Guardian US staff votes unanimously to join News Media Guild

The staff of the Guardian US voted unanimously (45-0) Wednesday to unionize under the the Guild’s wire service local, the News Media Guild. In a statement, Guardian staff said, “We would like to thank the News Media Guild and the Communications Workers of America for their invaluable help, advice and …

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Our Local’s Sara Steffens elected Sec-Treas of CWA

Former Bay Area newspaper reporter Sara Steffens was elected secretary-treasurer Monday of the Communications Workers of America, second in command at one of the biggest labor unions in the country.

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Dori J. Maynard, diversity advocate in journalism, dies at 56

Dori J. Maynard, a journalist who was at the forefront of the campaign to make the American news media a more accurate mirror of American diversity, died on Tuesday at her home in Oakland, Calif. She was 56. The cause was lung cancer, her mother, Liz Rosen, said. At her …

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Purple Communications

American Sign Language Interpreters United – ASLIU That ASLIU has “arrived” as a union with a highly committed membership was demonstrated beyond any doubt on May 5 when members took to the streets in a one-day strike to protest Purple’s imposition of changes to the health-care plan. Nearly all of …

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Fiscal challenges led to diminished San Mateo Times

Location and timing is everything for local journalism as it is for real estate. The San Mateo Times adhered to that principle for decades. And it proved quite profitable.

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Press Democrat purchase by locals is a lesson for Digital First Media

When a group of local investors bought the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the unionized news staff invested, too.

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Guild news staffs launch effort to resuscitate journalism

The Guild has launched an effort to find or build community-based enterprises to free news organizations from the grip of the Digital First Media hedge fund.

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Wanted: Local buyers for hedge fund-owned papers

An ad posted by the San Francisco-based Guild local reads: “Employees of your community’s newspaper want a new attitude respecting quality jobs & quality journalism on the part of ownership.”

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Journalist who lost husband in East Harlem explosion needs our help

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is asking for help in support of a member who lost her husband and all of her belongings in the Harlem explosion Wednesday.

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For better or worse? Press coverage of low-wage workers’ movement

Thousands of non-union fast food workers across the U.S. have taken to the streets demanding higher pay. Media reporting on this fledgling labor movement is instructive.

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