PressPad is a social enterprise that aims to diversify the media by subsidising one of the main financial obstacles to those trying to enter the profession: the cost of accommodation. We pair young people from across the UK who have an internship in London and other big cities with experienced media professionals who have a spare room for mentorship and hosting – like AirBnB but with great advice thrown in!
Unpaid or poorly paid internships in expensive cities are becoming an inescapable catch-22 for aspiring journalists. PressPad exists to make sure that everyone can afford to enter the industry by providing accessible, affordable and safe accommodation, rewiring currently elitist networks and encouraging media companies to foot the bill so that journalists from all backgrounds can consider a job in the media. Through our grassroots host-mentorship scheme, we aim to motivate the entire journalism community to improve diversity, and in doing so, rebuild trust in the British press.
Some bits I've written about why diversity matters
Winners of the Georgina Henry Award for 2018 are @OliviaCrellin and @lauragrb with @PressPadUK a website which links young people wanting to do work experience in the capital with journalists who can offer a spare room. #PressAwards pic.twitter.com/otmiZQNjAY— Society of Editors UK (@EditorsUK) April 2, 2019
As part of my work as a lecturer at the University of Kent I’ve spearheaded our experimentation with 360 video. These are two recent projects that I worked on alongside students.
Foto ensayo sobre Cuba después de una visita en el 2016 gracias a una beca de la Universidad de Kent.
The No Nukes Oral History Project is an archive of interviews and documents chronicling the anti-nuclear power movements in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s. I was part of the original news gathering mission in the summer of 2013. My job was to collect audio interviews, archive and take photographs of our interviewees. Now I help update the website and create social media content to promote the project.
Social Media images made for sharing on Instagram
As tourism booms for Uganda’s national parks and visitors flock to see the mountain gorillas, many Batwa warn that the price of a thrilling encounter with a gorilla in the wild is not just the $600 dent in a visitor’s pocket, it is also the humanitarian cost to an ancient people, displaced, living in poverty and largely forgotten by the authorities.
Multimedia project with Charlotte Stafford.
Read the whole project here: https://lauragrb.atavist.com/batwafinal
— Laura Garcia Rdz B (@lauragrb) July 28, 2016
Artistic reinterpretation of the classic Mexican game of Lotería as a series of portraits