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  • Al Jazeera America digital workers vote to go union

    Digital workers at Al Jazeera America have voted to go union and thus join editorial workers at Gawker Media, Vice, Salon and The Guardian in what’s a modest but clear recent pro-labor trend.

    The unit comprises 50 workers, mostly in New York City, with the company late Tuesday dropping a challenge to whether nine editors should be included in the bargaining unit.

    The vote was 32 to 5 for joining the NewsGuild of New York. The National Labor Relations Board supervised the election, its first such involvement at any of the recently-unionized digital operations.

    “It’s too bad that this great day for AJAM journalists has been tainted by management’s opposition to giving nine senior members of its digital newsroom a greater say in how the newsroom operates,” Peter Szekely, president of the NewsGuild of New York, said several hours before the company dropped the challenge. Read more

  • NYT creates separate editorial group for production of print edition
    The New York Times building in Manhattan. (AP Photo)

    The New York Times building in Manhattan. (AP Photo)

    The New York Times

    Citing a desire to break free from the legacy of the print deadlines, The New York Times on Tuesday announced the creation of a centralized desk responsible for putting out the daily print edition.

    According to a staff memo from Executive Editor Dean Baquet, The Times is shifting responsibility for the paper’s print edition away from various desk editors and empowering a group of journalists at a central desk to order space and make decisions about placement of content on inside pages.

    To make that possible, we are moving most print production responsibilities away from individual desks and placing them in the hands of a centralized group of editors. This new centralized print group will be part of a news hub – an expansion of the current news desk — that oversees the placement and presentation of coverage on all platforms.

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  • AAJA gets $230,000 from Knight for program to develop digital leaders

    Knight Foundation

    The Asian American Journalists Association will get $230,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation toward redeveloping AAJA’s Executive Leadership Program. Knight announced the funding on Monday.

    According to the press release, “For the first time, the Asian American Journalists Association will open the program to journalists outside of its membership to create an inclusive environment for journalists of all backgrounds.”

    The training previously focused on helping Asian Americans work through cultural barriers at media organizations. The new program will include a two-day leadership conference and a program for a smaller group focusing on entrepreneurial skills.

    “In order to foster talent in digital journalism and address wide community information needs, we need to make sure that newsrooms include more minority leaders and decision-makers with knowledge of diversity issues,” said Shazna Nessa, Knight Foundation director for journalism.

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Wall of Distinction
The Wall of Distinction is where outstanding journalists in Central New York are permanently enshrined.The Syracuse Press Club's Wall of Distinction is located in the theater lobby of the John H. Mulroy Civic Center in downtown Syracuse.
      First proposed by SPC President Jeff Paston, the Wall of Distinction became reality during President Chris Weidman?s administration. In between, President Tracy Carmen appointed Joe Porcello, Bob Greabell, Marilyn Dietz Nicholson, and Paston to a committee to get the project going.
     With help from Onondaga County Executive Nick Pirro, the Wall was placed in the Civic Center building. The first group of inductees was installed on Dec. 4, 2000, formally kicking off the Syracuse Press Club's 50th anniversary observance. In addition to plaques honoring inductees, there is a large plaque commemorating the SPC's 50th anniversary listing the names of the Club's presidents from 1951 to 2001.
     Below are copies of the engraving on the plaques for each inductee. Click on onefor that honoree's bio.  Note we are still in the process of getting this feature up and running on  the new web site.


    "Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation’s heart, the excision of its memory."
--Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Wall of Distinction

Harold Addington


Herald American

Club President: 1972

When you entered Harold Addington's office, you recognized immediately that it was a place for serious thinking and writing.
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