Fire Your Bosses: How Workers Relaunched The Appeal

  • Thursday, Sep 22 – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PT (18:30 – 19:30 UTC)
  • Location: San Diego
  • #ONA22Unions
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In an effort to create more stable and equitable workplaces, journalists are increasingly unionizing their newsrooms to push for change. But what happens when the storyline changes?

This in-depth and engaging conversation uncovers how The Appeal went from unionizing and a management shutdown to relaunching as a worker-led nonprofit in less than six months. Hear from newsroom leaders about what it (really!) takes to launch a startup and build values of transparency, solidarity, and care into everything from editorial strategy to compensation. Participants will leave with a top-level guide to starting a newsroom and a template for making more inclusive decisions in their workplaces.

Session resources

This session is designed for:

  • Journalists involved in their union or are thinking of unionizing their newsroom
  • Leaders and managers who want to create more supportive and inclusive environments
  • Anyone interested in nonprofit news or launching a media startup


Molly Greene
Director of Legal & Strategy, The Appeal

Tara Francis Chan
Managing Editor & Operations Director, The Appeal


Jody Armour
Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law, University of Southern California