Huffington Post Story Embeds Secret Message of Support in Coverage of Vox Media Union Walkout
One journalist at the Huffington Post decided to embed a secret shoutout of support in his coverage of Vox Media employees walking off the job in protest as part of their ongoing unionization campaign.
Andy Campbell’s Huffington Post story on the Thursday walkout on the final day of that newsroom’s union bargaining reads like a straightforward account. But only a sharp-eyed reader would have noticed that the first letter in each of the article’s 10 paragraphs happen to spell out: S-O-L-I-D-A-R-I-T-Y.
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) June 6, 2019
Huffington Post employees began their own labor organizing campaign in late 2015 and the newsroom officially unionized in January 2016. A year later, the Huffington Post newsroom signed its first collective bargaining agreement.
The online news site wasn’t the only one to show solidarity with the Vox campaign, either. 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders offered (much more public) encouragement, tweeting out his support for Vox Media Union’s “fight for a fair contract.”
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 6, 2019
Screengrab of Vox Media’s empty New York City offices during the walkout via the Vox Media Union Twitter account
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