Can public media be antiracist? – 6pm BST, Weds July 14th
‘Scottish media, for everyone?’
June 28th 2021, jointly organised with Pass the Mic. With Talat Yaqoob, Pass the Mic; Tasnim Nazeer, freelance journalist; Marcus Ryder, Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity; Karin Goodwin, The Ferret. The conversation explored some of the ways that Scottish media currently fails to represent and serve the interests of all the people of Scotland – including communities of colour, working class and rural communities – and highlighted the consequences of this for freedom of speech and democratic participation. There was a general recognition that participating in media can be traumatic for excluded communities, and that public media needs to be underpinned by feminist principles of care and accountability. The speakers suggested a number of solutions such as coownership, less hierarchical structures, and allowing stories to be investigated and told over longer timeframes than the daily news cycle. With over 1500 views across platforms.
‘What have we learnt from international coverage of Covid?’
March 20th 2020, part of the Media Democracy Festival. With Tom Mills, Pascale Robinson, Clive Lewis and Debs Grayson. The conversation covered how we build public support for renewed public media, alternatives to the licence fee, and whether the BBC can be seen as like the NHS. Clive Lewis questioned whether all media should really be seen as public media, since they all play a vital role in democracy. Over 13,000 people watched the event across different platforms.