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Bay News Rising shines

By Rebecca Rosen Lum and Kat Anderson

At a time when freelancers and temps comprise more than one-third of the workforce, the Pacific Media Workers Guild is reaching out to the next generation of journalists. Our goal: prepare them for life as self-employed professionals and arm them with the information they need to advocate for themselves and their fellow media workers.

We do this through our innovative mentorship/training program called Bay News Rising. Our union offers a hands-on program to college journalism students with a mission: to spur serious reporting on labor, workplace issues, women’s rights and other social justice topics while teaching students to insist upon fair treatment and fair pay as the American newsroom changes.

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Chris Rhomberg, author of The Broken Table, discusses the Detroit newspaper strike with members of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, at the Guild's offices in San Francisco.  Photo by Kevin Skahan 2014.

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