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Baltimore Sun, Chesapeake News Guild raise concerns about new investment from ‘destroyer of newspapers’

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The Sun’s Port Covington printing plant. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

More than 400 journalists at Tribune Publishing newspapers, including dozens at outlets operated by the Baltimore Sun Media Group, petitioned the company’s board of directors to reaffirm a commitment to local journalism in the wake of investments by Alden Global Capital, once dubbed a “destroyer of newspapers.”

Tribune voluntarily recognizes Chesapeake News Guild

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Image via Facebook.

A unionization effort by smaller community papers within the Baltimore Sun Media Group was voluntarily recognized by parent company Tribune Publishing, clearing the way for contract negotiations between the two sides.

The Baltimore Sun Guild and Tribune Publishing agree on contract extension

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Photo by Brandon Weigel.

The Baltimore Sun Guild has accepted a three-year extension with Tribune Publishing, keeping in place step-increase raises for young journalists, merit raises and other protections from the newsroom’s previous contract.

And there’s still a chance for the across-the-board raise that Sun journalists have been publicly pushing for since the spring.

Why The Sun is missing many of its reporters’ and photographers’ bylines this week

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The front page of today’s Baltimore Sun, with multiple bylines missing. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

You might have noticed something amiss today if you browsed Baltimore’s flagship daily in print or online: A number of reporters and photographers aren’t credited for their work.

Baltimore Sun staffers make a pitch for pay raises

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“Rai$e Our Pay Now” balloons in The Sun’s newsroom. Image via the Baltimore Sun Guild’s Twitter.

As The Sun‘s newsroom heads toward negotiations with management over a new contract, staffers went on social media today to highlight one of their top priorities: pay raises.

Reporters posted pictures holding the green balloons with an upward-pointing arrow and the words “Rai$e Our Pay Now.” In a couple photos, the balloons appeared to be tied to nearly every desk in the paper’s Port Covington newsroom.

Capital Gazette, Carroll County Times and other Baltimore Sun community papers form union

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Front row, from left. Erin Logan, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Libby Solomon, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Danielle Ohl, Capital Gazette; Jess Nocera, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Jack Chavez, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Top row, from left. Megan Woodward, Carroll County Times; Cody Boteler, Baltimore Sun Media Group; Lauren Lumpkin, Capital Gazette; Erin Hard, Baltimore Sun Media Group; and Selene San Felice, Capital Gazette.

Community reporters and journalists at community papers within the Baltimore Sun Media Group unionized today, calling for higher wages and a more stable work environment.

The group, known as the Chesapeake News Guild, covers about 50 reporters, photographers, designers and copy editors at The Capital in Annapolis, Carroll County Times, The Aegis in Harford County, Howard County Times and other local news organizations owned and managed by the local media company.

In new contract negotiations with Tribune, Baltimore Sun union seeks elusive pay bump

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The Sun’s Port Covington printing plant. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Baltimore Sun union reps are back at the negotiating table today with management.

36 theater shows to see in Baltimore in May

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Dawn Ursula, who plays Jacqueline Marie Butler in “Queens Girl in the World” and “Queens Girl in Africa.” Courtesy: Everyman Theatre.

Baltimore is a theater town, which is never more evident than in the Lusty Month of May, when many companies are presenting their season finales or sole productions. This month, audiences in Baltimore and its closes suburbs have a chance to see 36 different productions (56 if you break out the 22 short plays in two different local playwright festivals). Expanding the theater radius just 10 or 15 miles includes dozens more productions, underscoring the truth in Baltimore/D.C. being named the fastest growing theater region in the country, according to a study by Actors’ Equity. Read on for information on how to take advantage of our city’s theatrical storytelling bounty this month.

Weekend Events Calendar: Charm City Bluegrass Festival, Fells Point Maritime Festival, CityLit Festival and more

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Image via the Charm City Bluegrass Festival’s Facebook page.

This weekend, festival season is in full swing, offering bluegrass, literature and a little maritime history. Elsewhere, have a ball to raise money for your neighborhood animal shelter or art space, and see Harbor East become a catwalk. Details:

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