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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

    Dan Neuburger nominated as new Time Inc. unit chair

    November 21, 2014

    TIME INC. - Dan Neuburger was nominated at a Nov. 3 Unit Council meeting to replace Time Inc. Unit Chair Alan Levine, who has retired.  No other nominations were made at the meeting. Additional written nominations may be made by Dec. 5 by any member in good standing as of Nov. 1.

    Reuters pulls plug on Insider: Eight Guild members affected

    November 20, 2014

    THOMSON REUTERS - Reuters management announced Wednesday that it is turning off the lights on its high-profile Insider video news product.  The Guild has received notice that the jobs of eight guild members will be eliminated by the end-of-the-year closure.

    Time Inc. to impose 'final' offer; Guild sets employee meeting

    November 18, 2014

    TIME INC. - Time Inc. management has told the Guild that it will implement its “last, best and final” offer on Thursday – the same offer that Guild members overwhelmingly rejected on Oct. 10. The Guild will have a meeting on Thursday, open to all Guild-represented employees, to explain the implications of management’s actions and answer questions.

    S&P targets five for layoff; Guild seeks severance volunteers

    November 18, 2014

    STANDARD & POOR'S - S&P management has issued layoff notices to five Guild-represented employees – three Administrative Assistants, a Senior Research Assistant and a Research Specialist. In an effort to save the jobs of those affected by the layoff, the Guild is seeking interested employees to volunteer for a severance package.

    Industry News

    Heading back to Ferguson? Know your rights

    November 24, 2014

    A man who declined to be identified stands outside a boarded up business Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    A man who declined to be identified stands outside a boarded up business Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    This August in Ferguson, Missouri, there was a lot of confusion between police officers about rules and rights about the press, said Tony Rothert, legal director, ACLU of Missouri “and it became very arbitrary where people where told they could and couldn’t be.”

    “The constitution does protect the right of a member of the media to stand on a public street or sidewalk, to talk to people and to photograph,” he said. “I think those rights were violated frequently in the last set of protests and we’ll have to be vigilant to assure that that does not occur again.”

    On Saturday, journalist Trey Yingst was arrested in Ferguson, Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly reported.

    In a statement, the ACLU of Missouri said “Mr. Yingst was arrested for allegedly standing in the street and failing to disperse after being asked by law enforcement to do so. Read more

    Deception? Price gouging? Subscription scam? Top magazine titles won’t say a thing

    November 24, 2014

    In mid-October, I wrote about the New York Times offer to refund overpayments to customers who fell for an unauthorized third-party renewal solicitation. The Times also warned subscribers in print and via e-mail not to fall for the scam.

    I noted that the same company had been blanketing magazine subscribers with these notices for years before broadening to newspapers as well in 2013 and 2014. I couldn’t immediately get a comment from magazines.

    Three inquiries later, spokespersons for top publishers Time Inc. and Conde Nast are still stonewalling me. It’s the full Bill Cosby  — they won’t say a thing, not even what they charge for a renewal of Time or Vanity Fair.

    From which I infer that they wink and take the money from the scammers (operating under various names but identifiable by a distinctive format and a White City, Oregon return address). Renewals or new subs are fulfilled, and unless a customer complains, it’s caveat emptor about being overcharged 15 percent or more. Read more

    Anchors met in secret with Darren Wilson

    November 24, 2014

    Good morning. Welcome to a short week! Here are 10 media stories.

    1. Anchors negotiated in secret with Darren Wilson

      Matt Lauer, George Stephanopoulos, Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon are among the television personalities who've met with Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson, Brian Stelter reports. There is some potential money for subjects of these bidding wars, Jim Moret explains -- in licensing photos. But mostly it's about comfort and timing. (CNN) | "When 'off the record' is used to protect not only what’s said in a particular meeting, but also the meeting itself, it becomes a tool not so much for journalists but for the sources seeking to own them." (WP)

    2. Meanwhile, in Ferguson

      Police said journalist Trey Yingst was standing in the road, but "as this reporter and a multitude of other witnesses saw firsthand -- and as was captured on video -- Yingst was not in the street." (HuffPost) | Judge: Police in Missouri can't stop reporters from recording them.

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    Today in Media History: Do you remember these old AOL commercials?

    November 24, 2014

    On November 24, 1998, America Online (AOL) announced that it would be acquiring Netscape Communications Corporation for $4.2 billion in stock.

    In the late 1990s AOL was one of the largest online companies in the world. On January 10, 2000, America Online and Steve Case announced plans to acquire Time Warner for roughly $182 billion in stock and debt.

    But what do many people remember about AOL from this period? The TV commercials.

    Here are a few:

    This 1996 video says, “The future. Now available on America Online.” (I believe the music is also from the future: “The Jetsons theme song.”)

    “Can you believe what’s possible these days….Your own personalized newspaper.” (1996)

    And then there were all those disks AOL used to send through the mail.

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