Standup For Journalism is a new comedy night designed to help start a conversation about the job of journalism in a digital society.
It’s been created by journalist Kirsty Styles to see whether journalists making people laugh with them can help us all talk more about what we want journalism to do.
It’s no secret that journalism has an image problem, something that was described not-even-ironically by the outgoing editor of the Daily Mail Paul Dacre in 2018, demonstrated by the fact that journalists are trusted less than estate agents. Why on earth would anyone want to be one?
While we might not trust journalists, we certainly love comedy. It was the top podcast genre in 2018, standup is booming on Netflix and top comedians get paid in the tens of millions of pounds, according to Forbes. In fact, US comedian Jon Stewart was once voted the ‘most trusted newscaster’ in America. No joke.
With help from the highly successful Bright Club academic comedy network, the Standup For Journalism pilot will train people that work in journalism to tell jokes, ending with a live performance.
Getting public support, by telling the human stories of people working in the media, may be crucial to securing the future of an industry that’s in trouble.
Keen to see what journalists have to say?
Get tickets for the public performance here. Money raised from ticket sales will now go to the Lyra McKee memorial crowdfund. She was a dedicated young journalist who was killed while trying to understand the riots happening in Derry.