Judges: The Reports of the Death of Journalism are Greatly Exaggerated
Anyone who reads the works of the winners of the Freedom awards for 2015 would see the state of reporting is not sad, but amazing. At a ceremony held December 7, 2016, reporter Terrence McCoy was awarded a plaque and a $5,000 check for winning the Heywood Broun award for a Washington Post series, “Freddy Gray’s Life a Study on the Effect of Lead Paint on Poor Blacks.” Continue reading “TNG-CWA Freedom Fund Awards Ceremony”
The Canadian Media Guild won an election at Corus Quay. The vote was held after Shaw Media was bought by Corus and the two companies were merged. The television unit is made up of Master Control, Broadcast Technology and INR employees. About a third of the new unit were employees of Shaw. Negotiations for a collective agreement for the combined group will begin shortly.
The Star Tribune unit of the Minnesota Newspaper & Communications Guild held a Diversity Dialogue featuring speakers from the Islamic Resource Group. The presentation was called Islam 101 and the two presenters explained the basic prin- ciples of the Muslim faith, cultural practices, and issues Muslims face. The event was held less than one week before the November elections, for a standing room only crowd of about 50 people. It was a great success for the local’s newly formed Diversity Committee.
I want to thank Janelle Hartman for all of her work at The NewsGuild-CWA — she brought a splendid mix of news to The Guild Reporter and helped advance the message that, gosh darn it, we’re a good and vital union. She pumped up our Twitter and Facebook accounts and did an excellent job of bringing our message to folks who didn’t even know who we were. We wish her great happiness and success. She bleeds union values and cares deeply about our members. Good luck Janelle.
For journalists who take it as their mission to shape the public discourse, impartiality and skepticism are job requirements.
For those reasons, you’ll never see me endorse a political candidate publicly. I belong to no political party, nor have I ever contributed money to any campaign. I believe journalists should strenuously avoid partisanship, whether they cover the arts or city hall. Read the Full Essay
In a letter to the Department of Justice Acting Attorney General, “The Executive Council of The NewsGuild-CWA calls for the immediate production of any evidence or grounds for detaining the six journalists who were arrested during the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017. If no evidence supporting these detentions is produced, The NewsGuild demands that all charges against them be dropped. Further, all personnel involved in policing public protests should be trained in the fundamental necessity — and legally protected right — of a free press to perform its duties without harassment or interference.” https://goo.gl/f9bKGw