SAG-AFTRA newsroom experts offer Communications Summit

Union communicators, staff members and officers are invited to attend a one-day Communications Summit, co-sponsored by the Washington State Labor Council and members from the newly merged SAG-AFTRA union, on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Georgetown Campus of the South Seattle Community College.

This unique, one-day summit featuring SAG-AFTRA union members who work in the commercial media will explain how a newsroom really works, how to write news releases so that the editors want to cover your story, and how to present yourself and effectively communicate your message in interviews. Presenters will also examine how unions in Washington state are using paid media to get their message out, how to use film and video to communicate with members and the general public, and about the latest trends in social media.

“Labor has been under attack from all quarters for years,” said WSLC President Jeff Johnson. “Given the corporate control of the media in our country, we have been fighting a losing battle over labor’s public image. Enough is enough, it’s now time to fight back and define who we are.”

“We are grateful to our brothers and sisters in SAG-AFTRA who reached out to us to offer this amazing opportunity,” Johnson added. “They have enlisted news anchors, reporters and editors, as well as actors and performance artists, who are volunteering to share their unique perspective with their fellow union members.”

Participants are asked to contribute $50 each to cover the cost of lunch and the use of the facility. Please RSVP by June 1 to Karen White via email at kwhite@wslc.org, or by phone at 206-281-8901 ext. 14.

For more information, download the event flier or call WSLC Communications Director Kathy Cummings at 206-281-8901 ext. 28.

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