APRIL 1-2, 2020
With inequality on the rise, and workers struggling in the face of stagnant wages, hollow workplace protections, unaffordable housing and ballooning student loan debt, workplace issues are more important than ever. While many outlets had all but abandoned the labor and workplace beat, a new generation of journalists, many facing these same workplace challenges themselves, have taken up the challenge of covering work and workers.
Correspondingly, due to deteriorating job conditions within the industry, the last five years has witnessed the explosion of unionization across online newsrooms, traditional outlets and emerging digital platforms. The spark was ignited when over 100 employees at Gawker unionized in 2015, and quickly spread to outlets like New Yorker Magazine, Buzzfeed and Gimlet Media.
While journalists and labor unions have been remaking the balance of power in newsrooms, the wave of unionization is also beginning to have ripple effects across journalism and media industries, playing a critical yet underexplored role in the changing coverage of class in America. At this MIC-sponsored symposium, we will explore the way this wave of unionization has in turn shaped the way labor is covered, and how journalists’ own struggles around their work will shape the future of news.
April 1, 2020: 6:00-7:30pm Keynote by Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO Location: Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations, Auditorium
April 2, 9:30-5:00pm, Full conference, Agenda TBD Location: Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information, Room 222