Society of Professional Journalists Invite Nominations from Guild Members

The SPJ NorCal Freedom of Information Committee invites Guild member to submit nominations for the James Madison Awards Banquet, honoring individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to advancing freedom of information and/or the First Amendment. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 3. There is no entry fee. Click here for more information …

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Election Results are in!

Dear Guild Members, Balloting for the Local Election of President of the Pacific Media Workers Guild closed today at 12 pm pacific.  The Local Election Committee met at 3 pm this afternoon to count the ballots and tentatively certifies the results of the Local election: Derek Moore received 91 votes …

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Chronicle Shopnotes — what is this strange place, and where’d they move the newsroom?

The Great Newsroom Spring-Cleaning-in-Autumn saw dumpster after dumpster filled to overflowing with the dog-eared contents of dozens of office filing cabinets.  Into the dustbins of history (where they’re keeping the former Metro cars company) went notebooks full of data about the Zodiac, Synanon, Scientology, the Occupy Movement, felonies great and …

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SPJ NorCal calls for Sacramento PD to affirm journalists’ rights

The Society of Professional Journalists released this statement on Wednesday: In March, Sacramento police detained three journalists while they were reporting on a citizens’ protest over the fatal shooting by officers of Stephon Clark, an unarmed 22-year-old black man. The detention served no public purpose and could have been avoided …

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Guild members honored for journalistic excellence

The Guild congratulates several of our sisters and brothers who are to receive awards in November for journalistic excellence. Julia Cheever and Daniel Montes of Bay City News Service, and Charles Desmarais and Lauren Hernandez of the San Francisco Chronicle will be honored at the San Francisco Press Club’s Greater …

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2019 Membership Referendum Results

Dear PMWG Local 39521 Members,Thank you to all who voted in the 2019 Guild Membership Referendum.Both provisions of the referendum passed, with the following results: Local Membership voted to make the Local’s lead officer an appointed role, rather than elected. Now the Executive Officer will be appointed by the Local …

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Guild scholarships offered for 2019-20 college term

Members are encouraged to have their graduating daughters and sons apply for college funds from the Russ Cain Memorial Student Aid fund. Every year, our Guild retirees donate to this fund so that we can support graduating high schoolers in their pursuit of higher education. Scholarships can range from $500 to $100, depending on need.

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Raid on SF journalist criticized as trampling First Amendment

This article was previously posted on the Bay City Beacon website. This union has called for a probe into these police activities. San Francisco police on Tuesday allowed freelance video journalist Bryan Carmody to retrieve equipment and materials that officers seized from his home and office on May 10th, but …

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DFM solidarity actions. Show your news!

Tomorrow’s DFM workers solidarity action marks the three-month countdown to contract negotiations in 12 Guild bargaining units nationwide. Join us!

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Nine Guild members received accolades from SPJ NorCal at Nov. 14 banquet

The Guild congratulates nine members who have received Excellence in Journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter: Gary Richards, Julia Prodis Sulek, LiPo Ching, Karl Mondon, Thomas Peele, Marisa Kendall, Jose Carlos Fajardo and Lisa M. Krieger, all of the Mercury News/East Bay Times, and Joe Eskenazi for work at Mission Local and the San Francisco Public Press.

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