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NWU Attends 29th IFJ World Congress

More than 300 delegates representing more than 450,000 journalists in 140 countries gathered in Angers, France for the 29th International Federation of Journalists World Congress, June 7-10.  It was the 90th anniversary of the founding of IFJ. There were many panels, debates and discussions about the safety of journalists, defending and extending press freedom, increasing […]

NWU’s Salaam Speaks at UAW Chaplain Conference

Three hundred members of the United Auto Workers Chaplaincy Program recently gathered for the 29th annual conference on June 5 in Onaway, MI. Elder Herb Taylor of Region 5 (Kansas City, KS) presided as international leader of the group. The chaplains serve in a volunteer capacity and are mainly employed at various UAW work sites […]

Ellenberger on Panel at Washington’s Spy Museum

DC Chapter member James Ellenberger will appear with his co-authors, Curtis Harris and James Rosen, to discuss their new espionage/thriller, High Hand, at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, July 13. Details and ticket information can be found by clicking here.

President’s Letter

UAW ENDORSES HRC United Auto Workers’ President Dennis Williams appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews May 25, announcing the union’s endorsement of Secretary Clinton for President. UAW Region 9A Director Julie Kushner’s statement on the endorsement is posted on the regional website and Facebook page. (NWU is UAW Local 1981) In recent months, our members have been fully engaged […]

What’s Mine is Mine!

In 1976 I made a half hour video about the artist Norman Lewis, a personal friend. Nineteen years later I sold a few copies at a very nominal cost of the copyrighted film to a few people who were also friends of Norman Lewis for their personal use. Twenty years after that when visiting a […]

Beware of Lone Wolves

When members come to us with grievances for nonpayment against reputable publishers or corporate clients, we can usually help them get their money. Yet more and more of our grievances are against lone wolves: scam artists who hide, change identities, or just plain ignore writers’ claims. A lot of them run blogs, which they start […]

The Art of the Ask: Get Your Book Sponsored

I’ve had a lot of success in gaining local and national sponsorship for my books, which has allowed me to sell thousands of books, while also—and this is my favorite part—raising thousands of dollars for charities close to my heart.  As a writer and a person with a huge heart for service, I could not […]

Keeping Tabs on Who Pays Writers

If you’re a freelance journalist, particularly one who writes for the web a lot, then chances are you’ve heard of Who Pays Writers? If you haven’t, let me catch you up.  Who Pays Writers? was started in 2012 as a Tumblr blog, where writers were invited to anonymously post rates they were paid by various […]

What Shall We Call Ourselves?

The BizTech Division was formed to represent those who write for the business community, as well as what once was the burgeoning Silicon Valley tech world. BizTech writing assignments were works for hire, where copyrights belonged to the employers— rather than individual writers—for such items as user manuals and PR releases. BizTech was a catchy […]

World Press Freedom Day at the UN

The National Writers Union (NWU), International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations (CCCUN) and Metro NY Labor Communications Council (MNYLCC) organized a panel discussion May 3 for World Press Freedom Day. Held at the United Nations in New York City, the event explored the media’s role in supporting human rights […]