Fair Press for Tenants

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August 24, 2017 by NUJMcrSalford

UPDATE: Join us for the film screening of Dispossession The Great Social Housing Swindle Saturday, September 9, 14:30 at Three Minute Theatre, Affleck’s Arcade, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JG All welcome, you don’t have to be an NUJ member.

Branch is working with housing associations to ensure a ‘fair press for tenants’ by helping to produce a unique guide for journalists.

Fair Press for Tenants seeks to challenge any negative perceptions that impact upon tenants while offering opportunities for more positive portrayals. It is part of a wider project Benefit to Society intending to identify and tackle misrepresentations of people living in social housing. Web

The guide is aimed at journalists, PR professionals, documentary makers and any media workers keen to hear the views of their readers, viewers and listeners on media representation of life in social housing. It is informed entirely by the ideas and words of people living in social housing.

It is a reaction to programmes like Benefit Street and has particular relevance following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

It is part of the wider Benefit to Society campaign which as well as producing some guidance for journalists who want to write and report responsibly about how they could / should talk about social housing tenants intends to offer a ‘bank’ of great images of social housing and tenants, and of access to tenants willing to be interviewed.

The National Union of Journalists – which has also produced a Guide to Reporting Poverty and campaign film – has joined the campaign led by a number of housing organisations to understand the source and impact of stigma around living in social housing and to challenge any media stereotypes.

This guide will be launched in Media City on September 14 providing an opportunity for media workers and others interested in housing to speak directly to tenants, journalists and social housing workers who have produced the guide.

Email mcrsalfordnuj@gmail.com for further details.

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