Hi, I’m Shazia. I work for the Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team Wales (EYST), and I’ll be building a unique community journalism platform around the network of remarkable communities that EYST has been supporting for more than 15 years. This project will centre on us as ethnic minority communities, "Telling Our Own Stories", as we have done with our We are Wales campaign.
My long-held penchant for media, and complex relationship with the news, has always been something that defined me. Being Bangladeshi, Muslim and working-class, I've consumed media that has so often been a misrepresentation and distortion of my identity. It impacted me deeply growing up and I’ve watched it continually damage my communities. I’ve learned a huge amount in my study of journalism at Cardiff University and as a local reporter for broadcast news in Swansea. But ultimately, I've learned that news can only be truly representative, anti-racist and serve our communities, if we tell our own stories.
Hi, I’m Shirish, one of the Community Organisers at Bureau Local. I’m leading on the newsroom design part of the People’s Newsroom Initiative, starting by working with EYST to build an inclusive and representative journalism project by and for marginalised people and communities in Swansea.
After more than 25 years working in legacy newsrooms, I’ve seen first-hand the damage that journalism has done to many of those communities. But I also know that journalism can be a hugely positive force – helping build community power and being part of the solution, not the problem.
Hi there, I’m Megan, the Director of Bureau Local. I am leading on the development and scalability of the People’s Newsroom initiative. By working with EYST to create a new newsroom in Swansea, I’ll be focused on sharing learnings and building a pilot programme that can support more people across the UK to follow in their footsteps and build their own community journalism projects. As part of this, I’ll be working with all of you in this coalition to test, co-create and build what is needed to get us there.
For too long, I’ve waited for “the industry” to meaningfully respond to our local news and information crisis and redress its role in perpetuating racism and inequality. But I’ve realised those of us fighting for a reimagination of news, its ownership and its service to communities can and should be the forces driving change. If inequality is the result of poor design, then it can and must be designed anew. I’m looking forward to making that a reality with all of you.