Amidst Mass Layoffs, Media Workers Tell a Different Story about Economic Decline
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Nonprofit Quarterly Profiles and Praises EHRP

For Nonprofit Quarterly, Rithika Ramamurthy wrote about how labor unions and nonprofits like the Economic Hardship Reporting Project are keeping journalism alive as mass layoffs plague the media sector:

As billionaires buy up large media platforms and workers in the sector struggle against the sector’s decline, other media organizations are trying to create space where reporters can tell real stories about why all—including media workers—are taking losses in this economy. The Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP), cofounded by journalists and advocates Barbara Ehrenreich and Alissa Quart, does exactly that, funding original reporting by independent journalists from diverse economic backgrounds. Not only does it not answer to billionaires like Bezos, but its funded writers are also able to speak the truth about what effect things like private ownership has had on their lives.

The EHRP believes that it’s important to challenge traditional narratives of economic class and issues, as these not only harm individual workers but allow harmful economic trends to worsen unchecked. The project aims to move media away from reproducing harmful class mobility myths like self-reliance, individual success, and bootstrapping. Alissa Quart told NPQ why economic crises need better storytelling by economically diverse reporters.

Read the full story in Nonprofit Quarterly.

Save An Endangered Species: Journalists

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project supports independent journalists so they can create gripping stories which often counter the typical disparaging narratives about inequality. This high-quality journalism is then co-published with mainstream media outlets mobilizing readers to address systemic economic hardship.

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