks purchase stake in Vice Media

    August 29, 2014

    The Hollywood ReporterNew York Times | The Huffington Post | Financial Times |

    A&E Networks will pay $250 million for a 10 percent stake in Vice Media, a deal that values the company at 2.5 billion, Paul Bond wrote in The Hollywood Reporter Friday.

    Earlier in the day, Time Warner dropped its bid to purchase a stake in Vice Media, a deal reportedly fell through because the two companies could not agree how much Vice Media was worth, Jonathan Mahler wrote for The New York Times. He wrote one possible outcome for the deal might have included giving Vice control of HLN, a network owned by Time Warner that has seen flagging ratings recently.

    Vice chief executive Shane Smith told Financial Times that the investment from A&E was “a great deal,” adding that it will enable the company to grow for another three years.… Read more

    Intercept redesign shows article pageview counter

    August 29, 2014

    The Intercept

    The Intercept debuted a new look Friday, shrinking its navigation bar, adding a pageview counter and reconfiguring the homepage layout.

    The new design allows readers to see more content — one prominent story and four secondary stories — without having to scroll.

    Here’s a look at the transformation:

    Before:

    After:

    The new icon next to the tally of comments for each story indicates how many pageviews the article received. The new feature is meant to help readers choose between stories, said John Cook, editor-in-chief at the Intercept.

     

    “Gawker publishes traffic data, so does Business Insider,” Cook said. “It’s an easy way for readers to gauge which stories on the front page might be more interesting.

    Also new is a “most popular” sidebar that stays frozen on the left side of the page as users scroll:

    Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald referred to the redesign as “stage 1,” on Twitter, implying that more change might be on the way:

    Re-design!

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