I just received an e-mail asking if I would like to attend a Guardian media event. This event is headlined Ethnic Media Summit and I quote “ this one-day summit will examine the challenges facing the media industry as it struggles to engage with ethnic minority groups in the digital age”.
There is of course a discount for not-for-profit and voluntary organisations to send a delegate, however £346. 63 not including travel or an overnight stay is probably a little on the steep side.
£364.63 is more than a month’s rent at the community radio station I volunteer with, it’s more than a third of the annual rates bill and to really get down to the nuts and bolts represents a years supply of toner for the printer. These media people have no idea of how difficult it is to raise funds commercially or through grants and funding simply to survive as a voluntary organisations. I think perhaps they need to re-engage with reality rather than ethnic minorities. Perhaps what they really need to do is go out and speak with the diverse minorities of our green and pleasant land and give them a chance to do their own thing in the various media areas this summit it will cover.
Leith FM the community radio station of Edinburgh and Leith has had no trouble attracting Polish, Spanish, Arabic and French programming, Google Leith FM to listen live or follow the link below.
And if anyone would rather give the equivalent of their Ethnic Media Summit fee to an organisation that is having no problem engaging with ethnic minorities, as we see them as equals and assets to the radio station, let me know and I’ll ensure your donation goes somewhere it will be used usefully. Leith FM.