The Speak Up! Media Training Spokesperon Workshop was developed for people with experience in the sex trades who want to speak publicly – in mainstream and community produced media – about their experiences and offer their political perspective on issues that affect our 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 and builds skills as a media spokesperson.
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 (Saturday and Sunday) in Brooklyn. We will meet from 9:30 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 6:30 pm on Sunday. We will provide meals, snacks, and beverages to all participants during the workshop. Participants must commit to being present for the entire weekend.
Bonus event: RedUP members will be reading during the Brooklyn Lit Crawl on the evening of May 17th. We welcome you to join us for this free event!
Some participants are writers who want to be able to market themselves and their work better while some work with activist groups and want to get more media attention for their work on sex worker rights. Some have had negative experiences with the media or don’t often have a place within the sex worker rights movement and want to be better prepared. 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 usually able to match people with free, safe housing within New York City.
We are no longer accepting applications for the May 2014 training.