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April 2017 President’s Letter

Press Freedom Our most recent Press Freedom Panel on March 10 was a positive step in a number of ways. Trudy Lieberman, (Columbia Journalism Review) spoke from her rich personal experience, about the 30 year Republican effort to attack health care benefits and their attempts to intimidate reporters and editors in order to shape their […]

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 […]

When She Asked About Payment, Editor Cut Her Story

  Recently an email exchange between writer Brittany Stalsburg and an editor went viral in certain corners of the Twittersphere after she sought compensation for an editorial she’s written. We reached out to Brittany to learn more about her and the incident that had everyone on Twitter talking (once again) about how freelance writers are […]

Open Letter to UN Member States

UNCSW61 – Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work, 13 to 24 March 2017 The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment […]

Six Union Job Available in DC Area

Below are six job openings available in Washington, DC, which will allow you to apply your talents, while helping out a union and showing solidarity with workers across industries: 1. Graphics Design Internship The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees has a paid internship opportunity in its communications department. The job involves creating branded […]

In Memory of Lynn Stewart

Valedictorian  “Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone” —Moroccan  “Did you say I’ve got a lot to learn Well don’t think I’m trying not to learn Since this is a perfect spot to learn— TEACH ME TONIGHT” —“Teach Me Tonight” Sammy Cahn   Can strings push? Can sticks pull? Is water wet? Is fat […]

Trump v. Press Freedom – A Panel on March 10

On Feb. 24, CNN, Politico, BuzzFeed, HuffPost and the New York Times were banned from the West Wing press briefing at the White House! Current attacks on U.S. media workers bear a striking resemblance to those in Turkey and other countries. We are now in the world of “alternative facts,” and the President of the […]

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 […]

Writers Call for Reform of Copyright Registration

In Comments and a Petition for Rulemaking submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office on January 30, 2017, the National Writers Union and three other national organizations of writers — the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the Horror Writers Association — have reiterated our longstanding belief […]

NWU Priorities for the Copyright Office

In response to invitations from the Librarian of Congress and the House Judiciary Committee, the NWU has filed recommendations for the selection of the next Register of Copyright (the official who serves under the Librarian of Congress as the head of the Copyright Office) and for Congress and the Copyright Office in reforming U.S. copyright […]