The appeal of working in the media and cultural industries has never been higher. Many young people want to enter these industries and many workers tolerate low pay and poor working conditions to stay within them. But better working conditions and an end to exploitative forms of unpaid work are vital if we want more open and diverse media and cultural industries.
Media and Cultural Work is an online resource for people – such as campaigners, employers, policymakers, trade unionists and academics – who want to find ways to make cultural work better and more sustainable. It offers a space to highlight research on cultural work, publicise campaigns and events and provide a forum for debate. It covers work in the media industries and the arts – commercial, public sector and non-profit – and a variety of forms of work within these sectors. While based in the UK, the website will feature international resources and links and we hope it will be a valuable resource for campaigners everywhere.