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The Bristol Cable

Transparency

The Bristol Cable is a cooperative newspaper, owned and supported by 2,700 people in Bristol. We were founded and registered in 2014 under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.

Annual General Meetings

Every year Cable members get together to look at the big questions facing the co-op. How should we spend our resources? What projects shall we focus on? What topics should we cover?

Members also grapple with key ethical questions like establishing and monitoring our commitment to ethical advertising policies and who we should apply for funding too.

All members are invited to stand for and directly elect our board of directors, who offer advice and scrutiny of the co-ordinator team.

Check out videos and results from previous AGMs here.

Transparency

The Cable is committed to financial and organisational transparency.

Starting with just a few grand raised through a crowdfunder, as of May 2022 2,700 people are Bristol Cable members. Income raised from membership and other small streams such as advertising, regulated by an ethical advertising charter, accounts for 37% of our income. 

As we work towards sustainability, we have been supported by philanthropic foundations, who respect our absolute editorial independence and recognise our work to build a new model for journalism.

Philanthropic supporters

2021, August: £23,350 from Lankelly Chase to develop our Community Relationship Management system.

2020, February: £41,143 from Nesta Future News Pilot Fund to develop our community engagement practices and tools.

2020, January: £350,000 core funding from Luminate (formerly the Omidyar Network) over three years.

2018: £5,000 from the Centre for Investigative Journalism for Media Lab 2018.

2018, January: £200,000 from the Omidyar Network over two years for core funding.

2017, November: £150,000 plus £35,000 match-funding from the Reva and David Logan Foundation over three years for core funding.

2017, February: £6,500 from Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust for police surveillance campaign.

2015, November: £80,000 from Reva and David Logan Foundation over two years for core funding.

2015, August: £6,500 from Nesta for audience analysis project.

2015, March: £5,000 from Moondance Foundation, for Media Lab 2017.

2014, April: £1,500 from Lush for core funding.

2014, April: £3,300 raised in a crowdfunding campaign.

2013, August: £1,500 from Co-ops UK for core funding.

Annual Accounts

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Statement

We are committed to building a workplace where anyone who wants to build a new approach to journalism that amplifies voices and challenges power can come to work and thrive.

We know that in the media, as in wider society, individuals and groups are discriminated against, for example due to their race, sex, class or ability. This discrimination is not always immediately obvious or visible. It is always unacceptable.

As an organisation we aim to create awareness of these issues, including our own role within them, and work to address them.

This is central to our values and crucial to our success as an organisation, as we can’t effectively amplify voices and challenge power if we don’t address our internal biases and diversify our team and audience.

As an organisation, we seek to:

  • Understand our own blind spots and develop our understanding of experiences other than our own.
  • Challenge and develop the structures, policies and culture of the Bristol Cable, as well as our own behaviours, to enable all those who work at the Cable to thrive and support the aims of the organisation.
  • Ensure all aspects of our work will be welcoming to all who share our core aims.

We are still learning (as an organisation and as individuals) what it means to have a more equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace. If you have any concerns/recommendations please get in touch.

Whenever we ask for information on your identity (e.g. ethnicity, religion) this will only be used to better deliver on our values. Information will remain anonymised as much as practical.

 

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