New media co-operative for Birmingham


Calling all budding journalists, editors, content creators, illustrators, investigators and researchers to join Co-operation Birmingham for a hack day. The day will include participatory sessions and learning from the experts how we can create a community media co-operative for our city.


Cooperation Birmingham has delivered 16,000 meals since the pandemic begun and will now be opening a pay as you feel cafe. Alongside this the media co-operative will act as a cultural and news hub for a city which desperately needs some good news.


The goal is community powered, credible and exciting content developed by members for the community and wider public as an antidote to the current sea of clickbait articles and social media echo chambers we are forced to inhabit.


The hack day will be on the 22nd May and will happen at a outside location in Digbeth in the city centre. There will be three sessions with ample time to get familiar with each other and the project.

  • 2-3pm – Citizen journalism and media co-operatives: An Introduction
  • 3.15-4.30pm – Dreaming and Scheming: A participatory session where we will collectively think of articles, content categories, events and contacts which will be useful to the future of the co-op. This will be a free-form session so get your thinking hats on and be ready to roll your sleeves up!
  • 5-6.30pm – Independent media in an age of Murdoch

Afterwards, for those who are able there will be time to eat collectively,we’ll order food from nearby or share a collectively made dish.


Due to Covid restrictions there will be a limit of 30 participants.


You can register by sending an email to:

Here is a Facebook event if that’s what you use to keep track.

If you can only make one session that’s fine, but all three would be glorious!

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