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Telling our own stories: People of colour in Scotland’s media


Friday 27 September 2019

11am - 6pm

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Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall St, Kinning, Glasgow


When the media fails to properly reflect society, it distorts which stories are told, how they are told, who gets to tell them. There are too many stories misreported or ignored.

People of colour are massively unrepresented among Scotland’s professional journalists. Across the UK, those producing our media are 94 per cent white, compared to just 87 per cent of the wider population.

It’s time for change; we need to tell our own stories.

This event is a space for people of colour who work in, or have an interest in, the media - to come together, learn, share and build networks. It’s the beginning of a conversation about the lack of representation in Scotland’s media and what we can do about it together.

We need a media fit for the Scotland of 2019 and beyond.

Thank you to NUJ Glasgow and everyone who donated to The Race Beat crowdfunder last winter.

This event is open to people of colour of all genders and intersecting identities.  

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Event programme -

11.00: Arrivals, tea, coffee, sign in.

11.30am-12.30: Race, representation and the media in Scotland. The opening discussion will examine the current landscape of the Scottish media with Arusa Qureshi, Chris Manson, Nico Ndlovu and Shola da Rocha-Afodu.

12.30-13.15: What would a radical inclusive Scottish media look like?  
Gary Younge in conversation with Layla-Roxanne Hill

Gary Younge: Award-winning author, broadcaster and columnist for The Guardian, based in London. He also writes a monthly column, Beneath the Radar, for the Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. He has written five books and made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from gay marriage to Brexit.

layla-roxanne hill: layla-roxanne hill is a writer/curator-artist/activist-organiser. She writes for Bella Caledonia, is curator for Enough! and is a Director at Scotland's investigative journalism co-operative, The Ferret. layla-roxanne advocates for non-commodifiable collective liberation, is also active within the trade union movement, holding positions within the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and is Chair of the Scottish TUC Black workers’ committee. She recently co-authored a chapter in Accessibility, Inclusion, and Diversity in Critical Events (Routledge).

13.15-14.15: Lunch
Food provided by Küche, a social business creating food led events, community projects and multicultural catering in collaboration with people navigating the UK immigration system.

14.15-16.00: Workshops -

- Breaking into journalism: Nadine White, Huffington Post

- Telling true stories - reported narrative journalism: Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi

- Fact checking and news verification: Alastair Brian, The Ferret

16:00-16:30: What next?
with Dr Francesca Sobande

Dr Francesca Sobande is a lecturer in digital media studies at Cardiff University. Prior to this she was as a lecturer in Marketing and Advertising (Edge Hill University) and a tutor in Marketing and Management (University of Dundee). Francesca has also worked in communications roles in higher education, the arts, and not-for-profit sector in Scotland. Her research interests include how racism, sexism and structural inequalities manifest in media and the marketplace. Francesca's work particularly focuses on digital space, internet culture, Black identity and diaspora, gender, feminism and popular culture. She has published work on YouTube, digital Blackness and Black women's online media experiences (European Journal of Cultural Studies, and Consumption Markets & Culture), as well as the role of gender archetypes in marketing the assisted reproductive technology and fertility industry (Marketing Theory).

Francesca’s research has also appeared in Celebrity Studies and she has writing forthcoming in Critical Studies in Television. Her co-edited collection (with Akwugo Emejulu), To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe, was published in May 2019 by Pluto Press. Francesca's forthcoming book, The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain, will be published in 2020 by Palgrave Macmillan.

16.30-17.00: Setting up The Race Beat in Scotland

Informal discussion on building a network of people of colour working in, or interested in the media. All attendees welcome!

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