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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.

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 negotiators review Thomson Reuters opening proposal on Sept. 10.
Guild negotiators review Thomson Reuters opening proposal on Sept. 10.

Guild negotiators review Thomson Reuters opening proposal on Sept. 10.

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.

Illegally fired El Diario employees Annette Santiago (l) and Rosa Murphy (r) were among those speaking to the press from the steps of City Hall with the support of New York's labor and Latino communities.
Former El Diario employees on the steps of City Hall at Guild press conference.

Former El Diario employees on the steps of City Hall at Guild press conference.

Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely briefs press about El Diario on Aug. 19.
Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely briefs press about El Diario on Aug. 19.

Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely briefs press about El Diario on Aug. 19.

    Local and Unit News

    Times targets 100 in newsroom buyout; bonus for veterans

    September 30, 2014

    TIMES - Times management is offering all Guild-covered Newsroom and Editorial Department employees with at least five years of service a buyout that would be its richest package ever for veterans with at least 20 years under their belts. Management said the buyout offer, which followed discussions with the Guild, is aimed at cutting 100 Guild-covered and nonunion workers from the staff.

    Guild sets employee meeting on talks; contract vote possible

    September 25, 2014

    TIME INC. - The Guild will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 30 to update Time Inc. employees about contract negotiations. While Guild negotiators hope to make progress in a bargaining sessesion with management set for  Monday, it is possible that management will stand by its current "last, best and final” offer and that we may ask members to vote on it.

    S&P tells five employees it plans to subcontract their jobs

    September 24, 2014

    STANDARD & POOR'S - Five Guild-represented employees who do billing-related work in the Order to Cash Department of S&P’s Ratings Services were given 90 days' notice on Sept. 10 of the company’s intent to subcontract their work to Genpact in India. The Guild and S&P are currently reviewing and discussing alternatives to the proposal from Genpact, to which S&P sent other work in 2012.

    Time Inc., after declaring impasse, agrees to meet Monday

    September 23, 2014

    TIME INC. - A fair amount has been reported over the past few days about the state of contract negotiations between the Guild and Time Inc., some of it accurate and some of it not. Here are some checked facts. First of all, it was not the Guild that declared impasse in the talks, as one news organization reported. Secondly, management has agreed to meet this coming Monday.

    Industry News

    NYT has more readers, more ad revenue and — soon — fewer journalists

    October 2, 2014

    Good morning. Happy Sting’s Birthday, everybody. Here are 10 media stories.

    1. Some perspective on the planned NYT staff cuts: “When the buyouts/layoffs are done, the New York Times will have nearly twice the number of staffers as the Washington Post’s 650-strong operation, instead of more than twice as many.” (WP) | For vets, the buyout deal is much sweeter than what any layoffs will offer. (Newspaper Guild of N.Y.) | Killer Ken Doctor quote: “Doctor describes the current state of newspapers as ‘continuing grimness, but manageable grimness.’” (Text bolded in case you need a name for a Smiths cover band, or maybe a tattoo idea.) (USA Today) | More Ken Doctor: “The big bright spot is obscured by that big layoff number: a 16 percent increase in Q3 digital revenue, compared to 3.4 percent up in Q2 and 2.2 percent up in Q1.” Also: “The Times has more paying readers today than in 1999.
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    Today in media history: In 1939 Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson became one of the first female CBS broadcast journalists

    October 2, 2014

    Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson, one of the first female CBS broadcast journalists, was born on October 2, 1905. At the beginning of World War II she served as part of Edward R. Murrow’s team for the CBS radio program, “World News Roundup.”

    In the following 1940 audio recording she reports on Adolf Hitler.

    The following excerpt comes from a Library of Congress exhibit.

    “When World War II broke out in 1939, freelance photojournalist Marvin
    Breckinridge Patterson took the first pictures of a London air-raid
    shelter
    . She was, however, new to radio when friend Edward R. Murrow
    hired her as the first female staff broadcaster in Europe for CBS.

    ….One of only a handful of American women in Europe working in radio,
    Patterson was among the first correspondents to use a new short-wave
    transmitter to broadcast on location.

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    Here’s how to use Snapchat (and how not to use Snapchat)

    October 1, 2014

    One packed session from ONA14 was Mobile Bootcamp: Snapchat. Masuma Ahuja, digital editor of The Washington Post, led the session on the social tool that doesn’t drive traffic to stories. Instead, it helps reporters and news organizations build and be part of communities.

    Before we get any further, a quick primer on Snapchat: Here are the basics on getting started (and what all those icons mean.)

    Now, let’s start with how not to use Snapchat:

    – Don’t think it’s like anything else.

    “It’s not Twitter, it’s not Instagram,” Ahuja said.

    Instead, people have to accept an invitation from you, and you then become part of their selected group.

    “I think of it as building a community there,” Ahuja said. “They treat us as their weird friend who talks about politics.”

    On Instagram, she said, you can see you’re one of 20,000.… Read more

    Why is Ebola capitalized? And how do you say it?

    October 1, 2014

    FILE – This undated file image made available by the CDC shows the Ebola Virus. As a deadly Ebola outbreak continues in West Africa, health officials are working to calm fears that the virus easily spreads, while encouraging those with symptoms to get medical care. (AP Photo/CDC, File)

    After all, flu isn’t capitalized, and neither are chickenpox or measles.

    Here’s why:

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    According to the World Health Organization, Ebola “first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.”

    And how do you pronounce it?… Read more