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Writers Union & Newspaper Guild End Huffington Post Boycott

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National Writers Union & Newspaper Guild End Huffington
Post Boycott

By Jason Boog
GalleyCat
October 21, 2011

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/national-writers-union-ends-huffington-post-boycott_b40717

The National Writers Union (NWU)/UAW Local 1981 has
ended its boycott of The Huffington Post.

The Newspaper Guild has also stopped the boycott,
writing: "We have asked, from the beginning, that
Arianna Huffington and her staff meet with us to
discuss the need for a model that compensates
journalists for their efforts. Such meetings have now
taken place, and the company has publicly pledged to
work with us to resolve our differences. We are pleased
to see HuffPost leaders stating so clearly the
importance of paid journalism, not only to our society
as a whole, but to their own business model."

The NWU will continue to grow its Pay The Writer!
campaign to create better pay scales for online
writers. The boycott began in the spring as Newspaper
Guild and other groups called for a writers strike in
the wake of The Huffington Post's $315 million sale to
AOL.

Here's more from the union: "For now, the boycott has
run its course . Writers create more than content. We
create value and wealth. Just ask Arianna Huffington.
Working without pay should not be the expectation of
online publications - or online writers.  Quality
journalism must be justly compensated. Today we are in
touch with hundreds more writers than we were when we
started, and some are joining NWU. Over the coming
months our organizing drive will become more active and
visible, as hundreds and then thousands of freelance
writers add their collective knowledge and wisdom to
this campaign." (Via Edward Champion)

____________

Guild's President and HuffPo's Washington Bureau Chief
Speak at Awards Ceremony

The Newspaper Guild-CWA
October 21, 2011

http://www.newsguild.org/index.php?ID=12521

Ryan Grim, Washington bureau chief of the Huffington
Post, addressed The Newspaper Guild-CWA's awards
banquet Thursday night, saying that the two
organizations agreed that professional journalists
should be paid and that the Guild had agreed to
withdraw its boycott.

"In the emerging ecosystem, many people want to
contribute, from curious citizens who shoot video of
events and post them on YouTube to citizen journalists
who want to be a part of the crowd-sourced news
gathering process," Grim said at the dinner outside
Baltimore.  "But while the playing field is still being
shaped, some of the ground rules remain the same,
including the need for and value of journalists. And
the requirement that journalists be paid for their
work. "

Bernie Lunzer, president of TNG-CWA, reiterated that
the Guild had reached agreement going forward on shared
principles and is committed to working with Huffington
Post.

The Guild had met with Huffington Post over the course
of several months, including a meeting with Arianna
Huffington, Grim and other high level executives. The
National Writers Union also participated in that
meeting.

"I'm pleased that we worked so closely with NWU and
intend to continue to partner with them on projects
aimed at improving writers lives, like their current
`Pay the Writer' campaign," Lunzer said Friday. "In
many ways this work is just beginning as journalism
continues to rapidly change. What hasn't changed is
that quality journalism requires quality jobs,
something Ryan said last night."

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