"Worker Correspondents: What, Where, When, Why, How?" by William F. Dunne Little Red Library no. 4. Undated pamphlet, published in 1925 in Chicago by the Daily Worker Publishing Co. Edition of 10,000 copies. No copyright notice in original publication, published in USA between 1923 and 1978, public domain.
This small pamphlet, originally produced in 32-mo format, is a how-to guide for workers to contribute journalism to the labor and communist press -- an American reflection of the "RabKorr" (Workers Correspondence) movement in the USSR. The tract's author, William F. "Bill" Dunne, himself had an extensive track record in labor journalism as long-time editor of the "Butte [Montana] Bulletin." "Worker correspondents differ from professional journalists in that they are part of the labor and revolutionary movement and fight actively in the struggles of which they write," Dunne remarks. He notes that journalism is a "class affair" upon which "the ruling class puts its stamp...just as it stamps every other form of social activity." In addition to the anti-labor attitudes of the bourgeois press, Dunne declares that the official trade union press, with "a few negligible exceptions" is in reality an aid to capitalism with its imitation of capitalist journalism and catering to "ignorant prejudices," including "warfare on the Communist Party." The Socialist press is similarly dismissed as "apologizing for capitalism, praising its parliamentary system, and fighting the Communist Party as well as every revolutionary tendency in the working class movement." Therefore, Dunne argues, only the Communist press remains as the "only clear challenge to the capitalist press." It is for this press that the worker correspondents are being trained, Dunne intimates. Examples of the contributions of worker correspondents from the pages of the "Daily Worker" are included. CONTENTS Section 1: The Revolutionary Role of Worker Correspondents (pp. 1-7) Section 2: Instructions and Suggestions to Worker Correspondents (pp. 8-15) Section 3: Shop, Factory and Job News (pp. 16-21) Section 4: Examples of Worker Correspondence (pp. 22-31) Section 5: Building the Communist Press (pp. 32-33)
This pamphlet was scanned from an original in the collection of Martin Goodman as part of the Riazanov Library Digitization Project. Preproduction by Dr. Goodman included xerographic enlargement, scanning done by him under contract. Additional post-production digital editing by Tim Davenport. Non-commercial reproduction of this file permitted, commercial rights reserved by the Riazanov Library. Uploaded to Archive.org by Tim Davenport on Feb. 27, 2012. For more on Bill Dunne, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_F._Dunne