The International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) will honor the winners of its annual Labor Media Awards at a luncheon on Dec. 12. This is the only contest in North America that honors labor communicators for their work, and does so in all areas of communications. Award categories cover a variety of writing and video, as well as social media, multimedia, photography and more labor-specific categories like labor history, organizing and political action.
The major award, the Max Steinbock, is given in recognition of an outstanding journalistic effort that explores an issue of concern to working families, with particular insight into the human spirit. This year’s Steinbock award will go to Eric Wolfe, communications director of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245, for his piece titled “Brother’s Keeper.” A list of winners can be found here.
The luncheon will take place at the AFL-CIO headquarters at 815 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC. Attendees will have the pleasure of hearing from keynote speaker George Lakoff, professor of cognitive science and linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley; and Steve Early, labor journalist, author and retired Communications Workers of America (CWA) organizer. Lakoff will share his view of progressive messaging as we head into the 2016 election. His work on framing and messaging has been detailed in many books. His recently released Don’t Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate is the essential progressive guide for the issues that define our future: climate, inequality, immigration, health care, the economy and more. Early will discuss one of the rare progressive wins of the midterm elections, the story of how the town of Richmond, Calif., beat back the corporate behemoth Chevron.
The luncheon is open to members and non-members of ILCA.