Press Rights 101: Understand newsgathering rights and limitations in California

Press Rights 101: Understand newsgathering rights and limitations in California

A leading media lawyer and press advocate will give a comprehensive overview of legal protections and practical considerations for covering protests, filming police in the field and more — with a Q&A. RSVP required. Saturday, April 23 | 10-11:30 AM Pacific Time Click here to register Led by Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel, National Press Photographers […]

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RIP Larry Hatfield: dedicated union leader, forthright newspaperman,  legendary tippler

RIP Larry Hatfield: dedicated union leader, forthright newspaperman, legendary tippler

By Lynn Ludlow Irascible, amiable and enormously talented, the young newsman from cornbread Iowa loved living in hot-tub Marin. As the 1960s played out, Larry D. Hatfield had been a cub reporter in the news cauldron of Washington, D.C. Moving to California, he got a job in San Rafael at the Marin Independent Journal. He […]

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State Senate Bill 98 is law. So now what?

State Senate Bill 98 is law. So now what?

A teleconference to be presented Wednesday, March 23, by the Guild Freelancers, a unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild*. A California law in effect as of the new year bars law enforcement officers from interfering with journalists covering civil disturbances. How much protection does the law, state Senate Bill 98, actually provide to journalists, […]

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Moore wins for Local President, Snyder for Freelance Representative Assembly Delegate

Moore wins for Local President, Snyder for Freelance Representative Assembly Delegate

Balloting for two local elections 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 certifies the results of the Local election: For Local President • Derek Moore received 107 votes • Steve Zeltzer received 10 votes Derek […]

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Labor Board supports Guild’s charge that Chronicle unfairly intimidated developers

Labor Board supports Guild’s charge that Chronicle unfairly intimidated developers

December 10, 2021 The Pacific Media Workers Guild is proud to announce a victory in a settlement with the San Francisco Chronicle. When the Chronicle’s staff of developers chose to go through the organizing process to join the Guild, Chronicle HR held a captive audience meeting with them and threatened to lower their wages and […]

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New year to bring protections against arrest of journalists covering protests

New year to bring protections against arrest of journalists covering protests

On Jan. 1, 2022, new legal protections against arrest go into effect for journalists covering protests and similar activities in the state of California. This is thanks to Senate Bill 98, which was passed and signed into law after an unprecedent advocacy effort by dozens of journalist-serving organizations, including our union, Pacific Media Workers Guild. […]

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Newsom signs journalist-protection bill

Newsom signs journalist-protection bill

Unprecedented collaboration among unions, news organizations and lawmakers statewide brings big political win in Sacramento. A Guild-supported bill protecting the First Amendment rights of journalists covering civil disturbances and other mass public events has received California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature and is to become effective on Jan. 1. Just how effective remains to be seen. […]

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Guild members receive San Francisco Press Club awards

Guild members receive San Francisco Press Club awards

The San Francisco Press Club encourages excellence in journalism by providing training, grants, scholarships and recognition for professionals and students in the Greater Bay Area. Its mission is driven by its belief in the First Amendment, integrity in reporting and the essential role of journalism in a democracy. All San Francisco Press Club 2021 awards […]

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Nominations are open for the 2022-2023 Pacific Media Workers Guild Elections

Nominations are open for the 2022-2023 Pacific Media Workers Guild Elections

Dear Guild members: It is time again for us to nominate new unit officers and for the Executive Board of our union, Pacific Media Workers Guild-CWA Local 39521.  Nominations are open for the 2022-2023 Pacific Media Workers Guild Elections The Local elections are held every 2 years and governed by our bylaws in conjunction with […]

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$1,000 Guild scholarship awarded to Benjamin Cabanatuan

$1,000 Guild scholarship awarded to Benjamin Cabanatuan

The Pacific Media Workers Guild is pleased to offer Benjamin Cabanatuan a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from the Russ Cain Memorial Student Aid Fund. Benjamin is the son of Michael (San Francisco Chronicle Guild member) and Adrienne Cabanatuan, and will begin college at the University of Oregon this fall. In appreciation for the […]

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