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NMG members discuss staffing, workload concerns with AP at bargaining table

News Media Guild members told the Associated Press on Wednesday that its current staffing levels combined with unrealistic production standards have created a situation that it is unsustainable.

Jill Bleed, a breaking news staffer in Little Rock, Ark., and Vicki Smith, a solo correspondent in Morgantown, W.Va., joined Guild negotiators at the table to share workers’ concerns about workloads and staffing.

Bleed, who’s responsible for reports in Arkansas and Oklahoma, said bureaus have been told that rewritten member stories have more value than bylined stories. This, she said, “is a huge step back for staffers who take seriously what they do and care about their work.” Continue reading