After Katrina: an experiment in labor media


This year’s labor media convention was an experiment in labor media centers, providing tools and training for delegates to report and distribute the stories of crisis, struggle and progress. More than 70 labor journalists in 17 teams hit the streets of New Orleans and collaborated to create articles and multimedia presentations that capture the issues behind the Hurricane Katrina tragedy and explain their meaning.

Over the next few weeks following the convention expect to see more and more posts to this site as people complete their stories and publish in their local outlets too. Feel free to use anything you find as long as you credit the author properly as well as this website. We would also like to know where and how you are using them. Our goal and our work is to demonstrate the collective power of labor’s voice.

Some of the articles on this site

After the Deluge: Labor and Community Seek to Rebuild and Renew
Meet three individuals — a building trade apprentice, a public housing tenant and a labor investment officers — who exemplify the spirit of rebuilding, renewal and tenacity that characterize the Gulf Coast rebuilding efforts.

FEMA still doing a heckuva job – just ask them
The Federal Emergency Management Agency staged a news conference Oct. 23 talking about how well it was handling California’s wildfires. The only problem: The ‘reporters’ asking questions were FEMA employees. Real reporters could listen via conference call – but couldn’t ask questions.

‘If you take away their schools, you take away their hope’
Forced to navigate the daunting maze of traditional public schools, charter schools and recovery schools, parents must be their children’s strongest vocal advocate.