For activists engaging with the media

If you have personal experience and/or work in this sector and believe in social change, Angles might be for you. Whether or not you have worked with the media before, we can support you.

We are working with people who would like to be involved in the conversation. If this is you, Angles can support you and your activism in the following ways:

  • Interactions with the media
  • Media skills and training
  • Peer support and a network

We currently focus on sexual or domestic violence, sexual or domestic abuse, childhood sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation and we’re working with people with lived experience and/or who work in this sector.

We deliver tailored media training courses that give trainees practical media skills alongside an understanding of how the media works, how change happens, and how to practice good self-care.

We hold a monthly peer support group for people speaking to or wishing to speak with the media. We are building a peer support network which is becoming a resilient, focused and engaged network of people that can collaborate with journalists and broadcasters in various ways.

The Angles network lead facilitated interactions with the media, sharing their work, promoting new content and a better understanding of the issues. The project can involve behind-the-scenes engagement and consultation or more public-facing interviews and comment.

Meet some of the people in our network and read our blog for the latest news. 

Join the Angles network

Interested in speaking to the media in a way that works for you? Want to get involved and feature on the Angles website? If you would like to know more about Angles and how to get involved, please read more about how we work. Then contact us via this online form and tell us a little more about why you’re interested in being involved and who you are. We would arrange a face-to-face meeting or call and you can expect to hear from us within 5 working days.

Getting ready to speak to a journalist

Many people get asked on a regular basis to speak to the media about their experiences and comment on sexual violence or domestic abuse related news. Some people may have received media training, but many others haven’t had the opportunity. What’s your experience?

Whether you already work with the media, comment as a representative for a charity or are just getting started in this space, we can offer you some basic checklists and 1-pagers with key phrases, statistics and tips for taking control of a media engagement.

These documents have been shaped by the Angles network and used on our bespoke Engaging with the Media training courses. They are designed to get you thinking about taking part in interviews in a way that supports you to feel more prepared and confident.

We’d love your input. How do you prepare for media engagements? What’s your number one tip? You may contact info@onroadmedia.org.uk if you have anything to share.

  • Interview checklist

    From the moment you get the media request, to being in the studio and doing the interview, this checklist suggests some questions you could be asking the journalist or broadcaster and yourself. It also includes tips on self care and on general media engagement e.g. studio appearances, quotes or articles.

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  • Be prepared: A list of suggestions and stats

    It’s good to be armed with a few important statistics or factual statements to demonstrate your points or argument. And you may well be asked a couple of basic questions about the scale of any particular topic or ‘how many are xyz’, so it’s good to have some accurate and well-sourced stats up your sleeve.

    This 1-pager covers:

    • When a journalist asks you ‘what happened?’ Things to begin considering and suggestions for tackling this often challenging question.
    • Some known myths in society’s understanding of sexual violence and domestic abuse. This takes a brief look at several preconceptions worth challenging without reinforcing.
    • Useful statistics on sexual abuse, sexual violence and domestic abuse. It is intended to offer a brief insight into these areas in the UK and is in no way an exhaustive list.

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  • How to look after yourself

    Engaging with the media is a challenging task and can be exhausting mentally as well as emotionally. Practising self-care, community care and peer support helps to prevent burn-out and allows individuals to work towards becoming resilient media contributors. By looking after each other and yourself, positive change can take place. This resource is a list of tips put together by the Angles network of activists and other On Road Media project participants.

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