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David Byrne announces new multimedia series We Are Not Divided

18 September 2020, 15:58 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

David Byrne's online magazine Reasons to be Cheerful has announced a six-week multimedia series called We Are Not Divided.

The six-week project is described in a press release as a "collaborative journalistic exploration of our capacity to overcome division".

We Are Not Divided will include various written features, infographics, video content, and a selection of illustrations hand-drawn by Byrne himself.

The series will also feature collaborations with other publications including The Guardian, The Marshall Project, The Tyee, Next City, Freakonomics, Solutions Journalism Network and more.

He says of the project, "This series is hopeful at a time when that is in short supply. I realise the title might come as a shock. Not divided? Are you kidding me? What world are you living in? I am more than a little aware of what’s happening, but the truth is there is evidence that we can find ways to come together - I have to believe that or I would sink into despair. Luckily, there are people and initiatives out there that we can look to for inspiration, and boy do we need it."

We Are Not Divided will feature stories from around the world on topics including demolishing a statue, an unlikely friendship between a conservative postal worker and a gay IT manager (in relation to Ireland's gay marriage law), abortion, and more.

The We Are Not Divided project launched yesterday (17 September), and will run until 2 November.
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