Expertise in the language of the internet is part of what has made BuzzFeed a digital giant. Now members of the website’s news staff are using their fluency in digital culture to pressure their employer to come to the bargaining table. The BuzzFeed News Union, which came to life four months ago when the staff decided to join the national News Guild, invoked an online trope in the bio of its Twitter account: “Building a stronger newsroom while staying nimble — get you a union who can do both.” The line is a play on the “get you a man who can do both” meme, which BuzzFeed explained in a 2016 piece. Last week, the account posted a “sign bunny” — a pictogram of a sign-holding rabbit, made from computer symbols — to note that the company had yet to recognize the union. On Monday, BuzzFeed News staff members took their efforts offline, staging a four-hour walkout at the company’s offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco … [Read more...] about BuzzFeed News joins union wave at digital media outlets
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Citing mismanagement, pay disparities and job cuts, BuzzFeed News employees walked off the job on Monday afternoon in the hopes of getting the online-media company to voluntarily recognize their union. Employees in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco are taking part in the protests, according to the NewsGuild of New York. Plans for the walkout were first reported by Bloomberg News. Video of the walkout showed BuzzFeed employees standing outside the company’s New York office chanting and carrying signs that said “Recognize the BuzzFeed Union!!” There was also a giant inflatable rat -- a common form of protest by striking trade unions. The staffers are taking a page from employees at Vox Media, who staged a walkout earlier this month and soon clinched their first labor agreement. Despite four months of negotiations, BuzzFeed News employees and management still can’t agree on which workers are eligible to be part of the new bargaining unit … [Read more...] about BuzzFeed journalists protest in push for union recognition
NEW YORK — So many rats regularly lurk on a sidewalk in Brooklyn that it is the humans who avoid the rats, not the other way around. Not even cars are safe: Rats have chewed clean through engine wires. A Manhattan avenue lined with trendy restaurants has become a destination for foodies — and rats who help themselves to their leftovers. Tenants at a public housing complex in the South Bronx worry about tripping over rats that routinely run over their feet. New York has always been forced to coexist with the four-legged vermin, but the infestation has expanded exponentially in recent years, spreading to just about every corner of the city. “I’m a former Marine so I’m not going to be squeamish, but this is bad,” said Pablo Herrera, a 58-year-old mechanic who has counted up to 30 rats while walking on his block in Prospect Heights, just around the corner from the stately Brooklyn Museum. Rat sightings reported to the city’s 311 hotline have soared … [Read more...] about News Rats are taking over New York City
The cellphones known as 5G, or fifth generation, represent the vanguard of a wireless era rich in interconnected cars, factories and cities. Whichever nation dominates the new technology will gain a competitive edge for much of this century, according to many analysts. But a television network a few blocks from the White House has been stirring concerns about a hidden flaw. “Just a small one,” a TV reporter told her viewers recently. “It might kill you.” The Russian network RT America aired the segment, titled “A Dangerous ‘Experiment on Humanity,’” in covering what its guest experts call 5G’s dire health threats. US intelligence agencies identified the network as a principal meddler in the 2016 presidential election. Now, it is linking 5G signals to brain cancer, infertility, autism, heart tumors and Alzheimer’s disease — claims that lack scientific support. Yet even as RT America, the cat’s-paw of Russia’s … [Read more...] about News Russian network links 5G to health risks
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Tues., May 7, 2019 Several of the Little Thing because my mind is basically mush and it’s a bit easier this way. - For some reason, one of the screens where I was sitting yesterday afternoon had on the ceremony where Tiger Woods was presented with the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and I was kind of drawn to it. And really, truly, fully dismayed by it. Look, I don’t have any skin in the game and it’s not my country and I can’t remember the last Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient I gave a rat’s patoot about but for some reason this one caught my eye. Article Continued Below Look, I have no dispute about what Tiger Woods is as athlete. He is one of the greatest to ever play his sport. To recover from multiple back surgeries and rehabs and knee surgeries and win as he did in Augusta is one of the truly amazing stories of this year. Kudos to him for perseverance, for not letting the … [Read more...] about Is Woods an unworthy recipient of a great honour?