It started with a June 13 fundraiser, and continued today with a lunchtime staged walkout by employees in front of The Village Voice headquarters. In between, there was a Strike Bulletin featuring a Beyonce GIF (“I Can’t With These Basic Bitches”).
It’s all part of some effective in-their-face media outreach by the Village Voice employees union. The group’s three-year contract expires tomorrow, July 1, and at press time, negotiations with management had resumed.
Negotiations for a new WGA East contract covering segment producers at WNYW Fox 5′s Good Day New York have been open for two years now. The previous Collective Bargaining Agreement ran from 2008 to May 2012.
This week, frustrated segment producers delivered a petition to management urging WNYW to resolve this situation. The petition, featuring 41 signatures, was emailed to Fox Local Station Group CEO Jack Abernethy and CFO Betsy Swanson, and personally handed to WNYW assistant news director Emad Asghar. Here’s how it, powerfully, begins:
Our last raise was in 2011. Inflation has increased significantly since then and the cost of living and working in New York City has increased even more.
At the same time, the company has realized cost savings by shutting down the WWOR evening news program and then eliminating the WNYW investigative unit. Similarly, our productivity has increased as we have taken on new duties.
Only in Hollywood. Before Ellen Page revealed her true self, spectacularly this past Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas, she would have conversations about such a move with her publicist. And each time, per Seth Abramovitch‘s Hollywood Reporter cover story, publicist Kelly Bush, a lesbian mom to two daughters, would argue the time was not yet right.
And if Page hadn’t caught a certain episode of a long-running TV talk show in her native land, she and Bush might still be having that same conversation. From the THR article:
Although no single incident led to her decision, Page does reference a Dan Savage appearance in July 2013 on the Canadian talk show George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight as having had a profound effect on her. Savage, the in-your-face columnist behind the “It Gets Better” campaign, laid out his argument for coming out in very plain terms.
Powerful stuff today, via The Atlantic, from former MLB player and current ESPN baseball analyst Doug Glanville. The athlete-turned-author-turned-broadcaster details a very unpleasant recent encounter with a wayward patrol cop, who assumed the black man shoveling snow in front of a certain West Hartford residence must be hustling for bucks.
From Glanville’s piece:
After getting legal advice from my neighbor and my wife, I ruled out any immediate action. In fact, I was hesitant to impulsively share my story with anyone I knew, let alone my media friends at ESPN or the New York Times. I hoped to have a meaningful, productive conversation with West Hartford leaders – something that might be hard to achieve if my story turned into a high-profile controversy. Instead, I asked my neighbor to help me arrange a meeting with the West Hartford officials. I arrived at Town Hall, I was flanked by my neighbor and my wife. They came as supporters, but it helped that they were also attorneys…
The website disabilityscoop.com was co-founded in 2008 by journalist Michelle Diament and photographer Shaun Heasley. Today, Heasley has a heartwarming item about the recent actions of author and New York Times columnist Chuck Klosterman.
Picking up on some local TV coverage late last week in Portland, Maine by Tim Goff, Heasley recaps what happened when Kari Wagner-Peck – the mother of a seven-year-old with Down syndrome – wrote about the author-journalist’s use in past work like this 2008 New York magazine article of the words “retards,” “retard” and “non-retarded:”
Wagner-Peck told WCSH-TV that days later she was overwhelmed when Klosterman not only replied, but owned up.
Scott Roberts, editor of the LGBT-focused UK website Pink News, was recently in New York. During his visit, he sat down with GLAAD’s head of public communications Rich Ferraro and director of news and faith initiatives Ross Murray for a very enlightening conversation.
Many topics were covered. Including GLAAD’s efforts in Hollywood to make the TV networks and studios more receptive to the inclusion of transgender characters and storylines:
“We recently met with the president of CBS Entertainment to talk about the transgender community, which is nearly invisible on CBS, and on many of the other networks,” said Ferraro. “When trans people are included they often the victims of crimes or the butt of jokes and anti-transgender slurs.”
San Diego Patch regional editor Ken Stone has an alarming update about the fortunes of 49-year-old Ramona freelancer J.C. Playford. After recently reporting about the reinstatement, after three years, of Playford’s San Diego Police press pass, Stone has details of a Tuesday altercation at the U.S.-Mexico border involving the photojournalist, an off-duty SDP officer and Department of Homeland Security official.
From Stone’s report:
Playford says he filed a formal complaint Wednesday against a San Diego police officer over what he calls an “assault and battery” incident on the [San Ysidro] pedestrian bridge.
Playford posted three YouTube videos depicting his exchanges with authorities on and near the bridge, where he says he had stopped to film a K-9 drug search of a car passing into the United States. “This is what a dictatorship looks like,” Playford says in one video during his time talking to police.
On the latest edition of the YouTube interview show GWISSUES, Earvin Johnson III (a.k.a. EJ) says that the person shown on TMZ TV walking with him hand-in-hand on the Sunset Strip was not actually a boyfriend but rather his best friend. Nevertheless, the April 2 report led to Magic’s son being outed in the media and EJ’s dad doing a subsequent interview with Harvey Levin.
Johnson tells host Howard Bragman that in addition to his current focus on an event planning and hospitality degree at NYU, he has a personal passion for media and journalism. One day, he tells the former uber-publicist, he hopes to host his own TV talk show.
Associated Press Removes the Term ‘Illegal Immigrants’ from its Lexicon–Draws Inevitable Conservative Blowback
The term “illegal immigrant” will no longer be used in Associated Press stories–nor will it appear in its much-copied style book. In a blog post yesterday, AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll wrote that “‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.”
The decision, of course, has drawn conservative outrage.
Do we even have to mention what network has been up in arms all day today?
#NewAPStyle is also now a thing on Twitter.
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