Govanhill is one of the most diverse and interesting places to live in Scotland. It has a wealth of community projects, independent retailers and a vibrant atmosphere. And yet, negative perceptions prevail, often fuelled by media coverage written by those who live outside the neighbourhood.
We want to create a FREE community magazine, both print and online, to celebrate the differences that make Govanhill so special, shining a light on the people and projects at work in the area, and bringing them together. The publication, run from a community interest company, will be not-for-profit.
Workshops, training and events will also enable the residents of Govanhill to feed into the magazine, empowering people to tell their own stories in their own words. It will provide a platform for under-represented voices.
The Launch Issue
We're so excited to bring you the first issue. We're aiming to print 5000 copies, which will be distributed around the neighbourhood to as many pick up points as possible.
Solutions journalism is a challenge to the negativity bias that can dominate the media agenda. This doesn’t mean we plan to ignore difficult realities in favour of feelgood stories. It means taking a look at what people and organisations are doing to tackle an issue, and make things better.
We're hoping to include: an exploration of loneliness in Govanhill, and what is being done to reduce it; the restoration of the Govanhill Picture House; a peek inside the spice cupboards of some local kitchens; Govanhill's tradition as a place of political refuge; and an essay on what exactly is meant by gentrification. We'll also be taking a constructive look at some hot topics such as cleansing issues and the cycle lane.
Some of the regular features will be: a local history column; 'close connections' sharing stories of Govanhill neighbours; tips on how to use some of the more unusual ingredients you can find in Govanhill; restaurant reviews; and upcoming events not to miss. There will also be a news in brief section bringing you right up to speed with what's happening locally.
All our journalism will strive to be rigorous, balanced and open-minded. But above all, we hope it will be refreshing to read.
We hope to make this a financially sustainable project by generating money through advertising from local businesses/social enterprise/charities, as well as event and workshop fees, a membership scheme and grant funding. However, in order to raise this money, we need to get a pilot issue out - to show people just what we aim to produce.
We want this to be professionally designed with high quality images and content. While we we are applying for funding and will be approaching advertisers, we're asking for a little help from the community to give this project a really solid start. This money will be spent on printing, design, marketing and distribution costs. Any extra raised will go into developing the website and future issues.
Support this new magazine that will benefit the WHOLE community.
Greater Govanhill has been founded by Rhiannon Davies and Natalie Whittle.
Rhiannon Davies is a multimedia journalist working in the Scottish media. She previously worked as the arts & culture editor for an Istanbul-based magazine, and has freelanced for various publications. She is the co-secretary of the Women in Journalism Scotland group and teaches journalism at the University of Strathclyde. She has also worked in communications roles for third sector organisations, with a particular focus on community development. She is passionate about the power of solutions-focused journalism to inspire change and the idea that the media should serve the community it covers.
Natalie Whittle started her career in journalism at Time Out Magazine in Paris and London. She has worked at the Financial Times in London for more than 15 years, primarily at FT Weekend, as an editor on the award-winning FT Weekend Magazine and Life & Arts. Since moving to Glasgow, she set up The Outwith Agency, a neighbourhood writing hub in Govanhill.