Spotlight: ALL WORKPLACES ARE WORKPLACES ABOUT POWER

Swirling beneath every single one of this year’s breaking stories and major crises is work and labor: not only of the people in the headlines, but of the audio storytellers, ourselves.

Swirling beneath every single one of this year’s breaking stories and major crises is work and labor: not only of the people in the headlines, but of the audio storytellers, ourselves.

How does the media fail to cover the working class, work, and labor? Why is working class, in media speak, a synonym for "white men?" And how does this impact our culture, our world, and our own spaces of work? Unless we confront the system of media we operate inside of and they way power works within our own industry, we can not properly confront and cover structural power and inequality as journalists and audio storytellers.

This opening panel from the 2019 Third Coast Conference was hosted by Sandhya Dirks, with panelists Carla Murphy, Afi Yellow-Duke and Emily Guendelsberger.

Mixed by Neroli Price.


Featuring

Sandhya Dirks

Sandhya Dirks (@sandhyadirks) (she/her) is the race and equity reporter at KQED public radio, where she focuses on long form documentary storytelling.

Carla Murphy

Carla Murphy (@carlamurphy) is an editor, writer, teacher, consultant, and an immigrant. More than a decade as a communities and social justice reporter fuels her shift from covering a beat to designing the future newsroom and journalism industry. That looks like editing Lewis Raven Wallace’s The View from Somewhere podcast; essay-writing in Dissent, “Why we need a working class media” with support from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP), and in August 2021, “Multiple Mainstreams;” co-convening the 2021 Reimagine Journalism for our Communities conference; creating surveys to establish a body of knowledge about, with and for journalists of color.

Emily Guendelsberger

Emily Guendelsberger (@emilygee) is a journalist and author of On the Clock , a book about technology, low-wage work, and how the two combine to make everyone miserable and insane.