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The AFL-CIO media outreach fellowship has a dual purpose:

  1. to help the AFL-CIO shape the public's opinion of today's unions through media outlets, including making working people's voices and issues heard in all available media forums;
  2. to develop people with the skills needed to fill the labor movement's growing need for effective communicators.

The fellow position is a full-time, generally year-long opportunity to explore and be part of the dynamic new labor movement while developing specific media outreach skills.  While the fellowship is based in Washington, D.C., it may include a period of field work in organizing, political and /or legislative work.  The fellow works under the direction of the National Media Director.


  • Writing press releases and media advisories;
  • Identifying reporters and bloggers who cover labor and labor related issues, and work to build strong relationships with them;
  • Monitoring press coverage of unions;
  • Pitching reporters on workers' issues and AFL-CIO initiatives';
  • Helping to stage press conferences and events;
  • Helping workers to refine their message and to make their voices heard in the media;
  • Coordinating on various AFL-CIO projects including politics, trade, immigration, organizing and various legislation;
  • Producing background materials for internal and external use;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • The media outreach fellow should be an effective writer and communicator with a deep interest in addressing issues affecting working people. 
  • Previous experience with unions, student labor coalitions, community organizations allied with labor or other labor-related organizations is a plus, but not a requirement.
  • Ability to speak Spanish is a plus.


• Temporary, one (1) year position

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