Guild Reporter

'Longest of Long Shots' Pays Off in Portland

Guild’s Overture to Investor Saves Maine Newspapers, Union Contract and Members’ Jobs

The story behind the story of how the Portland Newspaper Guild pulled a major victory from the jaws of near-defeat, preserving members' jobs and their union contract, and saving their community's newspapers from bankruptcy.


Russian Journalists Meet with Guild Leaders

Visiting TNG-CWA headquarters Feb. 8, six young Russian journalists had lots of questions for Guild President Bernie Lunzer and Secretary-Treasurer Carol Rothman about the role of a union representing media workers.



Deadline Feb. 15 for New Local Officers Training

Don't miss your chance for to attend the Guild's training seminar for new local officers, March 9-12 at the Maritime Institute near Baltimore. Focusing on the nuts and bolts of running a local, the training has proved invaluable to generations of Guild leaders. Register by Feb. 15.

Deadline Extended to Feb. 3 for Broun, Barr Awards

We're adding one week to the deadline to get Broun and Barr award entries in the mail. Because of delays in getting our new website up, we know some of you didn't get the information as quickly as we intended. Please make sure your entries are postmarked by next Friday, Feb. 3.


Lunzer: Foley a Hero Who Died in Pursuit of Truth and Justice

Guild President Bernie Lunzer issued this statement today on the execution of journalist James Foley: “Journalists like James Foley put themselves in harm’s way to report the truth about what war does to people of all religions and ethnicities. They are heroes and should be protected by everyone who wants a world based on fairness and justice. Our hearts go out to the Foley family at this terrible time. We condemn the heinous act committed upon an innocent for the sole purpose of spreading fear and hate. Together with all journalists, we will continue to pursue the truth and do everything in our power to keep journalists safe.”

NYPD, Other Cop Shops to Officers: Back Off Photographers

The NYPD has issued an internal memo that firmly reminds New York City police officers that the public is legally allowed to record officers and police activity. “Intentional interference such as blocking or obstructing cameras or ordering the person to cease constitutes censorship and also violates the First Amendment,” the memo states. Similar directives were issued in 2012 in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Police in cities nationwide increasingly are being caught violating those rights – confiscating cell phone cameras, destroying memory cards and going so far as assaulting and arresting citizens and journalists who are legally recording them or taking their photographs.

Obama to Ferguson Cops: Stop Bullying, Arresting Reporters

President Obama criticized Thursday the arrests of two journalists by police in Ferguson, Mo., and called for an “open and transparent” investigation into last weekend’s shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old black man by a white Ferguson police officer. “Here in the United States of America police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs and report to the American people on what they see on the ground," he said. Photo: Screen shot from video taken by Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery as he was confronted and then arrested Wednesday night by Ferguson police.

Students' Stories on Homelessness Win 2014 Barr Awards

Two student journalists who each wrote detailed, moving accounts of homelessness in their communities are the 2014 winners of The Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award. Victor Ferreira, who just graduated from Toronto's Ryerson University School of Journalism, is the college winner for his article, "Toronto's Missing Shelter Beds" published in the online magazine, "The Grid." Rachel C. Hartwick from Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, Ohio, won for "Home (Isn't) Where the Heart Is," published in her high school newsmagazine, "Spark," where she is features and broadcast managing editor. The awards are given in honor of the Guild's late lawyer, David S. Barr, a champion of social justice. Judges look not only for outstanding work, but stories that reflect Barr's values.