52 minutes | Oct 23rd 2020

Sharing stories, addressing stigma and media advice with journalist Minreet Kaur

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Minreet Kaur is a freelance presenter, producer and reporter.  She’s worked in radio and television for the BBC, Sky News and multiple other media channels.

Her father Rajinder Singh the "Skipping Sikh" has inspired people all over the world. His work to show people how to stay fit and healthy led to an MBE. Minreet used her journalistic skills and expertise to tell his story and make it go viral.

Minreet has covered sensitive stories such as how divorce has been viewed as a stigma for women in the Sikh community, alcohol abuse and vitiligo with respect and dignity.

But as a result of COVID she’s under-employed. She knows where she wants to be: presenting on The One Show, for example; sharing stories which need to be heard with warmth and compassion. She describes the stories she is most proud of, what she's doing to progress her career, and how journalism in changing in 2020.

Minreet also has tips about how to get your message heard. She is frank about the difficulties of establishing a career in journalism, bias, and the need for action on inclusivity, diversity and nurturing talent in the media.

Also in this episode (number 318 of the show): Tier 3 for Sheffield and South Yorkshire; changes to the Job Support Scheme; The CAF Resilience Fund for social enterprises and charitable organisations and more.

Timings:

  • 0 - 42:38 Minreet Kaur interview
  • 44:07 Tier 3 for Sheffield and South Yorkshire
  • 45:06 Reduced employer contributions via The Jobs Support Scheme and other measures – brief details and some reaction
  • 49:04 Details of new grant funding available from the CAF Resilience Fund and loan/grant funding from The Social Investment Business Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
  • 51:00 Good news for Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens

You can watch Minreet Kaur's showreel here and get in touch with her via twitter or Linkedin.

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