By Tony Harcup
Bringing jointly new and vintage paintings by way of Tony Harcup, this booklet considers the improvement of other journalism from the Nineteen Seventies up until today.
Bringing concept and perform jointly, Harcup builds an understanding of different media by utilizing exact case stories and surveys. together with reviews of reporters who've labored in either mainstream and substitute media, he considers the motivations, practices and roles of alternative journalism in addition to delving into moral considerations.
Moving from the heritage of different journalism, Harcup considers the hot unfold of 'citizen journalism' and using social media, and asks what the role of other journalism is today.
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If those evenings were important for the development of our craft and conﬁdence as individual writers – and they were – that was only part of the story. Unlike many groups of writers or readers, we turned outwards rather than inwards, with social concerns being addressed at least as frequently as innermost thoughts. For Freire (1972: 41), ‘true reﬂection leads to action’, and his words echo the epitaph on Marx’s tomb about the point of it all being to change the world. And, through our poetry and other interventions, some of us certainly had a go at doing just that.
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The Basement Writers had a do-it-yourself aesthetic a good three years before punk, a decade or so before ‘desktop publishing’ and more than 20 years before the advent of the worldwide web. Although the group preﬁgured the DIY ‘can do’ approach of punk, unlike punk we embraced all ages. And so, despite starting with a group of mid-teens, we soon began attracting a wider range of members. One was the redoubtable Gladys McGee, who had left school at the age of 14 to work as a dressmaker, tea-packer, oﬃce cleaner and numerous other jobs.