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Themes/Opinion: Journalism beyond the mainstream

Don’t feel as though the mainstream news represents you? Lynsey presents online news outlets that are doing things differently.

The media landscape is constantly changing as social media transforms how we communicate. With real-time, unfiltered access to information on any and every subject, and the ability to add our own opinions to any conversation, social media is challenging the relevance of traditional journalism. However, social media is ungoverned and in our ‘post-fact’, ‘#fakenews’ world, it is difficult to know what information you can trust.

The recent UK and US elections highlighted increasing bias in the press and social media creates an echo chamber where we only engage with those with the same views as our own.

So where do you go when the mainstream media doesn’t represent you and social media doesn’t give you a true version of events?

Below we recommend some interesting journalist voices for you to engage with.

 

Teen Vogue

Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca has been termed ‘an instant icon for millennial women’ after her article ‘Donald Trump is gaslighting America’ received almost half a million retweets. The feature cemented Teen Vogue’s editorial stance as a strong voice on politics, feminism, identity, and activism. This stance is head and shoulders above other mainstream women’s magazines who focus on the old tropes of boys, make up and shoes. Lauren Duca’s weekly column ‘Thigh-high Politics’ breaks down the week’s news and offers tips and advice for politically minded readers. Read ‘Thigh-high Politics’.
Find more of Lauren Duca’s work on Teen Vogue.

Polyester

Ione Gamble started Polyester as a university project which is now on its 6th printed issue. Tired of traditional print titles and their representation of feminism Gamble set out to create a ‘feminist and queer publication focussing on social politics and their intersection with fashion and personal identity.’ Polyester embraces kitsch and encourages readers to ‘have faith in your own bad taste’ while writing about a range of topics relevant to today’s youth. Read Polyester.

Little Atoms

Evolved from a radio show and now an editorial website, podcast and printed magazine, ‘Little Atoms’ offers thoughts and facts on science, culture, politics, society, arts and news. The wide ranging topics up for discussion include Britain’s involvement in Syria, Ed Sheeran’s impact on the music industry, the use of Lego in modern art and the cultural ownership of yoga. ‘Little Atoms’ offers a scientific look at the world that is missing in most media. Read Little Atoms.
Check out the Little Atoms culture page.

Bricks Magazine

Tori West is another journalist using her voice to encourage activism and political engagement. Founder of independent title ‘Bricks Magazine’, she offers young creatives a platform to share their work. West states, “I want to share the voice of people that deserve to be listened to.” Discussing arts, politics, culture, fashion and music and all that they encompass, Bricks offers a sense of positivity in uncertain times.
Read Bricks Magazine.

The Summit

Challenging the view that news is boring, brand new app The Summit is turning news consumption on its head. The founders were sick of the same excuses – ‘the news is boring’, ‘I haven’t got time to read the whole article’ and ‘all newspapers sound the same’ – so they gamified the news. Taking the top news stories, breaking them down and turning them into an interactive game. The aim is to make news digestible and connect to audiences in a fun way. Download The Summit on iTunes.
Check out The Summit’s Instagram feed.

 

Looking for more? If you prefer Podcasts, these are Lynsey’s recommendations:

WIRED – wired.co.uk/series/wired-podcast

Economist – economist.com/audio-edition

Guardian – theguardian.com/audio

Little Atoms – littleatoms.com/podcast-home