• Heather Paterson

Don't Hate The Media . . . Be The Media

Updated: Mar 25, 2019


Ok well without stating the obvious most of us are reasonably aware that the mainstream media can be biased to say the least. In the UK the media is subject to massive corporate influence.

The Big 3

Rupert Murdoch owns News of The World, The Sun, The Times, BSkyB and MySpace.

Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) own the Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Ireland on Sunday, Metro, Northcliffe Media aswell as having large shares in ITN and GCap Media.

Richard Desmond owns OK! Magazine, Channel 5, The Daily Express and The Daily Star.

Historically the main avenue for receiving news has been via these massive corporations. From the misreporting of events such as the miners strike to the Hillsborough disaster, mainstream media has shown how the corporate and government influences can easily corrupt the media and influence the news we receive.

However technological advances over recent years are starting to address the balance. From the courageous video journalists in Burma who risked their lives to document the brutality within their closed regime, the citizen caught footage of police assault on civilians during the G20 (and many other) demonstrations to the individual bloggers doing their own research and publishing their own stories. The mainstream media is increasingly accountable, misreporting is increasingly difficult as there is more and more opportunity for people to put their own side of a story forward.

Independent media is something which I am greatly supportive of, which is one of the reasons I maintain a blog and actively seek out sources of independent news and do my own research (in addition to reading the mainstream press). I also work with an organisation Silencebreaker Media which works with people from disadvantaged communities to help publish their own stories and engage with the media.

I would like to take the opportunity to highlight some excellent independent media sources for you guys to check out and try and encourage more people to engage in self reporting, blogging and reading news from other sources than the mainstream media.

Indymedia

A network of individuals, independent and alternative media activists and organisations, offering grassroots, non-corporate, non-commercial coverage of social and political issues.

http://www.indymedia.org.uk

SchNEWS

Online site for the weekly direct action news sheet established in 1994.

http://www.schnews.org.uk

Reel News

An activist video collective set up to publicise and share information on inspirational campaigns and struggles both in the UK and abroad.

http://www.reelnews.co.uk

Alternet

First launched in 1998, AlterNet's online magazine provides a mix of news, opinion and investigative journalism on subjects ranging from the environment, the drug war, technology and cultural trends to policy debate, sexual politics and health issues. The AlterNet article database includes thousands of stories from hundreds of sources.

http://www.alternet.org

Wiretap

WireTap is an independent information source by and for socially conscious youth. The magazine showcases investigative articles, personal essays, opinion editorials, artwork and activist resources to give young people a voice in the media. WireTap is a place for a new generation of writers, artists and activists to network and organize.

http://www.wiretapmag.org

Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom

http://www.cpbf.org.uk/

STOPBIGMEDIA

http://www.stopbigmedia.com

Reclaim The Media

http://www.reclaimthemedia.org

freepress

http://www.freepress.net

News Corpse

http://www.newscorpse.com


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