Basic Workshop Info
The Speak Up! Media Training Intensive Workshop was developed for people with experience in the sex trades, LGBQ people, and trans and gender-non-conforming people who want to speak publicly – in mainstream and community produced media – about their experiences and offer their political perspective on issues that affect their communities. The workshop is designed to support each participant to speak up from their own perspective and on issues that matter to them. Our seminar teaches participants to create strategic responses to media and public events.
Participants learn to:
- evaluate press requests
- create talking points and stick to them
- decide on the best message for the audience
- hold journalists to ethical standards
- produce media products like press releases and letters to the editor
- evaluate the risks and rewards of being “out”
- be confident in an interview even when it gets weird
- and more.
This spring, the workshop will take place during the weekend of May 17-18 in Brooklyn, from 11 am to 7 pm. There will be scheduled breaks during the workshop days, and we will provide breakfast (including tea and coffee), lunch, snacks, and beverages to all participants. Participants must commit to being present for the entire weekend.
Some participants are writers who want to be able to market themselves and their work better while some work with nonprofit organizations and want to get more media attention for their work on sex workers’ rights. Some have had negative experiences with the media or don’t often have a place within the sex workers’ rights movement and want to be better prepared, so we’re firmly committed to diversity, both in terms of demographics and experiences.
The workshop is led by Audacia Ray, Founder and Director of the Red Umbrella Project, and co-facilitated by Emma Caterine, Community Organizer with RedUP. We may also be joined by guest experts throughout the weekend.
Costs and Support
The workshop is FREE. We are also able to provide MetroCards to those who need them, and can offer a stipend to cover childcare or other costs participants from the NYC area may have. We are unable to offer travel stipends to people traveling to the workshop from outside the tri-state area. However, we are able to match people with free, safe housing within New York City.
The application will become available on March 24, 2014. We will post the application to this page and will also announce it on our social media channels.