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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.

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 negotiators review Thomson Reuters opening proposal on Sept. 10.
Guild negotiators review Thomson Reuters opening proposal on Sept. 10.

Guild negotiators review Thomson Reuters opening proposal on Sept. 10.

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.

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.

Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely briefs press about El Diario on Aug. 19.
Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely briefs press about El Diario on Aug. 19.

Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely briefs press about El Diario on Aug. 19.

    Local and Unit News

    Scholastic Guild members unanimous in ratifying contract

    September 19, 2014

    SCHOLASTIC - Guild members at Scholastic Inc. on Friday unanimously ratified a contract that includes raises and safeguards for the 55 editors, writers, photographers, designers and other employees who create the content for the company’s educational publications. The employees voted by a show of hands after discussing the package at a meeting at the Scholastic Building in Soho.

    RELEASE: Talks break down as Time Inc. claims impasse

    September 19, 2014

    TIME INC. - The Guild issued a press release reporting that talks with Time Inc. broke down on Wednesday as management claimed they were at impasse after delivering a “last, best, and final” offer that would enable the company to send dozens of editorial jobs overseas, further consolidate editorial functions across its magazines and end healthcare benefits for retirees.

    Thomson Reuters and Guild Contract Talks Continue

    September 19, 2014

    THOMSON REUTERS - The Guild negotiating team will head back to the bargaining table on Monday for another round of talks with management. The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Guild headquarters, 1500 Broadway, Suite 900 (entrance on 43rd St.). Guild members are always welcome to observe negotiating sessions.

    Guild, Scholastic in tentative agreement, member vote set

    September 12, 2014

    SCHOLASTIC - After reaching a tentative settlement on a new contract at a marathon bargaining session on Aug. 21 and 22, Guild and Scholastic management negotiators have nearly completed the process of reducing the agreement to writing. There will be a meeting to vote on the contract on Friday, Sept. 19, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in rooms 607/608 of the Scholastic building.

    Industry News

    Why couldn’t any other media reporters bust Zakaria?

    September 22, 2014

    Esquire

    Enigmatic plagiarism sleuths @blippoblappo and @crushingbort discussed their crusade against CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in Esquire Monday, highlighting the limp reaction their accusations have elicited from brass at CNN and elsewhere:

    So why did we do it? Why didn’t anyone else? In the month that’s passed since our first post, no actual journalist has publicly followed up with further examples. And despite the scale and continuation of the plagiarism, the response from Zakaria and his bosses have been striking in their lack of honesty or any sense of obligation to viewers and readers. CNN, TIME, and the Washington Post’s editorial page editor Fred Hiatt were quick to give Zakaria their wholehearted support, while Newsweek, Foreign Affairs, Atlantic Media and publisher W.W. Norton have not even replied to requests by Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon for comment.

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    St. Louis County cops sorry for sounding racist — they meant the media are animals

    September 22, 2014

    Associated Press | Gawker

    On Monday afternoon, the Associated Press reported that a spokesman with the St. Louis County police department has apologized for a flier about how police can deal better with the media.

    They’re not meant to be racist, said Rick Rosenthal, the seminar’s leader.

    Rosenthal, a police media consultant, says the “gorilla” and “animals” references are aimed at the media. His 1999 book, “Feeding the Animals,” deals with how police departments give information to reporters.

    So now that’s clear. Gawker’s Zara Golden wrote about the flier on Monday.

    Topics covered may include: “Feeding the Animals” (“animals” being some sort of endearment for protesters or reporters?), “‘No Comment’ is a comment,” “Managing Media Assault and Batter,” and “Managing the media when things get ugly (think Ferguson).” Sure, think Ferguson; because the issue there was definitely one of media handling, not gun handling….

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    ‘There’s reportedly pizza coming’: Who’s at Flood Wall Street?

    September 22, 2014

    Climate change demonstrations on Sunday made front pages around the world on Monday. Here’s a collection of Newseum’s top 10. I really liked this one, from The Epoch Times:

    Protests continued on Monday in New York with Flood Wall Street. Katherine Boehrer wrote about the protests Monday for Huff Post Green.

    A day after the People’s Climate March filled the streets of New York, a smaller group of protesters are engaging in non-violent, direct action against climate change. By conducting a sit-in on the steps of the New York Stock Exchange and blocking lower Broadway, organizers say they are confronting “the system that both causes and profits from the crisis that is threatening humanity.”

    From CNN Money, Ben Rooney wrote:

    The #FloodWallStreet campaign is part of a series of demonstrations taking place this week as world leaders gather in New York for a climate change summit on Tuesday at the United Nations.

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    The Atlantic shuts down The Wire

    September 22, 2014

    The Atlantic will shut down The Wire. It plans to “integrate The Wire team into The Atlantic,” James Bennet and Bob Cohn told staffers in a memo Monday.

    All:

    Important news on the digital front: In a couple of weeks, we will bring the staff of The Wire back into The Atlantic’s fold. We are very proud of what The Wire has accomplished editorially, and we think that joining its aggressive, deft news coverage with The Atlantic’s ideas-driven journalism will provide a richer experience for The Atlantic’s readers, a firmer foundation for our ambitions to cover the news, and greater opportunities for growth for The Wire’s team. This decision is also driven by a recognition that the business strategy behind separating The Wire from The Atlantic simply hasn’t proven out.

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