NWU Hosts Panel on Turkey as Trial Opens for 17 Journalists

New York City, June 20 – Today NWU hosted a panel on the growing crises in Turkey and the Middle East. The panelsists included Sedat Bozkurt, a leading journalist at Fox Turkey, and Mucahit Bilici, a professor at John Jay College in NY and author of “Turkish Islam and the Kurdish Question.” The panel was […]

Press Release on Ebony Media’s Non-Payment to Freelancers

The National Writers Union Continues To Press Ebony Media For Written Agreement On Compensating Unpaid Freelancers Statement to the media not enough, says union that represents freelance writers NEW YORK, NY – As the number of freelance writers owed by EBONY Media continues to rise, the National Writers Union is demanding a firmer commitment from […]

NWU Report to AREG Meeting 2 June 2017

(Book Division Co-Chair Edward Hasbrouck is in Helsinki, Finland, representing the NWU and the International Federation of Journalists on the Board of IFRRO. On Friday, June 2, he will meet with the Authors’ Rights Expert Group of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). The following is his report to AREG.) The focus of discussion of […]

“The First Casualty of War is the Truth!”

On May 4, UNESCO and the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) commemorated World Press Freedom Day at UN Headquarters in New York. The theme was “Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s Role in Advancing Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies.” There were two high-level panels and the audience included the diplomatic community, NGOs and journalism […]

Why Defunding the NEA is Even Dumber Than You Think

It’s federal budget time and, as usual, the National Endowment for the Arts is under attack. Their heads filled with images of obscene art, effete gallery-goers and overtaxed single mothers, conservatives are gunning for the straight-out elimination of the 50 year old program. No money, no arts funding. Period. No matter that the $148 million […]

We’re Taking You Out to the Ball Game

Save the date: Friday, July 28th is the 11th Annual Labor Night with the Washington Nationals baseball team.  If you’re looking for a fun way to bond with fellow writers, a new place to rock your NWU T-shirt, and a great way to help fellow union members in need, then you should join the party. This year’s Nationals game is against the Colorado Rockies. Ticket […]

Tensions Mount at UN Commission on Status of Women

The tension was palpable at the annual meeting of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) March 13-24 in New York City, which the NWU’s Larry Goldbetter, Brigid O’Farrell, Rose Imperato and Amanda Robb attended. Much of the unrest at CSW’s 61st session stemmed directly from concerns about an increasingly hostile environment […]

Statement in Support of Freedom of the Press

NWU is proud to stand with more than 90 allied organizations in issuing this Statement in Support of Freedom of the Press. “In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the […]

NWU at Women’s March on Washington

About 50 members of the National Writers Union and our friends and family rose before dawn on January 21. We put on our pussy hats—or reasonable facsimile thereof—and climb aboard a fleet of UAW buses that formed a caravan from New York City down to the Women’s March on Washington. We demonstrated in support of […]

SoCal Meets, Eats, Reads and Plans

Members and friends of the So Cal chapter gathered at Mi Vida boutique in Highland Park, CA, for a holiday meeting and public reading on Sunday, December 18. A delicious assortment of goodies, including Mexican hot chocolate, welcomed the crowd of about 15, roughly a quarter of them NWU members. New member David Marques emceed […]