Boston Globe Freelancers Association Announcement
Portions of this column were originally written for the February 2004 edition of News Photographer Magazine.
Mark Loundy is a media producer and consultant based in San Jose, California. Full bio.
The opinions in this article are those of the author alone and do not necessarily represent the official views of the National Press Photographers Association.
By Mark Loundy
There's no point in taking a luxury cruise if you know that the ship is going to sink during the trip. Likewise, there's no point in pursuing a profession if you're going to go bankrupt before you retire.
In my last column I called for a re-examination of the NPPA's mission and a fundamental change in its priorities. The conversion of photojournalism into a virtual "steerage class" profession means that everything must take a backseat to fighting for economic survival. Anything less is tantamount to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Guess, what? We're already in the water and hypothermia is setting in.
I've written a package of bylaw revisions that will transform the NPPA into a more militant organization on economic issues while preserving the very valuable and respected educational programs the NPPA is known and admired for. In other words, we will build an organization that is relevant to today's world.
But are we up to it? Real change means that everybody is going to have to stop moaning about the lowest dues in the industry and chip in. How much? A nickel a day. That's right, for five cents a day each, we'll be able to hire a professional Advocate and fund a reasonable budget to pursue things like:
Are you up to it? If so, go to www.loundy.org/nppa/ and click on the "What can I do to make this happen?" link.
(The Good and The Bad are taking this month off again for space reasons in the print version.)
Please let me know of any particularly good, bad or ugly dealings that you have had with clients recently. I will use the client's name, but I won't use your name if you don't want me to. Anonymous submissions will not be considered. Please include contact information for yourself and for the client.Leftovers
According to Ward, the CD-ROM has reportedly become one of the top-selling titles in history, with millions of copies being sold over the last six years. A jury found in favor of Greenberg last year and awarded him the maximum damages allowed. NGS has asked that the jury determination be set aside and a ruling on that is pending.
New York judge Louis Kaplan recently ruled in Ward's case that the new features in the CD-ROM did not transform it into a new work — effectively contradicting the jury in the Greenberg case. Ward is appealing the decision.
As Ward files his appeal it is critical that all professional photo organizations file separate friend of the court briefs with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Ward. Such briefs can affect the eventual decision by indicating standard industry practices. This is another opportunity for the NPPA to step up as an industry leader in a critical situation.
Fred Ward invites inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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