Tabloids do not represent the working class
The tabloid press claims to be an authentic voice of the working class - but it's run by and for the elites, writes Matt Thompson

Going from a top BBC job to Tory spin chief should be banned – it’s that simple
This revolving door between the 'impartial' broadcaster and the Conservatives stinks, writes Louis Mendee – we need a different media

Joint statement on George Osborne’s appointment to the Evening Standard
'We have come together to denounce this brazen conflict of interest and to champion the growing need for independent, truthful and representative media'

How to make your own media
Lorna Stephenson and Adam Cantwell-Corn on running a local media co-op

Novara: new media for a different politics
Novara Media are currently fundraising £10,000 to expand their efforts to help transform the media landscape. Andrew Dolan interviewed Novara co-founder Aaron Bastani about new media, insurgent politics and what the future holds for Novara

The crisis in local news – and the developing alternatives
Emma Hughes talks to journalists about the profiteering pushing local papers to the brink – and meets people producing their own community media

Slaney Street: Birmingham’s new co-operative media project
Sean Farmelo looks at the growth of a local, independent voice in Birmingham

New media versus the state – Jeremy Scahill interview
Campaigning US journalist Jeremy Scahill talks to Andrew Dolan about drones, US empire and the prospects for critical media in the digital age

Leveson: Real change for real journalism
As the dust on Leveson’s report into media ethics and standards begins to settle, Justin Schlosberg reflects on where it leaves the growing movement for media reform

Murdoch is unfit and improper – but how do we get rid of all the press barons?
Emma Hughes introduces James Curran and Donnacha DeLong, who argue that while Murdoch may be on the ropes, the power of the media mogul is far from vanquished

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about the press
'The fact the country is not overrun with lynching parties must mean not all readers take the papers seriously'

Audio: Rebellious Media Conference
Exclusive podcast with Dan Hind, James Curran, Zahera Harb

Mule, Manchester’s alternative press
The Manchester Mule Collective explain how their project shows a way to start to plug the gap in local news reporting

Media reform: In the public interest
Reforming the media after the phone hacking scandal: a Red Pepper roundtable

Wapping: the workers’ perspective
Michael Pooler visits an exhibition dedicated to the contininuing relevance of the Wapping dispute

A glasnost moment?
There is great potential for a real transformation in the British media and politics, writes Sarah-Jayne Clifton

Political designs for our times
An interview with Josh MacPhee and Alec Icky Dunn of Signal, a new journal of international political graphics and culture

Activism 3.0
Protests are increasingly appearing on the internet in real time in a myriad of ways. Adam Waldron takes a look at the smartphone applications that every activist needs

Slash and burn at the Beeb
The BBC has barely been out of the headlines in recent months, not least since the publication of its major strategy review. Siobhan McGuirk asked trade unionists and industry figures what they think needs to change at the corporation

Beyond the dross
John Pilger and Steve Platt first worked together during the 1991 Gulf War, when they shared platforms at Media Workers Against the War rallies. Platt, who had just taken over as editor of the New Statesman, asked Pilger to contribute a regular column for the magazine - which he has continued under different editors and proprietors ever since. Best known for his hard-hitting television and newspaper reports, and his excoriating analysis of the global warmongers, injustice and poverty, Pilger discusses here with Platt their shared craft of journalism

Zine team
Red Chidgey explains the key steps to making and distributing your own zine