Why Would Street Reportage from Denmark Get 100,000 Views?

I’ve made thousands of videos of reportage, and yet each time one is released, it can’t quite be predicted how it will fare out in the unforgiving world of YouTube, where cats on skateboards, make-up tutorials and reactions to Lady Gaga videos score millions of hits, but reportage can just disappear into the ether…

As a benchmark for reportage on YouTube, 10,000 views is a decent one. Look at this, a typical BBC propaganda piece from Crimea, 3 years ago, and for a pretty big revelation, 26 thousand views.

This report of mine, from Denmark, June 2016, about what people there think of Brexit, if they wanted a ‘Dexit’, and the Denmark-EU border, is soon to pass 100,000 views: 

What’s the story behind it? I was travelling around Europe doing reportage on a Brexit theme, and had just come from Latvia –

The trip hadn’t exactly gone to plan, with my car smashed into in France, so driving thousands of miles around Europe with a taped over window, not exactly conducive to an unfrayed state of mind, but anyway, the show really did have to go on. Stopping briefly to make the montage, from Latvia it was a 1600km drive, to Denmark, and to the town of Sonderberg, where this was filmed – the first sizeable town near the Danish border, population around 28,000.

What happened next? I made the edit swiftly after filming, and released. And then, nothing much at all. After a few days, it sat at 1000 views, making it hard to think it hadn’t been a lot of effort for nothing much at all. But then, out of nowhere – without it ever featuring in media as far as I know, it began to climb and climb.

Why the popularity? Firstly, the excellent level of English has clearly enthralled many, if you look at comments. Otherwise, the general geniality, openness of the Danish people. There also isn’t that much competition, as in there’s not much reportage from Denmark, which may have implied a lack of audience for it, but here, clearly not the case.

It was also on theme at that time, with everyone wondering what would come next, after Brexit, which has continued to be a talking point. As you can see from this video, while there was some sympathy from the Danish streets, there was no real sign of a movement there mounting for the next Brexit. Although, another point, the presence of a border did catch attention.

As it prepares to pass 100,000, it joins only a few of my reportages to make that milestone. Of course I’m pleased with that achievement, very grateful to all who have viewed, liked, left comments. Of course, when I look at it now, a year and a half on, I think ‘gosh if I did it again, would do this better, that better‘, I’ve got a year-and-a-half more experience of video editing to call on. Or, I may just do it completely unedited, But, generally, I’m fairly pleased with the piece.

I’d imagined it may get around 10,000 views, so to say it’s overperformed is an understatement. YouTube may be random in a lot of ways, but clearly this report has caught the imagination, and made its contribution to delivering information, just as it was, to a wide audience. Due to monetisation, I’ve earned $35.33 from this video, however due to a simple bit of lunch for myself and colleague Michael Spekkers, who helped me film this, coming to around 30 Euros, you could hardly say I’m raking in the financial rewards 🙂 But of course, none of what I do is for that anyway.

It certainly gives some appetite to return to do more in Denmark, perhaps more ambitious reportage even, knowing there’s an audience for it. Although perhaps if you’re reading this the word is already out and other news crews will be headed to Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg and more, for a slice of the hot Danish pie!

I’d like to say thanks to all the kind, friendly people of Denmark who gave interviews for this, and a gentleman called Viktor from Denmark, who for many years has been a supporter of my work from Donbass, and more! 

What Brits Really Think of Tony Blair!

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has very often got a lot to say, about a lot of things. You can still find him in the press every week, sometimes every day, casting out his opinions, keeping himself in the public eye, potentially eyeing up the return to the political arena we all know he would not only love, but really thinks the people are waiting for.

Blair’s opinions are known to even those who wish they didn’t. Loves the EU, doesn’t much like talking about Iraq (really thinks that’s all been covered, and really can we not just move on?). Or Libya. Yugoslavia. And some more.

But gosh, does Blair, who now runs a consultancy business and has set up various foundations in his own name, including the Tony Blair Faith Foundation,  really does love talk about the EU. In fact, it’s pretty much all he talks about these days.

If you’re reading about Tony Blair in the media, you’re reading about Tony Blair talking about the EU. And it really is pretty much all the same, and has been for a long time. 

Which actually makes much more interesting than the articles keeping Blair in the public eye, the comments beneath about what the actual public thinks of him. I’ve had a look at recent articles, and chosen those comments by people identifying themselves as British, where possible, for the purposes of this.

Daily Mail, 18th September – Arch Remainer Tony Blair brands Brexit a ‘self harming act’ and suggests the UK could STAY in the EU

England expects, suffolk, United Kingdom, 1 week ago

Do shut up you traitor.

He sold his soul to the devil and he will have his day of reckoning. Along with all the other co–upted politicians who signed their nation sovereignty away to contracts without their citizens consent.

Weapons of mass destruction! Liar and murderer.

Blair is not interested in this Country only what is in it for him.

Ok, that’s a national paper, let’s go to the regions. 

Brexit has one-in-three chance of reversal, claims Tony Blair – the Birmingham Mail, 19th September

NorthBrummie

Does this man not realise how despised he is by the British people? Anything he says has a devious undercurrent to it. His time is done, thank God, so he should butt out and maybe do another series of highly paid ‘speaking engagements’ as pay off from his masters in the USA.

WatchaDave

Why is this idiot not locked up

However, Blair also has a fan here – 

MaxPayne

Reassuring to know that this fine statesman is fighting for Britain.

Back to national with the Sun, from September 20th. 

Tony Blair enraged Brexit backers with bizarre claim that there is a one-in-three chance of overturning the referendum result

Dwayne Pipe

Even loathsome people call him loathsome. How I wish he would ffffffffade Away!

Boris Ivan

Once again we have the Sun fawning over it’s golden boy. Nobody is interested in this abomination of a human being. He’s a private citizen with no mandate from anybody about anything, and the sooner the media realises that the sooner this AH will fade away. Stop trying to rehabilitate this has been back into front line politics, he’s toxic and everything he touches ends up the same way.

SAUS

Hopefully there’s better odds on his asassination.

Tim Sabine

Tony B.Liar is a liar, a thief and a conman. He lied about WMD to go to war, he stole thousands of peoples pensions and sign up for the PFI (private finance initiative’s) that are now crippling the NHS and education budgets. The man makes me sick and anyone who listens to him or follows him must be smoking something illegal.

There we have it, how Tony Blair is regarded by the British public a little over 20 years from when he first came to power, in an almost unprecedented wave of optimism. A British public who he really does rather hope to return to.

Graham’s Brexit Reportage Wrap-up – The 10 Key Facts

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So, it’s all over, and here are the 10 key facts about my Brexit reportage project!

1. It was completely crowdfunded, via a campaign here on Indiegogo!

2. The project took just over a month, all inclusive, starting on the 12th June, here in Calais, France –

Finishing up here, Billingsgate Market, on July 13th –

3. In total, the Brexit reportage project videos – over 80 in total – got over a million hits – on my channel alone!

4. The Brexit reportage made 2 major news storiesin the Daily Express, and Breibart.

5. There were three videos to get over one hundred thousand hits apiece, these were –

Almost 450,000 hits on this as I spoke to Ukrainian fans in France. Not everyone connects that a country working closely with the EU is in the throes of a bloody civil war, I wanted to shed light on this –

Hollie, this anti-Brexit protester, has almost 200,000 hits, though I didn’t encourage many of the negative comments in her direction

This video of an altercation at an anti-Brexit demo, March for Europe, is well over 130,000 hits now –

6. The Brexit reportage project brought you reportage from 4 countries – France, Latvia, Denmark and the United Kingdom. Here, Latvia –

And Denmark –

7. The Brexit reportage has been watched in over 200 countries – 217 to be precise, with the UK the most popular –

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However the reportage was also watched in São Tomé and Príncipe, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. Although true, just the one second there 🙂
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8. Funding for the project came from 13 countries, the number 1 – South Africa!

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9. For this reportage project, I travelled some 8000km, including a trip to Scotland! The plan was to show some more unknown parts of the EU, then come back to the UK –

10. Finally, this project was a complete success – meeting all the goals set out! And it was entirely because of those people who chose to back this, via Crowdfunding, making real, independent journalism possible.

I’ll be contacting everyone who got involved in this project, and fulfilling, hopefully exceeding even, all the pledges made to you! Once more – thanks again, you made something wonderful happen!

Who am I, Where have I Come from? Why all the Trolls? (Quickly) By Graham Phillips

In recent days the metrics on my YouTube channel, followers on Twitter and so, have shown a surge in followers, subscribers, viewers from my own country, the UK.

This has been accompanied by a fair few comments along the lines of ‘who is this guy?’. Well, I haven’t just emerged from a box, a stretch, Goa, or Barry Island. Most of my last 2 years have been spent covering the war in Donbass –

Actually I was the only western correspondent there during the blockade of Lugansk, and spent the most time on the frontlines of conflict in 2014/15. So why have you never heard of me? And, as above, why all the trolls?

Well, I covered the war western media didn’t want you to see, and which infuriated those who wanted to present their version of Ukraine. I covered the relentless shelling by Ukraine of civilian areas in Donbass, and mass civilian fatalities and casualties –

And with that, the trolls who didn’t want this information getting out. They’ll tell you all sorts of things – it’s true I started my career with RT. But in 2013, RT wasn’t the RT we think of today. I’ve not worked with them for 2 years, and believe me, now, like the channel even less than you do.

However, in a western media blackout, Russian media let me tell the story of the Ukraine war back then, which I couldn’t tell elsewhere. Since early 2015, I’ve worked for myself, fund all my projects via crowdfunding.

There have been attempts to link me with all kinds of things, mostly Russia, in order to discredit my work. It’s nonsense, I’ve got no connection whatsoever with Russia.

But, this is what happens in an information war, when people can’t discredit your work directly, and all my work is as it is, uncensored, video reports of things just as they are, they go for the source.

So, there’s a longer biography here, if you’re interested, pleased to meet you in any case! Graham

Crowdfunding (#2) My (Crowdfunded) Reportage Plans for This Year

Graham Phillips

Of course, plans in journalism can always change, but with work on my film Aramis drawing to a conclusion – the premiere next week in St Petersburg, here’s how my crowdfunded journalism in 2016 may look –

Graham at workMarchBaltics Reportage Trip

AprilCovering Dutch Referendum on Ukraine

May – I’d like to do some reportage from Germany, on the refugee crisis, en route back to the Baltics to continue reporting there then –

JuneBack to London to cover UK Brexit referendum (and arrange screening of film ‘Aramis’).

July – A couple of proposals for this, we’ll see!

AugustA return to Crimea to continue my reportage there

Graham Phillips at workSeptember – Lugansk for City Day, September 13th, and likely the rest of the year in Donbass, reporting from there, and working on projects.

Of course all of this depends on my raising enough, via crowd-funding, to fund these trips. I’d like to say a huge thanks to my patrons on Patreon, here, for being with me, and everyone who supports my work – in every way!

I know we’ll do some great, world-changing things this year, together!

Who am I, by Graham Phillips, Why I’m supporting Brexit

If you’re reading this in the UK, the greatest likelihood is that you’ve not heard of me, despite my both being from the UK, and having been the longest serving (with the exception of Patrick Lancaster) western journalist covering the crisis in Ukraine, events in Crimea, and war in Donbass.

Here are some short clips, by way of introduction, of my covering the war in Donbass.

Fighting by Donetsk, November of 2014 –

Donetsk in January 2015, as Ukrainian shelling hit a humanitarian aid queue –

Pervomaisk in February 2015, in an apartment blocked wrecked by Ukrainian shelling –

By Debaltsevo in February 2015, as fighting went on –

By Donetsk airport in June of 2015, as battle goes on –

Being a big fan of the England football team, I’d gone to live, and work in Ukraine before Euro 2012, working for the (now defunct) magazine What’s On, in Kiev. When Ukraine’s revolution of late 2013, and early 2014, Euromaidan got going, my position on that differed from other western correspondents due to my having lived in the country, and witnessed first-hand the elements behind Euromaidan.

While the western media gave Maidan blanket support, my position was that Euromaidan was a violent, undemocratic coup which would only lead to disaster. Doors to western media closed, one day I was surprised to receive an offer from Russia Today, RT, via Facebook, to do a Skype interview for them, in December of Graham Donbass work2013, my going on to do several Skype interviews for RT.

Our working relationship developed, and we had a short, eventful spell working together in Donbass before my 2nd deportation from there by Ukraine authorities incensed at my work covering another side of the conflict from that of other western media. RT gave me the choice to either continue with them, or return to report in Donbass, I returned to report in Donbass, self-employed, in August of 2014.

After some months self-employed, I received an offer to work for Russia’s Zvezda channel, covering an escalating conflict there. To be absolutely open, the Zvezda channel falls under the auspices of Russia’s Ministry of Defence. Yet that held no sway in my working, and they had no say, in my work, and in fact I had, and Graham Donbass work 2have had, no dealings with anyone from the Russian authorities at all.

Anyway, after a few months I decided to stop working for Zvezda in March of 2015. Since then, I’ve been fully funded by my YouTube channel, and crowdfunding. Actually, I consider myself perhaps one of the first and only journalists to be fully supported by crowdfunding. The reason for this is clear – after their coverage in Ukraine, I’ve lost trust for western media, and if I work for Russian media western media use it to discredit my work.

I support ‘out’ in Brexit because I’ve seen first hand the acts of an EU-backed Kiev regime in Donbass. Witnessed the Ukrainian, EU-backed, shelling of civilian homes in Donbass, murdering of civilians. I’ve filmed so much death, destruction and misery there … at times my own YouTube channel has been blocked for ‘graphic content’ simply due to my filming, and posting, what was happening.

As someone born, raised in the UK, who loves the UK, I’ve been ashamed to see how the reputation of our country has been dragged into the mire by our subjugation to an EU position so patently wrong in Ukraine. Sending UK trainers to help a Ukrainian army targeting civilian areas with shelling, following a dunderheaded EU invective of Crimean ‘annexation’ – and doing all of this Graham Phillipswithout any thought or input of our own – UK diplomats have towed a passed-down, pre-determined EU whip. Former Foreign Secretary William Hague even wilfully deceived parliament in the process. And the way Cameron has tried to differentiate the UK from the EU in this is by making the UK even more wrong.

None of this is good enough. None of this is the United Kingdom. I’ve covered events in Ukraine, and Donbass, with objectivity, but I do declare an interest in this, in supporting a Brexit ‘out’. That said, I’ll put that to one side when I’m back in the UK, and will be covering the Brexit referendum, set for June 23rd, not as an activist, but as a correspondent.

However, my heart is with a Brexit. In my work I’ve seen first hand the harm, damage, manifest wrong which the EU does, and the UK goes along with. It’s time for us to show that this is not us. It’s time for us to show the world who, and what, the UK actually is, make our own decisions, be who we are. We are not the European Union, we are the United Kingdom, and it’s time to define for ourselves who we are, and show the world why that’s something to be proud of.