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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 NewsGuild of New York represents nearly 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 President Bill O'Meara presents Hudson News Unit Chair Kazi Islam with the 2015 Keenan Award at the June 29 membership meeting.
Guild President Bill O'Meara presents Hudson News Unit Chair Kazi Islam with the 2015 Keenan Award at the June 29 membership meeting.

Guild President Bill O'Meara presents Hudson News Unit Chair Kazi Islam with the 2015 Keenan Award at the June 29 membership meeting.

Dozens of Guild members at Consumer Reports took their lunch hours in the street on June 26 to protest the layoffs of 11 co-workers in violation of the contract.
Consumer Reports members protest improper layoffs on June 26.

Consumer Reports members protest improper layoffs on June 26.

Guild members at Consumer Reports magazine gather outside the company's Yonkers, NY, headquarter on June 17 to discuss ways of responding to the layoffs of about a dozen co-workers.
Consumer Reports Guild members gather on June 17 to discuss layoffs.

Consumer Reports Guild members gather on June 17 to discuss layoffs.

Reuters stewards from across the country held their annual meeting on June 11.
Reuters Guild stewards held their annual nationwide meeting on June 11.

Reuters Guild stewards held their annual nationwide meeting on June 11.

    Local and Unit News

    Guild members at Consumer Reports protest layoff violations

    June 27, 2015

    CONSUMER REPORTS - Fed up with a new management team that rode roughshod over the contract during a round of layoffs, Consumer Reports Guild members took the the street during their lunch breaks on Friday to spotlight their company's bad behavior and to show solidarity with their 11 targeted Guild colleagues.

    U.S. says it will move against Time Inc. for imposing rules

    June 25, 2015

    TIME INC. - Federal authorities declared their intent to move against Time Inc., after the Guild accused it of labor law violations that have enabled the publishing giant to outsource Guild-represented journalism jobs and cut its staff. A federal complaint, which would come by the end of June if no settlement is reached, would include claims that Time Inc. imposed work rules even though no impasse was reached in bargaining, and that it bypassed the Guild in dealing with some employees.

    Guild's Keenan Award goes to Hudson News Chair Kazi Islam

    June 23, 2015

    LOCAL BULLETIN - Hudson News Unit Chair Kazi Islam, who has worked tirelessly to build a cohesive community among the retail and fast food workers of his sprawling Manhattan bargaining unit, is the New York Guild’s winner of the Guild’s 2015 Keenan Award. The award will be presented at a meeting open to all Guild members on Monday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m.

    After Consumer Reports layoffs, members discuss responses

    June 17, 2015

    CONSUMER REPORTS - About 100 Guild members at Consumer Reports magazine gathered on Wednesday to discuss possible responses to a decision by the company’s new management team to go ahead with the layoffs of a dozen members, even though several aspects of its plan violate the contract.

    Industry News

    Gawker Media alleges ‘serious irregularity’ in Hulk Hogan sex-tape evidence

    July 2, 2015

    Hogan. (AP)

    Hogan. (AP)

    Last week, Gawker Media prevailed in a legal battle it had been waging with the FBI for more than a year.

    A judge ruled that the bureau and another law enforcement agency had to turn over evidence related to an investigation into a sex tape that figures prominently into Gawker’s pending high-stakes lawsuit.

    But during a hearing today, lawyers from Gawker Media expressed concerns about the evidence.

    Representatives from Gawker Media, the FBI and the Executive Office of United States Attorneys appeared before a judge at a United States District Court in Tampa, Florida. The purpose of the hearing was to sort out which documents requested by Gawker under the Freedom of Information Act the law enforcement organizations were legally obligated to turn over. Read more

    This short week on Medium: 5 media stories you may have missed

    July 2, 2015

    It’s a short week, but there has been some good stuff on Medium about journalism and for journalists. In case you missed it, here are five of those stories, including how people first found out about the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, where to find great stock photos and more on a new cartoonist collective:

    June 26, 2015: A snapshot in love: Locals and visitors to San Francisco’s annual Pride Parade share the moment they found out same-sex marriage is now legal in the United States.

    June 29, Alice Yin:

    “I was at home actually. I was at home on the Internet and I read it on Facebook. I cried. I cried and the first thing I did was call my fiancé and say that we could get married in this state.”

    “When are you planning on that?”

    “Beginning of next year.”

    These 39 Sites Have Amazing Stock Photos You Can Use For Free

    July 1, Thomas Oppong:

    It can be insanely hard to find high quality, high-res free stock photos for personal and commercial use.

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    News crew mugged while reporting from a crime scene

    July 2, 2015

    KNTV

    A news crew with KNTV was mugged and pistol-whipped on Thursday morning while reporting from the scene of a crime, the station reported Thursday.

    The brazen attack occurred just before 6 a.m. at Pier 14 in San Francisco, where the reporter and photographer were covering a story about a woman who had been shot to death there the night before.

    As the two were about to go on air, a suspect pulled up to the curb in a black four-door BMW and approached the photographer and pistol-whipped him with a gun, shoved him to the ground, the photographer and reporter said. The suspect then grabbed the photographer’s camera gear, and as he was struggling to get it inside his getaway car, returned to pistol whip the photographer again, the news crew reported.

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    Court orders Gawker Media v. Hulk Hogan trial date canceled

    July 2, 2015

    A Florida appellate court ruled Thursday that a legal showdown between Gawker Media and Hulk Hogan will no longer take place on Monday because a lower court overlooked a legal rule when scheduling the trial date.

    The ruling, issued by Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal, states that a circuit court erred when it set a July 6 trial date because it didn’t allow for enough time to pass between the last motion related to the case and the trial date. From the ruling:

    Although we easily understand why Bollea and the circuit court went to lengths to preserve the July 6 trial date, their efforts were futile from the outset — by the time the court entered its June 19 order scheduling the trial for July 6, the window for doing so had been closed for weeks.

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