Your Tapes Can Be On Labor Beat
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Labor Beat is the award-winning cable television show on labor issues.
And you can submit tape segments for it.

Labor Beat is also the name of the non-profit organization that
produces the series.  Labor Beat shows always include documentary
segments on current labor issues. (Over four hundred shows are
described on our web site at the address below).

Though you need other ways to release your immediately "breaking" news,
the bimonthly Labor Beat show is a good way to make public historical
statements about workers' issues.

Labor Beat producers are seeking your video and audio tapes. Your
subjects might be, for example: demonstrations, picket line scenes,
worker interviews, workplace issue clips, bargaining and grievances,
major rally speeches, organizer/steward training, history and background,
etc. You can submit already-edited segments or raw field tapes. If you
like, you can discuss prospective segments with us beforehand.

Some production tips: Tapes do not need to be strictly "broadcast
quality" when the events covered are important. ... Although clear sound
is difficult to get, it is really necessary. Speakers' words must be
intelligible. Practice and a long microphone cord (maybe placed close to
a public address system loudspeaker) often help. ... A good way to
explain an issue is by using interviews. And it helps if the interviewers
already know the issues, have actually prepared some good leading
questions, and listen well for points that should get further comment.
... Sometimes, interviewing a few people together can be more interesting
than isolating an individual. ... Your audio alone may be useful in a
Labor Express radio show. ... Be sure to write down the precisely-spelled
names of all of the main organizations and persons covered.

Labor Beat's main theme is that workers must speak for ourselves with our
own media. So, your clips might include shots of yourselves as you cover
an event. Include shots that establish the overall scene. And how people
are reacting. Not just the action at the center of an event. Maybe you
can show that the corporate news media are missing or distorting an event.

To learn more about Labor Beat and our shows, please visit our web site.
Then contact LB producers using the email links there. Or email producer
Bob Gallie now by clicking here.


The Labor Beat web site is at: www.laborbeat.org.