Author: Josef Davies-Coates

Be the Media, Know the Media, Change the Media.

Better Media is hiring!

Better Media is a campaigning co-op run by members. We are looking for a part time worker to lead the fight for media reform and media justice by helping people to be the media, know the media, and change the media. ROLE: Campaign Coordinator CONTRACT: Part-time freelance contract, 1 day a week for 12 months…
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Election 2019 – Future of the Media – what the parties say

CPBF stalwart Barry White has very usefully written up what all the 2019 election manifestos say about media: With less than three weeks to go before the general election on 12 December all the main parties, have published their election manifestos. Below are their proposals on the future of the media which I have taken…
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Try the twenty quid test

THINK BACK: if you were around at the turn of the century, how much do you reckon you were spending on media each week? On a couple of papers a day, magazines, or (heaven forbid) pay-TV? What d’you reckon? £20 a week in today’s values? Perhaps more? So what do you spend that £20 on…
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How will Better Media work?

Better Media is a transparent co-operative endeavour, empowered by collaborative open source tools. We use Open Collective to transparently collect and spend money. Everyone can see where all our money comes from, and how it is spent. Everyone who signs-up as a contributor is also invited to join our online organising and decision-making spaces. At…
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What do we mean by Better Media?

Ultimately, what Better Media becomes will depend on what our contributors collaboratively do and decide together. We want a more diverse, democratic and accountable media, but how can we get there? As a starter for five here are the headings of the main proposals in this Media Reform Manifesto (.pdf), the output of a broad…
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Why do we need Better Media?

There is a severe lack of diversity, democracy and accountability in UK media, which is dominated by a handful of corporations. As co-founder of the Media Reform Coalition Des Freedman has explained, the UK media landscape is: “characterised by the domination of attention, audiences and agendas by a relatively small number of very powerful companies…
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Be the media, know the media, change the media

We need to think bigger if we are to achieve the sort of media that the public want and need.

UK media dominated by a handful of corporations

Here is a great 30 second video about UK media ownership put together by the Media Reform Coalition (MRC) It’s a pretty dismal picture, isn’t it? And that’s not all – things have actually got even worse since this video and the accompanying comprehensive UK Media Ownership report (.pdf) was made back in 2015! Trinity…
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