Wanted: Local buyers for hedge fund-owned papers
Employees at the Bay Area News Group are rebelling against their current ownership, calling for the sale of newspapers including the San Jose Mercury News and Oakland Tribune to more community-minded owners.
Staff members and their union, The Newspaper Guild-CWA and local affiliates including the San Francisco-based Pacific Media Workers Guild, are spreading the message on Twitter and Facebook that we are looking for somebody to rescue our news organizations from the ravages of runaway cost-cutting.
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Political reporter wages his fight in a new venue
Tim Redmond teaches Guild interns to “think like an investigative reporter.” (Sara Bloomberg)
By Laura Thomas
Tim Redmond has never been an objective journalist and he makes no apologies for it: “I am a political reporter,” he said. “A reporter who is political.”
A stalwart of the San Francisco political scene, Redmond spent more than 30 years as a reporter, editor, then publisher of the San Francisco Bay Guardian until last year, when he left in a disagreement with owner Todd Vogt over staff cuts. Now a member of Guild Freelancers, he has begun his own non-profit news web site, 48hills.org, where he continues his analytical coverage of local politics. Continue reading
A project of Pacific Media Workers Guild
Photo by Sara Bloomberg
At a time when freelancers and temps comprise more than one-third of the workforce, the Pacific Media Workers Guild is reaching out to the next generation of journalists. Our goal: Prepare them for life as self-employed professionals and arm them with the information they need to advocate for themselves and their fellow media workers.
We do this through our innovative mentorship/training program called Bay News Rising. Our union offers a hands-on program to college journalism students. Its mission: to spur serious reporting on labor, workplace issues, women’s rights and other social justice topics while teaching students to insist upon fair treatment and fair pay as the American newsroom changes.