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Michael Calderone is the Senior Media Reporter for The Huffington Post. He previously covered media and politics for Politico, the New York Observer, and Yahoo! News. Calderone holds a master's degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English from Rutgers University. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Journalists Attend Private Koch Brothers Gathering, But Agree Not To Name Donors

(30) Comments | Posted August 2, 2015 | 5:34 AM


NEW YORK -- Several news organizations gained rare access Saturday into a private gathering of influential Republican donors hosted by Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit organization backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch.


But journalists covering the three-day event, held at a luxurious California...

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MSNBC Cancels Three Shows As Ed Schultz, Other Hosts Depart

(50) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 4:37 PM


NEW YORK -- MSNBC has canceled "The Cycle," "Now with Alex Wagner" and "The Ed Show" with Ed Schultz as the network reconfigures its afternoon line-up to focus more on breaking news, according to a Thursday memo obtained by The Huffington Post. 


MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in...

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Will Dana, Rolling Stone Managing Editor, To Leave In Wake Of Retracted Gang Rape Article

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 10:09 PM


 NEW YORK -- Will Dana, the managing editor of Rolling Stone, is leaving the publication in August, four months after the magazine retracted a bogus story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia, a spokeswoman confirmed. 


Dana, who spent nearly two decades at the magazine, oversaw...

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Guardian US Votes Unanimously To Unionize

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 2:20 PM

NEW YORK – The staff of the Guardian US voted unanimously Wednesday to unionize under the News Media Guild, an action that comes amid a spate of labor organizing in newsrooms.

"The Guardian has a long tradition of supporting union effort," a spokeswoman for the Guardian US chapter of the News Media Guild said in an email to The Huffington Post.

"The move by Guardian US editorial staff to seek collective representation is consistent with the strong history of working in strong partnership with unions in the UK and Australia," she continued. "The vote was unanimous and we look forward to working constructively with Guardian management moving forward."

The Guardian, a British newspaper and widely read international news site, launched a New York-based U.S. edition in 2011. Guardian US led the news organization’s reporting in 2013 on disclosures from National Security Administration whistleblower Edward Snowden, winning a Pulitzer Prize in Public Service the following year.  

In a separate statement, Guardian US staff thanked new U.S. editor Lee Glendinning for "immediately welcom[ing] our initiative to seek collective representation."

"Our discussions with Guardian management have been conducted in a constructive manner and we're confident we can all achieve our stated goal -- a long-term, sustainable future for the Guardian and its quality journalism," read the statement, which appears in full below.

The Guardian US's move Wednesday comes as unionizing is increasingly discussed in newsrooms, especially as digital news sites without a legacy of collective bargaining have organized. Gawker voted to unionize in June and Salon announced plans to do so earlier this month. 

On Tuesday, Mike Elk, a labor reporter at Politico who is trying to organize his own newsroom, broached the topic with Vermont senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

The NewsGuild, part of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), now represents over 2,000 digital workers at outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press and The Daily Beast. The News Media Guild is the local chapter of the NewsGuild.

A NewsGuild-CWA spokeswoman told The Huffington Post the union is currently in active campaigns with other digital media organizations.

Union leaders praised the Guardian US's organizing effort in statements Wednesday.

“The Guardian has a history of great reporting that continues today,” said Martha Waggoner, president of The News Media Guild, the local chapter that Guardian US staffers will join. “It’s a publication with a grand tradition of unionism that now includes its U.S. writers.” 

Bernard Lunzer, president of The NewsGuild-CWA, said it's “a big day not only for the writers and staff members at The Guardian US but for the news industry as a whole.”

“Digital media is growing up,” he continued, “and it’s time our digital reporters received the same benefits and protections as their print media colleagues.”

Here's the full statement from the Guardian US chapter of the News Media Guild:
 

We are proud to announce that the editorial staff of Guardian US have voted unanimously in favor of collective representation under the auspices of the News Media Guild, following a ballot which was conducted independently by the American Arbitration Association. The union has been voluntarily recognized by Guardian News & Media LLC following the result of that ballot.

 

We would like to thank the News Media Guild and the Communications Workers of America for their invaluable help, advice and support. Furthermore, we greatly appreciate the support shown by our unionized editorial colleagues in the UK and Australia, where the Guardian has a strong history of working in partnership with its unions.

 

We are also grateful to the leadership shown by the Guardian US editor, Lee Glendinning, who immediately welcomed our initiative to seek collective representation. Our discussions with Guardian management have been conducted in a constructive manner and we're confident we can all achieve our stated goal - a long-term, sustainable future for the Guardian and its quality journalism.

 

Guardian US is in the process of rapid growth, which has been reflected by increasing audience figures and groundbreaking journalism, from our Pulitzer prize-winning Edward Snowden disclosures to our current work highlighting police-related deaths through The Counted project. Together we look forward to continuing to enhance the Guardian’s reputation as one of the most read, most respected and most trusted news organisations in the US.

 

This article has been updated with statements from...

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John Kerry Meets Privately With Washington Bureau Chiefs To Discuss Iran Nuclear Deal

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 8:53 AM


NEW YORK -- Secretary of State John Kerry met Wednesday morning for an off-the-record discussion with Washington bureau chiefs on the Iran nuclear deal at the State Department, with plans to later make the Obama administration's case on Capitol Hill. 


Marie Harf, a senior communications adviser to Kerry, said...

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Trey Yingst, Journalist Arrested In Ferguson, Wins Settlement From St. Louis County

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 5:31 PM


NEW YORK -- Trey Yingst, a journalist arrested during November protests in Ferguson, Missouri, has settled a civil rights lawsuit filed against St. Louis County and the commanding officer involved in the incident.


Yingst, who filed the suit in December with the American Civil Liberties Union of...

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New York Observer: 'No Good Way To Cover Trump' On Opinion Page

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 9:55 AM


NEW YORK -- The weekly New York newspaper owned by Donald Trump's son-in-law has no opinion on Donald Trump's candidacy.


Jared Kushner, owner and publisher of The New York Observer, surely has plenty of opinions. Before Trump officially got in the ring, Kushner, who is married...

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New York Times Corrects Explosive Hillary Clinton Email Story Amid Campaign Pushback

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 4:53 PM


An explosive New York Times story detailing a potential probe of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account unravelled quickly on Friday morning, prompting questions about how inaccurate, politically sensitive information could end up in the paper of record.


At issue was a Times breaking news...

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MSNBC Will Once Again Look Like NBC News As Sweeping Changes Are Expected

(32) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 10:34 AM


NEW YORK -- Chuck Todd never wanted to give up “The Daily Rundown,” his weekday morning politics show on MSNBC.


But when Todd was handed the reins of “Meet the Press” last fall, NBC News President Deborah Turness decided he should focus on the Sunday show, one...

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Vermont Media Want A Piece Of The Bernie Sanders Story

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 1:24 PM


VT Digger, a nonprofit Vermont news site with a full-time staff of 10, reported earlier this month that the mother of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 46-year-old son Levi was an old girlfriend -- not the candidate’s first wife.


That biographical detail had never been revealed in any of...

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162 Talking Heads Have Weighed In On Trump vs. McCain

(10) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 3:15 PM


Ever since Donald Trump claimed Saturday that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) isn’t a war hero -- or, maybe, is one only because he was captured in Vietnam -- cable networks have covered those remarks without pause.


The national media are obsessed with Trump, who has ridden the feedback...

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Rupert Murdoch's Media Empire Split Over Donald Trump

(4) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 10:10 AM


NEW YORK -- The Wall Street Journal editorial board slammed “conservative media” in Monday's paper for acting as apologists for real estate developer and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.


“[T]oday many on the right seem willing to indulge any populist outburst no matter how divorced from reality...

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Gawker Removes Controversial Post After Huge Backlash

(10) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 2:41 PM

Gawker on Friday removed a controversial story about a media executive soliciting a male escort who later attempted to extort him, after the decision to post the piece received widespread condemnation on social media.

Nick Denton, the site's founder and chief of Gawker Media, wrote in a post that he...

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National Journal Ends Print Edition, Newsroom Cuts Expected

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 3:10 PM

NEW YORK -- National Journal, a staple Washington politics and policy magazine relaunched just last year, will suspend its print edition, Atlantic Media chief David Bradley announced Thursday.

In a memo obtained by The Huffington Post, Bradley was apologetic about the decision, which he said stemmed from his view...

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Hillary Clinton's Campaign Kinda, Sorta, Maybe Wants To Open Up More To The Press

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 2:24 PM


Hillary Clinton didn't take any questions from reporters following her brief remarks on Tuesday about the nuclear agreement with Iran.


NEW YORK -- Bloomberg News announced in a Thursday morning press release that “With All Due Respect,” its marquee politics show, would broadcast live that...

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St. Louis County Still May Charge Journalists Arrested While Covering Ferguson Protests

(80) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 12:37 PM

St. Louis County prosecutors will soon decide whether to bring trespassing charges against two journalists arrested while covering demonstrations last summer in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly and The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery recently learned that there are open investigations related to their Aug. 13, 2014, arrests and...

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Sunday Shows Talk Trump, Trump And More Trump

(50) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 2:03 PM

NEW YORK -- If it's Sunday, it's Donald Trump time.

The political media didn't take even a day of rest last weekend from its ongoing obsession with the real estate developer-turned-Republican candidate.

Every presidential candidate, governor, journalist and pundit making the rounds could anticipate a Sunday...

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DNC Chair Says Candidates Must Meet 'Threshold' For Debates, Though Criteria And Dates Still Unclear

(92) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 4:50 PM

NEW YORK -- Democratic presidential candidates will have to meet a certain “threshold” to participate in the party’s six scheduled primary debates, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Thursday, though she did not specify which criteria, such as state or national polling, will be used to determine who...

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Bloomberg Splits With Digital Editor Josh Topolsky

(5) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 11:05 AM

NEW YORK -- Bloomberg is parting ways with Josh Topolsky, less than a year after the digital editor joined to oversee its web expansion, according to sources familiar with the move.

Topolsky reportedly clashed with founder Michael Bloomberg over the website’s direction. Bloomberg has taken a very active...

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Washington Post Hiring Dave Weigel Highlights Renewed Ambitions For 2016

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 6:26 PM

NEW YORK -- Steven Ginsberg, the senior politics editor for The Washington Post, said Wednesday his political staff "had a good election in 2012, but it's indisputable that we're in a better position for 2016."

Ginsberg was entitled to take a bit of victory lap after the Post announced it...

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