The media is dead, long live the media!
As journalists are laid off in both digital and traditional media news rooms, there is a need to reinvent news models. CommonSpace journalist Rhiannon Davies explains how we are seeking to do that in 2019 following our survey responses, some of which she outlines below.
THE past couple of weeks has seen swathes of high profile cuts right across the spectrum of digital media:
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.
Natural History Museum face criticism for hosting Saudi Embassy after alleged murder of journalist
Saudi regime’s bombing of Yemen has caused a mass cholera outbreak among citizens
THE Natural History Museum has faced fierce criticism from human rights campaigners for hosting a reception for the Saudi embassy, as claims that a journalist critical of the Saudi regime was murdered in the country’s Turkish embassy remain.
WE’RE HIRING: Production & Communications assistant and Reporter positions
Applications for reporter position due in 25 July, for production & communication assistant position 8 August
COMMONSPACE is hiring two members of staff to our team in Glasgow.
Position 1: Production & Communications assistant
CommonSpace is looking for a skilled and creative production & communications assistant to make our output more accessible and engaging to a wider audience, especially by utilising audiovisual methods.
Details of the role:
£8.75 an hour
Podcast: Democracy, the media and Scotland, with journalists Layla-Roxanne Hill and Adam Ramsay
CommonSpace reporter Sean Bell traps journalists Layla-Roxanne Hill and Adam Ramsay in a cupboard at the Democracy21 conference
COMMONSPACE sat down with the Ferret's Layla-Roxanne Hill and OpenDemocracy UK's Adam Ramsay in the finest room the Glasgow Marriott had to offer during the recent Democracy 21 conference. Issues discussed on the podcast include:
- OpenDemocracy's investigation into the dark money behind the Brexit vote
Robin McAlpine: Dear mainstream media, you're not gods
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that rather than smearing the independence movement with the actions of a small minority, the mainstream media should take responsiblity for its own decisions
I AM FREEDOM. I am truth. I am democracy. I am reason. I don't mean this in any abstract kind of a way, I mean it very specifically – I, personally, am the flesh and bone embodiment of justice.
Three years of The National: Here's everything you need to know about Scotland's only indy-supporting daily paper
Marking three years of The National, editor Callum Baird answers some of the most common questions about Scotland's daily indy newspaper
THE National is three years old today. Most of the pundits in Scotland’s unionist media said we wouldn’t last till Christmas. We’ve proven them wrong – so far. But how long that continues is now up to you.
Gayle Smith: The media needs to understand the consequences of its words for trans people
Activist Gayle Smith calls for more media responsibility when covering trans identity and related issues
AS the trans community paused this week to remember those who've been murdered due to hate crimes in the past year, I wanted to reflect on the impact words can and do have on both individuals and communities. This is particularly true with regard to those communities who are perceived for whatever reason as, shall we say, different.