Group Members: ___Ester Matos , Larell Bright , Michael Reid , Jasper Ingrassia,
Union Uprisings Organizer
Fill in the following organizer with your group to help you plan out your news broadcast about a Union Uprising.
Union uprising you will be broadcasting about:
What happened?( Summarize the event) : The Ludlow Massacre was an attack by the Colorado National Guard and Colorado
Fuel & Iron Company camp guards on a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families at Ludlow, Colorado, on
April 20, 1914. Some two dozen people, including women and children, were killed.
Identify the role each person in your group will have:
News Anchors: 1)michael, 2)ester
Reporter on the street: jasper
Person Interviewed by the reporter:larell
As a group work on a news script that you can practice.
Anchor 1: Lizaira
Anchor 2: ester
Reporter: , mike
Requirements: Each video must be at least 1 minute long, and include the following:
● 2 Lines of dialogue by each person
Anchor 1: We apologize for interrupting today’s regularly scheduled television programming but we have breaking news about and attack by the
Colorado National Guard and Colorado Fuel & Iron Company camp guards on a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families at Ludlow,
Model of Excellence Sample:
Anchor 1: We apologize for interrupting today’s regularly scheduled television programming but we have breaking news about a potential union riot at Haymarket Square in Chicago. Anchor 2: There have been reports of a labor protest rally near Chicago’s
Haymarket Square that has turned into a riot after someone threw a bomb at police. Anchor 1: We have received reports that there have been fatalities. We will send it down to our InField Reporter in Chicago. InField Reporter: Hi ____________________, I am in Haymarket Square surrounded by chaos as events have certainly escalated. Originally this was to be a peaceful demonstration of workers aimed at improving working conditions in the local steel mills, where laborers were forced to work extremely long hours with short breaks for minimal pay making steel harvesting machines for the McCormick company. I have a worker here who has been present during the conflict. Can you tell us what’s happened? Witness: Yeah, yesterday we left work as an organized strike, and while we were peacefully protesting, the guards hired by Mr. Frick and Mr. Carnegie attacked us and began to beat us up. We found out this morning that one guy died, so we came back to continue our protest today.
Reporter: So then what happened? Witness: Well, we were here demonstrating today and out of nowhere there was an explosion and people started running and fighting and throwing things everywhere. It got real crazy out of nowhere. Things were going fine and then people started getting really hurt. I think someone died. Reporter: Why is this demonstration even taking place? What are the issues the workers have been complaining about? Witness: We all work at Mr. Carnegie’s Homestead Steel plant and have been forced to work really long hours in dirty crowded factories. We barely get paid and guys get hurt all the time. Mr. Frick, our boss, is really mean.
Not long ago a friend of mine lost his arm when a steel beam fell on him and
Mr. Frick fired him with no money and support for his family. We finally had enough so we decided that we would stop working and demonstrate. Reporter: So why did the situation escalate? Witness: There was no problem until the Pinkerton officers (who are like fake soldiers with guns) started getting physical with us, and then a bomb exploded and people were running all over the place. Reporter: Wow, thank you for your time. Please be careful. So you heard it