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Journalism is a Public Good – Especially Now!

Journalism is a public good. Journalism is essential for democracy. In the midst of a global pandemic the need for quality, independent information is vital.  And yet, across the world, journalists’ jobs are being axed, media are closing down and  information is being censored, restricted or used simply as a commodity to be bought and  […]

NWU Joins the Call to Block Further Monopolization of Book Publishing

The National Writers Union, Authors Guild, Sisters in Crime and several others organizations representing book authors—along with a leading anti-monopoly think tank—teamed up to send a joint letter to the Biden Administration. Together we urged the US Department of Justice’s Anti-Trust Division to block a proposal by the German conglomerate Bertelsmann to buy Simon & […]

An Abundance of Racism

In the wake of the Trump-inspired attack on the Capitol on January 6, there’s much talk about passing domestic anti-terrorism laws and expanding those already on the books. People are being added to no-fly lists and the Capitol remains on lockdown with thousands of troops deployed there until March. We are reminded of the government […]

Resolution in Solidarity with SutNotimex (Notimex News Agency Workers Union)

The following resolution was passed unanimously at the NWU Executive Board meeting on January 30, 2021. The National Writers Union is a labor organization dedicated to protect and enhance the labor rights of journalists, freelancers, and other media workers. As members of the International Federation of Journalists, we are involved and support the struggles of […]

Some NWU Legislative Priorities for 2021

Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) NWU has been part of a large coalition of mixed earners, those who have both 1099 and W-2 income. As many as one million workers with mixed incomes received artificially low unemployment benefits or none at all, in the first stimulus package. Arts and entertainment workers have been disproportionately impacted. This coalition was […]

Double Life

I am an academic and an NWU member. That gives you a clue to the double professional life I live. As an academic, I published a book on work, stress, and health. With my colleague Renzo Bianchi, I have been involved in research on job-related depression and burnout. Recently Renzo and I developed the Occupational […]

Annual Boston Book Party Celebrated Virtually

The Boston Chapter celebrated members with books published in the last 12 months via a Zoom gathering on Sunday, January 31, giving members all around New England an opportunity to participate virtually. We may not have been able to socialize in person, or enjoy the usually delicious food, but we were able to hear from […]

The Capitol Riot

After the Presidential election last November, we ran a piece, “The War Is Not Over.” On January 6, a racist mob, urged on by Trump & Co., attacked the US Capitol building and assaulted media workers covering the riot. Journalists outside the Capitol were threatened and surrounded, equipment destroyed and stolen. “Murder the media” was […]

What’s Ahead in 2021 from the Copyright Office and Congress?

Writers can expect further gains in U.S. Copyright Office procedures in 2021, but we may have a fight ahead in Congress to block yet another attempt to effectively revoke copyright protection for so-called “orphan works,” including those central to some NWU members’ and other writers’ livelihoods.

Reportback: Writers’ Day Camp, October 24, 2020

REPORTBACK: WRITERS’ DAY CAMP  WITH CHARLES COE October 24, 2020 by Shannon O’Connor   by Shannon O’Connor   Charles Coe has been doing his Writers’ Day Camp for a while, but I had never gone until October of this year. I went because lately I have been trying to stretch my writing muscles in different […]