“Constructive journalism is an emerging domain within journalism that is slowly getting grounded and involves the field of communication that is based around reporting solution-focused news, instead of revolving only around negative and conflict-based stories. The idea behind constructive journalism is to give stories more context, by giving more background and also reporting what is going good, so that people are more able to create a realistic view of the world they inhabit. Instead of only reporting the issues, with constructive journalism the journalist also addresses what the consumer can do with the information. What can I do to change it?” from wikipedia
HULL IS THIS is a constructive journalism project and publishing platform that shares news of Hull with a positive purpose, to build up communities and people, making the city an even more enjoyable, prosperous, and vibrant place to live, work, and visit.
Most of the content on HULL IS THIS is produced by the city’s freelance professional writers, photographers, filmmakers, podcasters, and creatives. We also accept content from students and those pursuing a career in journalism.
Our mantra is ‘don’t pay for advertising, pay for journalism‘.
‘Since you’re here.’
We’re now developing a ‘slush fund’ which we will use to commission stories that are currently being overlooked.
In our first few months we’ve been approached several times by people asking ‘can you send someone to cover this story or interview this person?’ Sadly, we’ve had to say no, or to let the opportunities pass. People’s time and skills cost money.
We believe that by resourcing local constructive journalism, we can also help promote the continuing development of this city.
If you’re an individual or business that loves what we’re doing, maybe you’d consider helping to support our work with a donation?
It would be great, for example, to commission some reviews of the arts, or to send someone to cover those small but significant community events.
There’s now a donation button in the sidebar of the website, if you can help?
‘Since you’re here’ worked for another news platform in recent years!
The Editor: Jerome Whittingham is a photographer, interviewer, and podcast producer. He specialises in supporting the voluntary sector, both locally and regionally. With a wide interest in social issues, culture, and the arts, Jerome regularly reports on topics including: homelessness, dementia, young people, social enterprise, community development, theatre, performing arts, visual arts.
Jerome has promoted community development in Hull since moving to the city in 1994.