Parellel Lives

Parallel Lives 24 hour Newsroom

The Parallel Lives 24 hour Newsroom was hosted at the Documentary Media Centre on Wednesday 19th August (00:00-23:59).

Parallel Lives is a project that covers 100+ countries and aims to connect people who create and produce documentary forms of media …. film, photography, audio & new media.

The power of story-living from individuals offers a way to challenge mainstream media bias, social prejudice and enhance social understanding through education of global issues.

The conversation was ‘live’ throughout the newsroom on the DMC social media channels:

Twitter & Instagram @DocMediaCentre

Documentary Media Centre Facebook Pageclick here


00:00 Welcome to the start of the 24 hour Parallel Lives newsroom – ‘live’ talk about Parallel Lives on Facebook Page

01:00 Indonesia

Lok ba intan Floating MarketBanjarmasin, South Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia

The River City – 720,000 people

Photo by Kar Lina

02:00 Cambodia

Samatipal Pagoda – the name means meditation – in Banteymeanch Province, near the border with Thailand.

Image by Kimmarita Long
Image by Kimmarita Long
Phnom Penh traffic – image by Channita Chheng

03:00 Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur – Image by Xin Jian Wong

04:00 Pakistan

University of Lahore – evening time – image by Farzeen Sarwar
Image by Farzeen Sarwar

05:00 Kenya

Mind Me Pirates Community Library – image by John Wambugu, CEO Mind Me International
Safe Study Space – image by John Wambugu

Click this link to view the Mind Me International website

05:30 India

Here is the link to Pallavi’s organisation on Facebook: A Cause For Celebration

06:00 Burundi

The East African country is a former German colony and lived under Belgian rule until gaining independence almost 60 years ago. A report says its leaders plan to ask the two ex-rulers to pay damages — and not just cash.


07:00 Bangladesh

Website for the Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication

08:00 Thailand / Laos

Pat Kotchapakdee was a recipient of a grant from the National Geographic Society for this project: Kalomese Tribe in Laos: Lost Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them

08:30 India

Follow Kavita Ashok on Twitter @kavitaashok1969

09:00 Iraq

Dr Ahmed Bahiya is a member of the Media Discourse CentreDe Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

10:00 Nigeria

Click the link to view The Backwaters short documentary by Cletus Clement on the Milano Mobile Film Festival website.

11:00 Oman

11:30 Sri Lanka / Nepal

Interview with social entrepreneur Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan, Founder of the Zinthiya Trust and the Bear Earth CIC.

12:00 Nigeria

Interview with Israel Kashim Audu, Founder of the Kaduna International Film Festival in Nigeria.

14:00 Uganda

14:30 Colombia / Mozambique & Brazil / Afghanistan & India

Interview with Andy Salkeld (Cycling Coordinator, Leicester City Council) and Janet Hudson (Transport Development Officer, Leicester City Council) about the upcoming Ride Leicester Festival 2020 programme and the cycling projects across the globe that have inspired their work in the city.

15:30 Nicaragua / El Salvador

By Gail Brown

Interview with Gail Brown from the Leicester Coffee House Company recorded by Dr Rob Watson, Founder of the Decentered Media podcastclick here to listen

16:00 Haiti

Find out more about the Andrew Grene High School and the work of the Andrew Grene Foundation in Haiti.

17:00 Honduras / Nepal / Nigeria

Interview with Sarah J Reilly MA, Disability Rights Advocate and Researcher about the challenges globally for the 1 billion people with disabilities (15% of global population) when it comes to access to information and resources.

18:00 Yemen

Interview with Kulsum Hafeji, Founder of the Colours of Leicester project about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

If you want to find out more, please click the link to a resource list we’ve created on the Conflict Reportage Archive website.

18:30 Guatemala / Mexico

Interview with Thomas Bowers, Archaeologist (University of Leicester MA) about the global trade in trafficked antiquities.

19:00 Peru

Interview with Thilo Boeck, Transitions Project Director at the Amantani NGO.

Please support their Laptops for Education campaign on 

You can also view the ‘Meet My World‘ films created by the young people involved in the project – click here

20:00 Brazil

Interview with Dr Paul Reilly, Senior Lecturer in Social Media and Digital Society (Information School, The University of Sheffield) about the Parallel Lives project and the countries covered on the 24 hour newsroom.

21:00 Lesotho / Burkina Faso

Interview with Iara Lee, Film Director and Activist about her new Lesotho documentary film and how she identifies the stories that need filming.

Burkinabé Rising: the Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso click for Full Documentary (FREE to watch)

From Trash to Treasure: Turning Negatives into Positivesclick for Full Documentary (FREE to watch)


22:00 South & North Korea / Iraq / Oman & Zanzibar / Brazil

Interview with Dodge Billingsley of Combat Films and Research in Utah, USA.

Click to view a resource list of Dodge’s documentary films from the Conflict Reportage Archive’s 24 hour newsroom in May 2020.

23:00 Panama / Zambia / Morocco / Somalia

Panama by Gemma Twitchen
Lusaka, Zambia by Mohammed
Ndola, Zambia by Mohammed
Tinguir, Atlas Mountains in Morocco – By Sabah
Garowe in Somalia

23:59 Finish!

John Coster is a freelance Journalist, Educator & Documentarian who established the Documentary Media Centre (a registered independent Museum Archive & Library) in 2014 and organises regular educational pop-up events.

It operates from Northampton Street, Leicester with events (Reportage Club), exhibitions (DocSpace), training programme (DocFolio) and themed newsrooms.

The Documentary Media Centre also hosts the Conflict Reportage Archive and Women’s Research Centre.











World Oceans Day Newsroom

John Coster & Gerhard Haas hosted a 10 hour newsroom on Monday 8th June to mark World Oceans Day 2020.

Our conversations were ‘live’ between 10am-8pm GMT on the Documentary Media Centre Facebook Page and twitter feed @DocMediaCentre

World Oceans Day 2020 Resources


The Silent World – Jacques Cousteau (1956) Winner Best Documentary Feature 1956 Academy Awards


The End Of The Line: Where Have All The Fish Gone – A Film By Robert Murray (2009)


An Inconvenient Truth (2006) and An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power (2017)



Mission Blue (Trailer) 1hr 34 mins (2014) Netflix



A Plastic Ocean (Trailer) 1 hr 40 mins (2016) Netflix



The Deep Dozen by Chris Gunn (You Tube Channel)


Black Coral – New Zealand Oceanagraphic Survey 1986 – John Coster, Operation Raleigh Phase 8A



National Geographic magazines: issues covering the oceans and the challenges faced in 2020.

Issue: 06.2018 Planet or Plastic?


Issue 04.2007 Saving the Sea’s Bounty


Issue 10.2010 Special Report – The Spill

Photos You Haven’t Seen / Stories You Haven’t Heard


Issue 08.2009 Vanishing Venice


Issue 11.2019 Women – A Century of Change

Dr Sylvia Earle – Oceanographer & National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence



@WorldOceansDay #WorldOceansDay


@Oceana #StandForOceans




Podcasts by Gerhard Haas, Plastic Activist at the Environmental Newsroom



New Media:

SDG14 Life Below Water

Covid-19’s Plastic Waste Problem

Mission Blue – Hope Spots



10 Hour World Oceans Day Newsroom – Issue Experts

Julian Cribb – Science author with a focus on major existential challenges for humanity: food security, climate, extinction and the poisoning of the Planet.



Kavita Ashok – Environmentalist / President of Tree For Life NGO



Pallavi Priya – Founder at Cause for Celebration / Also Eco Friendly World

Twitter @CauseforCeleb @EcoFrndlyWorld


Alexandra Knight – Climate Change Cinema and TV Global Advert (CIC)

Twitter @Plastic_Ad – a petition to create a #climatechange advert to show globally in the media

Instagram @GlobalClimateChangeAdvert



Paul Dawson – Making videos and sharing news about the climate crisis

Twitter @PaulEDawson


Sarah Goody – Vegan Teen Climate Activist

Twitter @SarahGoody4


Ocean Voyages Institute – Project Kaisei

SV Kwai is currently on a voyage to pull ghost nets from the North Pacific gyre chartered by the Ocean Voyages Institute. Please click through to their Facebook Page to donate and support their work in 2020.




Thomas Bowers, Researcher – Wreck Salvage & Reef Destruction

The world’s biggest grave robbery: Asia’s disappearing WW2 wrecks:  By Oliver Holmes, Monica Ulmanu and Simon Roberts Fri 3 Nov 2017 WWII shipwrecks sold as scrap in Indonesia – Al Jazeera – 23rd November 2016 AP Archive 2010 – Shows that those salvaging these wrecks are desperate Chinese Salvage Company website

Gerhard’s website: