Press releases and media coverage of the Alexis Johnson situation


Press Releases from the Newspaper Guild

Statement on the Alexis Johnson situation at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 6, 2020

Petition: Support for Post-Gazette Black Journalists
June 7, 2020

Newspaper Guild demands Pittsburgh Post-Gazette management cease discrimination and retaliation
June 8, 2020

Alexis Johnson and Michael Santiago Press Conference
June 8, 2020

Newspaper Guild condemns unrelenting mistreatment of Black reporter
June 9, 2020

NewsGuild-CWA calls for resignation of Post-Gazette Executive Editor Keith Burris and Managing Editor Karen Kane
June 12, 2020

Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh supports national call for Keith Burris and Karen Kane to resign immediately
June 12, 2020

External Statements and Releases

NewsGuild-CWA Executive Council Letter to John Block and Post-Gazette Management

Allegheny Conference Board of Directors Statement on Recent Post-Gazette Editorial Decisions

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NewsGuild President Jon Schleuss and CWA District 12-3 VP Ed Mooney denounce racist management decisions at the Post-Gazette

NABJ Disturbed by Silencing of Voices at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Disappointed with Removal of Black Journalist from Social Justice Coverage

Statement with Press Club of Western Pennsylvania in support of PBMF on removal of Post-Gazette reporter Alexis Johnson

Toledo NewsGuild Executive Board

U.S. Senator Bob Casey

Pennsylvania Lt. Govenor John Fetterman

Pittsburgh Pirates First Baseman Josh Bell

Letter From The PBMF President on Michael M. Santiago’s Departure from Pittsburgh

Alexis Johnson lawsuit vs PG Publishing

Media Coverage

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette removes a Black reporter from George Floyd protest coverage, says union
Pittsburgh City Paper | June 4, 2020

Post-Gazette Pulls Black Reporter From Protest Coverage Over ‘Objectivity’ Concerns
90.5 WESA | June 4, 2020

Black Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Reporter Removed From BLM Coverage
The Daily Beast | June 4, 2020

Shouts of solidarity for black reporter pulled from protests
AP | June 5, 2020

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette removes protest and police brutality stories from website following protests from union members
Pittsburgh City Paper | June 6, 2020

2 Black reporters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette were barred from protest coverage and the paper has removed protest coverage from its website amid public outcry
Insider | June 6, 2020

Pittsburgh paper accused of barring black reporters from covering protests, censoring stories
Washington Post | June 6, 2020

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Removes Second Black Journalist from Protest Coverage in Two Days
Pittsburgh Current | June 6, 2020

Post-Gazette reporters denounce black colleague’s removal from protest coverage
Philadelphia Inquirer | June 6, 2020

On Media: Post-Gazette under fire locally and nationally for its treatment of Black journalists. Why we must all do better
NextPittsburgh | June 7, 2020

Interview: Alexis Johnson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter barred from protest coverage, shares gratitude for overwhelming support from allies
Pittsburgh City Paper | June 7, 2020

Floyd protest coverage barred for Pittsburgh journalists of color
AMJoy – MSNBC | June 7, 2020

Black journalists sidelined, stories deleted from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s protest coverage: report
Penn Live | June 7, 2020

Pittsburgh newspaper accused of removing black journalist from protest coverage after she posted a tweet about looting
CNN | June 7, 2020

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Faces Blowback After Barring Black Reporters From Protest Coverage
The Wrap | June 7, 2020

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Bars Black Reporters From Covering Protests, Citing ‘Bias’
The Root | June 7, 2020

Dozens of Post-Gazette journalists allegedly ‘conflicted out’ of covering protests; union reaffirms its support of Alexis Johnson and Michael Santiago
Pittsburgh City Paper | June 8, 2020

Journalists Clash With Newsroom Chiefs Over Protest Coverage
NPR Morning Edition | June 8, 2020

Union demands Pittsburgh Post-Gazette rescind ban on some journalists covering protests
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | June 8, 2020

Two black Post-Gazette reporters and their union speak out about their removal from protest coverage; journalism ethics professor comments
WTAE | June 8, 2020

‘National Embarrassment’: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Under Fire After 2 Black Journalists Say They Were Barred From Protest Coverage
KDKA-TV | June 8, 2020

Staffers Ask Advertisers To Pressure Post-Gazette After Journalists Removed From Protest Coverage
90.5 WESA | June 8, 2020

What It Means to Be a Black Journalist in Pittsburgh Right Now
CityLab | June 8, 2020

What Black Pittsburgh Needs to Know About Media
1Hood Media | June 9, 2020

Newsrooms Must Do More For Black Journalists, Says PG’s Alexis Johnson
90.5 WESA | June 9, 2020

Editorial | Racism as reason: Black journalists aren’t biased
The Pitt News | June 10, 2020

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Staff Revolts Over Sidelining of 2 Black Colleagues
New York Times | June 10, 2020

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editor’s photo with Trump proves own journalistic bias he claims to condemn
Pittsburgh City Paper | June 10, 2020

Alexis Johnson Isn’t Covering Pittsburgh’s Protests Right Now. The Reason Is Maddening.
Esquire | June 10, 2020

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette finally addressed its controversy, but the explanation doesn’t make it go away
Poynter | June 11, 2020

The Voices Behind the Clash at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
CityLab | June 11, 2020

International News Guild President calls for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editors to resign for sidelining black journalists
Pittsburgh Current | June 12, 2020

Photojournalist banned from covering Black Lives Matter Protests Leaves the Pittsburgh-Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Current | June 14, 2020

Photojournalist Who Says He Was Banned From Protest Coverage Announces He’s Leaving Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
KDKA-TV | June 15, 2020

PBMF panel discusses freedom of the press and racism in the newsroom
Pittsburgh Current | June 15, 2020

‘Am I Biased Because I’m Black?’
New York Magazine | June 15, 2020

Federal Lawsuit Alleges Post-Gazette Violated Civil Rights Laws In Treatment Of Black Reporter
90.5 WESA | June 15, 2020

2 Sidelined Pittsburgh Journalists React: One Quits; the Other Sues
New York Times | June 15, 2020

The standoff between owners and journalists that’s eviscerating Pittsburgh’s biggest newspaper
Washington Post | June 16, 2020

This is what happens when you’re threatened by diversity
Pittsburgh City Paper | June 17, 2020

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Michael Santiago on why he is leaving the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh City Paper | June 17, 2020

An Open Letter to Alexis Johnson
Pittsburgh City Paper | June 17, 2020

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editor published a defensive op-ed. The guild president called on him to resign.
Poynter | June 19, 2020