Guidelines for RadioLabour Reporters
RadioLabour welcomes audio reports from anybody who supports working people and their organizations . Please read the following guidelines in order to consider and produce your audio reports.
1. RadioLabour reports on
events concerning working people and their organizations around the
world. It does not audiocast opinion pieces. Your report
must be tied to a specific event (such as a strike or campaign) or the
published view of an issue by a labour organization. Because we
are a global service, we cannot report on events or issues that
are purely local. Your report should involve an issue or event of
national importance which would be of interest to a global audience. If
you have any doubts about the acceptability of your report please
contact us first. Click on the CONTACT tab on the RadioLabour website
for our email address.
it is true that labour activists are interested in many issues, such as
the environment, the specific mandate of RadioLabour is to report on
unions or other labour organizations.
2. All reports must verifiable as coming from a labour source. People who do not have a position in a union or other labour organization must include a source for their report which can be verified. That means either a web site or a document from the labour organization. People working for a labour organization such as a union or labour central must be authorized to speak on behalf of their organization. No report will be audiocasted without a verifiable source
political orientation and
stand on issues are in line with the International Trade Union
Confedertation (ITUC), the Global Unions, national trade union
federations affiliated to the ITUC, and the Workers' Group of the
International Labour Organization (ILO).
4. Reports must be
in English. We
hope to begin progammes in other languages in the future, but at the
moment RadioLabour reports are English language only.
5. An email with your
name, country and
organization (if you are with an organization) must be sent to
RadioLabour along with the report. If you are using our Skype
voicemail service please send the email after you have put your report
6. All audio
reports must be accompanied by a written script. No report will be
audiocasted without a script.
7. Reports should be
minutes. Longer reports will be considered, but most probably not
accepted because of the time restrictions of the news programme.
8. Begin your report
directly. Do not start with: “Hello” or your name.
Wrong: “Hello, I am
First Lastname reporting on the situation in (country)”
Correct: “The situation in (country) is . . .”
9. End your report with a
“This is First Lastname reporting for RadioLabour.”
10. Speak more slowly
than you normally
would. Emphasize the important words in the sentences. Speak more
loudly. Remember: people cannot see you. They have only your
spoken words to listen to in order to understand you.
11. Don’t worry if you do
not sound like
the professionals on the radio do. None of us who report for
RadioLabour are professionals. We are amateurs who want to report on
the issues of working people.
12. If you are sending us
an audiofile please send it as an MP3 file.
13. Questions about these guidelines can be sent to our email address.