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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.

David Carr, New York Times media writer extraordinaire and a Guild member, died suddenly on Feb. 12 at 58.
David Carr, New York Times media writer extraordinaire and a Guild member, died suddenly on Feb. 12 at 58.

David Carr, New York Times media writer extraordinaire and a Guild member, died suddenly on Feb. 12 at 58.

NY Guild President Bill O'Meara tells delegates to the TNG-CWA Sector Conference on Jan. 16 how their locals can get CWA funding for projects and contract campaigns.
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.

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.

    Local and Unit News

    Times contract to give members array of financial improvements

    February 26, 2015

    TIMES - The Guild is pleased to report that Times members will see additional money in their bank accounts and retirement plans in the next few weeks. Provisions in the current contract are set to trigger a payout for all employees under the company's Incentive Bonus Plan, a doubling of the company's normal matching contributions to 401(k) accounts and a general wage increase.

    Reuters drops some proposals, provides requested info in talks

    February 19, 2015

    THOMSON REUTERS - Guild and management negotiators made incremental progress on Wednesday in talks on a new contract. The discussion focused primarily on management’s health care proposal. But management also dropped several minor proposals and responded to a Guild information request regarding Reuters’ use of stringers, freelancers and contractors.

    Nominations made for Times Unit Council seats

    February 6, 2015

    TIMES - Over the past 18 months, the Guild Unit Council at The Times lost 15 of its activists through buyouts, promotions to management and attrition. At a Unit Council meeting on Feb. 3, eight new candidates were nominated and two current Unit Council members were nominated for vacancies in higher positions. 

    Poof! Time Inc. makes $450k of 401(k) match disappear

    February 5, 2015

    TIME INC. - After Time Inc. told the Guild last year that the 401(k) plan it would use when it became a separate company would "mirror" the one used by then-parent Time Warner, it turns out the Time Inc. plan gives employees 2 percent less than promised, leaving employee retirement funds $450,000 short last year. The Guild has filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board.

    Industry News

    BuzzFeed added 40 percent server capacity to handle its coverage of ‘The Dress’

    February 27, 2015

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    BuzzFeed

    In a post on BuzzFeed’s tech blog Friday, publisher Dao Nguyen recounted the heady hours after BuzzFeed published “The Dress,” a viral post that has so far attracted more than 28 million views.

    According to Nguyen’s post, which chronicles a four-hour period after the post was published, BuzzFeed added 40 percent server capacity to handle the sudden influx of traffic the story generated. By 9:02 p.m., the post had already pushed BuzzFeed over its traffic record, with 431,000 active visitors on the site. Traffic continued to increase until it hit 673,000.

    Nguyen also talked to Samir Mezrahi, a senior editor at BuzzFeed, about how the post gained traction on social media. He says he first tried tweeting it because BuzzFeed staffers were talking about it and saw a big response. Read more

    15 take buyout offer at Sun-Times

    February 27, 2015

    The Sun-Times building. (AP)

    The Sun-Times building. (AP)


    Fifteen editorial staffers from The Chicago Sun-Times took buyouts Friday, Sun-Times Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk has confirmed.

    The news was first reported by Robert Feder.

    According to Feder, the staffers will receive 20 weeks of severance pay and “be gone from the Sun-Times newsroom by Monday.” Among the employees taking buyouts are the four Sun-Times photographers who were rehired in March after being laid off in 2013 with the rest of the Sun-Times photography department.

    In February, Feder wrote the Sun-Times planned to cut between 12 and 15 jobs, more than one-fifth of the paper’s guild-affiliated newsroom staff. At the beginning of February, the paper laid off two video producers.

    Wrapports LLC, the parent company of the Sun-Times, has undergone big changes in recent months. Read more

    Bangladeshi-American blogger killed in Bangladesh

    February 27, 2015

    A Bangladeshi activist sets up a light on a poster displaying a portrait of Avijit Roy as others gather during a protest against the killing of Roy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Roy, a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

    A Bangladeshi activist sets up a light on a poster displaying a portrait of Avijit Roy as others gather during a protest against the killing of Roy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Roy, a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh’s capital with his wife, police said Friday. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

    Agence France-Presse | The New York Times | BBC | Committee to Protect Journalists

    Avijit Roy was killed and his wife is in critical condition after the two were attacked with machetes in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Agence France-Presse reported Friday. Roy’s blog “championed liberal secular writing,” AFP reported.

    The couple were on a bicycle rickshaw, returning from a book fair, when two assailants stopped and dragged them on to the pavement before striking them with machetes, local media reported, citing witnesses.

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    ‘The Dress’ illustrates ‘viral sameness’ among news organizations

    February 27, 2015

    Digiday | Nieman Lab | Fredrik deBoer

    On Thursday, Business Insider’s Hunter Walker reported on the origin of “The Dress,” a viral story broken by BuzzFeed that has seized the attention of readers and news organizations alike.

    The next day, he tweeted a note from a reader, who asked the question that has lurked below the comments of so many Facebook posts from news organizations: “Why is this news?”

    "There's not even humour in it." pic.twitter.com/YG7ohUXDbY

    — Hunter Walker (@hunterw) February 27, 2015

    The obvious answer, of course, is that readers are interested. As of Friday morning, the original dress post on BuzzFeed had 26.3 million views and 6,500 comments. A related story on BuzzFeed has nearly 8 million views. A number of news organizations — The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Wired and Poynter — have advanced their own coverage of “The Dress,” including, as of this morning, The New York Times. Read more