Guild Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely briefs the press about El Diario's union busting tactics.
Local and Unit News
September 12, 2014
SCHOLASTIC - After reaching a tentative settlement on a new contract at a marathon bargaining session on Aug. 21 and 22, Guild and Scholastic management negotiators have nearly completed the process of reducing the agreement to writing. There will be a meeting to vote on the contract on Friday, Sept. 19, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in rooms 607/608 of the Scholastic building.
September 11, 2014
THOMSON REUTERS - Management negotiators unveiled the company's bargaining goals on Wednesday, saying they wanted to approach the talks "as business partners” with the Guild. But actions speak louder than words and it quickly became clear that being business partners doesn’t include sharing the profits of a thriving company. On the contrary.
September 9, 2014
CONSUMERS UNION - Earlier today, the company told many managers – those who have been around since at least 2009, when they got no raises – that they will receive a 4 percent bonus resulting from a “prior commitment by Jim Guest.” But Guild-represented employees aren’t getting any going-away gifts from our departing president. It looks like we were scammed.
September 8, 2014
THOMSON REUTERS - After a brief hiatus the Guild Bargaining Committee and management are set to resume contract talks on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The Guild presented initial proposals on July 1. And we’ll spare you the math but the mistakes at Hewitt, the company’s outsourced payroll processor, just keep on coming. The latest screw-ups range from messing up Guild dues deductions related to July’s lump-sum payments to somehow transforming a new father’s (paid) three-day paternity leave into a three-month leave without pay.
September 16, 2014
Glasgow, Scotland’s Sunday Herald is the only Scottish newspaper encouraging its readers to vote for independence, Nick Hudson writes in Britain’s HoldtheFrontPage. (The Herald’s weekday counterpart backs Scotland remaining in the U.K.) The paper has seen a rise in sales, “with monthly rises of up to 25″ percent, Hudson writes.
Some Scottish newspapers, including Edinburgh’s Scotsman, explicitly support a continued union with the rest of Britain. (The Scotsman recently ran an article floating the idea that independence serves ISIS’ interests.) Other “big titles – including the Daily Record, Aberdeen Press & Journal and Dundee Courier – have sat on the fence, pursuing a neutral stance in the interests of editorial impartiality,” Hudson writes.
George Monbiot writes in The Guardian that the media has “shafted the people of Scotland” with “fear, misinformation and hatred around the body politic.” As Monbiot notes, pro-independence Scots have complained about the BBC’s referendum coverage, and some protested at its Glasgow headquarters Monday.… Read more
September 16, 2014
38 percent of African-Americans believe “the news they consume does not at all accurately portray their community or does so just slightly,” a new report from the Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute says. 37 percent said news outlets portrayed blacks “moderately” well, and only 6 percent said news orgs represented them “completely.”
Hispanics were more likely to say portrayals of themselves in the media were accurate — perhaps because they “have access to a sizable amount of Spanish language media on television, including the national network Univision, as well as media online from other countries,” the report says, while the African-American press “has contracted to the point where there are no longer daily print African American papers (they are either weekly, or less frequent and publish daily online), and cable channels aimed at African Americans do not feature a daily general interest news program.”
23 percent of blacks said they turned to local TV news to see coverage of “their community’s people and issues,” compared with 7 percent of Hispanics, who “are far more likely to say they must turn to ethnic media to see regular coverage of their own community,” the report says.… Read more
September 16, 2014
If you’re reading this, it happened again. Right now, an editor may be about to issue an apology or a stern rebuttal. Someone’s reputation and body of work is being scrutinized. And a gaggle of self-appointed fact-checkers may be plugging sentence after sentence into Google for any traces of dishonesty. If you’re reading this, a journalist has been accused of what Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark calls “the unoriginal sin”: plagiarism.
Plagiarism is a serious charge. If true, it has the potential to upend a career and mar a journalist’s reputation for life. And yet, in today’s world of aggregated news, plagiarism is an imprecise word that stands for a spectrum of offenses related to unoriginal work. And its severity varies dramatically depending on a variety of circumstances.… Read more
September 16, 2014
Fareed Zakaria ripped material from The New Yorker, The Economist, the Associated Press and other outlets for his CNN show “GPS,” the sphynxlike media critics @blippoblappo and @crushingbort write in their latest set of accusations against Zakaria.
One of their strongest examples includes narration from a documentary called “Justice for Sergei” that inspires similar narration from Zakaria.
They also show instances when “GPS” scripts lifted sentences without attribution, such as a 2012 segment that draws from a New Yorker article by Adam Gopnik and a segment and an Al Jazeera article (click to view the image bigger).
Some of the items in this latest docket require the reader to take an expansive view of plagiarism: Sentences that appear to summarize the reporting of others without credit, for example.… Read more