Labor And The New Media
From: Dick Meister
The coming of the Internet has had a profound impact on media coveraage of working peope and their uniions.
The coming of the Internet has had a profound impact on media coverage of working people and their unions. No, the mainstream media have not expanded their generally limited and shallow labor reporting or their generally anti-labor editorial positions. But there now are dozens of non-mainstream websites and blogs that provide in-depth labor coverage. The print versions of union newspapers and newsletters could never reach the very much larger audience that's now available via the Internet.
There are even pro-labor broadcast outlets, such as Pacifica Radio's KPFT in Houston, that cover labor issues in depth. The broadcasts and labor websites and blogs expose many people to labor activities and issues they may not otherwise have heard of, or understand – including pro-labor views,
Use of the Internet also has made it easier for unions to communicate with their own members.
But there's s...
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Intro and OutroINTRO:
Commentator Dick Meister says there has been a far-reaching change in labor reporting.OUTRO:
Dick Meister was formerly labor editor of The San Francisco Chronicle.