We’re Freelancers, but We’re Striking in Solidarity with New York Times Employees

This story first appeared in The Nation on December 8, 2022 The resurgence of American labor organizing has relied on solidarity beyond the bargaining unit—and that’s what we’re offering. By Bryce Covert, Jillian Steinhauer and Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein Today, more than 1,100 unionized newsroom employees at The New York Times will walk out, refusing to work for an entire day. For the past […]


The pending merger between Simon and Schuster and Penguin Random House, a further consolidation of media, seemed almost inevitable a month ago.  Then A federal district court in the D.C. Circuit announced it viewed the deal as an antitrust violation and vowed to block any agreement between the two publishing houses’ parent companies.   The Authors […]

Highlights of the Recent IFJ Executive Committee Meeting

The IFJ Executive Committee met on November 28-29. The IFJ has about 160 affiliate unions in 148 countries, representing around 600,000 journalists. Here are some of the highlights from that meeting. Three Unions Join the IFJ:  The Tehran Journalists Association (TJA), the Afghan Independent Journalists Union (AIJU), and the National Syndicate of Journalists of Comoriens […]

FSP Strategy Summit: The Sequel

Freelance Solidarity Project (FSP) members reconvened on December 4 to build upon our early October summit takeaways, delve deeper into 2023 priorities, and collectively envision the kind of life we want for freelancers and precarious workers everywhere.  We welcomed both New York City-based members in person and virtually from around the country, and were once […]

Here’s a Legislative Update

As we prepare to head into 2023, NWU is well-positioned to lead efforts to pass several laws improving working conditions for writers, freelancers, and other precarious workers.   The Illinois version of Freelance Isn’t Free has sponsors in both houses of the state legislature. In Columbus, we have a member of the city council working […]

NWU Boston Chapter at the Boston Book Festival

On Saturday, October 29, the Boston Chapter of NWU had a booth at the Boston Book Festival in Copley Square. The festival has taken place since 2008. The attendance is typically between 25,000 to 30,000 people. It was a beautiful fall day in Boston, and the city was filled with book lovers of all ages, […]

NWU stands up for writers at IFRRO annual meeting

The NWU’s Edward Hasbrouck represented both the NWU and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), of which the NWU is an affiliate, at the annual meeting of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO) held from October 24-27, 2022, in Brussels, Belgium. Participation in IFRRO has been an important part of the NWU’s work […]

NY City Councilmembers Introduce Freelance Protection Package

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Release For 11/22/2022 Contact: Eric Thurm (914) 275-1122 New York, NY — Today the National Writers Union (NWU) announces our support for the bill package supporting freelance workers introduced by New York City Councilmembers Chi Ossé and Keith Powers. Since it was enacted in 2017, New York City’s Freelance Isn’t […]

Unconventional Formats

UNCONVENTIONAL FORMATS by Barbara Beckwith I’ve always been fascinated by novelists who dare to eschew usual first or third person, or other narrative conventions, and still create a satisfying story. Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic, concerning Japanese “picture brides” brought to the U.S. in the early 1900s, is told from the “we” point of view. Remarkably, […]