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The New York Times Agrees with Newsroom Union on Pay Increases

The union has announced that members will vote on the ratification of the five-year deal in the upcoming week.

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The New York Times has reached a new contract agreement with the union representing its newsroom employees, bringing an end to more than two years of contentious negotiations and a 24-hour strike.

The proposed agreement, once ratified, will provide immediate salary increases of up to 12.5 percent for union members, covering the past two years and 2023. It will also raise the minimum salary requirement to $65,000, a significant increase from the previous amount of around $37,500. Contractual raises have not been received by union members since 2020, as the previous contract expired in March 2021.

Under the terms of the contract, the median salary for reporters in the union would be approximately $160,000. The negotiating union, a part of the NewsGuild of New York, represents nearly 1,500 employees across various departments within the company, including the newsroom and advertising. The New York Times has over 1,800 people working in its newsroom.

The union has announced that members will vote on the ratification of the five-year deal in the upcoming week. Bill Baker, The New York Times Guild’s unit chair, expressed satisfaction with the agreement, stating, “This deal is a victory for all the union members who fought for a fair contract that rewards our hard work and sacrifice. It shows that the company cannot take us for granted and must be held accountable.”

Cliff Levy, a Times deputy managing editor, shared his support for the contract in an email to Times union members.

“From the beginning of this bargaining process, we’ve been determined to reach a contract that shows how much we value the contributions of NewsGuild members to The Times’s success,” Mr. Levy said.

The contract encompasses provisions regarding hybrid work arrangements and introduces paid sabbatical leave, granting four weeks off for every ten years of service at the company. The company has agreed that new newsroom positions, including any expansion into local markets, will be included in the union and receive fair minimum salaries.

The bargaining process for the contract was often intense, with disagreements arising over salaries, health and retirement benefits, and other matters. The union accused The Times of delaying negotiations and not sharing profits with employees, while Times executives cited the need for cautious budgeting amid economic uncertainty.

In December, members of the Times Guild organized a one-day strike, a rare occurrence for the publication. Last month, union members protested outside the company’s annual stockholder meeting and submitted a letter to publisher A.G. Sulzberger, signed by over 1,000 members, conveying their dissatisfaction. The letter stated, “Enough is enough.”

If approved, the new contract will cover the period from 2021 through February 2026. Union members will receive a one-time retroactive bonus of 7 percent of their base pay from the expiration of the previous contract.

Employees will receive initial salary increases on a sliding scale, with larger raises for those earning lower salaries. Those making under $100,000 per year will see an immediate 12.5 percent increase, while those earning over $160,000 per year will receive a 10.6 percent bump. All Guild employees will also receive a 3.25 percent increase in 2024 and a 3 percent increase in 2025.

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SPECai Welcomes Adams Radio Group and Southern Stoen Communications as New Customers

The two radio companies join other broadcasters like Connoisseur Media, Summit Media, and Magnum Communications at adopting the product.

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SPECai, the artificial intelligence product created in conjunction with ENCO Systems, Benztown, and Compass Media Networks, has inked a deal with Adams Radio Group and Southern Stone Communications to use the technology.

Southern Stone Communications will utilize the product in Jackson, TN; Valdosta, GA; Daytona Beach, FL; and Huntsville, AL. Meanwhile, Adams Radio Group will utilize it at stations in Tallahassee, FL; Las Cruces, NM; Valparaiso, IN; and Ft. Wayne, IN.

“SPECai is absolutely transformative. I was amazed by the blend of technology and creativity. Within minutes, our sellers are able to create top-notch spec spots,” said Adams Radio Group Northern Indiana Vice President and Market Manager Jennifer Figg. “The interface is easy and intuitive, saving us time and making the production process more efficient. Each spot is crafted with a professional touch. We only just started and have already closed new business.”

“I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly our sellers could create a great sounding commercial, with no help from production, and use it to help close new business,” added Southern Stone Communications Vice President of Sales and General Manager Chip Thomas. “I would highly recommend this product for any sales team looking for creative ways to close more business.”

The two radio companies join other broadcasters like Connoisseur Media, Summit Media, and Magnum Communications in adopting the product.

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Women Prefer AM/FM Radio to Everything But Their Phone, New Study Shows

Traditional radio eclipsed Amazon (43%), Netflix (40%), Apple (26%), Spotify (26%) and TikTok (24%) among other strong digital audio and video brands.

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As more and more listeners spend time with digital audio, the role of AM/FM Radio is questioned. However, according to a new study, the medium is still a strong one, especially with women.

New metrics released by Westwood One’s Audio Active Group shows that a study of 1001 women between 15-64 shows that 46% said they “love” their favorite AM/FM Radio station. While 51% said they “love” their mobile phone as the top vote-getter, terrestrial radio came in second.

Traditional radio eclipsed Amazon (43%), Netflix (40%), Apple (26%), Spotify (26%) and TikTok (24%) among other strong digital audio and video brands. Radio, however, dropped to 22% when respondents were asked about their love of the medium in general and not their favorite specific stations.

While the study shows women “love” radio, they admitted in their responses that the medium doesn’t often mesh with the busy lifestyle they currently live between family, relationships, and living a healthy lifestyle.

Also, nearly 60% of women agreed that “Today’s music is not as good as it was years ago.” Another factor of decreased listening is that women find the number of commercials unbearable and believe many ads are “annoying.”

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Nielsen Debuts The Media Distributor Gauge Showing TV Audience By Company

In the first report of the new gauge, 14 companies saw a 1.0% share or great of the total TV usage.

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Nielsen has unveiled The Media Distributor Gauge, which will provide information on television audience size on a per-company basis. 

The new measurement category became a necessity as streaming television continues to grow with many broadcast and cable networks utilizing the new technology as an alternate distribution method.

Coinciding with The Gauge, which measures the method by which viewers watch television, The Media Distributor Gauge is the insight into measuring an expanding and changing field.

“With more programs available across platforms, it’s vital for creators, advertisers, and the industry at large to understand what and where audiences are watching,” said Karthik Rao, CEO of Nielsen. “The Media Distributor Gauge is a perfect complement to The Gauge and serves as the first convergent TV comparison of its kind. Together, these reports paint the most complete picture of TV viewing today, which is critical as we head into the Upfront.”

In the first report of the new gauge, 14 companies saw a 1.0% share or great of the total TV usage.

The Walt Disney Company accounted for 11.5% of TV, as 42% of that figure came from Disney+ and Hulu.

YouTube (9.6%), NBCUniversal (8.9%), Paramount (8.8%), Warner Bros. Discovery (8.1%), Netflix (7.6%), and FOX (6.1%) all finished between 5-10% of the total viewing share.

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