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Julia Ziemer

March 15th, 2016

The Trashies: talking back to the media

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Julia Ziemer

March 15th, 2016

The Trashies: talking back to the media

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

IMG_1892Henna Zamurd-Butt is a Politics and Communications MSc student at LSE and an editor at Media Diversified. She was formerly a news editor at user-generated press agency, Newzulu  @HennaButt

In an era in which comment pieces appear in the blink of an eye, whether a journalist holds expertise in a given field or not, Media Diversified decided to step in by holding free and fair elections for the trashiest journalism of the year.

Media Diversified, where I am an editor, is an online platform for BAME writers and a campaigning organisation working for a stronger UK media.

The Trashies – think a news media equivalent to Hollywood’s Razzies – were created because we believe in the importance of a free, fair and representative press.

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These awards challenge journalism that’s lazy, bigoted, ill-researched and misinforming. It’s easy for writers to avoid reading the comments and to swerve their critics on Twitter but we want audiences, especially audiences of colour to come into the conversation and discuss the problems of journalism that makes space for racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia.

Individual articles or UK newspapers can be nominated using #TheTrashies on Twitter or Instagram before 18 March 2016 and as long as your submission meets our guidelines it will be longlisted. After that the voting opens, and you can cast your votes until the end of the month. Winners of the two polls – articles and UK newspapers – will be announced on 1 April when we’ll invite your chosen journalists to join us, (although they probably won’t).

The highest polling articles last year were: “If teenage girls want to join Isis in the face of all its atrocities, then they should leave and never return” by Grace Dent for the Independent; “If black Americans want the N-word to die, they will have to kill it themselves” by Piers Morgan for MailOnline; and a series of Tweets by Channel 4’s Cathy Newman which saw her make the false claim that she had been ushered out of a South London mosque.

The Trashies aren’t about personally attacking individuals; they are about creating a forum in which to discuss why communities of colour, already underrepresented in the media, are being depicted in these ways. We want to spark fruitful debate that leads to better, more responsible journalism.

@HennaButt

 

 

 

 

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Julia Ziemer

Julia Ziemer is Polis Manager in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. Before joining the LSE in 2014, Julia was Events and Development manager at English PEN and she previously worked at the Charles Dickens Museum and the Literature Department of the British Council.

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