NWU Statement on the Death of Steven J. Sotloff

From NWU

The National Writers Union joins the rest of the world in our grief and anger over the brutal murder of Steven J. Sotloff by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He was just 31 years old. Our sadness is compounded by the fact that his death follows so closely that of fellow freelance journalist James Foley just two weeks ago. Steven, James and many others have risked their lives to work a beat that major news sources have abandoned as too dangerous.

NWU Statement on the Murder of James Foley by ISIS

From NWU

We grieve the loss of James Foley and send our condolences to his friends, colleagues and family. At 40 years old, James Foley was still in the early stages of what would surely be a long and successful career as a journalist, yet already he had accomplished far more than most journalists do in a lifetime. His work had taken him into the heart of conflicts around the world. He was no stranger to hostile and dangerous environments.

Revised Settlement Agreement in Electronic Databases Copyright Litigation (Tasini v. NYT) Is Final

We are pleased to report that the time for appealing the court’s final approval of the Tasini v. New York Times class settlement has expired and no appeal of that order was filed with the court. Therefore pursuant to Section 1(q) of the Revised Settlement Agreement, the Effective Date of the settlement has occurred. We are hopeful that payments for works covered by the settlement agreement will happen by early 2015.

Selection Panel Names Two Prince William Poet Laureates

Dr. Robert Scott of Haymarket, Alexandra "Zan" Hailey of Manassas Share Honors

For the next two years, Dr. Robert Scott of Haymarket, a novelist, poet and English teacher at Osbourn Park High School, and Alexandra "Zan" Hailey of Manassas, an undergraduate at Virginia Commonwealth University will share the position of Prince William Poet Laureate.

Solidarity with Bangladeshi Workers

NWU-DC Steering Committee member Tim Ryan is the Solidarity Center's Asia regional director. He recently visited the center's Bangladesh office and partners with Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau, who penned the following note.

Dear colleagues,

In February, I had the enormous honor of meeting dozens of brave Bangladeshi garment union members and organizers. My discussions and interactions with them were inspirational. And in a room full of new union members near Dhaka, I could feel the power and the pride they had, knowing that they could finally make a difference at their factories, and in their communities.

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Learn How to Write True Stories at the National Journalism Institute

Writing True Stories That Make a Difference

Reporting and writing true stories that inform, compel and inspire: That's the mission of this two-hour workshop led by a pioneer and leading figure in the field, Lee Gutkind, the "Godfather" behind the creative nonfiction/true story genre, according to Vanity Fair Magazine.

Norton Says First Hearing in Twenty Years Takes D.C. Statehood to a New Level

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said today that Senator Thomas Carper's (D-DE) announcement of the first District of Columbia statehood hearing in more than two decades highlights "a season of unusual progress for D.C. statehood." Senator Carper, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is one of the sponsors of the Senate companion bill to Norton's D.C. statehood bill, the New Columbia Admission Act. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), who as Senate Majority Leader rarely cosponsors bills, made an enthusiastic public announcement of his cosponsorship at the unveiling of D.C.'s Frederick Douglass statue in June of 2013. The top three other Democratic Senate leaders, Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Patty Murray (D-WA), are also cosponsors. There are 99 cosponsors of the House version of the bill, close to the record of 101 House cosponsors for the bill since it was first introduced in 1983. The Senate version of the bill is only one cosponsor away from a record 17 cosponsors since it was first introduced in 1984. The hearing, entitled "Equality for the District of Columbia: Discussing the Implications of S. 132, the New Columbia Admission Act of 2013," will be held on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.


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Editor - Microfinance Gateway Migration (French)

We are looking for a bilingual (French/English) consultant to support the migration plan and drive the migration efforts for the French Microfinance Gateway site, Portail Microfinance. Working with CGAP's Web Project Manager and the Microfinance Gateway's Business Manager, the consultant is expected to work with a range of people from writers, microfinance specialists, IT specialists, developers, information architects, and designers to ensure the organization's content and ideas are translated into our Web site priorities.

Press Secretary, Spanish Language, Human Rights Campaign

The Press Secretary, Spanish Language is a regular, full-time position that reports to the Communications Director and is based in Washington, DC. The Press Secretary, Spanish Language is part of a team of specialized Press Secretaries whose workload is focused on assisting the Communications Director in aggressively ensuring HRC’s messages are placed in all forms of news media. All of the Press Secretaries offer strategic guidance and detailed execution of plans in their area of specialty as well as plan and implement long and short-term communications campaigns. This work is done through, but not limited to, responding to media inquiries, proactively pitching stories and editorials, and developing salient and creative messages.

Details at Human Rights Campaign.

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Teen Writer Needs Help on First Novel

Anybody willing and able? Negotiate the price with the mother, who writes:

My high school aged daughter has been an avid reader and writer forever. Throughout the years she has written short stories, poems, articles for her high school and a novel. She is searching for a writer, someone in publishing , or with publishing experience, to read her novel and provide feedback and advice on "next steps." Is there anyone out there that fits this bill or knows of a willing person that has experience in this genre or giving teen writers guidance.