The 10-Minute Library Advocate #14: Find a Journalist Who Can Write about Libraries

The 10-Minute Library Advocate Number 14: Find a Journalist  Who Can Write about Libraries

When you’re advocating, you don’t need to do it alone.

Sometimes, it’s even more powerful when you have someone else speaking for you.

And there are few more powerful voices than those in the media.

When a journalist speaks about libraries – and the great work they are doing – they can reach thousands, even millions of people.

So for our fourteenth 10-Minute Library Advocate exercise, find a journalist who can write about libraries.

They can work for a local newspaper or news-site, in print, on radio or on TV – whatever is most appropriate in your area or country!

You could do a search using a news aggregator like GoogleNews or similar to find out who may already be writing about libraries. They’ll often be keen to receive more good ideas for stories!

Let us know about your successes!

Good luck!

 

See the introduction and previous posts in our 10-Minute Library Advocate series and join the discussion in social media using the #EveryLibrarianAnAdvocate hashtag!

2 Responses to “The 10-Minute Library Advocate #14: Find a Journalist Who Can Write about Libraries”


  • Librarians are busy people but we can also try to write up news about what we are doing ourselves and send to the media. Talking up the value of Libraries on different fora can help us build the needed social capital in our communities which can be positively leveraged on for advocacy.

  • There is a distressing trend in reporting library closures/school library layoffs. Too often advocacy reporting reports the same studies over and again about how librarians help kids and schools, completely ignoring relevant issues. Not only does “advocacy” sound a lot like tone deaf cheerleading, it not shed any light on the underlying reasons for the layoffs, how the jobs are changing, or the fact that a whole category of work dominated by women has been eliminated. Advocacy reporting needs to be done way before the layoffs start. How are school librarians innovating? How are their jobs changing? What are the working librarians doing right?

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