As SAG-AFTRA represented NPR employees continue union contract discussions under what appears to be extended negotiations, staff are showing their solidarity on social media with the #WeMakeNPR hashtag.
The campaign first appeared on Twitter on June 29, a day before contracts were set to expire, according to a Facebook post by NPR investigations correspondent Howard Berkes.
Some of the early posts explained the purpose behind the hashtag, but the campaign reached its zenith today, focusing on employee accomplishments, a fact which confused some seeing the tweets. Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep helped to clarify:
— Steve Inskeep (@NPRinskeep) July 1, 2015
Collectively, the tweets and posts read like a Yearbook (Decadesbook?) of NPR history.
— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) June 29, 2015
— melissa block (@NPRmelissablock) July 1, 2015
— audie cornish (@nprAudie) July 1, 2015
— Davar Ardalan (@idavar) July 1, 2015
— Ina Jaffe (@InaJaffeNPR) June 29, 2015
— John Burnett (@radiobigtex) July 1, 2015
— elizblair (@elizblair) July 1, 2015
— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) June 29, 2015
— Nina Totenberg (@NinaTotenberg) July 1, 2015
— Frederica Boswell (@freddieboswell) June 29, 2015
And of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include some media criticism:
I like the #WeMakeNPR campaign for both negotiations and community engagement. Making the work of journalism more visible is a good thing.
— Josh Stearns (@jcstearns) June 30, 2015
NPR did not respond to our request for comment.