Who Are We?
We Are Our Media is a collective of people from across the North East who believe we deserve better than what is currently being offered to us, by way of the main stream media.
We seek to develop an alternative to our current media, which is mostly owned by the powerful to make a profit at any cost, creating content that divides communities and spreads hatred and fear.
We Are Our Media is run by and for its readership. We are a diverse group in gender, race, class and Journalistic experience and aim to represent this diversity in all aspects of our activity.
What Are We Doing?
We are developing new media platforms, to produce journalism as it should be – independent and investigative, publishing stories that you cannot find elsewhere. We are supporting people to tell their own stories. We are developing content made for and with ordinary citizens, that refuses to focus on doom and gloom, sensational gossip or celebrity scandal. Instead it will scrutinise the wider issues behind the daily news, investigate stories that are underrepresented in the existing media and will challenge the powerful and champion the powerless.
It will tap into and reflect the rich knowledge and culture of the north of England. It will include humour, presenting information and ideas in fresh and playful ways.
- To scrutinise the wider issues behind the daily news.
- To investigate stories that are underrepresented in the existing media.
- To challenge the powerful and champion the powerless.
- To reflect the rich knowledge and culture of the north of England.
- To produce journalism as it should be – independent and investigative, publishing stories that you cannot find elsewhere.
- To encourage contributions that strive to represent diversity on gender, race, class and other marginalised perspectives.
- To support and encourage its readers to contribute and provide opportunities for skill and resource sharing within every area of production.
An Alternative Tabloid for the North - We aim to produce a tabloid newspaper that asks the difficult questions, tells the unheard stories and scrutinises the wider or hidden issues. We encourage the presentation of ideas in fresh and playful ways and value humour. We will deliver this free to people’s doors, taking it into communities currently being failed by the mainstream newspapers.
DIY Journalism - Our most adventurous activity, as yet, has been the recently concluded 'Do It Ourselves Journalism' course, which took place at The Recovery College Collective. Through training up citizen journalists and enabled 40+ people to learn various aspects of ‘citizen; and ‘do it ourselves’ journalism.
Community Engagement - We have hosted workshops and held meetings with mental health groups, women’s groups and anti-racism movements. All with a view of finding hidden voices and uncovering untold stories.