about media co-op
what we do
media co-op helps you communicate through film and video production, animation, digital and social media, branding and graphic design, photography, media training, broadcast television and cinema.
We’re a team of multi-award-winning professionals with a huge range of media skills, and our hearts set on social change. We’ve chosen to work exclusively with the public sector, charities and social enterprises, harnessing the power of effective communication for social good.
We specialise in participation and co-production, supporting people to create their own media.
As a not-for-profit workers’ co-operative and a social enterprise, we are ethical, sustainable and collaborative.
We’ll combine your expertise with ours, working together to get your message across in a fresh, clear, and compelling way.
With an open and honest approach and regular, friendly communication we’ll make it happen together, and the results will be powerful.
media co-op’s speciality is participatory media with service users taking an active role in producing their own films or graphics.
media co-op delivers creativity, commitment and quality, on time and on budget.
media co-op is a workers’ co-operative and a social enterprise. Unlike most digital agencies, we’re driven by ethics, not profit.
We’re a democratic business, owned by the workers, true to the values of the co-operative movement. Our belief in social justice shines through in everything we do.
People we work with often comment on our shared values, our level of engagement, and our respect for the individuals involved in every project.
We cycle, we re-cycle, we buy from ethical suppliers.
Our prices are fair, with no outside shareholders raking off profit.
“media co-op is very professional with a human touch…very adaptable and you really did develop the project towards the needs of the group. Really inspiring”.A Strong Man
“media co-op’s creative thinking made a big difference. I was impressed with media co-op’s structured approach, and appreciated the added value we got from their advice. The team at media co-op guided us through the process and kept everything clear and free from jargon. Their wireframe diagrams were the best any of us have ever seen”.Public Affairs Co-op
“The animation was a brilliant idea. It deals with a sensitive subject very effectively using survivors’ own words but allowing them to retain anonymity”.Sara’s Story
“Making this film was fun. There was a lot of energy and excitement, which came through in the final film”.Woodcraft Folk Archive Film
“Even taking aside your knowledge and experience, you knew what we wanted better than we could have envisioned. You were with us every step of the way. Everyone has really been delighted”.Going on to Happy
“media co-op’s understanding of the context, their willingness to listen, and their adaptability have been as important as their professional skills. The result is a website which is making a real difference for people who are looking for support. Working with media co-op has been a very positive partnership”.Over the Fence
“media co-op works at such a high level of professional quality, it’s awe-inspiring. The finished animation is excellent, engaging, more creatively clever than I thought it could ever be – that’s the skill that media co-op brings to the party.” NHS Lanarkshire.
“Absolutely fantastic. Accessible without being condescending and brief but still including relevant info. Really, really worth getting while you can.” National Violence Against Women Network.
“For me it was one of the lightbulb moments in my career. Such a simple but effective video. I can see why it’s such a good training tool for Police but has wider application.” Feedback from trainer who uses the film.
“Working with media co-op is just easy. Not only do they ‘get’ us as a charity and believe whole heartedly in our cause but they offer something completely unique; a truly collaborative process. The end result was genuinely better than we ever imagined.” Girlguiding Scotland.Girlguiding Scotland Annual Report
“Working with media co-op is a wonderfully dynamic co-design experience. From initial concept they are able to help the project leads to drill down into the nub of the messages that will form the brief. The range of skills, imaginative methods of engaging participants and speed and quality of the production they deliver is extremely impressive. And most importantly, it’s underpinned by worthy social values and principles.” Roar Connections For Life.
“I never thought I would be behind a camera. One for the books for me. Put your best foot forward and it will surprise you just how much everything’s possible.” Betty, participant, age 80.A Real Eye-Opener
“I’m delighted. I think the films are high quality, engaging, and totally meet the brief we came to you with. That’s a particular skill of media co-op – being able to take a complex issue and portray it in a way that is accessible”.I Just Froze
“A cleverly-constructed documentary… laced with twinkly-eyed islander mischief, derived from Ealing comedy.” Sunday Herald.
“The Bridge Rising is a revealing bittersweet documentary about one of the longest-running uprisings in modern Scottish history.” Third Force News.
“If you like humour, rebellion, mischief or social conscience you will enjoy this.” Lesley Riddoch, Columnist and Broadcaster.
Royal Television Society Scotland Award for Best Short Form Content and for Best Animation
ECHO Human Rights Award
Winner at The Herald Society Awards
Torc Award for Best Educational Film at Celtic Media Festival
Two BAFTA Scotland nominations
Royal Television Society Scotland Best Editor nomination
Two Public Service Communications Award nominations
Two Gold Plaque awards at Chicago International Film Festival
Oxfam/Amnesty/NUJ Positive Images of Asylum Award
Jackie Forster Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Media
Award of Merit from Accolade (USA)
Achievement Award at Superfest International Disability Film Festival
Scottish Design Award
Commendation from the British Medical Council
Silver at CHINH Kids Film Festival in India
Silver at Worldfest Festival in Houston
Inspirational Co-operative of the year nomination
Two Herald Digital Business Awards (winner of both Charity and Public Sector categories)
Best Film Award at the Haelo Film Festival
SCVO Charity Awards ‘Cracking Campaign’ finalist
Safer Communities Award (Innovative Media)
Director & Executive Producer
Video Director and Editor
Producer & General Manager
UX Designer and Frontend Developer