We do our best to inform our readers
OUR funders backed the concept of CommonSpace because they wanted a news service alongside all the commentary which is plentiful on the internet.
They told us they wanted fresh, original stories which stuck to factual reporting and presenting varying views and sides of debates. That's what we've created, and we have an open opinion platform on CommonSpace which anybody can submit to if they want to have their say on the news, but the in-house staff never publish articles in opinion. We stay focused on news.
That's why we tend to stay out of declaring positions on things and we don't publish editorials, and it's why we won't be taking a position on tomorrow's referendum on EU membership.
Our aim is to provide you with as much information and perspective as our small team can, and encourage you to come to a decision that feels right for you.
So in that spirit, let me round up a few articles that we've published over the last few weeks that have been particularly popular, or that we think brought something important to the conversation.
The impact on Scotland
It was important to cover questions that other media outlets weren’t asking: like what impact Brexit might have on Scotland, and how any negotiations could pan out.
Explainers and features
We put together a series of explainers to try and make our readers more informed, and some features to delve into some of the issues in more depth.
Project Fear II
There was a lot of talk about Project Fear after the Scottish independence referendum and concerns were raised that some EU ref campaigners would use scaremongering tactics, so we took a look at the similarities between the campaigns – and some of them were quite striking.
How do younger people feel about it?
In May, 14-year-old Nathan Graham came to CommonSpace from Bathgate Academy to do a week’s work experience. While he was here, he took a look at how teenagers feel about the upcoming vote.
What the politicians, campaigners and academics have been saying
There have been a lot of claims and counter claims throughout the campaign. Here’s a random selection of some of them.
We had many opinion pieces submitted by our readers. Some have been coming down in favour of Remain – albeit reluctantly in some cases.
Others, like Jim Sillars, have been strongly in favour of leaving.
Robin McAlpine, on the other hand, couldn’t decide.
Meanwhile, some people took a look at the EU referendum in the context of Scottish independence. Eóghan Macmillan, for example, explained why he thinks it makes sense to be in favour of Scotland leaving the United Kingdom and to vote Remain, while Anas Hassan warned that Brexit may not lead keen Yes voters to independence as quickly as they’d like.
In Ross Ahlfeld’s view, the EU referendum conversation has been missing strong Christian voices, while for Carolyn Scott, voters on the left should keep their minds open to leftwing euro-scepticism.
Cartooning duo Greg Moodie and Rose Garnett tackled the EU referendum in their own unique way during series three of MoodieVision on CommonSpace. Warning: riddled with swearwords. Riddled.
When it’s all said and done, here’s how Scotland’s results will be unveiled after the polls close.
One last thing
The one thing we really hope for at CommonSpace is that you will go out and vote. Take your place, with confidence, in our democracy. Your voice matters.
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