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The Rise of Unions in Digital Media

52:26 | Feb 25th, 2019

2 recommendations
Gawker unionized in 2015, setting off a wave of digital newsroom organizing, invigorated by layoffs and politics that leave journalists feeling embattled. Emily and Heather are joined by long-time lab...Show More


mm recommended:Jul 22nd, 2019

This is a good episode and discussion about the rise of labour organizing in digital media newsrooms. Good point about how other creative industries like theatre and film have strong labour unions, so why not digital media. Also good observation about how the labour unions are now in white collar / information work, because all work how now become more and more precarious with the rise of tech, automation, AI, and growing inequality.

jspinelleJul 23rd, 2019

@mm More newsrooms need to be unionized, but I’m not sure it will happen because people are scared of losing their jobs and don’t want to rock the boat.

mmJul 23rd, 2019

@jspinelle Hopefully the successful unionization of Gimlet, Vox, and now Buzzfeed ( will give people the more confidence that unionization is to stop what they're most afraid of -- i.e. losing their jobs! But then again, I'm just an observer.