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MiFriendly Cities presents ‘Beyond’, a Black History Month e-magazine created by migrants

Migrant Voice and MiFriendly Cities present ‘Beyond’, an e-magazine for Black History Month, created by migrants participating in our West Midlands Media Lab initiative to develop community journalists.

The special publication was created by a team of budding citizen journalists who have honed their media skills through MiFriendly Media Lab and Newsroom workshops over the last two years.

Initially meeting up regularly and training with hands-on mentoring in mediums including photography, writing news and filmmaking; many of the participants have spent much of this year continuing their training at home due to the COVID-19 lockdown, which has disproportionately affected BME communities.

Creating, editing and collating articles, opinion pieces, spotlight features, poetry, art and photography, the group’s final work consists of over 100 pages of content dedicated to celebrating Black History Month and the experiences of migrants and their respective communities.

Penning the opening message in the magazine, co-editor Althia writes: “Some of us, like myself, had no previous media experience and struggled with even the most basic technology, yet here I am writing a welcome message in an online magazine!

“Having attended Media Labs and newsroom sessions, made new friends and had the opportunity to learn about photography, filmmaking, copywriting, social media, and journalism skills over the last year and a half, together we now bring you our first magazine, and one which celebrates Black voices, Black talent and Black experiences.”

The magazine is currently only available online. You can read the full magazine here:

Media Lab and Newsroom sessions are FREE to attend. If you would like to get involved please email

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European Union & Urban Innovative Actions

This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.