Local and Unit News
April 24, 2015
EL DIARIO - Employees today will receive a Guild-negotiated raise and bonus as part of a sweeping NLRB settlement agreement with El Diario and ImpreMedia. Most members will receive a 1 percent pay increase retroactive to Feb. 1 as well as an additional lump sum bonus payment.
April 23, 2015
STANDARD & POOR'S - Four Guild-represented employees received 60-day notices that their jobs are being eliminated following the company’s decision to discontinue CreditWeek, a Ratings publication. In an effort to save the jobs of any or all of the targeted Guild members, the union is seeking other employees who are interested in volunteering to leave the company with a severance package.
April 21, 2015
LOCAL BULLETIN - Full scholarship applications for union members and their families pursuing degrees at Empire State College of the State University of New York are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students who receive the scholarship will study online through Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning.
April 20, 2015
LOCAL BULLETIN - Sixteen candidates for delegates and alternates – eight each – to the 2015 convention of the Communications Workers of America were nominated on Monday, after the suggestion of a lack of a quorum halted nominations at last week’s Representative Assembly (RA) meeting.
April 25, 2015
A man walks past damage caused by an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha)
Journalists who are looking for information, images and video of the Nepal earthquake can mine these:
-Gramfeed: Gramfeed mines Instagram for GPS located photos in Nepal. This will become a rich source of images over the next few days.
-Google India: Google India set up a PersonFinder page, where you can search or post a name of a person who is missing or a person you know to be found. Of course much of the information is unverified, but as the disaster unfolds, more of it will include names, phone contacts and more that will help in the verification process. Read more
April 24, 2015
Emergent, the real-time rumor tracker founded by Poynter adjunct faculty member Craig Silverman, has gone dormant since its creator joined at BuzzFeed.
In an interview with Poynter, Silverman said he ceased updating Emergent after he began his new job as editor of BuzzFeed Canada. The site, which sprung from Silverman’s fellowship with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, has been at a standstill for about two weeks, Silverman said.
In his new role, Silverman will oversee the six-person team at BuzzFeed Canada, which will include a political editor and a social news editor, among other positions. Meanwhile, the future of Emergent remains uncertain. The viral news outlet is not acquiring the rumor-tracker, partially because the technology it’s built upon doesn’t mesh well with that of BuzzFeed’s, Silverman said. Read more
April 24, 2015
McClatchy reported a first quarter net operating loss of $11.3 million and more deep declines in print advertising today as its stock continues to takes a pummeling.
McClatchy shares have been trading between $1.50 and $1.60 the last several days. That is about half where they were at the start of 2015, and they have lost roughly three-quarters since this time a year ago.
Wall Street values the company at a market capitalization of $135 million, That’s less than $5 million per paper in a collection of 29 titles in 28 cities including the Miami Herald, Kansas City Star and Charlotte Observer.
April 24, 2015
Alexis Madrigal, who decamped from TheAtlantic.com to join Fusion months ago, has been appointed editor-in-chief of the millennial-focused news organization.
Jane Spencer, formerly editor-in-chief of digital there, will be senior vice president of emerging platforms, according to a memo from Fusion CEO Isaac Lee.
News of the leadership change was reported first by Capital New York.
Before coming to Fusion, Madrigal was deputy editor at TheAtlantic.com. In the last year, the news outlet has lured several prominent journalists, including Madrigal, New York’s Kevin Roose, Felix Salmon of Reuters and NBC News’ Hillary Frey.
Here’s the memo:
I have important news and updates to share with you about the future of Fusion.
In the coming months, with the full support of our parent companies, we will be doubling down on our digital efforts, further investing in key areas, while setting our collective sights even higher.