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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

    Today in media history: Continuing coverage of Princess Diana’s death and funeral

    September 2, 2014

    On September 2, 1997, the major news story continued to be the death of Princess Diana. She, along with her companion Dodi Fayed and their driver, were killed August 31st. They were traveling in a Paris tunnel near the Eiffel Tower. Questions arose immediately whether attempts by the paparazzi to photograph the couple may have led to their high-speed car crash. Her Westminster Abbey funeral took place on September 6th.

    (Video from the BBC: “Breaking News of Lady Diana Crash”)

    “Diana, Princess of Wales, was reported to have died in a road crash in France early this morning in which her close companion, Dodi Fayed, was also killed.

    The accident happened as their limousine was allegedly chased through the west of Paris by paparazzi — freelance photographers — on motorbikes.

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    How to crop photos for Facebook and adapt to the News Feed’s latest algorithm change

    September 1, 2014

    Lost in the noise over Facebook’s crackdown on clickbait last week was another change to the social network that could impact all news organizations: the News Feed algorithm will now favor link posts over photo posts and status updates.

    When you paste a link to an article on your news organization’s page and Facebook automatically generates a preview box containing the story’s headline, a photo and other information, that’s a link post (here’s documentation on making sure the Facebook Crawler identifies the right information for the link preview). Alternatively, Facebook says, “Some publishers share links in status updates or in the text caption above photos.”

    Here’s an example of a link post:

    (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

    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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