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Providence Guild Joins Others in Standing Up to Gatehouse

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:22pm
Dean OlsenSeptember 17, 2014Springfield Unit, United Media Guild

United Media Guild members in Springfield, Ill., want members in Providence to know that they understand and sympathize with the battle they face now that Gatehouse owns the Providence Journal. That's because Gatehouse also owns Springfield's State Journal-Register, among other Guild-represented papers. The Springfield unit is in negotiations for its first contract with GateHouse, "seeking job protections, fair treatment in the workplace and a fair pay scale. We support our union brothers and sisters in Providence, Rhode Island, in their fight for many of the same things," Springfield Unit Chair Dean Olsen writes. Last week, Providence members lined the hallway outside a meeting room where a bargaining session regarding GateHouse Media’s ownership transition was being held. Members who are targeted for layoff in early 2015 each held signs marking his or her individual layoff date. Most will be losing employment due to GateHouse’s plan to outsource their jobs to the company’s central Design House in Austin, Texas.

After 19-Year Battle, Huge Win for CWA at American Airlines

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 2:47pm
StaffSeptember 16, 2014CWA

 

WASHINGTON — 9,000 American Airlines passenger service agents, after a 19-year struggle, joined together today in a vote with the members of the US Airways CWA-IBT Association to form a new bargaining unit of 14,500 agents at American Airlines. It is the largest labor organizing victory in the South in decades. 

Three-quarters of the agents work in Texas, North Carolina, Florida and Arizona and 2,300 are home-based reservations agents.   By an 86 percent vote, airport and reservations agents overwhelmingly chose representation by the Communications Workers of America-Teamsters Association in the National Mediation Board election; results of the vote were announced this afternoon. US Airways and American Airlines merged to form the New American Airlines in 2013.   The vote clearly shows that workers who can make a fair choice about union representation want bargaining rights. New American agents are concentrated in southern states, and work at diverse locations, including large and smaller airports, call centers and at home. Across every group, they voted for bargaining rights and union representation.   Richard Shaughnessy has been an agent at Miami International Airport for 27 years and has been a leader of the American agents’ fight for a voice and bargaining rights.    “The merger between American Airlines and US Airways is an exciting time for all of us. But even more exciting is our victory today,” he said. “We’re the front line employees who interact with our customers every day, and we are looking forward to a positive relationship with management to make this merger ‘work’ for all of us. We are anxious to get to the bargaining table.”   Carroll Locklear is a home based reservations agent in Texas. “I’ve been with American Airlines for 18 years and through all of those years I have been praying for this day. We have been the odd employees out for so long, because we were the only employees without union representation. Gone are the days that management can take what want when they want. This will be  a win-win for all of us,” Locklear said.   “We feel stronger now with this vote,” Eula Smith, a customer service agent in Charlotte, said. “I’m a 60-year-old woman with 42 years with this employer. You can’t live in the South and make a decent wage unless you are in senior management in a corporation or belong to a union. We need this. We need not just a union, we need CWA.”    Ken Grunwald is a 23-year-reservations agent, working at the call center in North Carolina. “I’m proud to remember everyone over the years who worked so hard for our union voice, who never gave up in the face of adversity, and who gave their blood, sweat and tears so that we would have the opportunity to celebrate this victory today. It’s a victory for all American Airlines employees! I’m so excited to think that we will finally be able to negotiate a legally binding contract. We now all have each other’s ‘back,’“ Grunwald said.   Vickey Hoots has been a US Airways reservations agent at the Winston-Salem N.C., cell center for 29 years. “This win was a long time in coming, at American Airlines, just as it was  at US Airways. I’m so proud of all our members and we’re excited that we will be able to negotiate the industry leading contract that our members deserve,” Hoots said.   Janet Elston, an agent at Dallas International Airport, says, “19 years ago, a handful of agents started a drive to obtain representation for AA airport and reservations agents. Many hundreds of activists have spent thousands of hours over the years to get us to today’s election result. They never wavered and never, ever gave up. We have finally achieved what most thought was impossible: union representation for our work group. Now we’ll begin a new working relationship with our company, with a legal binding contract.”   US Airways agents have been CWA members since 2000. US Airways merged with America West in 2005; passenger service agents at the former America West had organized with the IBT in 2004. After the merger, the CWA and the IBT formed the Airline Customer Service Employee Association, CWA-IBT.   CWA represents 700,000 working men and women in telecommunications; media; airlines; the public; health care and education sector; and manufacturing.  

Settled Grievances a Financial Win for 14 at Post-Dispatch

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:35am
Jeff GordonSeptember 16, 2014United Media Guild

Two United Media Guild's grievances on behalf of seven journalists and seven ad salespeople have led to financial settlements for all 14. The union fought for higher pay for copy editors and against penalties for salespeople that were taking away money earned on the print side if they failed to make digital-side goals.

RCFP: Interfere with Access to Information and We'll Sue You

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:45am
Jonathan PetersSeptember 16, 2014CJR

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has hired its first litigation director, Katie Townsend (pictured), to bring lawsuits around the country in cases that affect access to information for the press and public. Although the RCFP has provided legal assistance to journalists for nearly 45 years—developing media law guides, filing amicus briefs, issuing statements, answering questions, making referrals to outside counsel—not since the 1980s has the RCFP itself been active as a litigant. It is re-entering that arena now to help fill a void created as news outlets, strapped for resources, have retreated from some legal battles. “It’s in our blood,” said Bruce Brown, the group’s executive director. “This type of work is part of our history and mission, and now we’re doing all we can to enhance it—to use our expertise to ensure that journalists can gather and report the news without interference.”

FBI Warned Foleys of Prosecution if They Paid Son's Ransom

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:38am
Rukmini CallimachiSeptember 16, 2014The New York Times

The email appeared in Michael Foley’s inbox a year after his brother James disappeared on a reporting trip in northern Syria. His captors wanted money. Cautiously hopeful, Michael Foley and his parents, John and Diane, turned over the email to the FBI agent assigned to their case. The agent provided general guidance but also some stern warnings: The United States would never trade prisoners for hostages, nor would it under any circumstances pay ransom. Moreover, the government told the Foleys that it was a crime for private citizens to pay off terrorists. More important, in retrospect, was what the F.B.I. did not tell the family: Mr. Foley was being held alongside a dozen Europeans, whose countries have a history of paying ransoms. Those countries quickly negotiated the release of their citizens in exchange for cash.

Dramatic First Few Months for Dean Baquet at the NY Times

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:31am
Lloyd GroveSeptember 16, 2014The New York Times

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet talks with The Daily Beast about Jill Abramson, race, surviving cancer and his fear for war-zone journalists today. “My biggest concern is how to cover the world right now when it’s really dangerous,” he says, adding that as veteran correspondents rotate home from war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, he’s going to need younger, equally brave but prudent reporters to take their place. “How the hell are we going to cover what is a new, heightened U.S. intervention in a region in which the enemies of the U.S. have proven that they do really bad things to journalists? That’s the thing that keeps me most awake at night.”

Finally! Justice for NABET Members Fired from CNN in 2003

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 7:23pm
StaffSeptember 15, 2014CWA

After 11 years, CNN employees finally have a measure of justice. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Monday found “overwhelming” evidence of anti-union animus at the cable news giant and ordered it to “make whole” more than 300 employees who lost their jobs and the benefits of union representation in the wake of the company’s phony reorganization scheme to get rid of unionized workers. "On behalf of our CNN members in Washington, D.C. and New York City, the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications Workers of America (NABET-CWA) is grateful for today's decision by the National Labor Relations Board,” said NABET-CWA President Jim Joyce. “These workers have waited far too long for this measure of justice to finally be delivered and have suffered far too much as the result of these unlawful activities. CNN should finally do the right thing now and immediately comply with the orders of the National Labor Relations Board issued today.

Justice at CNN after 11 years

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:34pm
September 15, 2014

For Immediate Release: Sept. 14, 2014
Contact: CWA Communications, 202-434-1168

Justice At CNN After 11 Years

WASHINGTON -- After 11 years, CNN employees finally have a measure of justice. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Monday found “overwhelming” evidence of anti-union animus at the cable news giant and ordered it to “make whole” more than 300 employees who lost their jobs and the benefits of union representation in the wake of the company’s phony reorganization scheme to get rid of unionized workers.

"On behalf of our CNN members in Washington, D.C. and New York City, the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications Workers of America (NABET-CWA) is grateful for today's decision by the National Labor Relations Board,” said NABET-CWA President Jim Joyce. “These workers have waited far too long for this measure of justice to finally be delivered and have suffered far too much as the result of these unlawful activities. CNN should finally do the right thing now and immediately comply with the orders of the National Labor Relations Board issued today."

CWA President Larry Cohen said, “All of us in CWA should be proud of our work and the coalition that helped support senate confirmation of the NLRB members in July 2013. Without a functioning NLRB this decision would never have been possible. But today belongs to the 300 technicians and their families, and our hearts and minds are with them.” 

The NLRB ordered that CNN rehire about 100 workers and compensate 200 more employees, who continued to work at the company without the benefits of a union contract, on the order of tens of millions of dollars.

CNN is required to restore any bargaining unit work that was outsourced since the end of the contracts. The company also must recognize the employees’ union and resume bargaining with NABET-CWA Local 11 and NABET-CWA Local 31.

“Today is a good day to stand up straight,” said Tyrone Riggs, who lost his job in 2003. “I never gave up hope. I never waived. I knew justice would prevail.”

In December 2003, CNN terminated its longstanding technical subcontracting relationship at Team Video Services (TVS), a firm which had employed NABET-CWA-represented workers in Washington, D.C. and New York City. The union immediately filed unfair labor practice charges with the NLRB, which, due to various delays, were not brought to trial before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the NLRB for almost five years.

Finally, in November 2008, after 72 days of trial, the ALJ ruled against CNN and in favor of NABET-CWA. The ALJ found, in part, that CNN had engaged in “widespread and egregious misconduct” and had demonstrated “a flagrant and general disregard for the employees’ fundamental rights.” The ALJ’s 169-page decision ordered the employer to take seven basic actions to remedy the widespread violations of the National Labor Relations Act. ­

Yet, CNN ignored the decision and delayed justice further by appealing the ALJ’s ruling. Two years later, in October 2010, CWA filed another motion with the NLRB, calling on the board to give this case priority over all other pending cases.

In 2013, the company took its obstruction a step further by challenging the NLRB’s legal authority, after a federal appeals court created uncertainty over recess appointments of three members to the NLRB.
 
Delays in the case took a terrible toll on workers who have lost their homes, gone bankrupt and struggled to pay their medical bills while they awaited justice. And this remediation comes too late for a number of workers who have since passed away.

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Coalition Urges UN to Make Press Freedom a Global Priority

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 2:57pm
Lena WilliamsSeptember 15, 2014NewsGuild-CWA

An international coalition of journalists, media organizations and unions has adopted an agenda making freedom of the press a priority in the global development goals set by the United Nations and its member states.

During a three-day conference in Bali, Indonesia, in late August, the Global Media Forum approved a “road map” that affirms the right of a free press and the right to seek, receive and impart information.

 

The forum, comprising more than 300 media organizations, journalists, unions, civil society and international agencies, is working to ensure that freedom of expression and an independent press is, for the first time, a priority in the 2015 global development goals set by the U.N.  

 

In doing so, the forum has, in effect, placed the issue of a free press on the agenda of the U.N.’s 69th General Assembly, which convenes Tuesday in New York City.  

 

The “Bali Road Map: The Roles of the Media in Realizing the Future We Want for All,” calls on governments around the world to recognize freedom of the press as a major underpinning in “how a country shapes development, shares ideas and innovations and holds powerful actors to account.”

 

The road map states that these goals can only be realized “where the media is free, pluralistic and independent and where there is safety for actors producing journalism.”

 

Irina Bokova, the director-general of UNESCO, spoke of the importance of a free press as a “vibrant sector in all facets of human and social development.”

 

“Freedom of expression is essential to dignity, democracy, sustainable development, dialogue peace and tolerance,” Bokova said. “Information and knowledge hold the key to crafting the future we want for all.”

 

The forum proposed the following actions for consideration by governments around the world:

 

• To respect freedom of expression, including press freedom.

• To reconsider cases of imprisoned journalists in the light of international standards and human rights.

• To enable publicly-owned media to be editorially independent, be protected against political interference and be adequately funded in order to provide quality content in the public interest

• To make concerted efforts to ensure that those involved in the production of journalism can work without fear or risk of attack.

 

Bernie Lunzer, president of The Newspaper Guild-CWA, said the principles of the Bali Road Map are needed more than ever, as journalists risking their lives to report on the world’s most dangerous hot spots increasingly become the targets of terrorists.

 

“In one month, we’ve seen the savage execution of two journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff,” Lunzer said. “But barbarians are far from the only threat journalists face. The governments of Egypt, of Russia, Turkey, Vietnam and far too many other countries are imprisoning journalists. And many countries aren’t trying very hard, if at all, to arrest and prosecute terrorists who kidnap and kill journalists.”

 

Not even the United States has clean hands, Lunzer notes. Infringements on press freedom have become common, from local police arresting journalists and photographers to the federal government threatening to jail a journalist if he doesn’t testify against an alleged source.

 

The Bali Road Map isn’t a cure, but is a step in the right direction, Lunzer said.

 

“Anything that gets the world community to pay more attention to the atrocities being committed against journalists, and puts global pressure on countries – including ours -- to loosen their control over press freedom is something we fully support,” he said.

 

In Ray Rice Scandal and Others, TMZ Scores on a Fumble

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 1:54pm
David CarrSeptember 15, 2014The New York Times

Unlike so many media brands, TMZ doesn’t derive its power from its reputation — kind of the opposite, really — but from its aggression. While networks continue to play peekaboo about whether they pay for news — many do — TMZ is more than happy to pony up for information that will tilt the field and draw hits. A line in the sand long drawn by journalism’s church ladies and observed by most mainstream organizations has all but been blown away. Most people don’t care where the news came from or how it was obtained. And if the N.F.L. is not interested in seeing what happened in the elevator, the rest of us certainly are.

Indy Star Employees Moving to Vacant Nordstrom Store

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:53am
Jeff SwiatekSeptember 15, 2014Indianapolis Star

Come Sept. 29, The Indianapolis Star and its parent, Gannett Co., will move nearly 800 employees into a former Nordstrom store in a shopping mall. Where Nordstrom once purveyed Burberry coats, Ugg boots and Armani suits, a sleek newsroom and offices for The Star are taking shape. The newsroom will include a mission control-style digital hub and a glass-walled boardroom with a write-on table. And it will have escalators.

Berkeley Proposes Fat New Fee for J-School Grad Students

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:40am
Jim RomeneskoSeptember 15, 2014JimRomenesko.com

The j-School at the University of California at Berkeley is proposing a $10,250-per-year 'supplemental fee' for graduate students. Dean Ed Wasserman says in a memo to the j-school community that “the amount students now pay does not reflect what their degrees cost to provide [and] reluctantly, we’ve concluded that our students will have to shoulder more of this cost.” He acknowledges that the amount “is not insubstantial” and says “our main concern is with the roughly 73 percent of students … who borrow to finance their J-School education. We estimate that worst case, their average debt repayment on a 10-year loan would rise by $152 per month.”

Guild: Digital First's Search for Buyers Was Inevitable

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 4:28pm
StaffSeptember 12, 2014NewsGuild-CWA

Newspaper Guild President Bernie Lunzer issued the following statement this afternoon, Friday, Sept. 12:

"It has been clear for some time that the hedge fund which owns the majority of Digital First Media was not operating the company as a long-term investment. 

"Under the right conditions, a sale can be a positive development for our members and the communities they serve. We will continue our efforts to identify potential buyers for local papers or clusters of papers.    "News organizations, such as DFM, while operated for profit, remain a critical service to any community. We welcome hearing from all potential investors who understand the importance of supporting quality journalism and local jobs."   For investment inquiries or media questions, contact Bernie Lunzer at (202) 434-7175 or by email at bernie@newsguild.org, or Acting Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens at (510) 332-9483, email: sara@newsguild.org.     

 

What We Can Learn from Locals' Purchase of Press Democrat

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:24pm
Derek MooreSeptember 11, 2014Pacific Media Workers Guild

What can the Guild's Digital First campaign learn from the 2012 sale of another Guild-represented newspaper? Derek Moore (pictured), chair of the Guild unit at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, recalls the tumultuous days that culminated with a local investor buying the paper and pledging "to maintain its standing in the community, and to not monkey around with editorial content for his own purposes." In announcing the sale to employees crowded into a nearby church, the CEO of the local company even invited union members to stand and be recognized for ratifying a contract that helped seal the deal. Has everything gone the way the union would like since then? No. But it's been far better than it could have been under distant owners with no stake in the community: "The paper has hired employees, invested in new digital and magazine strategies and replaced an aging computer system with a state-of-the-art, cloud-based system. The company brought back Kaiser-Permanente as a health-care option. We still do a fairly kick-ass job covering regional news and bring home the hardware from statewide journalism award competitions," Moore writes.

NLRB Decision Affirms Workers' Social Media Rights

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:32am
Barbara CamensSeptember 11, 2014NewsGuild-CWA

Important -- and good - news about workers and social media. From Guild attorney Barbara Camens:

The NLRB has affirmed its commitment to broadly protect employees who use social media to discuss workplace concerns. 

In Triple Play Sports Bar, 361 NLRB No. 31 (August 22, 2014), the Board found unlawful the discharge of two employees for a Facebook discussion of their employer’s mistakes in income tax withholdings.  The first employee had simply “liked” a comment posted by a former employee: 

"Maybe someone should do the owners of Triple Play a favor and buy it from them. They can’t even do the tax paperwork correctly!!! Now I OWE money…Wtf!!"

The second had posted the following comment: “I owe too. Such an asshole.” The employer fired both for disloyalty, defamation, disparagement and undermining the company’s public image.

The Board found the Facebook communications “concerted” for purposes of National Labor Relations Act protection as the communications addressed a mutually held workplace concern regarding employee tax liabilities.  The Board then discussed whether the social media posts were rendered unprotected on grounds of disloyalty.  Because the comments were made off-duty and off-site, the Board found inapplicable its Atlantic Steel test, which analyzes whether face-to -face communications at the workplace between an employee and a supervisor are “so opprobrious” as to lose protection of the Act.

The Board instead followed the Supreme Court’s test in Jefferson Standard and Linn and found the employee comments to be neither disloyal nor defamatory: 

Where, as here, the purpose of employee communications is to seek and provide mutual support looking toward group action to encourage the employer to address problems in terms or conditions of employment, not to disparage its product or services or undermine its reputation, the communications are protected.

Because the Facebook comments were fully protected by the Act, the Board ordered reinstatement and back pay for both discharged employees.

Finally, the Board struck down as overly broad the employer’s “Internet/Blogging” policy contained in its employee handbook. The policy provided:

…when internet blogging, chat room discussions, e-mail, text messages, or other forms of communication extend to employees revealing confidential and proprietary information about the Company, or engaging in inappropriate discussions about the company, management, and/or co-workers, the employee may be violating the law and is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment…

The Board found the ban on “inappropriate” internet discussions to be so vague as to unlawfully chill the exercise of protected communication rights.

The Triple Play decision is most welcome, as several social media decisions – including Hispanics United of Buffalo – have been set aside by Noel Canning, the Supreme Court ruling that rescinded the recess appointments of certain Board members. Stay tuned as the Board continues to respond to the impact of Noel Canning.

 

New Contract Saves Guild Jobs at St. Paul Pioneer Press

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:13pm
Mike BucskoSeptember 9, 2014Minnesota Newspaper Guild

Guild members at the St. Paul Pioneer Press have overwhelmingly ratified a new contract that runs through Sept. 30, 2016 and includes language preserving Guild jobs. "No Guild member will lose his or her job as a result of the agreement, an issue the Guild bargainers resolutely maintained throughout the negotiations," Executive Officer Mike Bucsko tells members.

Help Us Celebrate Journalism, Defend America's Free Press

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:28pm
Bernie LunzerSeptember 9, 2014NewsGuild-CWAA message from Newspaper Guild President Bernie Lunzer:

NewsGuild-CWA is seeking your sponsorship for a special 2014 Freedom Awards banquet being held Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Maritime Institute Conference Center near BWI Airport.

 

As always, we're honoring the best of professional journalism that fights for the underdog, that changes and literally saves lives in the tradition of famed columnist and Guild founder Heywood Broun. We're also honoring inspired student journalists with the David S. Barr Awards that each year illustrate that the art and craft of journalism will continue to be in good hands.

 

For the first time since 2010 we are presenting the Herbert Block Freedom Award, named for the late Washington Post cartoonist, Herblock, whose art gave voice to the powerless and championed our First Amendment freedoms.

 

The 2014 award goes to James Risen, the acclaimed New York Times national security reporter who has spent eight years fighting federal subpoenas demanding his testimony against a whistleblower the government believes was a source for his 2006 book, "State of War."

 

Mr. Risen took his case all the way to the Supreme Court, but the subpoena stands. Despite remarks by both President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder that appear to support the journalistic principles Mr. Risen is defending, the Department of Justice has not withdrawn the subpoena. At risk of going to jail for contempt of court, he continues to refuse to testify.

 

Mr. Risen's values and courage have won him the respect of journalists around the world. He is a hero to everyone fighting for more transparency and less secrecy from those in power, whether you're reporting from Ferguson, Mo., or the White House. He is sending a message to government that journalists won't be bullied and a message to potential sources that journalists will take great risks to protect them.

 

Will you help us honor Mr. Risen and the other exceptional journalists receiving awards? You can read about the Heywood Broun winners here, and the David S. Barr student winners here.

 

Your donations will help us promote the banquet, which we will stream live and produce as an edited video after the event. 

 

We are proud that in spite of hard times for both the journalism industry and labor unions that we continue to make these awards a priority. With newsroom staffs and budgets being slashed by owners who don't share the values of the journalists they employ, we believe it's never been more important to encourage and reward meaningful, in-depth reporting. 

 

As we say here, quality jobs and quality journalism go hand in hand. Our awards prove it every year. Please help us promote and sustain them.

 

Thank you,

 

Bernie Lunzer

TNG-CWA President

Denver's 'Westword' Gives Guild's DF Campaign Big Play

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 1:22pm
Michael RobertsSeptember 9, 2014Westword

Denver's widely read alternative newspaper, Westword, interviews Tony Mulligan, administrative officer at the Denver Guild about the local and national Guild campaign seeking new investment in battered Digital First newspapers, including the Denver Post. "When asked if the letter is a serious effort to attract a buyer for the Post or a means by which to focus attention on the negative effect of Alden's ownership, Mulligan replies, 'Both. Even though the paper's now profitable, our members and employees of Digital First Media around the country are seeing staffing cuts continue, the selling-off of real estate, the stagnant wages. We're all frustrated by the hedge-fund business model we're working under, so this is a way to voice that frustration and maybe trigger some positive change.' Mulligan's seen plenty of reports about the Post and other DFM properties heading for the block but has no inside information about whether they're legit. Then again, the papers are 'owned by a hedge fund," he notes, "and isn't everything owned by a hedge fund up for sale?'" Photo: Young, hopeful members of the Denver Guild attending CWA's recent Next Generation summit.

To Bolster Websites, Some TV Stations Hire Print Journalists

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:36am
Benjamin MullinSeptember 9, 2014Poynter

It's not a widespread phenomenon yet, but Poynter reports that TV stations are discovering the talents of print journalists as broadcasters try to improve their websites. Local television stations such as WTHR in Indianapolis and WDRB in Louisville, Ky., have lured several journalists away from regional dailies to contribute to their websites in recent years. And as revenue for print ads continues to decline, local television, with its comparatively stable advertising base, is looking increasingly attractive. “It’s still relatively rare,” said Chip Mahaney, senior director of local operations television for Scripps Digital. “But it is happening. As local media outlets, including broadcasters, invest more in their digital products, they’re seeking skills that experienced newspaper reporters often possess, namely long-form writing and in-depth beat reporting.”

Press Covering Guild's Campaign to Save Digital First Papers

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:56am
Erin SherbertSeptember 9, 2014SF Weekly

The Guild's campaign seeking buyers for Digital First newspapers where newsrooms are being cut to the bone is getting media coverage in some of the targeted cities. SF Weekly writes aboutt he "Want Ads" Guild locals placed online, and in print, Monday. Guild journalists "are looking for someone who can save the newspapers from runaway cost-cutting, crappy pay (that explains the attire), and even crappier benefits. In hopes of finding the right person/people, union reps have placed Want Ads on social media sites and in the classified section of competing papers, in search of new owners. True to form, the ads are both factual and cynical." SF Weekly was especially impressed that an ad targeted the Minneapolis Star Tribune was published in the paper itself.