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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.

Helene Cooper addresses Times staff April 20 after jointly winning international reporting Pulitzer with Ben Soloman, Greg Winter, Nori Onishi and Sheri Fink (not shown: Adam Nossiter, Kevin Sack). (Photo by Earl Wilson/The New York Times)
Helene Cooper, fellow Times international reporting Pulitzer winners ...

Helene Cooper, fellow Times international reporting Pulitzer winners ...

Guild member Eric Lipton of The Times, winner of 2015 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, addresses newsroom on April 20 with Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Washington Bureau Chief Carolyn Ryan. (Photo by Ruth Fremson/The New York Times)
... Investigative reporting winner Eric Lipton address staff on April 20.

... Investigative reporting winner Eric Lipton address staff on April 20.

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.

    Local and Unit News

    Tentative contract settlement reached with The Hour

    May 18, 2015

    THE HOUR - The Guild and the Hour have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract.  The settlement includes 2% annual wage increases in each year of the contract and some significant enhancements for part-time employees. There is a unit ratification meeting to explain and vote on the proposed contract on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. 

    Reuters to phase out Hauppauge facility; Guild proposes ‘Adjustable Pension Plan’

    May 15, 2015

    THOMSON REUTERS - On Thursday the Guild Bargaining Committee presented a comprehensive proposal to address member concerns about retirement security. Company reps also told the Guild that the Hauppauge Technical Center will be phased out, and therefore they will be modifying their proposal to eliminate enhanced severance for the affected members. 

    Contract talks, performance appraisals and ditching TR stock

    May 13, 2015

    THOMSON REUTERS -  Guild members will soon participate in a survey on the Performance Management Program, which plays a role in measuring employees’ work and helps determine the portion of annual pay raises that management awards at its discretion. In other news, management is proposing to remove the Thomson Reuters Stock Fund as an investment option in the 401(k) retirement plan and talks on a new contract resumes tomorrow, May 14. 

    Annual Keenan Service Award nominations open until May 22

    May 7, 2015

    LOCAL BULLETIN - The Guild has opened nominations for its annual service award, named in honor of the late Tom Keenan. Each year, the Keenan Award recognizes a Guild member who “has performed above and beyond the call of duty in service to the New York Local, and best exemplifies the ideals of a true labor leader, in the spirit of Tom Keenan.” Nominations, which can be made by any member, are open until Friday, May 22 at 6 p.m. EDT.

    Industry News

    Memorial Day front pages are ‘In their honor’

    May 24, 2015

    Here’s a collection of front pages via Newseum from around the U.S. honoring veterans on Memorial Day Weekend. As you’ll see, some focus on veterans today, some on the those from past wars and some on the impact those veterans have had on the community.

    The Anniston Star, Anniston, Alabama:

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    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Ontario, California:

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    The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Illinois:

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    Palladium-Item, Richmond, Indiana:

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    The Town Talk, Alexandria, Louisiana:

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    The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, Massachusetts:

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    The Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon:

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    The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tennessee:

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    ‘This American Life’ to address retracted segments on air

    May 22, 2015

    This week’s broadcast of “This American Life” will include a note from host Ira Glass addressing an academic article, used in a previous episode of the show, that has come under heavy fire this week.

    The study, which purported to show how individuals could be swayed on the issue of same-sex marriage by talking to gay people, was featured in episode 555 of “This American Life,” “The Incredible Rarity of Changing Your Mind.” The article was also covered by several major news organizations, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

    “I talk about it in a program note in this week’s show, and refer listeners to our website where we tell the full story of the Science article’s retraction,” Glass told Poynter via email. Read more

    Judy Woodruff to PBS ombud: ‘What you wrote was unfair’

    May 22, 2015

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    “PBS NewsHour” co-anchor Judy Woodruff on Friday responded to a post from PBS ombudsman Michael Getler calling her donations to an initiative by the Clinton Foundation “a mistake.”

    I’m a longtime admirer of your work, as a journalist and as ombudsman, but what you wrote was unfair. To lump what I did in 2010 under the simple heading of “Clinton” ignores the facts and the context. I gave $250 two days after the Haiti earthquake struck in 2010, to an emergency relief fund, and in response to one of the first appeals to cross my desk when we were witnessing wall-to-wall scenes of death and devastation. I am a journalist, but I also am a citizen who supports non-partisan, charitable causes when I feel so moved.

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    This week on Medium: 6 media stories you may have missed

    May 22, 2015

    Links shared in Poynter’s internal Slack channel are quite frequently from Medium and almost always about journalism and media (although sometimes not.) So this week, we’re trying something new and gathering them up here. Throughout the week, let me know what you’re reading on Medium and we’ll try to include it next Friday, if we try this again. Here are six things about journalism from Medium this week (with thanks to Ren LaForme and Vidisha Priyanka for helping curate.)

    Lessons on using WhatsApp for publishing — an election experience

    On May 18, Paul Bradshaw wrote about how students at Birmingham City University used WhatsApp for election updates during the U.K.’s recent election.

    Frankly… they nailed it. In the process they learned a lot, so I thought I’d share some of the things that came up throughout the process — as well as the experiences of the person responsible for the Mirror‘s political WhatsApp account in the week leading up to the election.

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