Phoenix Media Co-operative launched at the start of 2021. Our focus was to build a radically democratic structure that challenged the top-down model of most media outlets. During our membership of the Independent Media Association, we were co-winners of “International Reporting of the Year” at the Independent Media Awards of March 2022.

Due to a lack of funds, we are making the shift in late 2023 from an officially registered and regulated organisation to an informal blog. This will continue to showcase the work we produced from 2021 to 2023, and will occasionally feature short summaries of stories to watch out for in international politics.

The co-op was never about using personal popularity to make money, boost profiles, or set up book-writing contracts. It was about the collective spirit of resistance; a movement for permanent collective power – not for a temporary achievement of compromises or crumbs of justice. There can be no lasting peace until there is full justice. Our enemies play dirty and have the strength and resources to keep us constantly on our feet; but we’ll learn, adapt, and keep fighting for collective consciousness and real, meaningful democracy.

We still desperately need radical, worker-owned media!

The richest 1% now owns almost half of all our planet’s wealth, and we’re staring a climate catastrophe in the face. But the corporate media only serves to uphold this status quo, when the world urgently needs change.

We want a radically different present and future that’s based on justice, equality, freedom, and sustainability for humanity and the planet.

As a co-op, we always sought to provide bold, accurate, accessible journalism which was unashamedly internationalist and subversive. To help build a new world, we believed in trying to revolutionise the media by:

  • functioning as a radically democratic workplace owned equally by all its worker-members, who made decisions together with no bosses;
  • amplifying the voices of people who are socially excluded, marginalised or oppressed, and of people who are resisting and organising (via workers’ movements and co-operatives, for example);
  • firmly opposing the concentration of power in the hands of a privileged few in politics, the economy, and the media;
  • resisting self-interested wars of aggression waged by imperialist powers and their corporate allies.

Our co-operative mission

Our journalism was like our organisation: innovative, principled, trustworthy, and democratic. We always sought to act with integrity, showing commitment to accuracy and accountability.

We believed in media democratisation, which is key to forging truly democratic politics and economies. And by creating a work structure where all our members have the same amount of power, we wanted to show that actions are just as important as words.

We also saw the importance of joining forces and collaborating with others. One big example of this was our What’s Happening newsletter collaboration with Real Media co-operative.

We sought to facilitate learning, facilitate the development of consciousness, and facilitate organisation, resistance and unity.

We weren’t just a media outlet, but a mission.

The team

We were a diverse group of people from around the UK and the world and, unlike many other media outlets, were not London-based.

Many of the founding worker-members were former employees of The Canary, or connected in some way to that innovative organisation. The Canary did not have a democratic model until 2022, however, and three editor-writers were controversially pushed out via redundancy during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. These employees became co-founders of Phoenix Media Co-operative in 2021 along with other worker-member co-founders.

Unfortunately, Phoenix Media Co-operative worker-members were always volunteers. There were never any salaries. (If you are able to contribute to the ongoing upkeep of the website, please do support us.)

If you wish to contact us, please write to PhoenixMediaCooperative[at]pm[dot]me

We hold out hope that we will come back to life again in the future. The world desperately needs media democracy. No more millionaires controlling the press, no more bosses controlling what’s covered and what’s not, no more selling out to advertisers, and no more of the elitist bias this messed-up system usually generates. There must be full worker control of our press if we really want to democratise the way we get our information. Worker-members need to have equal power – to stand and fall together.

If you can chip in, you’ll help to: amplify the voices of marginalised, exploited and oppressed people; fund the kind of justice-focused digging and analysis that establishment media outlets refuse to do; and keep our website free from the annoying corporate adverts that appear elsewhere.