Rhiannon J Davies joined CommonSpace in 2018, having previously worked in the Turkish media and as a freelancer for various alternative media outlets. She moved to Scotland in 2016 to study for an MSc in media and international journalism with the Glasgow Media Group. At CommonSpace, Rhiannon focuses on creating video content and finding new ways to tell the stories that matter. Got a video idea? Let her know on email@example.com or find her on Twitter: @RhiannonDavies
Rhiannon J Davies
In a climate of surveillance, does self-censorship threaten Scottish journalism?
As 2018 comes to a close, the CPJ reports that jailing journalists has become the ‘new normal’, while Scottish PEN finds that self-censorship threatens freedom of speech.
A study produced by Scottish PEN and the University of Strathclyde shows the alarming impact of pervasive surveillance on writers in Scotland.
NEW: Beyond The Noise: LIVE weekly broadcast - watch now
Starting on Thursday, 13 December, Commonspace will be broadcasting a live edition of Beyond The Noise on Facebook – every week from 7-8pm.
This week David discusses Brexit, the ‘yellow vests’ and the Scottish Budget. You can join the debate live by following it on Facebook or send us your thoughts and questions using the form below or by Tweeting us using the hashtag, #BTNLive. Follow our Facebook page for updates.
WATCH: A student village by stealth? The impact of student accommodations on community
In this video, CommonSpace journalist Rhiannon Davies explores the impact of purpose built student accommodation on communities in the West End.
After a recent planning decision was overturned, giving the go-ahead for developers to build an additional 45 flats in Yorkhill, community campaigners have accused Glasgow City Council of creating “a student village by stealth”.
WATCH: Homelessness On The Rise - How Do we Eradicate it?
The number of homeless people in Scotland is on the rise – figures from Shelter Scotland show homeless applications rose in 2017, the first increase in 9 years.
The Scottish Government published its ending homelessness & rough sleeping action plan on 27 November. The plan aims to “achieve a fundamental shift to rapid rehousing”, yet campaigners argue more should be done to address the issue now.
WATCH: The truth about Interpol
The new head of Interpol, the international policing liaison agency, has been elected amid a furious controversy.
CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson asks: In a world where repression is increasingly commonplace, is Interpol – swamped in corporate money and with little oversight – really combating global crime?
Inside Scotland's Men's Sheds, where 'manning up' is left at the door
On International Men’s Day, Rhiannon Davies looks at the 160 Men’s Sheds across Scotland, which help to reduce social isolation among older men, particularly those over 50, who are more vulnerable to social isolation than women
International Men’s Day is the cause of some controversy. Labour MP, Jess Phillips, wrote in the Independent, “For me it is up there with needing a white history month, or able body action day”. Yet others see a need to highlight men’s issues.
WATCH: Where next for Scotland?
WATCH: What is the Govanhill Swap Market?
Opened in September, the Govanhill Swap Market is a new concept in Glasgow’s southside.
You can ‘swap’ items, knowledge and skills, with a fluctuating exchange rate by which you can gain varying levels of points – based both on supply and demand and what the community values. Govanhill is one of Scotland’s most diverse neighbourhoods, so the Swap Market has Romanes and Urdu translaters available to help with the interactions.
VIDEO: The story of the Tie Campaign
Today in the Scottish Parliament, Education Minister John Swinney announced that LGBT-inclusive education will be embedded in the Scottish curriculum.
The announcement is a result of a tirelessly-fought grassroots campaign by friends Jordan Daly and Liam Stevenson. This is their story.
VIDEO: Eyewitness - the Brazilian election and the rise of the far right
Last week, far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro was elected in Brazil. He has said leftists will have to "go overseas, or go to jail", is an open admirer of when Brazil was a military dictatorship and takes pride in his misogyny and homophobia. His rise is part of a far-right wave, including in Donald Trump's election in the US and Matteo Salvini in Italy.