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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

    Guild-Times health, pension plans strong, officers told

    May 1, 2015

    TIMES - The retirement and health plans that cover most Guild-represented employees at The Times are financially strong, New York Guild President Bill O’Meara told a Times Unit Council meeting earlier this week. The Benefits Fund has recovered from its much less secure footing of 2008, while the two pension plans that cover most employees scored impressive investment gains.

    Members OK cutting Guild's 'paper' name, revising bylaws

    April 29, 2015

    LOCAL BULLETIN - Guild members on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved removing “paper” from the name of their 81-year-old union and overhauling its bylaws for the first time in 17 years to streamline its leadership and governing structures. Members voted 407 to 105 to change the Local’s name from the Newspaper Guild of New York to The NewsGuild of New York.

    Reporting at Reuters: Who else does it besides Guild members?

    April 28, 2015

    THOMSON REUTERS - Reuters ratcheted up its assault on Guild members’ work with the recent announcement that its Boston bureau chief would join the U.S. energy reporting team – in addition to running the bureau and supposedly managing his staff. In addition, Reuters plans to have most of its U.S. stock reports written in Bangalore, starting sometime in May.

    Guild members to recieve El Diario settlement pay today

    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.

    Industry News

    After earthquake, NYT changes style to ‘Kathmandu’

    May 5, 2015

    The New York Times

    When Nepal was rocked by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake, Times journalists traveled to Kathmandu and began filing dispatches from the damaged capital city. Since the day they arrived and today, the paper made a style change in how its correspondents should spell the city’s name.

    New York Times standards editor Philip Corbett explained the justification for changing “Katmandu” to “Kathmandu” in a post on Times Insider. Although the former had been the accepted spelling for years, local usage — with an added “h” – has become dominant in recent years, he writes.

    Our researchers found that at this point, most American and British publications were also using Kathmandu, though a few were inconsistent and others (including The Wall Street Journal) still used “Katmandu.” We also realized that the spelling with “h” was a far more common search term in Google.

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    8 tips from Vox Media engagement editors for using visuals on social media

    May 5, 2015

    In late September, the team at Vox.com was faced with an interesting challenge: How to make simple facts about Ebola spread faster than alarmist misinformation?

    They had an article explaining how the virus spread but weren’t sure of the best way to promote it on social media. So they mulled the problem over in one of the startup’s kitchens over some string cheese.

    Finally, they settled on a simple flowchart with one question and one answer. “Have you touched the vomit, blood, sweat, saliva, urine, or feces of someone who might have Ebola? No. You do not have Ebola.”

    The graphic was concise, punchy and answered an urgent question about a major news event. It was shared more than 58,000 times and racked up nearly 9,000 likes. Read more

    R.I.P. — Six month newspaper circulation reports are gone for good

    May 5, 2015

    Alliance for Audited Media logo

    Alliance for Audited Media logo

    Compulsive calendar watchers may have notice that May 1 has come and gone without the typical report on newspaper circulation averages for the six months ended March 31.

    There isn’t such a report and won’t be.

    Instead the Alliance for Audited Media is requiring newspapers to report quarterly and giving them the option of updating digital metrics monthly.

    The first of the new format quarterly reports are available on AAM’s website and others will be uploaded over the next several weeks, according to Neal Lulofs, executive vice president for marketing and strategy.

    The so-called Consolidated Media Reports aim to offer more detailed and more up to date information.  Of course, they include paid digital subscriptions and other variations like free Sunday distribution of coupon packets without the news to selected zip codes. Read more

    de Blasio accidentally sends NYT reporter email about subway gripes

    May 5, 2015

    New York | The New York Times

    A New York Times story published Tuesday morning documenting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s subway angst was made possible by an errant email sent to a reporter from the paper. Michael Grynbaum explains how the “stern, bullet-pointed missive” found its way to a Times reporter’s inbox:

    Mr. de Blasio, who has been making a concerted effort to repair his reputation for tardiness, copied two senior aides on the email, including his chief of staff. The mayor, by accident, added another recipient as well: a reporter for The New York Times.

    Writing for New York, Jessica Roy raises the possibility that the wayward gripe wasn’t sent by accident at all, but instead a clever ploy to play up the mayor’s everyman sensibilities. Read more