The Speak Up! Media Spokesperson Workshop was developed in 2009 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.
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.
We are currently offering media workshops to communities outside of New York City on a consultant basis. In 2015, media training will be incorporated into other leadership development opportunities for our members and we are not, at this time, planning to offer a weekend long intensive in NYC.