“Shout Out UK is a movement about movements – It is about moving us from the dead-point of insisting of seeing advantage in opposing change.“
Sustainabilitank – Sustainable Development Media
Our Mission is to report on issues and news stories otherwise ignored by traditional media and to lift political awareness and bring worldwide news stories to young people in the UK.
Started in July 2012, Shout Out UK has become one of Britain’s fastest growing independent global news networks. It aims to create an understanding between current affairs around the globe and the history behind each issue. Their global network of journalists covers news stories without censorship or preference, with the aim to inform and to create a news network, which is incorporative, independent and gives a means of expression to the voiceless generation.
Collaborations include hosting online debates on immigration and ‘What would you do if you were Prime Minister for a day’ with the BBC’s FreeSpeech, campaigning and marketing with 97% Owned’s documentary on the Occupy movement and becoming media partners to HTC’s The Tomorrow Talks. In 2013 Shout Out UK became Bite the Ballot’s official media partners and has covered their campaign to get more young people involved in politics since. Shout Out UK also took part as the media partner of the Hansard Society’s 3rd Young Person’s Question Time, covering the event via video.
For parliament week 2013 Shout Out UK launched it’s ‘Positivity, change and unity in Politics’ event. The night was themed ‘Positivity, change and unity in Politics’ in an effort to allow young people to connect with politics in their own unique way. The night showcased through a diverse collection of dance groups, one of which was a well established dance group that goes by the name of Dauntless. Dauntless were previously feature in the band M.I.A’s music video ‘bad girls’ which has generated over 1 million views on YouTube.
In addition, Shout Out UK held a small art exhibition showcasing art work painted and inspired by the next generation. Lastly, we gave the individuals the opportunity to share their voice through the form of poetry/spoken words on issues that have influenced their everyday lives.
Shout Out UK submitted evidence on the 2013, Theresa May Immigration Bill, stressing that immigration is a highly emotive issue, one which should always be navigated with rational, objective consideration rather than peer pressure and misrepresentation of others. The submission also stressed that the proposals set out in the Immigration Bill should be designed to protect immigrants, legal or otherwise, from exploitation or harm.
The evidence also highlighted a controversial problem: “That of affluent foreign citizens buying up property, more often than not leaving homes vacant for the majority of the time, particularly in large cities like London, and the knock-on effect this has on housing prices and availability”.
On the 16th April 2014, Shout Out UK conducted Youth Unemployment Analysis, which was included in the 2014 house of Lords report commissioned to tackle rising unemployment.
According to the report; 881,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in December 2013 to February 2014, down 38,000 on the previous quarter and down 98,000 on the previous year.
The unemployment rate (the proportion of the economically active population who are unemployed) for 16-24 year olds was 19.1%, down 0.9 percentage points from the previous quarter and down 1.9 percentage points from the previous year.
Politics in Schools
Shout Out UK launched a campaign called ‘Politics in Schools’ in 2013, with the aim of making politics a compulsory element of the UK National Curriculum. Since it’s launch, Shout Out UK ran a successful case study in the London borough of Harrow in support of political education in schools.
The project, sponsored by Vinspired, saw a remarkable discovery: That students, parents, teachers and local politician’s believe that political education should have a larger presence in schools, with some believing it should be an independent subject; Politics.
Shout Out UK is an advocate for Citizen Journalism, believing that it has the power to transform the way news is presented and distributed. Shout Out UK’s Director and founder, Matteo Bergamini, states “Citizen journalism will grow strength in strength and as long as the internet remains free and accessible. It will continue to thrive and give people the information they need to have.”