New Jersey Media Unites and Unionizes

Editorial employees at three Gannett publications are standing together to fight for local news and address long-standing newsroom issues.  

Journalists at three Gannett-owned New Jersey publications — the Bergen Record, the Daily Record and the NJ Herald — announced that they are unionizing with the NewsGuild of New York local on Wednesday. With nearly 90% of eligible staffers signed on, the Record Guild has requested voluntary recognition from management.  

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Seeking more local control, Springfield journalists announce they’re forming a union

Jan. 7, 2020 – The journalists of Springfield, Missouri’s leading newspaper took action to get some local control over local news on Monday: They announced they’re forming a union. Continue reading “Seeking more local control, Springfield journalists announce they’re forming a union”

NewsGuild asks Gannett board to report on its commitment to journalism

Dec. 17, 2019 – Members of the NewsGuild-CWA have submitted a shareholders’ proposal to Gannett’s Board of Directors asking the company to prepare an annual “journalism report” detailing its commitment to its core product – news. Continue reading “NewsGuild asks Gannett board to report on its commitment to journalism”

NewsGuild-CWA: GateHouse-Gannett Deal Threatens Journalism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 8, 2019  

Washington, D.C. – The merger of GateHouse Media and Gannett poses a threat to journalism, an analysis by The NewsGuild-CWA shows.

“This merger will hurt the communities these media organizations serve,” said NewsGuild President Bernie Lunzer. “To fund the merger, local papers will likely disappear, jobs will be slashed, and journalism will suffer.” Continue reading “NewsGuild-CWA: GateHouse-Gannett Deal Threatens Journalism”

Facing Gannett, GateHouse Merger, NewsGuild Renews Commitment to Save Local News

For Immediate Release, Aug. 5, 2019

 Contact: Sally Davidow
(202) 434-1162

Bernie Lunzer
(202) 258-3231

Aug. 5, 2019 – The NewsGuild-CWA is watching with concern the announced acquisition Monday of Gannett by New Media Investment Group, the owner of GateHouse Media.

In recent years, news company mergers have resulted in a degradation of news coverage and a reduction of jobs. Mergers like this one have resulted in the creation of news deserts and the reduction of coverage of high school sports, city council meetings, and the watchdog function news organizations play in American society.

In the face of the merger, The NewsGuild is renewing its commitment to fight for journalism that enables communities to hold local government and business accountable, that tells the stories of neighborhoods and unites the people. The NewsGuild is determined to save local news. Continue reading “Facing Gannett, GateHouse Merger, NewsGuild Renews Commitment to Save Local News”

On World Press Freedom Day, NewsGuild members say, ‘Save Local News’

Check out photos of NewsGuild-CWA members fighting to Save Local News on World Press Freedom Day, May 3.

May 7, 2019 – NewsGuild members at DFM and Gannett newspapers marked the day with rallies in Denver and Detroit and lit up the Twittersphere using the hashtag #SaveLocalNews. Continue reading “On World Press Freedom Day, NewsGuild members say, ‘Save Local News’”