Who We Are

Founded as a print journalists' union, the Guild today is primarily a media union whose members are diverse in their occupations, but who share the view that the best working conditions are achieved by people who have a say in their workplace. We have more than 34,000 members in the United States, Canada and in Puerto Rico, and we are journalists, sales and media workers of all kinds. We are on-line writers and designers, reporters, editorial assistants, photographers, editors, paginators, editorial artists, correspondents, typographers, advertising sales people, marketing, information systems specialists, commercial artists, technicians, accountants, business, customer service reps, drivers, maintenance, mail room, pressroom, telephone operators, circulation and distribution staff. We are also independent translators and interpreters, non-profit organization staff members, public relations staff and technical workers. We are part of many communication media: wire services, newspapers, magazines, labor information services, broadcast news, public service and dot com companies.

The Guild's Mission

Article I of The Newspaper Guild's constitution establishes our mission. It says: "The purpose of The Newspaper Guild shall be to:

  • Advance the economic interests and to improve the working conditions of its members;
  • Guarantee, as far as it is able, equal employment and advancement opportunity in the newspaper industry and constant honesty in news, editorials, advertising, and business practices;
  • Raise the standards of journalism and ethics of the industry;
  • Foster friendly cooperation with all other workers;
  • Promote industrial unionism in the jurisdiction of the Guild."