Nov. 6, 2017 – NewsGuild members at papers owned by Digital First Media (DFM) expanded a coordinated campaign in recent weeks by exposing the devastating effect that Alden Global Capital, the hedge fund that controls DFM, has had on local news coverage and journalists’ jobs.
Workers at DFM’s 12 unionized papers recently unleashed two separate two-day Twitter storms to call attention to the corrosive effect of Alden’s management of the papers: Layoffs at twice the industry average. Gutting the papers’ assets by selling buildings and equipment. Entire communities left without news coverage. Continue reading “DFM Workers Expand Coordinated Campaign”
Nov. 3, 2017 – Statement by NewsGuild-CWA President Bernie Lunzer on the Closure of Gothamist and DNAInfo:
Word that billionaire owner Joe Ricketts closed news sites Gothamist and DNAInfo one week after workers voted to unionize is alarming and outrageous. Unions add quality and sustainability, which also translates into profitability. Retaliating against employees seeking a voice at work is wrong and illegal. We stand with all workers who form and join unions to improve their lives, their work and their organizations.
Oct. 27, 2017 – Employees of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser rallied to “save Hawaii news” on Oct. 26, protesting layoffs at the paper and the devastating effect they will have on news coverage. Sign their petition. Continue reading “Journalists, Supporters Rally to ‘Save Hawaii News’”
Oct. 26, 2017 – A new brochure for distribution to new and potential NewsGuild members is now available. The brochure, The NewsGuild-CWA, The Voice for Journalists in the Digital Age, is ideal for any local that wishes to increase membership and improve participation, as well as for people who are not affiliated with the Guild but who are interested in learning about the organization. Continue reading “Say hello to the Guild”
Letter Protests Arrest of Journalists; Excessive Force
Oct. 25, 2017 – The NewsGuild-CWA has joined the Committee to Protect Journalists and 17 other organizations in writing to the mayor of St. Louis to express concern about the arrest and mistreatment of journalists covering protests in the city in recent weeks. Continue reading “Press Freedom Groups Send ‘Letter of Concern’ to St. Louis Mayor”
Oct. 18, 2017 – The NewsGuild-CWA has developed cards and stickers to promote the Right2Report campaign.
The Real Reporters, Real News card outlines how Guild members produce accurate, quality journalism.
Right2Report stickers feature the campaign logo (above).
Order them Guild@cwa-union.org. Include your name, local, title (if any), the quantity you want of each item, and a mailing address. Continue reading “Right2Report Swag Available”
Oct. 17, 2017 – The Communications Workers of America called on the Federal Communications Commission to more fully investigate the causes of unethical sale practices that result in cramming and slamming – a serious problem across the telecommunications industry. This is a critical step in developing effective consumer protections that apply to all voice communications providers, whether traditional landline, interconnected VoIP or wireless, CWA said.
Continue reading “CWA Calls on FCC to Investigate Harmful Corporate Sales Practices in Telecom Industry”
Oct. 17, 2017 – The NewsGuild-CWA joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and other organizations in filing a friend-of-the-court brief challenging the constitutionality of the national security letter (NSL) statute, which grants the FBI the power to demand customer records from electronic communication service providers and impose gag orders banning providers from disclosing any details of the NSLs they receive.
Continue reading “Guild Joins Challenge to Gag Orders on Gov’t Requests for Info”
Oct. 12, 2017 – NewsGuild-CWA members at The Associated Press Washington Bureau pressed their demands for a fair contract as they greeted managers and Guild colleagues outside a dinner organized by the AP on Oct. 10. The dinner coincided with an editors’ conference. Continue reading “AP Employees Press Demand for a Fair Contract”
Oct. 11, 2017 – The NewsGuild-CWA joined 48 media organizations in filing a friend-of-the-court brief on Oct. 6 in support of a New York Times reporter who is seeking to quash a subpoena for her testimony and notes from a jailhouse interview with Conrado Juarez, who is on trial for the murder of “Baby Hope.” The reporter, Frances Robles, is a member of The NewsGuild-CWA’s New York chapter, The NewsGuild of New York.
Continue reading “Guild Joins Coalition Opposing Subpoena of NY Times Reporter”