Here’s How to Dodge the Cashier Check Scam

A short email arrived in my inbox, inquiring whether I still translate documents from German into English. I replied that I did, but didn’t pay much attention to the sender’s name, email address or the subject line: “Translator Needed ASAP.” Their reply came almost immediately: They thanked me for my quick response, and asked how […]

RIP Rashod Ollison

The National Writers Union is sad to announce the death of one of our members, Rashod Ollison. Ollison, 41, was an award-winning entertainment writer and music critic whose most recent post was at The Virginian Pilot, where he covered pop music and culture. He has also been a staff critic and feature writer for the […]

Ebony Media and CVG Fail to Pay Freelancers

New York (October 16, 2018) – Ebony Media Organization (EMO) and its parent Clear View Group (CVG) have failed to honor the terms of a February agreement with the National Writers Union (NWU/UAW) and 44 freelancer writers for about $80,000 for unpaid work that was contracted and published. The union filed a case in Cook County […]

NWU Joins Coalition Demanding a Full Investigation into Fate of Jamal Khashoggi

Oct. 11, 2018 The Embassy of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 601 New Hampshire Ave., NW Washington, DC 20037 Dear Ambassador Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, We, the 30 undersigned journalism and free press organizations, representing thousands of journalists and their supporters, join the United States government and others in urging a full investigation […]

NWU Backs Study Hall Writers

The following letter was signed by 115 members of the Study Hall collective. NWU supports their struggle. info@studyhall.xyz // studyhall.xyz September 5, 2018 When The Outline launched in late 2016, they promised to be “a new kind of publication” that would, against many odds, find ways to thrive in a near-apocalyptic media landscape. Yesterday, they […]

An Open Letter to the New York Times

To the Editor: The Times seems to regard the removal of reporters’ bylines from your home page and mobile app (“Where Did the Bylines Go?“, August 22), as purely business decisions. But bylines aren’t just a good idea — they are required by international law. Article 6(bis) of the Berne Convention, ratified by the U.S. in 1988,  recognizes […]

Beyond Ebonyowes

The unfortunate circumstances around EBONYOWES are no secret: Loss of income. Possibly fractured relationships with editors, and second-guessing by some about our decision to take legal action against a beloved American institution. However, the experience forced me out of my comfort zone. After I stopped writing for EBONY, I began to pitch larger publications and […]

Get to Know Us

More than 40 people joined the NWU to get grievance assistance or contract advice during the first six months of 2018. And roughly half of all members who request service—not counting group grievances—are new members. If you’re one of them, welcome to the National Writers Union!  If you joined to pursue a grievance, you may […]

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 […]