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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 NewsGuild of New York represents nearly 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.

Guild President Bill O'Meara presents Hudson News Unit Chair Kazi Islam with the 2015 Keenan Award at the June 29 membership meeting.
Guild President Bill O'Meara presents Hudson News Unit Chair Kazi Islam with the 2015 Keenan Award at the June 29 membership meeting.

Guild President Bill O'Meara presents Hudson News Unit Chair Kazi Islam with the 2015 Keenan Award at the June 29 membership meeting.

Dozens of Guild members at Consumer Reports took their lunch hours in the street on June 26 to protest the layoffs of 11 co-workers in violation of the contract.
Consumer Reports members protest improper layoffs on June 26.

Consumer Reports members protest improper layoffs on June 26.

Guild members at Consumer Reports magazine gather outside the company's Yonkers, NY, headquarter on June 17 to discuss ways of responding to the layoffs of about a dozen co-workers.
Consumer Reports Guild members gather on June 17 to discuss layoffs.

Consumer Reports Guild members gather on June 17 to discuss layoffs.

Reuters stewards from across the country held their annual meeting on June 11.
Reuters Guild stewards held their annual nationwide meeting on June 11.

Reuters Guild stewards held their annual nationwide meeting on June 11.

    Local and Unit News

    Guild members at Consumer Reports protest layoff violations

    June 27, 2015

    CONSUMER REPORTS - Fed up with a new management team that rode roughshod over the contract during a round of layoffs, Consumer Reports Guild members took the the street during their lunch breaks on Friday to spotlight their company's bad behavior and to show solidarity with their 11 targeted Guild colleagues.

    U.S. says it will move against Time Inc. for imposing rules

    June 25, 2015

    TIME INC. - Federal authorities declared their intent to move against Time Inc., after the Guild accused it of labor law violations that have enabled the publishing giant to outsource Guild-represented journalism jobs and cut its staff. A federal complaint, which would come by the end of June if no settlement is reached, would include claims that Time Inc. imposed work rules even though no impasse was reached in bargaining, and that it bypassed the Guild in dealing with some employees.

    Guild's Keenan Award goes to Hudson News Chair Kazi Islam

    June 23, 2015

    LOCAL BULLETIN - Hudson News Unit Chair Kazi Islam, who has worked tirelessly to build a cohesive community among the retail and fast food workers of his sprawling Manhattan bargaining unit, is the New York Guild’s winner of the Guild’s 2015 Keenan Award. The award will be presented at a meeting open to all Guild members on Monday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m.

    After Consumer Reports layoffs, members discuss responses

    June 17, 2015

    CONSUMER REPORTS - About 100 Guild members at Consumer Reports magazine gathered on Wednesday to discuss possible responses to a decision by the company’s new management team to go ahead with the layoffs of a dozen members, even though several aspects of its plan violate the contract.

    Industry News

    The ‘You’re fired’ headline did well today

    June 29, 2015

    News that NBCUniversal will no longer work with Donald Trump resulted in a lot of coverage on Monday. And a lot of it led with the same headline.

    Here’s The New York Times:

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    Here’s The Daily Beast:

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    ABC News posted this AP story:

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    Here’s Newsweek:

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    And Mediaite:

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    Here’s People Magazine:

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    Poynter also couldn’t resist and used the famous quote in a Facebook post.

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    Politico’s Dylan Byers tweeted about why the headline doesn’t quite work:

    In addition to not being funny, the “You’re Fired” jokes are factually inaccurate… but hey, its the Internet! http://t.co/XXeL362WdK

    — Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) June 29, 2015

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    NBC severs ties with Donald Trump after ‘derogatory statements’

    June 29, 2015

    Deadline | CNN

    Citing “recent derogatory statements” made by Donald Trump, NBCUniversal announced Monday that it is “ending its business relationship” with the real estate magnate-turned presidential hopeful.

    The news comes in the wake of inflammatory statements made by Trump earlier this month when he announced his bid for the presidency. While outlining his candidacy, he called Mexicans who cross the border into America “rapists.”

    As a result of the discontinued relationship, NBC said it will no longer broadcast the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants that air annually on the network. In doing so, it joins the Spanish-language network Univision, which announced on Thursday it would not broadcast the pageants, citing Trump’s “insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants.”

    News of NBCUniversal’s decision to discontinue its relationship with Trump was reported first by CNN’s Brian Stelter, who noted that the pageants were formerly joint ventures between Trump and NBC. Read more

    Same-sex marriage: Covering the battles ahead

    June 29, 2015

    Now that the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage has had time to sink in, journalists should wake up to the fact that a complicated and contentious debate lies ahead. Just as Brown v. The Board of Education didn’t end discrimination in schools and Roe v. Wade did not end the abortion debate, Obergefell v. Hodges will not end the opposition to same-sex marriage. The next battles may be in churches, where the Court’s decision cannot interfere.

    Catholics, Baptists, Orthodox Jews, Muslims, Mormons all “officially” oppose same-sex marriage. Others, including Methodists and the African Methodist Episcopal Church, do not allow ministers to perform same-sex weddings.

    Pew Research compiled a list of where churches currently stand.

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    I point to these charts to say journalists have more stories to write about this issue. Read more

    Melissa Block stepping down as anchor of ‘All Things Considered’

    June 29, 2015


    Melissa Block, an anchor of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” will be leaving the program to become a special correspondent for the public radio network, NPR announced today.

    Block, who has anchored the flagship news program for more than a decade, will leave the show during the summer, according to the network. Thereafter, she will begin her correspondent duties, which include guest hosting NPR programs, developing podcasts based on her reporting and covering domestic and international news with “richly reported profiles” of prominent figures.

    The role one is of several that Block has held at NPR News during her 30-year career there. According to the network, she has reported from the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, Mozambique, Alaska and China.

    Block’s last day as host of “All Things Considered” is Aug. Read more