The date of the Midwest District Council meeting listed in the Spring 2018 issue of the Guild Reporter was incorrect. A correct list of scheduled meetings is below. Continue reading “NewsGuild Day Book”
LANDSLIDE! L.A. Times Workers Vote Overwhelmingly for Union
Feb. 23, 2018 – Newsroom employees at the Los Angeles Times voted 248-44 to join The NewsGuild-CWA in January, ending 136 years of unfettered rule by management. Those voting in favor of the union captured 85 percent of the vote. Continue reading “LANDSLIDE! L.A. Times Workers Vote Overwhelmingly for Union”
Dangerous Times for Journalists
Feb. 23, 2018 – Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was imprisoned in Iran for 545 days in 2015 and 2016, said 2017 was the most dangerous year ever for journalists. He warned that 2018 could be even worse. Continue reading “Dangerous Times for Journalists”
NewsGuild Supports Journalist Protection Act
Feb. 23, 2018 – The NewsGuild-CWA is supporting a bill that would make it a federal crime to assault a journalist. (See President’s Column.)
The Journalist Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Eric Swalwell of California in February, addresses a real need, said NewsGuild President Bernie Lunzer. Continue reading “NewsGuild Supports Journalist Protection Act”
Why We Support the Journalist Protection Act
This OpEd appeared in HuffPost in February, under the headline, What Happens When a Journalist Gets Beat Up? Too Often, Not Much.
By Bernie Lunzer, President, TNG-CWA
Feb. 23, 2018 – Taylor Lorenz was covering the August 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., for The Hill — and had just captured video of Heather Heyer being struck and killed by a car driven by one of the attendees — when she was knocked to the ground. Continue reading “Why We Support the Journalist Protection Act”
Union Condemns Arrest, Assaults of Guild Members
Feb. 23, 2018 – The NewsGuild-CWA condemned the arrest of Michael Faulk, a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who was covering protests in the city in September when he was arrested. Continue reading “Union Condemns Arrest, Assaults of Guild Members”
After 6 Acquittals, Charges Linger for Others in Inauguration Day Protests
Feb. 23, 2018 – Press freedom advocates won an important victory when photojournalist Alexei Wood was found not guilty of charges stemming from Inauguration Day protests. Five other defendants were also exonerated, and charges were subsequently dropped against 129 others who were awaiting prosecution.
But charges are still pending against 59 people, including Aaron Cantú, a freelance journalist now working for the Santa Fe Reporter. His work has appeared in The Nation, The Guardian, The Baffler and VICE News. Continue reading “After 6 Acquittals, Charges Linger for Others in Inauguration Day Protests”
Facing Death Threats, Mexican Journalist Seeks Asylum; Justice for Myanmar Reporters
Feb. 23, 2018 – The U.S. government has agreed to reconsider the asylum petition of a Mexican journalist who faces near-certain death if he is forced to return to Mexico.
The decision by the Bureau of Immigration Appeals follows a campaign by more than 20 press freedom organizations, including the Guild, supporting Emilio Gutierrez’s request for asylum. Continue reading “Facing Death Threats, Mexican Journalist Seeks Asylum; Justice for Myanmar Reporters”
Defending the Right to Report In Court
Feb. 23, 2018 – The Guild joined free press organizations in submitting friend-of-the-court briefs in several important cases, including one involving a Guild member. Continue reading “Defending the Right to Report In Court”
Click Goals: The pressure is always there.
By Martha Waggoner, NewsGuild International Chairperson
Feb. 23, 2018 – When sports reporter Jeff Gordon arrives at the office of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the first thing he sees is a monitor that lists stories based on their popularity or the number of clicks they receive.
And while the newspaper and its unionized newsroom don’t have any official click — or page view — goals, everyone wants their story at the top of the list. Continue reading “Click Goals: The pressure is always there.”