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 Statement on Release of Journalist Theo Curtis

Newspaper Guild President Bernie Lunzer today issued this statement on the release of American freelance journalist Theo Curtis (pictured), who was held for nearly two years in a Syrian prison run by an affiliate of Al Qaeda. Lunzer said: "The release of American journalist Theo Curtis brings us a small measure of hope for all journalists who are currently either being held, or are working in harm's way. We remain concerned that in so many current conflicts journalists have become pawns, used or killed for someone's political agenda. Journalists continue to try and tell the stories so that the truth can win out and so that differences between peoples can be resolved. They deserve everyone's admiration and support."

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.”