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A Tabloid for the Oppressed: How can we co-create the new tools for a new politics?

Thu 6th October 2016 Annex

Jessie Jacobs and Andrew Wilson

A Tabloid for the Oppressed: How can we co-create the new tools for a new politics?

We hosted a conversation aimed to develop the blue print for a new tabloid publication offering a platform for grassroots voices and a bottom up politics. Our ultimate aim was: to extinguish The Sun readership across the North East of England.

The link between Britain’s mainstream media and the rise in racial hatred, the public vilification of minorities and oppressive violence is clear, but what do we do? Can alternative stories, conversations and spaces challenge this divisive reality? What new tools are needed to meaningfully support the unseen and platform the unheard?

We invited people to join voices from established alternative media outlets from across the UK and explore together whether the North East needs a new tabloid publication for a new politics.



Jessie Jacobs is a writer, political activist and charity founder based in the North East.  Her work is focussed on mining hope, exposing new possibilities and discovering untold stories within communities, spaces and places that have often been forgotten, unloved or oppressed. Her work and campaigns include place blog I Love Stockton Me; EU remain campaign – Britain Stronger IN Europe; A Way OUT charity and Britain Loves (a play on Britain First propagating love over hate)

Andrew Wilson is an artist based in both Leeds and Newcastle who works independently and in collaboration with a variety of individuals, groups and organisations. Andrew works regularly with artist Toby Lloyd as Lloyd & Wilson, is a studio holder at The NewBridge Project and a long-term sessional-artist at Newcastle based Chilli Studios, a service which provides creative opportunities for adults who experience social exclusion.




Hidden Civil War was a month long programme of events and exhibitions across Newcastle upon Tyne that exposed, collated and presented evidence of a Hidden Civil War in Britain today.  Hidden Civil War, a collaborative project, commissioned by The NewBridge Project and developed in partnership with East St Arts, Hands on Film Lab, Metal, Paper Rhino, Mark Donne, Taryn Edmonds, Chris Erskine, Julia Heslop, Beth Ramsay, Julie Tomlin, Vicky Ward and Aisha Zia. Hidden Civil War was delivered with the support of partner venues; Cobalt Studios, Tyne Theatre, Summerhill Bowling Club and The Cumberland Arms. Accompanying publication, The Precariat is produced by Paper Rhino.

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