Location: Southern Daily Echo, Redbridge, Southampton
Host: Southern Daily Echo
Time: 1300 – 1600
Parvaneh Farid (chairperson) Sangeeta Bhabra (ITV Meridian)
Jayanti Shah Annamarie Ewing
Anna Lindsay (
Ping Hua Andy Lai
Marie Costa Don John
Munni Lamb Mo Blake (
Robin Britton (ITV
Mike Hapgood (
Honorine Djenaba-MacDonald Arif
Ian Murray (Soton Echo) Palo Almond
Charles Curry (New Milton Advertiser/Lymington Times)
Mark Jones (
Michael Beard (The Argus,
Toby Grant (
Joe Scicluna (
Alan Marriott (
Brien Beherall (Newbury Weekly News) Khatra Roles
Mark Waldron (The News,
Graeme Moir (Reading Evening Post) Veena Spratt
Wangui Wan Goro
Matters arising from Last Minutes:
Parvaneh welcomed everyone to the meeting at the Southern Daily Echo offices in Newspaper House,
Anver mentioned that the election of Barack Obama In the United States owed a debt to Martin Luther King, and whereas the report of his election had been widely covered there had been no media attention paid to the anniversary event of Martin Luther King's death held at Westminster Hall and Abbey, which Anver had attended.
Minutes of Last Meeting and Book Launch were Accepted
Item 1 - Media Output Reports
Mike reported that
The group raised questions on Gaza, more local appeals for foreign disasters in general, the new
Southern Daily Echo – Notes taken by Honorine
Ian reiterated that he does not give a list of what Southern Daily Echo has done in terms of diversity. He acknowledged that they do make errors. He asked that people should raise issues as we go along, including ideas and suggestions, rather than storing them up to bring to such meetings – it is a learning process.
He mentioned that the challenges papers face are the serious credit crunch, a reduction in papers sold, lack of recruitment. His paper faces a similar situation to the
The other challenge is how to continue to provide coverage to the whole community in “shrinking” paper internally and externally. However, he is not giving up. The group asked questions on who to contact in papers, not enough take-up of local issues, questioned why newspapers were not up-front about the chances of getting items used, concerns over letters to newspapers appearing too right wing.
Robin explained changes to presenting at
Around the Table
The following issues were raised as possible stories or items for considerations by the CDAGM:
v Munni: The anniversary of the Iranian revolution and its history, and how we came to the present day situation. Coverage of the Iranian New Year.
v Munni: Focus on Crime Stoppers as a group - non-police
v Palo: Focus on the United Nations Association - she is giving a talk on global health issues affecting women at on 21st February,
v Palo: Health and inequalities of post-natal depression - difficulties in getting access to services for minority groups.
v Anver: Derogatory language (Paki/Golliwog) is an imprisonable offence - careful it does not creep into newspapers.
v Keith: Called on members to contact him for Hampshire Chronicle with good news as well as the negative.
v Annamarie: In September the school curriculum for secondary schools will widen to look more at diversity issues.
v Steven: Found the meeting very interesting. Agreed to talk to his editor about topics raised.
v Barbara: List of ideas for the communities she works with:
(1) Cross-cultural love stories - five years of young people in relationships, and how love overcame barriers. Club and baby club now formed.
(2) Polish returning home, turbulent relationship with Polish Government - Prime Minister calling them home - not many going. Polish Consul to visit
(3) Exploitation of Polish women - light at the end of the tunnel.
v Don: Headlines on stories can cause inflammation - care needed.
v Ian: Voiced concerns over xenophobia as recession bites. Agreed to supply name of Communities Reporter to group contacts.
v Maria: African Women's Forum,
v Africapella singing - includes people from all backgrounds singing in the community - all are volunteers.
v Call on schools to give more coverage to United Nations and how it was founded.
v Andy: Chinese Association happy to liaise with other groups.
v Don: One in every ten families is of mixed race -
v Jayanti: Must take a lesson from the election of Obama in
v Parvanah: Although we live here and are local, we are affected by what has happened at home. Issued open letter from Iranian academics and journalists.