In response to media stories that stigmatise people living in poverty, Church Action on Poverty has worked with the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) to create a guide for journalists reporting on poverty.
‘Producing a guide for journalists with the NUJ has been a great way to follow on from our Real Benefits Street project which challenged the negative stereotypes portrayed by Channel 4’s Benefits Street and some other sections of the media. We wanted the people who are experiencing poverty, and being stigmatised because of it, to be able to put their point of view to journalists’, said Jackie Cox, the Poverty Media Coordinator for Church Action on Poverty.
‘It is hoped that individual journalists, newspapers, broadcasters and online media companies will adopt the guidelines and use them to report on poverty and related issues in a responsible and accurate way’, commented Niall Cooper, Director of Church Action on Poverty.
For more details on the NUJ Guidelines on Reporting Poverty see the Church Action on Poverty website.