David Carr, New York Times media writer extraordinaire and a Guild member, died suddenly on Feb. 12 at 58.
Local and Unit News
March 24, 2015
THOMSON REUTERS - Guild members say that employment security and work-life balance are among their greatest concerns but management only wants to talk about “true economic” issues, chiefly their proposal to shift more of the economic risk of health care onto employees. As if sharply differing views aren’t enough of a hurdle, delays and gaps by management in providing the Guild with needed information add to the difficulty.
March 19, 2015
TIMES - After losing 15 union officers in the buyouts of late 2014, The Times unit of the Guild has rejuvenated its network of union activists, as a dozen members were elected unit vice chairpersons, and two existing vice chairpersons were elected to higher positions on what is now a 48-member Unit Council. In addition, there were two more recent nominations.
March 11, 2015
TIMES - New York Guild President Bill O’Meara is pleased to announce that the union and The Times have settled disputes and avoided arbitration over all 14 Guild members who initially challenged their layoffs of late last year through the contract’s grievance process. Six others who were laid off had decided not to grieve their dismissals.
March 5, 2015
STANDARD & POOR'S - Three Guild-represented employees received 60-day relocation layoff notices on Tuesday because their jobs are being relocated to an S&P facility in Denver. In an effort to save the jobs of any or all of the targeted Guild members, the union is seeking other employees who are interested in volunteering to leave the company with a severance package.
March 31, 2015
Tucker Carlson, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller, has weighed in on the vulgar email his brother, Buckley Carlson, accidentally sent a spokesperson for New York mayor Bill de Blasio.
In an interview with Real Clear Politics, Carlson said he refused to criticize his brother in public when asked for comment by various media organizations and wouldn’t do so even if “my brother committed a mass murder.”
He’s my brother. Period. Under no circumstances will I criticize my family in public. Ever. Ever. That’s the rule, and I’m not breaking it.
Carlson also called BuzzFeed, the outlet that broke the story, “crap the kids like” and told Real Clear Politics he doesn’t read it.
March 31, 2015
On Tuesday, just days after introducing its Meerkat rival Periscope, Twitter rolled out its potential rival to Storify: Curator, a new product designed to enable media publishers and eventually lay users to search the flood of tweets and vines in the Twitterverse, filter them by content or author, curate them, and package them into a coherent storyline.
With Curator, media organizations can now create more complex hashtag and keyword search queries, filter the search results by location or the high number of followers, and assemble them into collections of tweets and vines that most directly pertain to a breaking news event, high-profile press conference, or an ongoing March Madness game. As Twitter spokesperson Matt Dennebaum wrote on the company’s media blog:
Curator was built to allow media publishers to search, filter and curate Twitter content that can then be displayed on web, mobile and TV.
March 31, 2015
When Twitter launched its its new live-streaming video app Periscope on Thursday — the same day that its rival Meerkat announced $14 million in new funding — tech journos immediately scrambled to size the two up head-to-head, for both consumers and journalists hoping to use the apps to enhance their news coverage. And so far, a large number of reviews are strongly leaning in Periscope’s favor.
Many reviewers cited numerous advantages Periscope has over Meerkat — advantages that could prove decisive. Whereas Meerkat’s streams vanish from the your network of followers once the user stops recording, Periscope automatically saves streams for your followers for almost 24 hours, offering viewers who didn’t stumble upon the clip as it was being shot a chance to watch it even if they’ve only heard about the piece a few hours after the stream was live. Read more
March 31, 2015
Wednesday is April Fools’ Day, which means we’ll likely stay busy here covering two kinds of stories: News sites that were tricked by tricky tricksters and news sites that did the tricking.
Here are three quick tips on how to navigate the day. (And please let us know what you’re up to and what you’re seeing tomorrow!)
1. Slow down.
2. Do not trust college publications.
Don’t do it. This is their day. They’re already at it.
3. Maybe don’t participate.
Pulling jokes on readers can backfire. Do not mess with your readers tomorrow. Read more