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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.

Newest Executive Committee members Dan Grebler of Reuters and Montasir Islam of Hudson News are sworn in by President Bill O'Meara on Nov. 11. Beyond the window is the Paramount Building, the Guild's former home for 16 years.
Newest Executive Committee members Dan Grebler of Reuters and Montasir Islam of Hudson News are sworn in by President Bill O'Meara on Nov. 11.

Newest Executive Committee members Dan Grebler of Reuters and Montasir Islam of Hudson News are sworn in by President Bill O'Meara on Nov. 11.

Guild members at Time Inc. were nearly unanimous on Oct. 10 in voting down a management contract offer that would have enabled to the company to outsource the jobs of more than half the journalists at its key magazines.
Time Inc. Guild members vote down management offer on Oct. 10.

Time Inc. Guild members vote down management offer on Oct. 10.

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 Bargaining Committee reviews information received from Reuters management during a break in Oct. 29 talks at Baker Hostetler, the company's labor law firm.
Guild negotiators discuss Reuters' airy responses at Oct. 29 talks.

Guild negotiators discuss Reuters' airy responses at Oct. 29 talks.

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.

    Local and Unit News

    Roane Carey nominated as first vice chair of The Nation unit

    November 26, 2014

    THE NATION - At a Nov. 20 Unit Council meeting, Roane Carey was nominated to replace First Vice Chair Katelyn Belyus, who has left The Nation. If no additional write-in nominations are received by Dec. 5, Carey will be declared elected. In the event of a contest, the election shall be supervised by the Local Election Committee.

    Delegates, alternates elected for 2015 TNG Sector Conference

    November 26, 2014

    LOCAL BULLETIN - Eight delegates and eight alternates to the upcoming 2015 Sector Conference of The Newspaper Guild-CWA have been officially elected. No other nominations were made from the floor and no additional nominations were filed by the Nov. 19 deadline.

    RELEASE: NLRB Finds El Diario and ImpreMedia Guilty of Union Busting

    November 25, 2014

    EL DIARIO - The Guild issued a press release today announcing that a Regional Director has found merit in the sweeping charges the Guild filed in June against ImpreMedia, the parent of El Diario La Prensa, after the company fired several veteran employees. The charges included a claim that Guild-represented employees were fired for union activity.

    Under Reuters health proposal, the sick would get poorer

    November 25, 2014

    THOMSON REUTERS - Thomson Reuters reps proposed a new health care plan that they pitched as a savings for Guild members, but which actually could cost employees thousands of dollars more each year due to higher deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums. Even a simple visit to an in-network doctor’s office, for which there is currently a $20 co-pay and no deductible, would become more expensive because it would be subject to an annual deductible under management’s plan.

    Industry News

    New Yorker cover artist says resemblance to August cartoon is unintentional

    November 26, 2014

    The New Yorker’s new cover is a beautiful, understated take on the unrest in Ferguson this past week.
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    It also bears a strong resemblance to an Aug. 21 editorial cartoon by R.J. Matson. (courtesy Cagle)
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    Bob Staake, who illustrated the New Yorker cover, writes on Facebook that he hadn’t before seen Matson’s cartoon.

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    Daryl Cagle, who publishes the Cagle cartoons syndicate, told Poynter in an email that many New Yorker political covers follow in the footsteps of editorial cartoonists: “It would be more unusual if a New Yorker cover hadn’t been drawn by a political cartoonist first,” he wrote.

    Staake also told The New Yorker’s Mina Kaneko and Francoise Mouly he used to live in St. Louis and “At first glance, one might see a representation of the Gateway Arch as split and divided, but my hope is that the events in Ferguson will provide a bridge and an opportunity for the city, and also for the country, to learn and come together.”

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    Lessons learned: TV-newspaper partner on investigative project

    November 26, 2014

    Dallas TV station KXAS (NBC5) and the Dallas Morning News teamed up to investigate complaints of harassment by hundreds of soldiers at the Army’s Warrior Transition Units (WTU’s) that were designed to help the injured heal. In the process of documenting the poor treatment of Army veterans these separate media outlets learned about how to work together.

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    The story 
    The project, called “Injured Heroes, Broken Promises,” took more than six months of work, relied on hundreds of pages of government records and interviews with dozens of injured veterans who said they had been “ridiculed, harassed and threatened by the commanders of Army units created to help injured soldiers heal.

    Three of the nation’s 25 WTU’s’s are in Texas. The units are supposed to manage the care and treatment of wounded, ill or injured soldiers, whether they are physically or mentally injured, or both. 64,000 soldiers have used the treatment programs since 2007. Read more

    Fergus Bell leaves AP for startup that helps newsrooms verify content

    November 26, 2014

    Fergus Bell, who helped the Associated Press develop standards for verifying user-generated content, will become the head of newsroom partnerships and innovation at Social Asset Management Inc. SAM sells software to newsrooms that helps them build verification of UGC into their workflows.

    “Moving to a startup was something that was pretty difficult, but I think it was a natural extension of the work I’ve been doing,” Bell said in a phone call. He’s SAM’s first employee with a news background and will visit newsrooms considering its product, as well as help his coworkers figure out what newsrooms need.

    Bell will remain in London. He said SAM’s small size (he’ll be its sixth employee) was a major enticement to move from AP, where he was international social media and UGC editor — “I’m really excited to be a part of a team where an idea can come up in the morning and be executed in the afternoon,” he said. Read more

    Jian Ghomeshi charged with sexual assault

    November 26, 2014

    Toronto Police Service | Toronto Star

    Police in Toronto have charged former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi with four sexual assault counts and one of “Overcome Resistance – Choking.” He surrendered to police and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, the police say.

    Ghomeshi withdrew a planned suit against the CBC Tuesday. The broadcaster fired him last month after it saw “graphic evidence” that he’d injured a woman in what he described as consensual rough sex.

    Other women came forward with allegations against Ghomeshi, including the actor Lucy DeCoutere.

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