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
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
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
It's back! Our weekly Black Community Coverage Clinic returns this month! This free consultancy service provides marketing, communications and media support and guidance to Southampton's black community organisation leaders and representatives. The weekly drop-in first launched in 2020, running on the Zoom platform from 14th September to 14th December 2020. Leaders from the city's black … Continue reading Our Black Community Coverage Clinic is back, to amplify even more black voices!
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
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
Our Version Media's founder, Veronica Gordon, has been awarded a Black History Month South Award for her work "amplifying black voices" in Southampton. The Award was presented during the city's official Black History Month launch, as she was co-hosting alongside BHM South's Lou Taylor and Olu Rowe. The launch, took place on Thursday 1st October … Continue reading OVM founder awarded for “amplifying black voices”
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
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