David Carr, New York Times media writer extraordinaire and a Guild member, died suddenly on Feb. 12 at 58.
Local and Unit News
February 26, 2015
TIMES - The Guild is pleased to report that Times members will see additional money in their bank accounts and retirement plans in the next few weeks. Provisions in the current contract are set to trigger a payout for all employees under the company's Incentive Bonus Plan, a doubling of the company's normal matching contributions to 401(k) accounts and a general wage increase.
February 19, 2015
THOMSON REUTERS - Guild and management negotiators made incremental progress on Wednesday in talks on a new contract. The discussion focused primarily on management’s health care proposal. But management also dropped several minor proposals and responded to a Guild information request regarding Reuters’ use of stringers, freelancers and contractors.
February 6, 2015
TIMES - Over the past 18 months, the Guild Unit Council at The Times lost 15 of its activists through buyouts, promotions to management and attrition. At a Unit Council meeting on Feb. 3, eight new candidates were nominated and two current Unit Council members were nominated for vacancies in higher positions.
February 5, 2015
TIME INC. - After Time Inc. told the Guild last year that the 401(k) plan it would use when it became a separate company would "mirror" the one used by then-parent Time Warner, it turns out the Time Inc. plan gives employees 2 percent less than promised, leaving employee retirement funds $450,000 short last year. The Guild has filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board.
March 3, 2015
Good morning. Here are nine media stories.
- It also found ‘no grounds for doubting the photographer’s integrity’
On Sunday, the World Press Photo contest said it investigated complaints from the mayor of Charleroi, Belgium about possible staging of images in Giovanni Troilo's winning entry. World Press Photo said it found nothing wrong with Troilo's work. In that release, it included a line that many found upsetting. "The contest requires photojournalists do not stage pictures to show something that would otherwise have not taken place.” On Monday, World Press Photo clarified: "The last part of the sentence aims to define what we mean by staging; it does not aim to define an exception to a rule. Staging is defined as something that would not have happened without the photographer’s involvement.
March 3, 2015
Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:
- Susana Polo is now entertainment editor at Polygon. She founded “The Mary Sue.” (Email)
- Dan Rubinstein will be the home and design editor of Departures. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of Surface magazine. (Email)
- Gabe Ramirez is now a senior producer at CNN Politics Digital. Previously, he was a multimedia photojournalist and producer at CNN. Alysha Love will be deputy multi-platform editor at CNN Politics Digital. Previously, she was a Web editor at Politico. (Email)
- Nick Brien is now president of Hearst Magazines Marketing Services and CEO of iCrossing. Previously, he was CEO of McCann Worldgroup. (Email)
- Jeff Zeleny will be senior Washington correspondent for CNN’s Washington bureau. Previously, he was senior Washington correspondent for ABC News.
March 3, 2015
92 years ago today, on March 3, 1923, Time magazine published its first issue. A copy cost 15 cents.
Here is the first cover. (There would be many more.)
Time magazine, March 3, 1923, Time website image
“….After graduating from Yale in 1920, Luce spent a year in England studying at Oxford before returning to the United States, where he took a job as a reporter alongside fellow Yale alum Britton Hadden. While working together, the two drew plans for an idea they had first discussed at Yale — a new type of weekly magazine that wouldn’t simply report the news, but would also interpret it for those who did not have the time, the energy or the knowledge to interpret it for themselves.
Survey: For foreign correspondents in China, getting a press card still ‘a privilege rather than a professional right’
March 2, 2015
In January of this year, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China conducted an annual survey of members’ visa issues and found that, compared with past years, getting a visa in China was easier for foreign journalists in 2014. In an email, the FCCC reported the findings of the survey, which had 126 responses.
We are disturbed, however, to find that the Chinese authorities are continuing to abuse the press card and visa renewal process in a political manner, treating journalistic accreditation as a privilege rather than a professional right, and punishing reporters and media organizations for the content of their previous coverage if it has displeased the government.
Some of the findings:
– Authorities appeared to use visas as a tool to threaten journalists, causing some to leave the country, one to change jobs and several to miss important stories. Read more