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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.

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. Beyond the window is the Paramount Building, the Guild's former home for 16 years.
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.

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.

Guild members at Time Inc. were nearly unanimous on Oct. 10 in voting down a management contract offer that would have enabled to the company to outsource the jobs of more than half the journalists at its key magazines.
Time Inc. Guild members vote down management offer on Oct. 10.

Time Inc. Guild members vote down management offer on Oct. 10.

Guild members at Scholastic consider a new contract at a meeting on Sept. 19 before voting unanimously to ratify it.
Scholastic Guild members consider new contract at Sept. 19 meeting.

Scholastic Guild members consider new contract at Sept. 19 meeting.

Guild Bargaining Committee reviews information received from Reuters management during a break in Oct. 29 talks at Baker Hostetler, the company's labor law firm.
Guild negotiators discuss Reuters' airy responses at Oct. 29 talks.

Guild negotiators discuss Reuters' airy responses at Oct. 29 talks.

Guild officers and members were among the thousands of union members who marched in the New York City Labor Day Parade on Sept. 6.
Guild contingent gets ready to join 2014 NYC Labor Day Parade on Sept. 6.

Guild contingent gets ready to join 2014 NYC Labor Day Parade on Sept. 6.

    Local and Unit News

    Discipline by committee at Reuters falls short

    December 16, 2014

    THOMSON REUTERS - Think your job performance is being assessed by someone who actually knows what you do? Think again. A recent arbitration revels management committee behind recent spate of discipline and confirms former EIC Prudence Crowther's role as management tool.

    Times to lay off 21 from Guild; total cuts to exceed 100

    December 15, 2014

    TIMES - Despite having announced its target of reducing newsroom staff by 100 – and accepting the buyout applications of 57 Guild members and nearly 30 excluded employees – The Times told the Guild on Monday that it would lay off another 21 Guild-represented employees this week.

    Time closes PEOPLE library, lays off 2; Neuburger is unit chair

    December 5, 2014

    TIME INC. - In a holiday gesture, Time Inc. has management laid off its two Research Librarians at PEOPLE magazine and declared that it is closing its research library.  This translates to more work for PEOPLE writers and reporters. Separately, Dan Neuburger of PEOPLE was declared elected as Time Inc. Guild unit chair on Dec. 5 after no other candidates came forward to challenge him.

    ImpreMedia to cut 7 by year-end; NLRB says company violated law

    December 3, 2014

    EL DIARIO - ImpreMedia CEO Francisco Seghezzo told the Guild that the company has to cut seven Guild-represented jobs by the end of this year. The announcement comes on the heels of the NLRB finding that the company violated federal labor law. This time, however, management did not act unilaterally and instead agreed to provide interested Guild members the opportunity to volunteer for an enhanced severance package.

    Industry News

    Meteorologist shot multiple times outside of TV studio

    December 17, 2014

    KCEN | TV Spy

    Patrick Crawford, a morning show meteorologist for KCEN in central Texas, was shot multiple times in the parking lot outside the studio, multiple sources reported Wednesday.

    Crawford “exchanged words” with a man before he drew a semi-automatic handgun and shot him, according to KCEN.

    Crawford drove away and found a construction worker who called the police, KCEN reports. He was in surgery as of late Wednesday morning.

    Police have arrested a person of interest “who was hold up inside of a house” in connection with the shooting.

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    This j school has a pretty great Christmas card

    December 17, 2014

    UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism has mailed out its Christmas card, and it’s a good one.

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    The idea for the card came from the school’s new dean, Edward Wasserman, said Roia Ferrazares, assistant dean. It was designed by a student. The card’s free speech theme is a nod to the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, Ferrazares said. It’s meant to be fun, too, and to remind people that journalism is both an important area of study “and important to our democracy.”

    Does your j school or your newsroom have a holiday card worth sharing?

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    The New York Times has been translating its Cuba editorials into Spanish

    December 17, 2014

    TimesEditorial

    In advance of Wednesday’s news that the United States and Cuba are establishing full relations, The New York Times was publishing Spanish versions of its editorials advocating freer diplomatic relations between the two countries.

    The New York Times has written seven Cuba editorials to date, including one that explicitly called on President Barack Obama to end the embargo on Cuba, wrote Ernesto Londoño, who was hired in September by the New York Times to write editorials about foreign affairs.

    All of those were translated into Spanish, Londoño said. Many were “published verbatim, or extensively quoted, in Cuba’s official press,” and were republished or covered by other outlets including the BBC, Univision, Venezuela’s Telesur and El Tiempo.

    “We decided to publish the Cuba editorials in Spanish because we felt it was important to make them accessible to Cubans and readers elsewhere in Latin America,” Londoño wrote. “We’ve been pleased by how much attention and interest they have sparked on the island and among readers whose primary language is Spanish.”

    Londoño wrote that the Times is translating its editorials on “a case-by-case basis when we think doing so gives them significantly broader reach.” This is part of a broader effort to attract more readers globally, he wrote. Read more

    ‘Tomato Can Blues’ author says her job will ‘cease to exist’ at NYT

    December 17, 2014

    Mary Pilon, the award-winning New York Times sports reporter who wrote “Tomato Can Blues,” tweeted Wednesday her job at the paper “is among those that will cease to exist.”

    So. My job at the @NYTimes is among those that will cease to exist. Had a beer, pondering next adventure. Thanks! pic.twitter.com/RKCGmz88Im

    — Mary Pilon (@marypilon) December 17, 2014

    Pilon told Poynter it was “a privilege and an honor to work at The New York Times” in an email.

    “The people make the place and I feel incredibly humbled to have counted myself as a member of the newsroom,” Pilon said. “I’m proud of the work I did there and send nothing but best wishes going forward.”

    In addition to writing the illustrated longread for The Times, Pilon is also the author of “The Monopolists,” a forthcoming book about the history of the game Monopoly, according to her website. Read more