I’m joining the good folks at the UK Media Reform Coalition for a panel at the Media Democracy Festival, all online this year but still worth attending. The whole schedule is here.
Media Democracy Festival, a week-long celebration of independent media voices and analysis of why our current media system is not fit for purpose.
We kick off with a keynote and Q&A from former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on ‘A Free Media for a Free Society’ – 6pm, Sunday 14 March
Social class still counts in the media. The majority of top broadcast journalists are privately educated and from privileged backgrounds. Across the industry there are fewer working and even lower middle class people in every section.
Representations of class reproduce cultural stereotypes and reinforce bigotted tropes such as ‘the undeserving poor’ and ‘welfare scroungers’. Class intersects with race and gender in a spiral of silencing and scapegoats.
This panel looks at why social class still matters in the media and what we can do about it?
To discuss this and more Media Democracy Festival is hosting a panel event, live and direct with these excellent guests:
Sarah Jaffe (@sarahljaffe) – Sarah Jaffe is the author of Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted and Alone, and Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, both from Bold Type Books.
Dierdre O’Neill (@deeinsidefilm)
Sarah O’Connell (@SarahO_Connell)
Gholam Khiabany (@MediaComGold)