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Your parent union has a new name, and your president was re-elected as international chair of that union during a sector conference in Orlando, Fla.

Delegates to the 2015 Newspaper Guild sector conference in January voted to change the name to NewsGuild-CWA to reflect the change in the type of journalists we represent. Prior to the vote, TNG’s board, led by News Media Guild President Martha Waggoner in her role as international chair, supported the name change. Waggoner also supported the change.

News Media Guild President Martha Waggoner speaks the NewsGuild-CWA sector conference Jan. 17 , 2015, in Orlando, Fla.

News Media Guild President Martha Waggoner speaks the NewsGuild-CWA sector conference Jan. 17 , 2015, in Orlando, Fla.

Prior to the voice vote, TNG President Bernie Lunzer told delegates how long he’d wanted the change.

“In 1995, when there was the World Wide Web and the information super highway was coming our way, one of my first actions as secretary-treasurer was to reserve two URLs,” he said. He had no doubt that after the Guild met a couple of months later, the union would be using NewsGuild.org or MediaGuild.org.

He was wrong then, and wrong again several other times the past two decades. This year, he was pretty sure it would pass, and he was right.

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It's time for another contractual benefit for AP staffers covered by the News Media Guild.

A lump sum payment of $500 is due as of Sunday, March 1. The Guild will check with AP to find out if staffers should expect that payment in their March 13th paycheck.
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Lump sum payments of $300 are due on June 1, 2016, and Sept. 1, 2017. Guild-covered staffers received a 2 percent pay raise on Sept. 25, 2014. A 1.75 percent pay raise is due Nov. 15 of this year with a 1.5 percent pay raise due Jan. 1, 2017.

News Media Guild activist Jimmy Golen won two writing awards in the annual contest for AP staffers judged by Associated Press Sports Editors at their winter meeting in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Golen won story of the year honors for his work on the Boston Marathon. Golen also won the Grimsley Award for body of work.

Guild member and AP sports writer Jimmy Golen

Guild member and AP sports writer Jimmy Golen

Scott Thurston, senior assistant sports editor for The Boston Globe, told The AP that Golen's story "I Need to Run," was "brilliant in its simplicity and has such profound meaning."

Other Guild embers who won awards included: Eddie Pells, deadline writing; Tim Dahlberg, feature writing; and Janie McCauley for enterprise. Guild member Jae C. Hong won a photo award.

Golen’s body of work included stories on Derek Jeter and gambling. Tim O'Toole, assistant managing sports editor at USA Today, complimented Golen's work for not being overwritten. The story written one year after the marathon attacks "could have turned maudlin, but the reporter avoided that," he said.

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The deadline is Feb. 17 to apply for the NewsGuild-CWA's Heywood Broun award, named for the Guild's founder who was a crusading columnist for the Tribune and The World in New York.

This annual competition is intended to encourage and recognize individual journalistic achievement by members of the working media, particularly if it helps right a wrong or correct an injustice. First consideration will be given to entries on behalf of individuals or teams of no more than two. This, too, is in the spirit of Broun.

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Broun wrote for the two New York newspapers from 1912 until his death in 1939. He also wrote frequently for The Nation and The New Republic, as well as Harper's, Bookman, American Mercury and Collier's. He founded the American Newspaper Guild in 1933 and served as its first president

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