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rabble.ca welcomes new labour reporter Teuila Fuatai

| January 14, 2016
rabble.ca welcomes new labour reporter Teuila Fuatai

rabble.ca is happy to announce that Teuila Fuatai will be joining the rabble.ca team as our labour beat reporter for 2016. 

Unlike other media, rabble prioritizes our coverage of labour stories, and initiated this paid editorial internship, in partnership with Unifor (then the CAW) in 2012. We are very pleased to have Teuila join us for the 2016 internship, covering labour news.

Fuatai follows in the footsteps of Ella Bedard who worked with rabble.ca last year, H.G. Watson, who worked with rabble.ca in 2013-2014, and Lori Theresa Waller, who was rabble.ca's inaugural labour beat reporter in 2012-2013.

Fuatai is a recent transplant to Canada from Auckland, New Zealand. In New Zealand, she worked as a general news reporter for the New Zealand Herald and APNZ News Service for four years after studying accounting, communication and politics at the University of Otago. As a student, she had her own radio show on the local university station and wrote for the student magazine.

The labour beat reporter internship was created in 2012 by rabble.ca, in partnership with the Canadian Auto Workers (now Unifor), with the goal of improving understanding of the labour movement across Canada and creating a bank of labour reporting expertise among emerging journalists. The success of the project has led rabble.ca, in partnership with Unifor, to continue the position.

The long-term goal of the labour beat position is to equip reporters with new skills and to enhance their knowledge of the labour movement and workers' issues. This position will provide six months of labour reporting at rabble.ca, but as the labour beat reporters continue careers in journalism, their time on the labour beat is sure to enhance labour coverage and understanding in the media as a whole.

Please follow Teuila Fuatai's labour reporting at rabble.ca on our labour issues page.

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