The Occupier is a news site set up by a participant in the Occupy movement of 2011 who saw a gap in news reporting. Being part of what was being reported on, for the first time made me realise how much the mainstream news outlets sensationalise and are selective with the facts and purposeful with their wording in order to push an agenda or simply boost sales/viewers.
Once the site is established and we have a group of regular contributors we will produce a weekly free newspaper as a PDF for people to print and distribute to newsagents in their local area.
To get a flavour of what we want the site to be, here’s an idea of the kind of stories you can expect to see:
- Genuine human achievement
- Upcoming legislation that affects people lives
- “News you might have missed” – stories we think are important but are low on the mainstream agenda
The kind of stories you won’t see:
- Someone who is famous for being on TV said something about a subject which they have no background in.
- The results or any other information about TV talent contests or “reality” shows.
- A footballer slept with someone they shouldn’t have
- An MP was rude to a policeman
We aim to check the facts of anything we report on and get to the root of what’s going on in a given story.
We also think its very important to separate fact from opinion, which the majority of news outlets seem to fail to do to some extent.
The site won’t carry advertising and will be funded by donations from its readers.
If you are interested in writing content for the site get in touch via the Contact link at the top of the page.
Here are some words and phrases we don’t like:
gunmen, shocking, cyclist, motorist, activist, protester, youths, scrap, taxpayers money, hard working families, crackdown, earmarked, austerity, blaze, war on terror, seized, strategic strike, insurgents, deadly, quizzed, air strike, terrorist, terror plot, job-seekers, scroungers, critics, security forces, jobless, expected to say, claimed, older people (older than who?), makeshift, jailed, squatters, anarchy, travel chaos, take a decision, criminal, thug, consumer.