NWU in Spain for Gender Conference

Around the world, gender-based violence, pay inequity, and a lack of diversity in newsroom management are pressing matters. In late May, about 30 journalists gathered at a Gender Conference in Santander, Spain, to explore what must be done. Sponsored by the International Federation of Journalists, we met in the Magdalena Palace— originally built for Spanish […]

Latina Freelancers Receive $43,000 to Cover Unpaid Invoices

We were building a mass grievance at Latina and Latina Kitchen. We had organized a group of 14 writers and photographers who were owed more than $45,000 by the publications’ owner Solera Capital, LLC, a private equity firm in NYC. Latina’s website was down, and my emails to their officers bounced back. Still, we moved forward, planning to add a few more folks […]

NWU and Jacobin Reach a Freelancer Agreement

NEW YORK, NY (May 14, 2018) – The National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981) announced today that they have reached an agreement with Jacobin Magazine over a contract that covers freelancers for the publication’s print magazine and website. The agreement follows similar agreements negotiated last fall with The Nation and earlier this spring with In […]

David Hill Tells How to Pitch a Freelance Story

NWU First VP David Hill gave writers a powerful tutorial on working as a freelance journalist last night at the UAW conference rooms in NYC. He laid out in clear, concise language how he goes about pitching articles, how he builds long-term relationships with editors, many of whom move from publication to publication, and how […]

Checks Are in the Mail for May Day!

As of today, International Workers’ Day, checks for approximately $9.5 million are in the mail to almost 2,500 freelance writers whose works were copied and distributed in electronic form by publishers of print periodicals who had neither paid for nor acquired digital rights to these articles. These payments today of millions of dollars to thousands […]

NWU and ITT Sign Freelancer Agreement

NEW YORK, NY (March 13, 2018) – The National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981) announced today that they have reached an agreement with In These Times over a contract that covers freelancers for the publication’s print magazine and website. The agreement follows a similar agreement negotiated last fall with The Nation, and provides a template for freelance digital writers […]

NWU Reaches Final Settlement Agreement with Ebony

CHICAGO, IL – The National Writers Union has reached a final settlement agreement with the Ebony Media Organization and CVG Group LLC (which acquired Ebony magazine in 2016), over the magazine’s failure to pay freelance writers, editors and designers for contracted and published work. This settlement covers 45 freelancers who are collectively owed $80,000 by […]

NWU Boston Celebrates Its Authors

Sunday afternoon, January 28th, the Dance Complex in Central Square, Cambridge, was the place to be for writers and friends of writers. That’s where NWU Boston held our annual Book Party to celebrate members who’ve published books in the previous year. This year Amy Hoffman (The Off Season); Patrick Kennedy (Bricklayer Bill: The Untold Story of […]

New Addendum To Book Contracts Guide

Over the past few years, we’ve had increasing numbers of inquiries about the treatment of electronic books (e-books) within book contracts. While they were traditionally considered subsidiary rights that compensated authors at 50 percent of net sales, many publishers have begun to see them as a windfall, and have tried to get members to accept […]