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Reporting the U.S. Workplace

"You cover work, you cover everything."
— Bill Serrin

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Our first 2020 program was a huge success. We plan to run the program again in January 2022. Please email Alexandra Lescaze to be notified when the application opens in the fall.

Applications will be considered on a first-come basis.

Who should apply?

Reporters who are: new to the labor beat; local and general assignment; covering business, city, state, arts, education, health, and sports beats; at news outlets that don’t have labor beats or who are freelance and independent. Applicants can be working in text, video, radio or photography.

We are committed to building diversity on this beat, and recognize the importance of having journalists with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.  Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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This program will take place at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism which is located near Times Square at 219 West 40th Street, N.Y., New York.

2022 dates to be determined

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About Us


The Reporting the U.S. Workplace program is funded by a generous donation to the Sidney Hillman Foundation from Jesse C. Crawford. Crawford is a trying-to-be-retired entrepreneur and business owner. He is the president and CEO of the Atlanta-based, Crawford Media Services, Inc. He worked in print journalism in the late 1960s/early 1970s, and for nearly 40 years his businesses have provided services to radio and television channels, networks, and cable channels. Early in his life, Crawford belonged to both craft and industrial unions, and participated in labor struggles. He believes that a strong and vibrant labor union movement and a free, engaged and dynamic press are both vital to an informed citizenry, the commonweal and a democratic political economy.

Crawford has no role in the editorial content of the program.


Sharon Block
Executive Director Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School

Steven Greenhouse
Former New York Times labor reporter

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Alissa Quart
Executive Director, Economic Hardship Reporting Project

Tom Robbins

Tom Robbins
Investigative Journalist in Residence, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

Dorian Warren
President, Center for Community Change

Contact Us


Send them to Alexandra Lescaze at or (646) 448-6413.