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Guild Reporters at Impasse with Thomson Reuters

To put it mildly, Thomson Reuters management and Guild reporters are at odds over the current contract. Tempers are flaring, but ultimately a whole lot of nothing is happening fast.

In early November, Guild members distributed leaflets at a described “peaceful candlelight vigil” at the Manhattan home of Thomson Reuters CEO Tom Glocer. The main dispute: An overall compensation cut that includes a doubling of health care contributions that are deducted from paychecks. On Nov. 4, management returned to the bargaining table for a full day of talks, which seemed promising, but they resolved nothing. Management would like a deal signed by Dec. 15. Guild members say chances of that are slim if not impossible.

“This is a really tough situation and a really long running negotiation,” Guild Unit Chair and Washington Environment correspondent Debby Zabarenko told FishbowlDC in a phone interview today. “We’ve been negotiating for over two years. I can’t say when or how, but I think eventually I think we’re going to get a deal everyone can live with. What’s on the table now is not something we can live with.”

U.S. and Canada Thomson Reuters Managing Editor Jack Reerink did not return calls seeking comment.

Zabarenko explained her title “Unit Chair” is the top post in the Guild, which has some 400 members nationwide. She explained the title was intended to sound “less sexist.”  How will the problems resolve? “If I knew specifically what that would take that would be great,” she said. “We’re working on as many fronts as we can. We are challenging the company at the National Labor Relations Board and in Federal Court.”

The Guild ripped management in a recent letter, saying, “Glocer should be embarrassed to make $46 million in the last two years and opine about corporate responsibility and the income gap, while cutting members’ compensation.”

In addition, Justice Department correspondent Jeremy Pelofsky spelled out strong feelings in a letter addressed to “Reerink and Editors” that he titled “Honor.” Read excerpts of it after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 04.08.09

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Its day 79 covering the Obama administration and week ten for us. Happy Birthday to NBC’s chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd!

Couldn’t resist this copy and paste from Playbook: Spotted at an Istanbul dance club on “80s dance night”: Ann Compton, Major Garrett, Ed Henry, Catherine Loper, Jen Psaki, Stephanie Z. Smith, Jake Tapper and Chuck Todd. Possibly a bday party?

What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | FBDC’S PICK | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

WaPo sports reporter Tony Kornheiser is leaving the paper next month. He took a buyout last year but accepted a one-year contract, doing mostly online content with Mike Wilbon.

Reuters’ Tom Glocer (via NY Observer): “Why does The New York Times need to have 600-700 journalists? Why not 30 journalists with 30 apprentices? Does The New York Times do a good job covering sports? So-so. Do they do a good job covering business? No. How about The New York Times on Israel, FT on Germany and France, which is really good, ESPN on sports and other smaller things coming together on a style sheet every morning?”

In a speech, Google’s Eric Schmidt insisted Google is a friend to newspapers and encouraged newspaper publishers to create more personalized news products that could be delivered effectively on the Web, cellphones, and other devices.

Boston Globe publisher Steve Ainsley addressed the paper’s dire financial situation for the first time to the staff Monday evening. Politico has that memo.

FishbowlNY: In January, the Minneapolis Star Tribune filed for bankruptcy, putting its future in jeopardy. Employees of the paper are fighting back, launching a Web site asking readers to help save the paper.

TV

Could it be that, when it comes to political talk shows, the new slogan will be, “If it’s Sunday, it’s Univision“? In the eyes of the Spanish-language network, it’s a sure thing. “I have no doubt that eventually we will be beating” all other Sunday talk shows, Univision’s Jorge Ramos tells Politico. “It’s just a matter of time.” Look out David Gregory.

BBC America has axed its three-hour morning international news block due to low ratings. The changes to the schedule kicked in Monday without prior announcement from the BBC. The twice nightly BBC World News America, presented by Matt Frei and anchored from DC is popular with audience and will continue to air at 7 and 10pm.

MSNBC’s The Ed Show- TVNewser has the reviews.

RADIO

“The Joe Scarborough Show” debuts this week on 630 WMAL in D.C. The radio show, hosted by Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski from 10-11:45amET, is up 89% from January to February ’09 in NY in the A25-54 demo, topping WOR at 10amET and lead-in “Imus in the Morning” for the month. Though, Glenn Beck‘s WOR hour from 10-11amET beat Scarborough in the demo.

ONLINE

Go digital or go home?

And on that note, a how-to be a digital correspondent, a la NBC’s Maria Schiavocampo.

NEWS NOTES

From CJR, a look at how long the media coverage at Dover will last.

FBDC’S PICK

Laura Bush’s former chief of staff Anita McBride on the Daily Beast: Enough With the Clothes Already! “There’s a lot more to a first lady”s overseas travel than the wardrobe.”

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Romenesko

JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 05.09.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • An ABC release announced “World News with Charles Gibson” was “the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54 for the week of April 30.” Averaging 8.10 million Total Viewers, “World News” won every night last week in both categories, outperforming NBC’s “Nightly News” by 610,000 Total and 210,000 key demo viewers. “This marks ABC’s greatest Total Viewing advantage over NBC in twenty months.”

  • Robert Stacy McCain has excerpts from the interview The Washington Times did with Michelle Malkin and HotAir.com’s Executive Producer Bryan Preston.

  • From a reader: “The most fun of the North Portico was the race of the photogs the brits against the US to get first on to the Stands…. sort of finished off a race horse weekend. Which do you think the Queen would have bet on?”

  • TNR gives readers “a selection of foreign authors whose domestic reputation far outpaces their standing in the United States, and whose work has recently become available in English.”

  • Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor of Investigations Bob Woodward, did an online chat yesterday about former CIA Director George Tenet’s book, “At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA.”

  • Carl Bialik reports, “Mike Conway, an assistant professor of journalism at Indiana University, “set out to study the number of times Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly used name-calling and other propaganda techniques on his show. Mr. Conway released his report and then watched Mr. O’Reilly employ some of the same methods to ridicule the research —- the TV host even counted how many times he called someone a name in his rebuttal.”

  • News And Tech reports, “Craigslist founder Craig Newmark said newspapers’ hallmark should be in investigative journalism, even as he predicted a dismal future for ink-on-paper distribution.”

  • Express’ Fit section’s Vicky Hallett is a new columnist for The Post’s Health section. Hallett and The Post’s Howard Schneider are now the weekly MisFits columnists.

  • Guardian Unlimited reports, “Reuters chief executive Tom Glocer will take the top job if the proposed takeover by Thomson is successful.”

  • C-SPAN announced the 2007 C-SPAN StudentCam winners are announced during “Washington Journal,” yesterday. The grand prize winning video is “Jupiter or Bust: The El Sol Solution,” by Zach Chastain, Bryan Cink and Ryan Kelly of Jupiter, Fla. which explores the national issue of illegal immigration and the proposed solution in their community.

  • The New York Observer reports that Jill Abramson was in a traffic accident yesterday morning and Bill Keller sent a memo to the newsroom explaining what happened: “She is conscious (in fact, she managed to be both funny and stoic through her morphine haze, so the essential Jill seems to be intact) but she has a badly broken leg and is being checked for other injuries.”

  • The controversy generated by George Tenet’s “new book was the fourth biggest story last week, filling 5% of the overall newshole, according to PEJ’s News Coverage Index from April 29 through May 4. But the Tenet tempest was really part of a bigger subject—the conflict in Iraq—that continues to dominate the media landscape like no other issue, and which last week spawned many different story lines.”

  • The former features editor at the Boston Globe, Lincoln Millstein, “suggested Monday to attendees at the Newspaper Association of America’s annual convention in New York: turn over all lifestyle and service-oriented features stories to readers and have them write the stories,” writes Forbes’ Louis Hou.

  • The Salt Lake Tribune reports, “In the Friday night matchup between Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson and conservative pundit Sean Hannity, it was local Fox affiliate KSTU Channel 13 that came out the big winner.” The station “garnered the best Friday night ratings in at least 15 years and possibly ever, said KSTU marketing research director Melissa Freeman.”

  • A reader shares a homemade joke: “Q: What do the new Newseum and Katie Couric have in common? A: They both cost just as much with the same amount of public interest”

  • Will Bunch asks, “why in the name of God are four working journalists among those attending this state dinner — not as reporters with a notebook or a camera but as guests munching on Dover sole and dancing into the night with America’s own brand of dukes and earls?”

    Jobs

  • The American Gastroenterological Association is looking for a Design/Production Manager.

  • Richmond.com is looking for an Editor.

  • The United States Coast Guard is looking for someone in Public Relations.

  • Intelligence Press, Inc is looking for a Reporter.

  • Bisnow on Business is looking for Writers/Reporters/Editors.

  • Oceana, Inc. is seeking an Editor/Writer with a passion for Ocean advocacy.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Department Coordinator and a Communications Specialist.

  • National Association of Manufacturers is looking for a Corporate Communications Specialist.

  • The Daily Record is looking for a Lawyer with a passion for journalism.

  • One Economy Corporation is looking for a Senior Content Producer for Health and a Copy Editor.

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