Participation in the Media: People with experience of Poverty

Spectacle has been commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to produce a DVD on Poverty and Participation in the Media. The DVD will be produced in Spectacle video workshop situations working with people with experience of poverty.

Media content will explore questions such as:
– How is UK poverty depicted in the media – TV, radio, press, online. What are good examples and what are not? Why?
– How would participants like to see their lives and situations depicted in the media? How could these be made into films and videos that will engage audiences?
– What are the stories about poverty that need to be told to a UK public that are not being told now? How could these be told engagingly? Why do these need to be told?
– How does it feel to share experiences of living on a low income to a journalist and/or on film?
– What might people worry about if asked to share their views on poverty in the media? How can their worries be reduced?
– What experience of new media do people have e.g. social networking sites, use of mobiles, blogging? What opportunities do these offer for telling the stories of life on a low income in the UK? Who would these reach?

If you are interested to participate in the workshops please use the Spectacle contact form or leave a comment here.

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  1. Chav hunting: Class war

    At least this video is being criticised, but I doubt it’s was posted with that in the mind. The internet just makes it easier for people to sit in unashamed, smug judgment, although papers and politicians play it equally well. Fine, criticise criminal and anti-social behaviour, try and do something constructive about it, but the sort of attitudes that produce this don’t achieve anything but an inflated sense of superiority, palming off the countries problems on easy but ineffective targets. Helpful!?

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