Meet Phoebe Fuller, PressProgress’ 2023 Labour Reporting Intern
“If journalism is intended to serve the public, then we are compelled to serve the workers.”
Newsrooms have been in crisis, and Canadian outlets are no exception. Given recent developments where tech giants, Google and Meta, are threatening the removal of Canadian news from their platforms—the future of Canadian news feels increasingly uncertain.
PressProgress is committed to countering these challenges by investing in the next generation of journalists. The summer of 2023 marks the third annual Labour Reporting Internship program, where PressProgress offers a paid summer position for young journalists seeking experience in labour reporting.
This summer’s intern is Phoebe Fuller, a Calgarian based out of Vancouver pursuing a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia. Phoebe’s spark for labour coverage ignited before pursuing journalism while working at the Directors Guild of Canada.
“My time there gave me a great appreciation for the importance of unions and labour action. Labour issues are everywhere and they truly affect everyone,” Phoebe recalls.
“Especially today, as working-class people struggle with the basic necessities of life against the mounting wealth accumulated by the rich and powerful, the public cares about these issues and I feel a strong journalistic duty to report on them.”
Phoebe has already published two stories for PressProgress highlighting the David and Goliath nature of class struggle. Her reporting on Vancouver’s Granville Island Brewery strike highlights how just seven workers are facing off against a billion-dollar beer conglomerate, Molson Coors. Prior to this, Phoebe explored how Vancouver’s Radisson Blu hotel has kept its workers on the picket line for two years, making it Canada’s longest currently ongoing strike.
“Good journalism holds the powerful to account—good labour journalism holds the employers, the government, and others in positions of power, to account,” Phoebe says.
“I was blown away by the opportunity at PressProgress because this is an outlet that really focuses on making an impact and creating social change.”
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