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rabble.ca welcomes labour beat reporter Ella Bedard

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rabble.ca is happy to announce that we have expanded our labour beat reporting internship position from six to nine months in 2014-15. 

This year we are joined by Ella Bedard, who is rabble.ca’s third labour beat reporter.  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 Ella join us for the 2014-25 internship, covering labour news.

Bedard follows in the footsteps of 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.

Bedard is a contributing editor with Guts Canadian Feminist Magazine, has worked as a consultant for publications including Our Times Magazine, and created a short graphic novel called The History of May Day. She has also researched and drafted scripts for documentary film. Her work in the labour movement has included research with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and work with United NY, supporting low-wage urban workers in New York City.

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 first two internships lasted 6 months each, but the success of the project has led rabble.ca, in a continued partnership with Unifor, to expand the position. The 2014 labour intern will work with rabble.ca for 9 months.

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 9 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 Ella Bedard’s labour reporting at rabble.ca at our labour issues page. rabble.ca/issues/labour.


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