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StaffDecember 10, 2013Toledo Blade
Toledo Guild members are shocked and devastated by Monday's stabbing death of Mary Bertolina, a circulation district manager at the Toledo Blade and longtime member of the Guild local. Bertolina's son, 34, has been charged with murder. Local President Debbie Riley-Jackson sent this message to Guild headquarters: "The Guild is asking our members to wear black on Friday 12-13-13 in honor of Mary. We would like all members to stand and hold a moment of silence at twelve noon on Friday. If that time doesn't work please find a time to keep Mary in your thoughts and prayers."
Jackie TortoraDecember 9, 2013AFL-CIO
The AFL-CIO, borrowing from the excellent union products site, Labor 411, provides a list of gifts and companies that will make your holiday season a union-made-in-America celebration.
Rick PerlsteinDecember 5, 2013The Nation
A great read from Rick Perlstein revealing a dangerous myopia among academics, with too many professors effectively telling grad students that trying to organize unions or support collective action on campus is a waste of their time. A Berkeley prof, for example, explained in an email why he wasn't supporting a university workers' strike in November, and why his students shouldn't either: "Whatever the alleged injustices are that are being protested about tomorrow, it is clear that you are not responsible for those things, whatever they are, and I do not think you should be denied an education because of someone else’s fight that you are not responsible for.” Perlstein: "Society, and one’s education, apparently have nothing to do with issues of decent wages and working conditions and keeping higher education affordable and its institutions accountable. Good to know."
StaffDecember 3, 2013Chicago Newspaper Guild
After 15 months of bargaining, Guild bargaining units at the Chicago Sun-Times and Gary Post-Tribune voted Monday to ratify a new contract. Three remaining Sun-Times Media units vote today. The contract lifts two weeks of furlough days, provides a 2 percent raise in 2016 and improves severance and job security. But perhpas most notably, it will restore jobs for four of the Sun-Times photojournalists who were fired en masse in May. Photo: Laid-off Sun-Times photographers shoot their own rally in June.
Carl BernsteinDecember 3, 2013The Guardian
On the eve of Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger's scheduled questioning by members of Parliament, regarding Edward Snowden and NSA revelations, the British newspaper has run an open letter from journalist Carl Bernstein. "The record of journalists, in Britain and the United States in handling genuine national security information since World War II, without causing harm to our democracies or giving up genuine secrets to real enemies, is far more responsible than the over-classification, disingenuousness, and (sometimes) outright lying by a series of governments, prime ministers and presidents when it comes to information that rightly ought to be known and debated in a free society. Especially in recent years," Bernstein writes.
Rem RiederDecember 3, 2013USA Today
If the 60 Minutes segment Sunday night on Amazon.com had been a drone, you'd have to say it badly missed its target. The venerable news program gave Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos a spectacular early Christmas present with its warm embrace of all things Amazon — on the eve of Cyber Monday, no less. Particularly thoughtful was its worshipful treatment of Bezos' much-ballyhooed December surprise: Amazon's plans (dreams?) to begin delivering the goods in half an hour, via drones. There wasn't a solitary query during the 14-minute segment about the serious questions that have been raised about working conditions at Amazon.
Peter Elkind & Scott CendrowskiDecember 3, 2013Fortune
In what appears to be a conspicuous show of displeasure, Chinese authorities conducted unannounced "inspections" at Bloomberg News bureaus in Beijing and Shanghai in the final days of November, Fortune has learned. The visits followed media reports that Bloomberg cancelled a year-long investigation on financial ties between a Chinese billionaire and government officials.
Erik WempleDecember 3, 2013The Washington Post
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski had a fine question for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In a Monday interview about the Bronx commuter-train derailment, she asked the governor, “Have you ridden Metro North lately?” Plain, clear and geared toward accountability, it’s the kind of question that makes a public official squirm. Unfortunately she buried it within a list of other questions, and Cuomo chose the one he like best.
December 2, 2013International News Safety Institute
Almost two-thirds of women journalists have experienced intimidation, threats or abuse in relation to their work, according to the findings of the first global survey into violence and threats against women working in the news media. The survey by the International News Safety Institute and the International Women’s Media Foundation was released to coincide with the UN’s Global Forum on Media and Gender. It found that the majority of those threats, intimidation and abuse directed towards female media workers occurred in the work place and were committed by male bosses, supervisors and co-workers.
Steve GreenhouseDecember 2, 2013The New York Times
Seeking to increase pressure on McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast-food restaurants, organizers of a movement demanding a $15-an-hour wage for fast-food workers say they will sponsor one-day strikes in 100 cities on Thursday and protest activities in 100 additional cities. Strikes are planned for the first time in cities such as Charleston, S.C.; Providence, R.I.; and Pittsburgh.
Jack MirkinsonDecember 2, 2013The Huffington Post
Photojournalists found themselves under fire in conflict zones across the world over the weekend. In the Ukraine, where protesters are clashing with government forces, photographers have been very visibly attacked. The Kyiv Post, a top English newspaper in the country, reported that at least 40 journalists were injured by riot police. Among them were employees of the New York Times, Reuters and Agence France Presse (all Guild-represented organizations in the United States), along with many local journalists. Photographers were also under attack in Israel, where the Foreign Press Association accused the Israeli Defense Forces of deliberately targeting journalists.
Jim SchaeferNovember 26, 2013Detroit Free Press
A federal judge ruled Monday that former Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter can claim Fifth Amendment protection against divulging the name of his source in an article about former assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Convertino. Ashenfelter reported in 2004 that Convertino, who worked in Detroit, was under internal investigation for his handling of a discredited terrorism trial. Convertino sued his former employer, the U.S. Department of Justice, for what he said was an illegal leak of information to Ashenfelter. The underlying lawsuit is pending in Washington, D.C.
StaffNovember 25, 2013The New York Times
As Michael Bloomberg prepares to resume a more direct role in the company he founded, he rejoins an operation whose core business has slowed, and whose news division has more than doubled since he left. Interviews with current and former employees show that the business and news operations exist in uneasy tension, and occasionally collide. Bloomberg suddenly faces newsroom layoffs, a shift in emphasis back to financial news and skepticism from the business side that investigative journalism might not be worth the potential problems it could create for terminal sales.
Jeff Gray & Jordan FletcherNovember 25, 2013The Globe and Mail
The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down a portion of Alberta’s privacy legislation, saying it violated a union’s right to free speech by blocking its ability to videotape workers crossing a picket line. Legal observers say the unanimous decision on Friday could have far-reaching implications for unions, businesses and the manner in which courts balance competing rights to privacy and free expression.
Robert FederNovember 25, 2013RobertFeder.com
A tentative contract settlement between the Guild and the Sun-Times Media is expected to lead to the rehiring of some of the photographers who were laid off by the newspaper chain earlier this year. The three-year agreement, if ratified in early December, would cover 130 reporters, copy editors and other editorial staff at the Sun-Times, Pioneer Press, Post-Tribune in Merrillville, Ind., Lake County News-Sun and Joliet Herald-News. A federal mediator is expected to officially announce the tentative pact today. Photo: Some of the laid-off photojournalists shoot a rally to support them in July.
Kellan HowellNovember 22, 2013The Washington Times
The Washington Times and one of its former journalists on Thursday sued the Department of Homeland Security, accusing federal agents of illegally seizing the newspaper’s reporting materials during the execution of a search warrant in an unrelated case. In a motion filed in federal court in Greenbelt, The Times and reporter Audrey Hudson asked a judge to force the federal agency to return all reporting files and documents it seized from Ms. Hudson’s home office during a raid in early August.
Andrew BeaujonNovember 22, 2013Poynter.org
Many newspapers used their front-pages Friday to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination. But many papers went further, through artwork created for the occasion, front pages from 50 years ago or headlines that stress local connections to JFK.
Erin Madigan WhiteNovember 21, 2013Associated Press
The Associated Press, Reuters,The Washington Post and ABC News are among a coalition of news organizations that is seeking better White House access to President Barack Obama. “Journalists are routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the President while he is performing his official duties,” the coalition says in a letter delivered today to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government.”
Anabelle GarayNovember 21, 2013Pacific Media Workers Guild
Guild-represented court interpreters and their allies held “Interpreters do it better in person” signs and chanted outside the San Francisco Hall of Justice on Tuesday, the second day of rallies in the Bay Area by language professionals advocating for a fair contract and meaningful language access, with guarantees that Video Remote Interpreting won’t be misused.
Andrew BeaujonNovember 21, 2013Poynter.org
In an interview with Larry King scheduled to run Thursday night, Bob Woodward talks about NSA leaker Edward Snowden. “I wish he’d come to me instead of others, particularly The Guardian, and I would have said to him ‘let’s not reveal who you are. Let’s make you a protected source and give me time with this data and let’s sort it out and present it in a coherent way,’ ” Woodward tells King.