Bay News Rising flourishes in its 3rd year

A project of Pacific Media Workers Guild

Photo by Sara Bloomberg

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.

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NYC probes wage theft targeting freelancers

Meanwhile, reality TV writers, producers vote to unionize

(William Alatriste, NY City Council) Councilman and labor committee chair Daneek Miller.

NYC Councilman Daneek Miller (William Alatriste)

by Rebecca Rosen Lum

Liz Morrison worked 15-hour days without overtime pay as an associate producer on the National Geographic show “Humanly Impossible,” which from Harrison’s account might better be dubbed “Inhumane and Impossible.”

So rampant is wage theft in the reality TV industry that the New York City Council is probing what the Writers Guild of America called “sweatshop conditions” for freelance workers, writes Corinne Lestch of the New York Daily News.

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Freelance Award winners fêted at SF soiree

News Guild secretary-treasurer Sara Steffens gives David Bacon the Raul Ramirez award (Photo: Frank Ladra)

News Guild secretary-treasurer Sara Steffens gives David Bacon the Raul Ramirez award (Photo: Frank Ladra)

by Calla Camero

Some 28 independent journalists won honors in the first annual Freelance Journalism Awards contest, the first of its kind.

The Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, part of the Newspaper Guild/CWA, sponsored the competition to laud freelancers working in a variety of media. Judges received 150 entries for a contest encompassing 17 categories, including photography, investigative reporting, political cartooning, sports coverage, and more. The competition was open to anyone in the region’s reach, which includes California and Hawaii, or any unit member elsewhere in the country so long as the work was published on a freelance basis during the calendar year 2013.

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