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By Dana Milbank, Washington Post  opinion writer

I am proud to be a card-carrying member of Local 32035 of the Communications Workers of America.

It was not always thus. The Post is an open shop, and I dropped my membership several years ago when the union was encouraging readers to cancel their subscriptions to protest some management action. I didn’t see much sense in paying dues to accelerate the destruction of the newspaper business.


I don’t expect to gain much personally from rejoining the union faithful, because I’m in the top decile of American wage earners who have prospered in recent years. I signed up because income inequality, after years of worsening, has reached a crisis — and the decline in union membership is partly to blame. Rejoining the labor movement is my small, symbolic protest.

The gap in wealth and income between rich and poor is the worst since the Great Depression, and the gap between the rich and the middle class is at its highest since the government began keeping such statistics 30 years ago. After more than three decades of income growth for the wealthiest 10 percent and stagnation for everybody else, the top 3 percent now has more wealth than the bottom 90 percent.

And Americans are angry about it. The percentage of Americans who believe you can get ahead through hard work has declined about 15 points over the past 15 years, according to polling by Gallup and the Pew Research Center.

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Florida Statehouse reporter and Guild member Gary Fineout put his ear to a closed door to find out what lawmakers were saying and won the $300 Best of the States award for his work.

On April 21, the House Republican caucus held a closed-door session to discuss a stalemate over whether to expand the state’s Medicaid program.

Guild member Gary Fineout with his ear at the door of a legislative meeting.  (Photo by Curt Anderson)

Guild member Gary Fineout with his ear at the door of a legislative meeting. (Photo by Bill Cotterell)

Under the Florida Constitution, meetings must be public any time three or more legislators meet to discuss legislation. The House GOP leadership said this meeting was exempt because it was to discuss procedures, not a specific bill.

Legislators didn’t respond to his questions as they entered the room. So Fineout pressed his ear to the door and was able to provide a play-by-play to other reporters.

The Capitol press corps praised Fineout, as did national reports such as Jim Romenesko, who called his work “good ear-to-the-door reporting."


The News Media Guild will award two $2,000 scholarships and one $1,000 wild card scholarship. Your application form is below and a return-address postage-paid envelope is enclosed for your convenience. Responses must be RECEIVED no later than 2 p.m. Thursday, June 4, 2015, to qualify.

The scholarships will be awarded by lottery the same day to any Guild member or his/her spouse or partner, children, parents, grandparent or grandchild, or other member of the nominating Guild member's immediate household.  In the event of a change in status, the relationship at the time of the drawing will prevail.

The wild card scholarship allows a member to apply for a relative, a friend or a co-worker.

Scholarship candidates must be Guild members in good standing, or sponsored by a member in good standing.  Members may sponsor only one candidate. Prior winners cannot reapply.

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Nominations are open through Friday, May 15, for the Charles B. Dale Guild Service Award, TNG-CWA's annual recognition of excellence in local leadership. The nominations must be received at TNG headquarters by that date in order to be judged by the Executive Council.

Given annually for outstanding service to the Guild at the local union level, the Charles B. Dale Guild Service Award is open to local members who serve in an unpaid capacity as local officers or in other responsible local positions.

Lindsay Connors of the Albany Guild receives the Charles B. Dale service award in April 2014 in Orlando, Fla.

Lindsay Connors of the Albany Guild receives the Charles B. Dale service award in April 2014 in Orlando, Fla.

Its purpose is to recognize and encourage the development of local Guild leadership, and it may be viewed as a counterpart to the Guild's Heywood Broun Award for journalistic achievement. Although both awards are premised on the principle of recognition by one's peers, the procedure for the Charles B. Dale Guild Service Award is somewhat different in that individuals may not nominate themselves.  They must be sponsored by their locals and nominated by the local executive board or representative assembly or a general membership meeting.  This authority may not be delegated--to units, for example--as some locals have sought to do in the past.  Nor may one local nominate a member of another local.

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Conditions for the media deteriorated sharply in 2014, as journalists around the world faced mounting restrictions on the free flow of news and information—including grave threats to their own lives. Those are findings of Freedom of the Press 2015, the latest edition of an annual report published by Freedom House since 1980.

It found that global press freedom declined in 2014 to its lowest point in more than 10 years. The rate of decline also accelerated drastically, with the global average score suffering its largest one-year drop in a decade.


The share of the world’s population that enjoys a Free press stood at 14 percent, meaning only one in seven people live in countries where coverage of political news is robust, the safety of journalists is guaranteed, state intrusion in media affairs is minimal, and the press is not subject to onerous legal or economic pressures.