NPR’s “On the Media” Cites Payday’s Strike Tracker & Media Critique

Folks, 

Our little worker-funded publication and crowdsourced strike map is holding the mainstream media accountable. 

Yesterday, NPR’s show “On The Media” cited on-air on Payday’s Strike Tracker Map. 

“A labor site called “Payday Report” has tracked more than 150 strikes since the beginning of March, but the media’s gaze has been captured by the spectacle of placard-wielding citizens risking your health and yours to demand freedom from lockdown,” said “On The Media” host Bob Garfield on-air yesterday. 

Garfield and Wired staff writer Emma Grey Ellis then discuss the media’s disportainate coverage of astroturf ReOpen rallies vs. the much larger, more organic strike wave. 

Check out the clip, which starts around the 17:40 mark here. 

Thanks everyone, our organizing has forced the mainstream media to critique itself in their bastion of power; NPR. 

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About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing over 1,800 stories from 46 states, Elk was the only American reporter in the room with Lula on the morning of the election & traveled with him to the Oval Office. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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