Poverty and Participation in the Media


Interviews for Download

Two short edits of interviews from Marsh Farm in Luton, Larkhall in Stockwell and Deptford's Pepys Estate. 

Poverty and the Media 5 Minute Edit

Poverty and the Media 7 Minute Edit

Poverty in the media: Being seen and getting heard

This study examines how people with direct experience of poverty in the UK can have a more effective voice in the media.

Poverty in the Media full.pdf

Reporting poverty in the UK: A practical guide for journalists

A practical guide to reporting an issue that is either not reported at all or is hidden by the fog of the debate that it aims to demystify.

Reporting Poverty Guide.pdf

The media, poverty and public opinion in the UK

How the media in the UK represents poverty and the effects of this on
wider public understanding.

The media fulfils an important role in shaping, amplifying and
responding to public attitudes towards poverty. This study, part of
the ‘Public Interest in Poverty Issues’ research programme, explores
the role of national, local and community media in reflecting and
influencing public ideas of poverty and welfare.

Media, poverty and public opinion final.pdf

The media, poverty and public opinion in the UK

This study examines the relationship between the
UK media and public ideas of poverty. Although
public attitudes cannot wholely be attributed to the influence
of mass media, it is important to acknowledge
the media’s pivotal role in responding to and
reinforcing public ideas about poverty.

Media, poverty and public opinion Findings McKendrick final.pdf

Who cares about the White Working Class?

This is a study by the Runnymede Trust that exposes the medias false portrayal of the discrimination of  the white working class as a race issue. Instead, the study finds that class based discrimination is far more prevalent than any conceived race discrimination. The study argues for poverty to be put back into the media debate on working class communities and race to be taken out.

Who Cares About The White Working Class - 2009.pdf

A Minimum Income Standard for Britain in 2009

A report by the Joseph Rowtree Foundation on the changes to minimum percentage of income required to sustain an 'acceptable' standard of living in Britain in 2009.

A minimum income Standard.pdf


If you are not happy with the way your area is portrayed you can do something about it. Below is an example of a complaint letter to the BBC over representation of the Marsh Farm Estate.

Complaints Letter.pdf

You can listen to the episode of 'Face the Facts' which is the subject of the complaints letter by clicking below.

face the facts

Alternatively you can read a full transcript of the program.

face the facts text

The Tower

Broadcast on BBC1 27th August 2007. The documentary contrasts the lifestyles of the new residents of the refurbished ex-council, now privately owned, luxury tower with local residents from the surrounding estate.

Despite widespread praise, residents felt that the programme further amplified the differences, labels and stereotypes applied to the impoverished 'other'; intentionally failing to portray the complex details of the story - the premise of which was witheld from long term residents who gave interviews. A trailor for the show can be viewed below.

The Secret Millionaire

Each week a different Secret Millionaire posed as a volunteer in a poor and deprived area of Britain. Through working for projects within these communities, they decided where to bestow cash gifts of various size. A trailor for the first episode, broadcast on Sunday 2nd November 2008 on Channel 4, can be viewed below.

Rich Kid, Poor Kid

The programme was broadcast on Channel 4 on November 13th as part of their Cutting Edge series. Exploring extremes of social position and attitude between two neighbouring teenagers, the film seeks to illustrate Britains internal conflict, but ignores facts and concerns over the exploitation of the individuals involved.

-For the purpose of meaningful debate or sensationalistic viewer attraction?




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