BARGAINING: Guild, AP agree to revisions to social media and ethics policy

The News Media Guild and The Associated Press signed off Wednesday on changes to the company’s social media and ethics policy.

The company agreed to remove proposed language that would have discouraged employees from “over-the-top, fawning praise” on social media directed at sports teams and celebrities. The AP also agreed to delete proposed language that would have prohibited staffers from cheering for national teams on social media during international sporting events like the Olympics.

The AP also agreed to remove a requirement that all employees get advance permission from a manager before pursuing freelance work.

The changes are updates to existing policies that were previously negotiated by the Guild and AP. For reference, the current social media policy is available here and the current ethics policy is available here.

Representing the Guild were Jill Bleed of Little Rock, Vin Cherwoo of New York Sports, technician Ed Morsett of Denver and Guild administrator Kevin Keane.

Representing the AP were Keisa Caesar, human resources generalist and project manager; Jean Maye, human resources director; Steve Macri, AP’s attorney; Brian Carovillano, managing editor; and John Daniszewski, vice president for standards.

Bargaining will resume Feb. 8.