We are looking for board members! The board will be composed of multiple strategy groups covering all Media Diversified operations (see diagram below). As a member of the board you will be responsible for making sure that we achieve our aims and ambitions while also maintaining our core values.
Media Diversified is a non-profit independent publishing platform, campaign group and advocacy organisation that aims to advance the discourse around race, identity, politics and popular culture.
We give writers and authors from marginalised backgrounds the platform and visibility they deserve.
We publish articles by writers that present fresh perspectives and insightful commentary on contemporary social and political issues — from pop culture to business, international conflict to personal identity, gender, history and more.
We have been featured on BBC Radio, the New York Times, Al-Jazeera English, the New Statesman and Grazia and linked to by the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Independent, Vanity Fair and CNN amongst others.
Content has been shared by Malorie Blackman, Gary Younge, Neil Gaiman, Caitlin Moran the Royal Shakespeare Company and more.
Our campaigning focuses on challenging misrepresentations of people of colour in government and the media in order to affirm their rights to equity and social justice.
Our advocacy centres on our Experts Directory and Speakers Bureau, which furnishes media outlets and corporations with a unique database of experts from a wide variety of professional fields, addressing the structural erasure of experts of colour from the mainstream media and public speakers network.
In today’s media landscape, writers from marginalised backgrounds are seldom valued as much as they should be. Media Diversified counteracts the trend of equating literary and journalistic merit with whiteness by highlighting the amazing variety of work currently being produced by marginalised writers.
Our staff seeks to cultivate talented writers for our platform and to equip them with the skills needed to engage with media outlets as a whole. Our digital multimedia platform publishes articles daily on breaking news, current affairs, politics, society, media, and arts and culture. We are very active on social media, with accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Many of our articles and fundraising campaigns, plus advertising campaigns are shared on all three platforms, with Twitter being the primary platform for this engagement.
We are excited to be relaunching the Media Diversified Experts Directory later this year! It will now also act as a Speakers Bureau. It’s a resource for media outlets and companies that challenges the ‘pale, male and stale’ mindset of mainstream media.
The Directory is a database of experts based around the world (but mostly the UK and US) in a wide variety of professional fields, qualified to provide expert commentary on today’s issues. It’s geared toward corporate and media clients, with experts available for consultancy, training and talks. The directory also connects clients with people from marginalised backgrounds who are experts in their fields and sets up opportunities to create key long-term networks that foreground voices of colour.
“We had a really good experience of working with Media Diversified to find guests and audience members for the pilot shows for the new Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC Two/BBC News Channel. The people who took part in our programmes were excellent speakers and engaged in informative and interesting TV studio debates on a wide range of topics. We are keen to continue to work with Media Diversified in the future once we start broadcasting in April 2015 to bring lots of new people and voices to BBC TV.”
Monica Soriano, Senior Producer, Victoria Derbyshire programme, BBC News
“News channels have become increasingly aware of the importance of hearing from a diverse range of contributors. There have been visible improvements in getting more women onto news programmes, but more work needs to be done to cover other types of diversity. Having a directory of experts is a valuable tool in alerting producers to a wider pool of contributors.”
Tami Hoffman, Sky News, Interviews Editor
Our products and services
- Mediadiversified.org content
- Sponsored series
- E-books and print books
- Media Diversified Experts Directory and Speakers Bureau
- Targeted mailouts to BAME professionals and writers
- Media Diversified workshops and training
- Consulting for organisations and institutions
Read our members May newsletter for more details on the directory, books and more here.
Join our board members
Elonka is a senior leader and diversity specialist with extensive experience in broadcast journalism, programme production, new audience development, diversity action and community engagement. Working in the creative and cultural sectors with businesses and NGO’s throughout Europe to provide strategic insight and develop collaborative projects that increase reputation, participation and inclusion in services.
Dominic is a founding partner of Impossible Ideas Inc. | Designing Next Generation Public Services. He is a public service entrepreneur with a background in design and technology-led organisational change.
He founded FutureGov in 2008 to bring digital and design into the heart of government transformation, acting as an advisor to all levels of government in the U.K. and internationally. Exited to TPXImpact in 2019.
Charles Thompson MBE is a graduate of Film & TV Production Techniques, Arts and Media. His thirty+ years’ experience in the international film & TV industry includes three years as an editor before commencing a career as a Film Producer with a commitment to new drama by black writers and directors. He has produced many multiple award-winning narrative films in Europe, Africa and the USA. He founded Screen Nation Film & TV Awards aka ‘the Black Bafta’s’ and has worked in producing black British dramas & TV magazine shows. He was awarded the MBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honors List for his Services to the Global Black Film Industry.
ABOUT THE ROLE
Salary – this is a voluntary position with travel expenses paid for attending board meetings and contact events.
Hours – The board will meet quarterly, and meetings will take place on weekday evenings or day between 9am and 8pm depending on group consensus and availability.
Contract – Board appointments are for a minimum of 18 months. At the end of the first 18 month term, board members may offer themselves for re-election for a further three years.
As part of the board, you will be responsible for making sure that we achieve our aims and ambitions in an effective and accountable way. The board will delegate the day-to-day management decisions to the director/chief executive and their team of staff. The staff are required to keep board members informed through a series of reports and presentations. These can be presented directly to the board or through sub committees before passing it through the board meetings.
WE ARE SEEKING BOARD MEMBERS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
2) Human Resources
3) Oversight and Ethics
5) Marketing and Communication
HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in the role, please send an expression of interest email to email@example.com by midday August 5th 2022
Interviews taking place: September 2022
(These dates are provisional and may be subject to change) More info here on what it takes to be a board member. Whilst this document refers to trustee/charity throughout, it is useful as a guide. Drop us an email with any questions.
We want our board members to bring a broad range of viewpoints and experience; some will already have worked with Boards (either as a Trustee or as an Executive), and some may be joining a Board for the first time.
Your expression of interest letter should be no more than two pages; you are also welcome to send a video or audio of no more than 5 minutes.
Please make sure you tell us:
• Why you would like to join the Board.
• What you think you would bring to the organisation and how your skills could support the Board and
team in achieving its vision.
• A bit about yourself; the work you do and your previous experience.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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