I've been working with charities and other non-profits for the past six years, much of it providing public relations support. And as anyone who has worked in the sector for any length of time will know, that often means scrabbling to get your story into a handful of sector-specific publications or sections of national publications like Society in The Guardian.
From a PR consultant's point of view, this is hardly the perfect set up. More importantly, as someone who has worked in and for charities, it's a terrible state of affairs for the sector as a whole. I know for a fact there are countless stories, opinions and voices that are simply going unheard because of a lack of access to relevant platforms.
With the effects of coronavirus effective laying waste to countless organisations and relatively little in the way of coverage for the plight of hundreds of charities across the country, this is a situation that seriously needs to change.
That's why I'm trying to get a new, open source publication off the ground. Called thirdword, it will initially be hosted on Medium, a widely used open source platform. The end goal is to establish it as a standalone online publication, featuring thought leadership, opinion and views from and for the third sector.
Inevitably, there will need to be some element of editorial checking to ensure the subject matter of each article is relevant and appropriate, but I intend this to be the lightest possible touch. It's about time we all helped each other raise the volume for charity voices. The more people contribute and share, the stronger the publication will be and ultimately the more people will read it.
Don't be a stranger
If you're interested in contributing, all you need is a Medium account and to follow me or the publication and I'll make you a writer. Then you can write whatever you want, submit the draft to thirdword and I'll approve and add it.
If you've followed me and thirdword but I haven't added you as a writer, just email me and I'll get to it!
I'd also love to hear from anyone who can help me develop the homepage more so it looks less shit. And also anyone who knows their way around a WordPress website, as it would be great to get the standalone website set up as soon as viable.