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Fair press for tenants - launch of a new guide for journalists


Thursday 14 September 2017

17:30 - 19:00

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University of Salford, MediaCityUK #B4 Salford Quays M50 2HE


Benefit to society, 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.

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 current relevance following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The National Union of Journalists - which has also produced a Guide to Reporting Poverty - 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 event provides the opportunity for media workers and others interested in housing to speak directly to tenants, journalists and social housing workers who have produced the guide.

Refreshments will be provided.

The Benefit to Society Campaign is sponsored and supported by:

  •     Bolton at Home
  •     Broadland Housing Association
  •     Homes in Sedgemoor
  •     Optivo
  •     Progress Housing Group
  •     Red Kite Community Housing
  •     Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
  •     Soha Housing
  •     South Yorkshire Housing Association
  •     Town & Country Housing Group
  •     Wythenshawe Community Housing Group
  •     Tpas
  •     Association of Retained Council Housing
  •     National Federation of ALMOs

We were also grateful to Anthony Collins Solicitors for their support of the guide.

Further details and contact information

Rachel Broady

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