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Media visit to New Orleans includes top honor for Labor Press
During an unusual three-day gathering in New Orleans Oct. 18-20, the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) expects to make technological news as well as some Milwaukee news.
At the major awards ceremony that closes the event, ILCA will present its top honor, the Max Steinbock Award for journalism excellence, to the AFL-CIO Milwaukee Labor Press and Editor Dominique Paul Noth for last December’s story on Milwaukee artist Terese Agnew.
The story, titled “Artist Agnew Sews Up New York,” chronicled her labor-oriented career and the tapestry work that union members contributed clothing labels for, that international worker groups acclaimed for the attention it brought to sweatshop workers, and that a New York museum will make part of its permanent collection.
The work is made entirely out of tiny clothing labels. The story and December issue are archived at www.milwaukeelabor.org under the Labor Press link.
As the convention begins, members of ILCA, which is the largest group of labor journalists in North America, will flood onto the Internet with audio, video and news stories updating the situation in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. Guided by journalist and technology veterans, they will spread through the city to create a demonstration project of how a labor media center can operate. To access these events, visit http://neworleanslabormedia.org/
Noth was eager to be part of the labor media center, but while he is fully on the mend from a summer medical incident, his physicians have vetoed several days of slogging around New Orleans. His acceptance speech will be read by a former colleague at the Milwaukee Journal, Michael Kuchta, who is now secretary-treasurer of ILCA.
The Labor Press also received two other major awards in ILCA’s annual media contest.