media trust

It would be easy to think the diversity debate about diversity in the media industry is a new thing but it's not. Seventeen years ago I sat on the first diversity committee of a mainstream broadcaster and the question was the same then as it is now: how do we diversify our sector?
I witnessed over 200 protesters claim victory as they gathered under the tunnels in Waterloo, London, where the Vault was forced to cancel the first showing of Brett Bailey's controversial Exhibit B performance which has been compared to the 19th Century, when black people were displayed in zoos to amuse European audiences.
There's always so much focus on how much prisons cost the tax payer, whether inmates should have access to TV and reading material and prison rehabilitation programs.
St. John's Ambulance had already experienced the incredible multiplying effects of catching the Internet's eye with their controversial advert showing a father survive cancer only to choke to death in front of his young daughter with a tag line explaining that first aid could prevent 140,000 deaths a year...
What happens there doesn't always stay there. Harsh words, drunk photos and controversial opinions might be the status quo in cyber space, but the real world is only a click away and your online shadow can easily follow you back home.
Britain's 300,000 Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are cited by Travellers' Times (Britain's only national magazine for the community) as the 'most misunderstood and misrepresented community in the UK'. So we decided to dedicate a season of films to try to redress the imbalance, and give our Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities a platform from which they can tell their own stories.
I'm not sure who got more of knocking in recent years - our young people or our media industry - both are low on the public's esteem-list, and, as so often, the negative noise about a few is masking the positive achievements of the many.
Grow Your Charity Online plans to hit the road and travel across the UK during 2013 to meet with charities face-to-face as well as hosting a regular series of online educational events, enabling charities to join advice sessions remotely.