Quality journalism is one of the pillars of democracy. But the profit-driven ownership of Digital First Media, the second-largest chain of print and online news organizations in the United States, threatens to undermine our ability to fulfill our mission. Guild members at a dozen union publications throughout the DFM empire have united in common cause, demanding fair contracts, decent pay and an end to destructive cost-cutting.
We have endured round after round of layoffs and made painful sacrifices to help this company and its majority owner, the New York hedge fund Alden Global Capital, endure the challenges of the media industry. Rather than invest in quality, DFM has slashed news budgets and staff to protect Alden’s millionaire profits. We see little sign of responsible stewardship or strategy. JOIN WITH US IN OUR CAMPAIGN, BECAUSE #newsmatters