Several New York Times staffers appear in a YouTube video describing how they would be affected by the company’s plan to freeze pensions.
Showing sustained determination, Dayton Newspaper Guild members and supporters marched in unity again on Thursday, April 12, between bargaining sessions with the company.
Rally-goers again protested the Dayton Daily News’ efforts to degrade working conditions in its newsroom. Among its demands, the newspaper wants unlimited power to use freelancers to replace the professional journalists who serve as the community’s watchdog.
Guild members were supported in the Thursday march by five members of the newly-organized 99% Spring Action group.
The Dayton Newspaper Guild represents more than 90 reporters, photographers, copy editors, web designers and editorial assistants who work for Cox Media Group Ohio, including the Dayton Daily News.
Ron Rollins, associate editor, asked readers to “come talk about what’s on your mind, but I’d like at least part of the conversation to be about media bias — something our papers are always trying to work on.”
The Dayton Newspaper Guild tried to jumpstart that conversation with a message focused on the company’s bias against its own workers and wanting the power to replace jobs that provide a living wage and benefits with low-paid freelance work.
Several people attending applauded the editors on the newspaper’s renewed attention to investigative journalism. It’s exactly this kind of intensive work that demands the skills of professional journalists.
A couple of readers also questioned the paper’s recent shifting of journalists away from covering Dayton’s vibrant arts community, which they noted is an important part of the economy and helps distinguish Dayton among cities of its size.
The Dayton Daily News will be holding its first community coffee Wednesday, April 11. Editors of the newspaper’s Ideas & Voices pages will be available from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Ghostlight Coffee, 1201 Wayne Ave., Dayton.
Ron Rollins, associate editor, has asked readers to “come talk about what’s on your mind, but I’d like at least part of the conversation to be about media bias — something our papers are always trying to work on.”
The Dayton Newspaper Guild may help get that conversation started.
Several Guild members will be outside beforehand distributing information and answering your questions regarding the newspaper’s bias against its own workers and coverage of its workforce.
Dayton Newspaper Guild members share our readers’ passion for solid reporting done in the public interest. We also believe that good jobs lay a foundation for a good community supportive of those efforts.
So please consider attending and enjoying a great cup of Ghostlight Coffee courtesy the Dayton Daily News. We’ll supply some food for thought.
DAYTON – The Dayton Newspaper Guild will again take to the sidewalk to save middle-class jobs at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, April 12, outside the Cox Media Center, 1611 S. Main St., as contract negotiations resume.
Following two successful rallies last month that each drew 50 to 60 Guild members and supporters, the Guild will again protest the Dayton Daily News‘ efforts to degrade working conditions in its newsroom. Among its demands, the newspaper is seeking unlimited power to use freelancers to replace professional journalists who serve as the community’s watchdog. This is a serious threat, as the newspaper announced last month that it also is outsourcing oversight of the delivery of its newspapers.
The newspaper also wants to end job security for its most experienced workers by eliminating seniority-based layoffs. And even while the company gives nonunion newsroom managers raises and bonuses, it continues to deny small merit raises for hard-working union employees who kept the newspaper profitable during the recession.
The Dayton Newspaper Guild represents more than 90 reporters, photographers, copy editors, website designers and editorial assistants who work for Cox Media Group Ohio, including the Dayton Daily News.
To learn more, and to see photographs of the March 16 and March 28 rallies, please go to daytonguild.org.
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