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EBONY Blues

I am saddened by the situation with the unpaid Ebony and Jet writers, who are now being represented by the National Writers Union. I take it personally that these iconic publications have allowed this situation to drag on so long. They need to show greater respect for the house that John Johnson built, and which […]

The National Writers Union to EBONY: “See You in Court!”

NEW YORK, NY – The National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981 (NWU) is preparing to go to court after the EBONY Media Organization (EMO) and its parent company, the Clear View Group (CVG) failed to meet a self-imposed deadline to compensate as many as 50 freelance writers who are owed as much as $200,000. After mounting […]

Twelve Tips on Finding and Keeping a Mentor

Twelve Tips on Finding and Keeping a Mentor The dictionary defines a mentor as “a wise and loyal advisor.” For writers, it’s often a more experienced writer who volunteers to give you feedback on your writing and/or advice or your writing career. How do you find and keep one? Here are some tips from National […]

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 […]

IFJ Secretary Meets With NWU Secretary

On a recent trip to Belgium, I was fortunate to meet with Jeremy Dear, Deputy General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists. NWU is a member of this organization that represents over 600,000 journalists in more than 140 countries. Dear points to shining examples of government support for journalists in Sweden and Germany, but […]

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 […]

Question The Publisher Before You Sign

A member who is a published author recently sent us a book contract for review. She wasn’t comfortable with the often-seen clause about granting all subsidiary rights to the publisher in all media now existing or heretofore to be discovered or invented. She didn’t want to assign the publisher the right of first refusal on […]

The Fort Point Gang May Day Memorial

We joined the Fort Point Gang’s annual May Day memorial celebration on May 4 to honor labor leaders, many of whom were members of the American Communist Party. We commemorated those brave souls who were harassed, arrested, and jailed for their thinking during the post-war, McCarthy era, which reminds us to be vigilant so that […]