Local and Unit News
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 5, 2015
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.
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
May 5, 2015
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
May 5, 2015
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.