Social housing residents to gain digital media skills to tackle stigmatisation, thanks to Aster collab

Thanks to a new pilot project with social housing provider, Aster Group UK, we’ll be helping to show the real stories of people living in social housing. A 2021 report titled Stigma and Social Housing in England found that “every day in England, people are judged negatively and even actively discriminated against because they rent … Continue reading Social housing residents to gain digital media skills to tackle stigmatisation, thanks to Aster collab

Our new #MakeItSO Media Clinic offers free media and marketing advice to Southampton’s community organisations

What's your media and marketing challenge? That's the question we're asking community organisations in Southampton and we're providing a free drop-in consultancy to help. In partnership with Southampton 2025, our #MakeItSO Media Clinic is part of our joint mission to amplify the city's community voices and showcase the great things happening in our communities and … Continue reading Our new #MakeItSO Media Clinic offers free media and marketing advice to Southampton’s community organisations

“Proud To Be” highlighting authentic black stories this Black History Month

The theme of this year’s national Black History Month is "Proud to be". That’s the theme of Our Version Media’s first ever community stories screening. "Proud to be" will be an evening showcasing and celebrating stories from Southampton's African, Caribbean and black British communities. It’s the culmination of a month-long Mobile Storytelling programme where participants … Continue reading “Proud To Be” highlighting authentic black stories this Black History Month

Our Version Media’s new city centre HQ

Header photo credit: Chris Stephens Nearly one year since Our Version Media became an official community interest company (CIC), we are moving into our new HQ! Our new home is in Southampton's newest creative space, MAST Mayflower Studios. MAST Mayflower Studios, owned by Mayflower Theatre, took over the Studio 144 building following the closure of … Continue reading Our Version Media’s new city centre HQ

Ignored, Misunderstood, Depressed: You Spoke, We Listened | Event

Our Version Media is holding its first virtual event later this month, to reveal the full results of our survey of black people living in Southampton. Our Version Media has created free services to tackle the issues revealed in the survey What are the three most common words used by the local media to describe … Continue reading Ignored, Misunderstood, Depressed: You Spoke, We Listened | Event

Changing the narrative of local black stories, one consultation at a time

Introducing our Black Community Coverage Clinic. Our recent survey of black people living in Southampton revealed that some felt “sad”, “misunderstood”, “frustrated”, “annoyed”, “invisible”, and “stereotyped” by local press coverage of the city’s black communities. They also said local news is more likely to cover stories of black people that are crime, drug or gang … Continue reading Changing the narrative of local black stories, one consultation at a time