Earlier today, I wrote to Randall D. Smith, a Tribune director and the principal of Alden Global Capital, urging him to condemn the recent assault on the U.S. Capitol by the supporters of President Donald J. Trump. I also called on him to denounce the president for inciting that assault, to condemn the attack on journalists perpetuated by the rioters and the president; and to apologize for his financial support of Trump.
Mr. Smith and his wife contributed $100,000 in 2019 to the Trump Victory Fund in August 2019.
Smith has major media interests through Alden Global Capital’s 70% ownership stake in MediaNews Group and its 31.6% stake in Tribune Publishing. Alden also owns 1.8% of Gannett Co. and 5.9% of Lee Enterprises. The hedge fund tried unsuccessfully to purchase McClatchy Co. in August 2020, with plans to cut hundreds of journalists from local news.
It’s absolutely unimaginable that Smith would continue to stand by someone who incited an insurrection and has attacked journalists and factual news for the last five years.
Read the letter here.
Photo: Uprising against Alden in Denver, courtesy of John Leyba.
We saw a violent mob attack the U.S. Capitol last week. During the insurrection the mob also targeted journalists: they stole and destroyed equipment, threatened reporters and scrawled “Murder the Media” on a door inside the building.
In response to right-wing messages calling for attacking journalists and planning violence at state capitals, the NewsGuild and other journalism organizations are providing resources for journalists and other media professionals working during this difficult time.
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Yesterday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was a threat to our democracy and an assault on our country’s press freedoms.
Continue reading “A disgrace to our democracy”
As the president of our union, I’m responsible for improving our culture and eliminating barriers that make it difficult for survivors of harassment to come forward. I do not equivocate when I say as a member-led democratic union we have zero tolerance for harassment in any form and that must be woven into the fabric of all that we do.
But it’s clear that — even with a steadfast commitment to create and maintain a safe workplace — our policies and our own culture must improve.
Continue reading “No place for harassment in our union”
Nov. 12, 2020 – The journalists of the Los Angeles Times have won a victory for pay equity: Owners of the Times and Tribune Publishing agreed to pay $3 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that women and journalists of color were paid less than their white male counterparts. The settlement was announced Tuesday.
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In a pair of interviews with Midday on WYPR, journalism advocates warned of the dangers facing communities that lose access to local news.
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Editor’s note: The statement below was issued by the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh on Sept. 27, 2020.
Michael A. Fuoco has voluntarily resigned his position as president of the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh effective immediately. Continue reading “Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh statement on the resignation of Michael Fuoco”
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September 2, 2020
There’s been no slowdown in Guild news during this summer’s pandemic as every week brings new challenges for us to fight and new units for us to represent.
The big news was in Pittsburgh, where the Post-Gazette newsroom voted 88-31 last month to call a strike – joining three other CWA units at the paper, who also voted in favor of striking.
Authorization for the Guild local to strike is now in the hands of the Guild Executive Council and the CWA Executive Board. President Chris Shelton, in consultation with vice presidents and local leaders, picks the strike date.
Continue reading “Newsletter: Pittsburgh members vote to strike, job opening and more organizing”