We Are Our Media
We Are Our Media is a collective, made up of individuals and groups from across the North East who are creating independent and inclusive processes for producing and sharing media content.
Formed in 2016 by political activist Jessie Jacobs and artist Andrew Wilson We Are Our Media is a collective, made up of individuals and groups from across the North East who are creating independent and inclusive processes for producing media content.
To see our communities equipped and empowered to raise and understand issues, share and hear stories and investigate and increase each other’s awareness of the world around them
What we do
We are developing various projects aimed at raising awareness, knowledge and understanding of issues facing North East communities; improving skills and confidence of individuals to share their own stories and empowering people to raise issues, challenge the status quo and investigate what is going on in the world around them.
A Tabloid for the people by the people: Launched in October 2017 The Eclipse is a tabloid newspaper created by and for its readership.
Via The Eclipse we aim to ask difficult questions, tell the unheard stories and scrutinise the many wider or hidden issues affecting people’s lives and society as a whole. The Eclipse intentionally looks and feels like an customary ‘red top’ tabloid newspaper and is distributed for free across the North East, via a community distribution model: literally putting the paper into people’s hands, on street corners, in town centres and various host venues across the region.
Do It Ourselves Journalism
We have developed a series of structured courses to empower and equip ordinary people with the skills to create and be their own media. Centred upon a peer-to-peer learning environment the courses explore storytelling, investigating the news around us, asking difficult questions, understanding the current media models and learning about alternatives.
Learning & Skill Sharing Workshops
We deliver a variety of short talks, discussions, workshops or events introducing the We Are Our Media project to a specific organisation, group or community. We have hosted workshops and held meetings with mental health groups, women’s groups and anti-racism movements. All with a view of finding hidden voices, uncovering untold stories and introducing the project and our aims to a diverse range of people.