‘PAPER’ CUT: NEWSPAPER GUILD OF NEW YORK BECOMES NEWSGUILD OF NEW YORK
Name Change Comes as Union Already Represents Many Journalists at Forefront of Rapidly-Evolving Digital Industry
NEW YORK – Members of the Newspaper Guild of New York on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved changing their union’s name to The NewsGuild of New York to more accurately reflect its representation of journalists and other news professionals in a rapidly-evolving, multi-platform news industry. Members voted for the name change 407 to 105, after a three-week mail ballot voting period. The results were unofficial because the local’s elections committee had not yet certified and officially reported them.
“The news is very much alive, but most of the newspapers that were around when we started are gone. From The Daily Beast to The New York Times, and pretty much everywhere between, more Guild members now work in 24-hour, increasingly-digital news environments,” said Bill O’Meara, president of The NewsGuild of New York. “But one thing that isn’t changing is the importance of a union to look out for news professionals and to make sure that careers in journalism are sustainable.”
The New York Guild’s name change corresponds with a national trend of local Guild chapters dropping “paper” from their names. In January, the international parent union also dropped the word from its name, becoming The NewsGuild-CWA.
Besides the name change, members also approved a series of bylaw changes that will allow the Guild to streamline operations and invest in growing the union. The vote was 360 to 149.
“The changes we made will ensure that our members are represented by the strongest union possible – one that focuses on their needs in this ever-changing industry,” said O’Meara.
Buffalo’s WKBW-TV says it’s suspended its relationship with a weekly nostalgia-feature contributor over this now-deleted tweet, which the station manager calls “insensitive, inappropriate and harmful.”
From: A message from [Gannett CEO] Gracia Martore
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 2:11 PM
To: Gannett Communications
Subject: TEGNA Executive Promotions
I am pleased to announced [sic] two well-earned executive promotions that will take effect after the separation. Victoria Harker, current Gannett chief financial officer, will be promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer of TEGNA, and Todd Mayman, currently Gannett’s senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, will be promoted to executive vice president, chief legal and administrative officer of TEGNA.
Both Victoria and Todd have been instrumental throughout the process of separating into two publicly traded companies. They will serve on TEGNA’s executive leadership team along with Bill Behan, senior vice president of labor relations; Kevin Lord, chief human resources officer; Dave Lougee, president of Broadcasting; and Jack Williams, president of Digital Ventures.
Please join me in congratulating Victoria and Todd!
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