Betsy Wade, a NewsGuild icon, passes away at 91

Betsy Wade, a NewsGuild icon, passed away on Thursday. She was 91 years old.

Wade was the first woman president of the NewsGuild of New York, the first woman to edit news copy for the New York Times, and she was the lead plaintiff in a groundbreaking sex discrimination complaint filed against the paper in 1974.

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Journalists of L.A. Times win a decisive victory for pay equity

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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On Latina Equal Pay Day, NewsGuild members demand fairness

Nov. 22, 2019 – Members of The NewsGuild-CWA called out the nation’s media executives and other “masters of the universe” on Nov. 20, demanding equal pay for Latinas and other women and people of color. Designated Latina Equal Pay Day, the date symbolizes the fact that, on average, Latinas must work 11 months into 2019 to catch up to what white men earned by the end of 2018. Continue reading “On Latina Equal Pay Day, NewsGuild members demand fairness”

A Study of Pay at the Washington Post

This article first appeared on the website of Washington Post Guild.

Nov. 8, 2019 – Washington Post employees work hard every day to ensure that our company is a leader in the journalism industry. Members of our company’s union, The Washington Post Newspaper Guild, believe The Post should also lead the way in how it treats its staff.

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Journalist Shirley Chrisholm with Gen. Augusto Pinochet

Readers of AP’s articles were getting virtually all their news from one group: white men.

This article by NewsGuild International Chairperson Martha Waggoner was first published on June 27, 2019, by Poynter.

July 3, 2019 – It happened more than 50 years ago, but Peggy Simpson remembers the details clearly.

After the excitement of the early days of the trial of Jack Ruby, covered by male reporters, she had handled the daily grind. She would work the overnight shift at the Dallas bureau of The Associated Press, go home to shower and head to the courtroom. But on the day the case of the man accused of killing President Kennedy’s assassin went to the jury, she arrived to find another reporter in her seat – a man. Continue reading “Readers of AP’s articles were getting virtually all their news from one group: white men.”

NewsGuild members demand ‘Equal Pay Now!’

April 3, 2019 – Members of The NewsGuild-CWA called out the nation’s media executives on April 2, demanding equal pay for women and people of color. Designated “Equal Pay Day,” the date symbolized the fact that women must work well into 2019 to catch up to what men earned in 2018. For women of color it will take longer to catch up – much longer.

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