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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

    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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    Overworked and overwhelmed? Consider these 7 questions

    August 29, 2014

    If you’re feeling swamped at work these days, you’re not alone. I’m not talking “I don’t get to go out for lunch very often” busy. I mean “I’m buried in work, never fully off the clock and still feel I’m letting people down” busy. I hear it regularly from the managers I teach and coach.

    It’s a function of the downsized staffing but increased demands and responsibilities in changing organizations.

    The story is familiar: to hit budget numbers, the company cuts head count but leaves fully intact the expectation of quality, service and measurable results. (I’ll give CNN president Jeff Zucker credit. Referencing the depressing specter of buyouts and layoffs, he didn’t try to spin it as some great opportunity for the survivors to work smarter, not harder.… Read more

    Texas Monthly BBQ editor travels ‘from one end of the state to the other eating smoked brisket’

    August 29, 2014

    Happy Labor Day weekend. Andrew Beaujon’s back on Tuesday. Thanks for reading this week.

    1. Ask him about his cholesterol: The nation’s only full-time barbecue editor — no, he doesn’t weigh 400 pounds — understands why readers are obsessed with his health: “My job requires that I travel from one end of the state to the other eating smoked brisket, one of the fattiest cuts on the steer. And I can’t forget to order the pork ribs, sausage, and beef ribs,” Daniel Vaughn writes. Former Texas Monthly editor in chief Jake Silverstein says Vaughn has “figured out how to make the barbecue lifestyle compatible with staying above ground.” (Texas Monthly)
    2. What to do when you’re arrested: Whether it happened in Ferguson or elsewhere, first you should call the station where you were booked to get your arrest report.
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