Today's Top Stories

NewsGuild Members March in Labor Day Parades Nationwide

We’re rounding up our locals' Labor Day activities and would love to feature your Guild’s weekend photos from parades to picnics. In Springfield, Illinois, members of the United Media Guild unit at the State Journal-Register not only marched in their city’s parade, they were its Grand Marshal. UMG members in Rockford, Illinois, also marched, as did members of the Buffalo Guild (pictured). “We had a great turnout this year of about 30 people. Some brought their children, so we had a very nice contingent on a beautiful day,” Buffalo President Henry Davis said.

Wyoming, Iowa Court Rulings are First Amendment Victories

State courts in Iowa and Wyoming this month have upheld the media’s right to open court proceedings and to photograph court cases. The rulings, though local in scope, are major First Amendment victories for journalists and media organizations. In Wyoming, the state Supreme Court overturned a lower court judge's decision to close his courtroom and seal the file in a sexual assault case. In Iowa, a judge reversed another judge's ruling that threatened a photojournalist and his newspaper with contempt of court if they published pictures from a sexual abuse hearing involving a local mayor.