April 13, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
New York, NY – The Intercept, the investigative-journalism site founded by Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and Laura Poitras, has recognized the Writers Guild of America East to represent its 32-member staff, the union announced Apr. 6.
First Look Media, the site’s parent company, agreed to recognize the WGAE voluntarily after a majority of the staff signed union cards. “As reporters, researchers, editors, developers, and designers, we believe deeply in The Intercept’s founding mission, to hold ‘the most powerful governmental and corporate factions accountable,’” the Intercept Organizing Committee said in a statement. It added that the union was a crucial way to defend both freedom of the press and their own working conditions in a “volatile” industry. “While maintaining the flexibility that helps us thrive, we seek to formalize fair standards and protections to help us produce our strongest work in the days ahead,” it said. “With official hostility to core First Amendment principles reaching a fever pitch, it’s essential that we unite with our colleagues in other newsrooms in order to protect our values.” Read more