Working with the Media
The monarchy, the royal family and constitutional reform are regular features of news and current affairs reporting. Unfortunately a lot of the reporting serves to promote the monarchy brand, or offers little more than a superficial and rather conservative view of constitutional issues.
This is why working with the media is so important to our campaign. We seek to counter bias, to challenge the stories put into the media by the royal PR machine and to raise awareness of constitutional reform issues relevant to republicanism.
Our media work includes:
- Providing journalists with accurate information and statistics and an opposing view to the pro-monarchy stance.
- Keeping up with all breaking news stories so we are able to respond effectively and get our voice heard.
- Putting spokespeople forward for interviews and debates on TV and radio.
- Working with journalists to generate pro-republican or anti-monarchy stories.
- Using blogging site, including the Guardian's Comment is Free blog to promote our messages.
- Working with our members and supporters to help promote debate online through our Urgent Response Network.
We also work to promote Republic's events in the media. We utilise new media and online networking tools to promote Republic far and wide. And we work with our counterparts in Canada, Australia and New Zealand to generate Commonwealth-wide campaigns.
Despite competing against a well-resourced 20-strong PR team in Buckingham Palace we are increasingly getting our message out via the mainstream media.