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We're having an event!  The panel debate 'Freedom of Speech vs Suppression of Criticism'  focuses on what the nebulous concept of 'free speech' actually means for the marginalised vs. the privileged in today's society. This follows the backlash to the Academy of Ideas panel event, initially titled: Is rising ethnic diversity a threat to the West?   The title was  changed, but the whole fiasco nevertheless underscores a troubling reality. We are now living in a time where people of colour's right to exist and enjoy basic freedoms is just another debate topic for the white journalistic establishment.

The panel in early March will examine the sociopolitical climate that enables such things to take place, and will explore the inequality of so-called 'free speech' that suppresses writers and voices of colour at the expense of privileging the white mainstream media. 

As Brexit looms we are taking this increasingly fraught debate offline and into real space.  Stay tuned for more details, in the meantime you can pledge for tickets via our rewards and help us fund this event. 

Media Diversified was established in 2013 to help change the conversation in the media and foreground the voices of writers of colour. Since then we’ve made a considerable impact for a small non-profit organisation. We were cited in The Guardian for campaigning on the lack of media response to black deaths in police custody, and in the Telegraph on abuse by soldiers in peacekeeping roles.  More recently, we were cited by a Times columnist responding to our no-holds-barred piece “Melanie Phillips wants to destroy the Muslim world”.

In 2014 we launched The Trashies – think a news media equivalent to Hollywood’s Razzies –  to challenge journalism that’s lazy, bigoted, ill-researched and misinforming. The awards recognise that while It’s easy for writers to avoid reading the comments and to swerve their critics on Twitter, it's a platform where people can  come into the conversation and discuss the problems of journalism that makes space for racism, islamophobia, homophobia and transphobia.

We published From the Lines of Dissent, a compilation of select articles, comment pieces and academic analysis originally commissioned for Media Diversified's online platform, covering politics, literature, sexuality, education, religion, media and much more. The book features a foreword by leading journalist Gary Younge of the Guardian: 

"There is a sharp intelligence here and some crisp critiques. But it is the fearlessness to take on the dominant narratives - of race among others - in ways that are both playful and polemic that are the most striking."

That’s the kind of impact we’ve been trying to create at Media Diversified. And over these last five years, we’ve been challenging and shaping the regular news agenda in our own way, diversifying the media landscape and platforming voices you wouldn’t necessarily hear in mainstream outlets.
 

By working towards greater representation, promoting change and providing a creative and supportive publishing platform for writers of colour, we have been connecting and affirming people of colour nationally and globally. We’ve been focused in our mission to open authentic narratives of marginalised experience to the mainstream and become a well-known brand in media circles.
 

There is definitely more to do in order to reverse decades of under-representation of ethnic minority voices in the UK media. The statistics are sobering: ethnic minorities are under-represented by 300% in the media industry. 95% of journalists are white, and mainly based in cities such as London which is 40% people of colour. One of our young writers could be a future national newspaper editor or BBC Director General and we want to support them in their aims.
 

But we need your help. Media Diversified relies on the generosity of our supporters to move us on to our next phase. The money raised in this Kickstarter will be used to help us work to increase our current output, bring our readers more grassroots journalism as well as our signature comment pieces, and help cover the costs of web hosting, room hire, travel, and to pay our contributors, and help secure the future of Media Diversified.

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We want to continue to help change the media landscape. Without this your support, we may have difficulty in maintaining our output and challenging the prevailing narratives in the wider media.

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    E-book - Complicit No More

    E-book - Complicit No More”

    A collection of essays curated by Yasmin Gunaratnam. It tackles the crosscutting facets of complicity as they play out within our relationships to our bodies, each other, our communities, to media representations and to mobilisation.

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    E-book - Fantasy's Othering Fetish

    E-book - Fantasy's Othering Fetish by Phenderson Djeli Clark

    Fantasy and science fiction allow for limitless creation, innovation, and exploration. Yet what we actually get are Eurocentric worlds that demonize or erase people of colour. Why do authors and readers accept this? Where did it start? And going forward, how do we resist?

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    E-book - From The Lines of Dissent

    From the Lines of Dissent is a compilation of select articles, comment pieces and academic analysis originally commissioned for Media Diversified's online platform, covering politics, literature, sexuality, education, religion, media and much more.

    The book also features a foreword by leading journalist Gary Younge, who writes for the Guardian.

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    Ticket to panel event + Ebook 1

    A ticket to the forthcoming Media Diversified panel event + Ebook "Fantasy's Othering Fetish"

    We're having an event!

    Media Diversified is going from, online to offline, with a panel debate, "Free Speech v freedom from criticism".

    The panel debate focuses on what the nebulous concept of 'free speech' actually means for the marginalised vs. the privileged in today's society. This follows the backlash to the Academy of Ideas panel event, initially titled: Is rising ethnic diversity a threat to the West?

    The panel will examine the sociopolitical climate that enables such things to take place, and will explore the inequality of so-called 'free speech' that suppresses writers and voices of colour at the expense of privileging the white mainstream media. We are taking this increasingly fraught debate offline and into real space.

    Stay tuned for more details, in the meantime you can use your Kickstarter pledge to get tickets and help us fund this event.

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    Ticket to panel event + Ebook 2

    A ticket to the forthcoming Media Diversified panel event + Ebook "From the Lines of Dissent"

    We're having an event!

    Media Diversified is going from, online to offline, with a panel debate, "Free Speech v freedom from criticism".

    The panel debate focuses on what the nebulous concept of 'free speech' actually means for the marginalised vs. the privileged in today's society. This follows the backlash to the Academy of Ideas panel event, initially titled: Is rising ethnic diversity a threat to the West?

    The panel will examine the sociopolitical climate that enables such things to take place, and will explore the inequality of so-called 'free speech' that suppresses writers and voices of colour at the expense of privileging the white mainstream media. We are taking this increasingly fraught debate offline and into real space.

    Stay tuned for more details, in the meantime you can use your Kickstarter pledge to get tickets and help us fund this event.

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    Signed book - From The Lines of Dissent

    From the Lines of Dissent is a compilation of select articles, comment pieces and academic analysis originally commissioned for Media Diversified's online platform, covering politics, literature, sexuality, education, religion, media and much more.

    The book also features a foreword by leading journalist Gary Younge, who writes for the Guardian.

    Signed by Founder of Media Diversified and some of the writers

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    Preview of Samantha Asumadu's book

    Read the first two chapters of Media Diversified founder Samantha Asumadu's book, in advance of its publication

    The Wannabe is about her time as a foreign correspondent and breaking news journalist in East Africa, and will include interviews with up to 26 women war and foreign correspondents.

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    Signed book - Lost Gods

    By Micah Yongo

    In this extraordinary fantasy debut, a young assassin finds himself hunted by the brothers and sisters he has trained alongside since birth.

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    Signed Book - Go Home?

    Go Home?: The Politics of Immigration Controversies by Hannah Jones

    In July 2013, the UK government arranged for a van to drive through parts of London carrying the message 'In the UK illegally? GO HOME or face arrest.' This book tells the story of what happened next.

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    Signed book - A Virtue Of Disobedience

    A Virtue Of Disobedience by Asim Qureshi

    A new work of political philosophy, in which Asim Qureshi reflects on injustice in the world he sees around him. Covering issues from torture and extrajudicial killings, to racism and discrimination.

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    Signed book - The Book of Birmingham

    The Book of Birmingham: A City in Short Fiction (Reading the City) by Kit de Waal

    Like the city itself, the characters in the stories gathered here are often living through moments of profound change, closing in on a personal or societal turning point, that carries as much threat as it does promise.

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    Signed book -Another Day in the Death..

    Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

    Saturday, 23rd November 2013. It was just another day in America. And as befits an unremarkable day, ten children and teens were killed by gunfire. Another Day in the Death of America explores the way these children lived and lost their short lives, offering a searing portrait of the vulnerability of youth in contemporary America.

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    Signed book - Slay In Your Lane

    Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible by Yomi Adegoke

    The long-awaited, inspirational guide to life for a generation of black British women inspired to make lemonade out of lemons, and find success in every area of their lives, from education to work to dating, this inspirational, honest and provocative book recognises and celebrates black women.

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    Signed book - A Jar of Wild Flowers

    A Jar of Wild Flowers

    Essays in Celebration of John Berger
    Ali Smith, Julie Christie, Sally Potter, Ram Rahman, Nick Thorpe, Hsiao-Hung Pai and others
    Edited by Yasmin Gunaratnam with Amarjit Chandan

    In this collection of essays on the work of, and conversations with, John Berger, thirty-seven of his friends, artistic collaborators and followers come together to form the first truly international and cross-cultural celebration of his interventions.

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    Every Generation Game- Windrush Edition

    Every Generation Game: Windrush Edition.

    An intergenerational activity for the whole family! A storytelling board game created to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the MV Empire Windrush in Britain. Helps people share tales of their culture and heritage, exploring family history through the sharing of stories.

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    Goodie bag of books

    A goodie bag of books, containing

    "From Pasta to Pigfoot" by Frances Mensah Williams
    "From Pasta to Pigfoot: Second Helpings" by Frances Mensah Williams
    "Butterfly Fish" by Irenosen Okojie
    "Tram 831" by Fiston Mwanza Mujila

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    Black Ballad subscription for 6 months

    Black Ballad is a UK based lifestyle platform that seeks to tell the human experience through eyes of black British women. Black Ballad's aim is to elevate the voices of black British women through content, community and commerce.

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    Writing course for women of colour

    REWRITE - ZORA Online Creative Writing Course for Black Women & Women of Colour

    A series of creative writing courses, workshops and masterclasses are designed specifically for Black women and Women of Colour. From the selected texts to the recommended reading, all of our modules and resources are centered around the works of Black women and WoC writers. Each course offers a relaxing and encouraging environment for women to explore their creativity, nurture their writing skills, and network with key people in the industry.

    Are you a book-lover? Do you often think about writing your own pieces but struggle finding the time or the motivation to actually sit down and begin writing? You are not alone! ZORA, our new online creative writing course is designed to boost your creative confidence, and help you find your writing voice.

    Get a place on this online course from Mon, 21 Jan 2019, 19:00 – Tue, 19 Feb 2019, 22:00 GMT

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    Free film or theatre preview

    Free film or theatre preview - attend a free film or theatre preview, before general release, with the Media Diversified Team

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    Gary Younge's Guardian Masterclass

    Two tickets to Gary Younge's Guardian Masterclass.

    In his last Masterclass Gary Younge, editor-at-large for the Guardian shared his advice on how to develop your voice, structure a piece of writing and put forward a compelling argument.

    Whether you’re considering a career in journalism, or want to improve your writing skills, this is an unmissable opportunity to learn from one of the Guardian’s most respected writers. Let Gary inspire you to find your true voice as a writer.

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    Subscription to Edmalia directory

    One year subscription to the Edmalia directory and speakers bureau.

    Edmalia Experts Directory and speakers bureau, a global database of BAME experts in a wide variety of fields which is geared toward corporate and media clients. This connects clients with BAME people who are experts in their fields and sets up opportunities to create key long-term networks that foreground voices of colour.

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