UPDATE issued June 21, 2020:
The Memphis and Knoxville Newspaper Guilds strongly condemn the hateful full-page advertisement in Sunday’s issue of The Tennessean, our sister paper in Nashville. The ad is appalling, Islamophobic and unacceptable. We are calling on Gannett and the paper’s leadership to share the findings of the investigation and issue a complete apology to the community. The full statement is below.

The members of the Memphis Newspaper Guild need your support.

We represent reporters and sales at The Commercial Appeal, a daily newspaper in Memphis, part of the USA Today Network. 

Our parent company, Gannett, is unilaterally enforcing furloughs during a global pandemic, when we need to stay on the frontlines in the service of our community.

The furloughs also come at a time when we know more than enough money to allow us to continue working without interruption remains concentrated at the top of our company. We’re asking community members in Memphis, and all people who support journalism in this time, to stand with us.

Here’s why.

Want to read more from our journalists? Read the full transcript of our furlough stories.

To support the journalists of The Memphis Newspaper Guild, please consider writing the executives of Gannett.