Labor History Museum – Laboring for Labor Press

It’s an ongoing challenge to get labor’s story told in the press or in the classroom. Arguably, working people have been increasingly taken advantage of, in part, because of the lack of labor coverage. Dr. Angelica Santamauro, director of the American Labor Museum tells us about the founding of the museum and its ongoing mission to further the study of labor history. Then, we explore challenges faced by the media in trying to tell labor’s side of the story with Labor Press Reporter, Marc Bussanich, who’s been increasingly turning to video to make Labor’s message more accessible.

Labor History Highlights

American Labor Museum Angelica Santomauro 2Labor has played a crucial role in U.S. history. Yet, the role of labor is frequently ignored during discussions of  the civil rights movement, wars and  other historical events. Dr. Angelica Santamauro is the director of the American Labor Museum in the historic “Botto House” National Landmark, in Haledin, New Jersey. We learn about the critical role “Botto House” played in creating a safe space for thousands of textile workers to organize during the 1913 Patterson “silk strike.”  Dr. Santamauro  describes several specific examples of labor’s  key role in our history. Santamauro is a strong and tireless advocate for educating people from all walks of life about our labor history.

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Getting Labor to the Front Page

Labor PressLabor reporting in mainstream outlets has declined to abysmal levels. Today labor journalism more often translates to reports slanted against the struggles of working people. Labor media outlets have attempted to fill the void. They are more familiar with the issues effecting working men and women than most news outlets.  They gain the trust of movers and shakers within labor which allows them to present diverse perspectives and delve more deeply into the issues that challenge the labor movement. One of our labor media allies is New York City’s “Labor -Press.” Marc Bussanich is a Labor Press reporter. He has been creatively utilizing the power of video reporting via YouTube to find a wider audience for labor’s issue than simply relying on print media.  Bussanich describes some of the challenges that reporters face in getting labor’s message to the front page.  Then, recognizing that people are getting their information in new ways, he tells us of his successes – and snafus – in sharing his reports on video as well as print.

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