NY Guild President Bill O'Meara on Jan. 16 tells TNG-CWA Sector Conference delegates how to get CWA funding for projects and contract campaigns.
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.
Local and Unit News
January 26, 2015
LOCAL BULLETIN - The Newspaper Guild of New York's annual winter meeting that had been scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 has been postponed due to the impending severe winter storm. Instead, it will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Please make every effort to attend.
January 25, 2015
TIME INC. - Just after the close of business on Wednesday evening, Time Inc. management notified the Guild that it was eliminating the jobs of three writers, one writer-reporter and all six staff photographers at Sports Illustrated – 10 jobs in all. The notification came only hours before the affected employees began receiving phone calls at home.
January 21, 2015
LOCAL BULLETIN - The Guild will hold its annual winter membership meeting on Jan. 27 (UPDATE: Postponed to Feb. 3 due to blizzard) amid a swirl of contract campaigns and a decision by our parent union to change its name. In addition, Guild members are eligible for two separate scholarship programs, and the maximum weekly salary on which dues are assessed will increase on March 1. For the large majority of members, however, there will be no increase in dues.
January 16, 2015
THOMSON REUTERS - The Guild made incremental progress in contract negotiations on Tuesday, with an agreement to increase paid paternity leave from the current three days to two weeks. But we’re still waiting for a response to the Guild’s extensive information request regarding the use of freelancers, contractors and stringers. And management negotiators are so far sticking to their guns on wanting to eliminate overtime minimums that they have said cost the company almost nothing.
January 30, 2015
BuzzFeed Friday published its Editorial Standards And Ethics Guide, and most of the guidelines will look familiar to journalists.
Spanning traditional topics like conflict of interest and newer media guidelines like selfie-snapping, BuzzFeed’s ethical standards look like those upheld by many journalism organizations, with a few twists. Here are some excerpts:
On the deletion of stories:
Editorial posts should never be deleted for reasons related to their content, or because a subject or stakeholder has asked you to do so.
On paying for interviews:
We do not pay sources for interviews. If an interview incurs costs to a source through travel or work compensation lost, we may be able to reimburse them, but check with your editor before agreeing to do so.
On providing advance questions:
Giving a subject a general sense of the direction of the interview is fine, but we should decline to provide questions to subjects in advance of an in-person interview.
On the use of graphic content:
Generally speaking, we will embed or link to the graphic content we are writing about. We have technical tools that give our readers the opportunity to opt in to view graphic content.
Swearing is OK:
Profanity: We speak the language of the internet — which is often hilarious and often profane. As such, profanity is permitted on BuzzFeed; but see the BuzzFeed Style Guide for more information on how to style it responsibly.
Don’t snap selfies with celebrities:
Selfies are fantastic and you should take them as often as possible with friends and loved ones. But when celebrity visitors come to a BuzzFeed office, please don’t ask for photographs unless the staffer who brought them in has checked that it’s OK.
On public activism:
But when it comes to activism, BuzzFeed editorial must follow the lead of our editors and reporters who come out of a tradition of rigorous, neutral journalism that puts facts and news first. If we don’t, it makes it harder for those reporters to do their jobs.
On political speech:
While we understand that many BuzzFeed editorial staffers are passionate and thoughtful and hold personal views on policy issues or candidates, we must maintain one blanket rule for all of editorial: Political partisanship may not be expressed in public forums, including Twitter and Facebook.
On potential conflicts of interest:
Our investors have no influence on our reporting, and reporters should not take any special note of investors’ views or interests.
Australian obit that called an author ‘plain of feature, and certainly overweight,’ leads to #myozobituary
January 30, 2015
Colleen McCullough, the late author of “The Thorn Birds,” died on Thursday, Elle Hunt reported Friday for The Guaridan. Her obituary on Friday in The Australian resulted in the hashtag #myozobituary.
In Friday’s edition of the Australian, the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds – which sold 30m copies worldwide – is remembered as “plain of feature, and certainly overweight, [but] nevertheless a woman of wit and warmth” in the first paragraph.
— Elle Hunt (@mlle_elle) January 30, 2015
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw wrote Friday for The Daily Dot about the hashtag.
Some of these hashtag obituaries are pretty funny, but they expose a grim truth: If you’re a woman, it’s practically impossible to escape being judged by your appearance.
Sam Maggs reported on it as well for The Mary Sue.
The incredible classiness and inarguable misogyny of the obituary did not go ignored by the internet, and #MyOzObituary has been trending on Twitter to some fairly hilarious results.
All three pieces include some tweets, and here are a few more, from journalists and writers.
Thin-skinned and often cranky, he was nevertheless quick with an Irene Dunne reference. Also something about commas, IDGAF. #myozobituary
— Benjamin Dreyer (@BCDreyer) January 30, 2015
Though hirsute of leg and rather fond of cake, she did, according to her mother-in-law, marry well. #myozobituary
— Amanda Jennings (@MandaJJennings) January 30, 2015
Having never really recovered from carrying twins, she hoisted her breasts in ropes and pulleys for the remainder of her days #myozobituary
— Caroline Overington (@overingtonc) January 30, 2015
She often failed to brush her hair or shave her legs, but she could -occasionally- string a sentence together & put it to air #myozobituary
— Sarah Gerathy (@sarahgerathy) January 30, 2015
Fat, ignorant and flatulent; yet nevertheless as charismatic as a paper clip. #myozobituary
— Richard Hinds (@rdhinds) January 30, 2015
She was too female for a cartoonist. #myozobituary
— Sir Madame Wilcox (@cathywilcox1) January 30, 2015
Even though she was a filthy traitor, she loved cats. #myozobituary
— Paula Matthewson (@Drag0nista) January 30, 2015
Though she wore glasses and never grew taller than 5'5 she was fond of technology and committed several acts of journalism. #myozobituary
— Lora Kolodny (@lorakolodny) January 30, 2015
#myozobituary "Woman, sister, daughter, friend. Despite all that, managed to get a college degree and go into journalism. Go figure".
— Alejandra Jover (@alejandra_jover) January 30, 2015
Though she only had cleavage if she stood on her head, she was a well-published journalist and writer. #MyOzObituary
— Nina L. Diamond (@ninatypewriter) January 30, 2015
"Plain of face and large of nose, she nevertheless produced some publishable articles, and one child." #myozobituary
— Jessica Friedmann (@MsFriedmann) January 30, 2015
Although she had unfortunate skin, she could eavesdrop like nobody's business. #myozobituary
— iworkatalibrary (@iworkatalibrary) January 30, 2015
January 30, 2015
The Lombardi Trophy at a news conference for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
If you’re covering the Super Bowl on Sunday instead of watching it (or just watching the commercials), you probably know the correct style to use for every player and play. In case you’re not a sports reporter and may end up writing about the game, the fans or the players anyway, here’s a quick look at some common football terms from the Associated Press Stylebook.
Some football positions:
Cornerback, defensive end, defensive tackle, fullback, halfback, left guard, linebacker, lineman, running back, quarterback, tailback, tight end and wide receiver.
In a 2012 Super Bowl style guide, the AP advises:
Spell out a player’s position on first reference. In follow-ups, mix in QB for quarterback, RB for running back, FB for fullback, WR for wide receiver, TE for tight end, DE for defensive end, DT for defensive tackle, LB for linebacker or CB for cornerback (though never just corner).
Some game terms:
Blitz, out of bounds, end line, end zone, pitchout, fair catch, place kick, field goal, play off (verb), playoff (noun, adjective), goal line, goal-line stand, halftime, handoff, kick off (v.), kickoff (noun, adjective), touchback and touchdown.
According to the AP on phrasing: “yards passing, yards receiving, touchdowns rushing, etc. Not passing yards, receiving yards, rushing touchdowns.”
Years vs. Roman numerals:
Use the year the game is played.
Except in formal reference as a literary device, pro football Super Bowls should be identified by the year – not the season – played, rather than the Roman numerals: 1969 Super Bowl, not Super Bowl III.
Also, use figures for yardage and yard lines.
Don’t use ‘fumblerooski:’
Finally, from 2012, a few more distinctions:
A field goal clears the crossbar, not the goal posts.
Avoid “Hail Mary.” Use desperation pass instead.
Don’t use “fumblerooski” for a strange turnover. Describe the play.
It’s end zone, not pay dirt.
No such thing as a “forward lateral.” A lateral is tossed sideways or backward.
Only a quarterback gets sacked. Other ball carriers are tackled for a loss.
AP Style tip: Sunday's Super Bowl is between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. More: http://t.co/3uori2jnJQ
— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) January 30, 2015
January 30, 2015
On Thursday night, a 19-year-old Dutch man carrying a gun tried to get on the air in Hilversum, Netherlands, the Associated Press reported Friday.
Chris Ariens wrote about the incident for TVNewser, reporting that the young man was led into an empty studio by a security guard while the rest of the NOS newsroom was evacuated. Once police arrived, they learned the gun the man was carrying was fake.
According to the AP, the incident took the news program off the air “for the first time in 60 years.”
NOS director Jan de Jong told his broadcaster’s radio network that he would meet with police and the local mayor in Hilversum to discuss whether security — already beefed up since the Charlie Hebdo attack — needs to be further strengthened.
De Jong paid tribute to the security guard who led the teenager into an empty TV studio and kept speaking to him throughout the ordeal, which forced the 8 p.m. news off the air for the first time in 60 years.
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