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


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 who covered everything from Lula & the Brazilian labor movement to major league baseball. He spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian and was labeled by the New York Times as an "abrasive gadfly" for exposing within the labor movement. Raised in a UE union family in Pittsburgh, Elk was illegally for union organizing at Politico in 2015 and used his NLRB settlement to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and is fluent in both Pittsburghese and Portuguese, which he learned when attending journalism school at PUC-Rio de Janerio. Email: [email protected]

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