“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 – directly commissioned and paid for by their clients.
The editor also receives press releases from PR agencies, statutory authorities, charities, and others.
Additionally, the editor considers content from students and those pursuing a career in journalism.
All submitted content is judged against the key editorial question: ‘Is this story adding to, or in some way illustrating, the continuing development of the city of Hull, its communities, and its enterprises?’
HULL IS THIS does not publish advertorial or paid-for content.
A funding scheme for www.hullisthis.news is now being offered, H.I.T. Patrons. The funding raised with patrons’ support will be used to commission more stories that are exclusive to HULL IS THIS, to cover core editorial and publishing costs, and to sustain and develop future production of content.
In the first few months the editor has been approached several times by people asking ‘can you send someone to cover this story or interview this person?’ Sadly, there have not been the resources to cover this. Freelancer’s time and skills cost money. Patrons’ funding will result in more positive responses to requests and suggestions in the future!
The key mission of this project is that by resourcing local constructive journalism, giving voices to local communities and enterprises, the city can continue to develop for the benefit of all.
By supporting www.hullisthis.news with a paid H.I.T. Patrons membership you’ll be helping to deliver this mission.
Full details of the H.I.T. Patrons scheme can be found here.
The Editor: Jerome Whittingham is a freelance professional 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.