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Covering the Trump era – with shrinking newsrooms

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:15am
Ken DoctorNovember 29, 2016Politico

Even as the public acknowledges the need for more trustworthy reporting, newsrooms are being decimated  

Two Florida Newspapers Unionize Their Newsrooms

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 10:34am
Sean StrohNovember 10, 2016Editor & Publisher

The idea that the union is run on a business model and is trying to “make money itself” is of course typical corporate speak. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are about workplace democracies and yes, we require dues to accomplish what we do. But workers understand that, and in the end they know that it’s quite likely that when a new unit is formed the money will flow to them for years, until they get on their feet and are able to help struggling journalists in other papers. That’s what democracy looks like. Gatehouse is owned by a hedge fund that will get 20 percent per quarter for their investors whether that destroys newsrooms or not. We are not anti-management. Most of them are concerned too. -- Bernard Lunzer – TNG-CWA President

Election hotline

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 12:36pm
November 5, 2016The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

If you're a reporter and you've encountered a legal problem while trying to cover election events, please contact us. We can provide you with helpful information, and possibly get an attorney to appear in court for you.

Toledo Newspaper Guild members voted overwhelmingly today to authorize a strike at The Blade.

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 10:26am
November 4, 2016Toledo Deserves A Great Newspaper

Toledo Newspaper Guild members voted overwhelmingly today to authorize a strike at The Blade. Of those who voted, more than 90 percent were in favor of authorization.

Statement by TNG President Nolan Rosenkrans:

"In an act of solidarity today, Guild members showed a united front against The Blade and parent company Block Communication with an overwhelming vote in favor of strike authorization. This vote shows our determination to reach a fair contract.

"We hope that a strike will not be necessary, and believe a fair deal can be reached at the table with company negotiators. Today's vote, however, shows that we will not be backed into a corner. It's been 14 years without a raise, and we've suffered pay and benefit cuts repeatedly.

"We've negotiated for more than two years with Block Communications in an attempt to reach an agreement. The time to reach agreement is now."

Gannett's failed bid to buy Tronc: a whodunit

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 8:29am
KEN DOCTORNovember 2, 2016Politico

Tuesday’s busted deal between Gannett Co. and Tronc leaves two companies wobbling — and the state of the newspaper industry in a very public mess.  

Wall Street Journal feels the pain

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 7:46am
JOE POMPEONovember 1, 2016Politico

November 2: Online Civil Unrest and Personal Safety Workshop

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 10:05am
October 31, 2016Global Journalist Security

Wednesday, Nov. 2, online training covers various civil unrest contingencies, along with teamwork to spot and avoid confrontations, safe line of sight, and de-escalation and escape techniques. Price is per connection in a newsroom (multiple trainees can share a single connection).

Gannett’s newsroom cuts slash at St. Cloud’s heart

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 1:08pm
Bob CollinsOctober 26, 2016Minnesota Public Radio

Yesterday, the remaining staffers at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, who’ve tried everything to remain in business, tried one thing more: They wore T-shirts. Sixty jobs have been cut — half in the newsroom, according to the Newspaper Guild — since a hedge fund bought the paper in 2012.


6 reasons why Gannett’s plan to buy Tronc still makes sense

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 11:21am
October 26, 20166 reasons why Gannett’s plan to buy Tronc still makes sense

With Gannett's third quarter earnings due Thursday, there is at least a chance that its six-month bidding drama to take over Tronc will finally be resolved. The deal still makes all kinds of sense, especially for Tronc shareholders. But I can't help wondering whether Chairman Michael Ferro may be head-faking with all those serious negotiations and still wants to try a turnaround his way.  

Pioneer Press employees put out call for local owners

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 4:35pm
October 25, 2016Pioneer Press employees put out call for local owners

Alden Global Capital, the hedge fund that owns the Pioneer Press, has cut more than 60 jobs in St. Paul — half of them from the newsroom — since it acquired a majority stake in the newspaper in 2012. That represents about 25 percent of the staff and 1,500 years of experience. Another 182 people lost their jobs when Alden outsourced the printing of the paper in 2014.