Sheffield Unchained began as a team website as part of editor Marishka Van Steenbergen’s MA in Web Journalism at Sheffield University. It went on to win Student Website of the Year for the Guardian Student Media Awards 2012.
Since then Sheffield Unchained has been running as part of Humbledinger, Marishka’s multimedia production company which she runs with filmmaker Joe Bream.
Sheffield Unchained began as the first website to bring you news, features and reviews about independent people, places and organisations in Sheffield with a little je ne sais quoi.
Since Sheffield Unchained launched it has grown in popularity and in August 2014 the website broadened it’s scope to cover news, features, reviews and stories about independent people, places and organisations in Sheffield and beyond.
Whilst Sheffield Unchained still aims to unearth ‘Independent Sheffield’ and to discover the stories behind the independents in Sheffield, we also want to tell you the stories behind the people that touch us and the experiences we feel we ought to share.
Sheffield Unchained celebrates that which is beautiful and hopeful in life and helps spread the word about exciting projects, organisations or events which we think you’ll be interested in.
We also want to help give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves or who are largely ignored in today’s society.
In short you never can tell what you’re going to read next on Sheffield Unchained, but we can guarantee it’ll be inspiring, interesting and meaningful.
In June 2014 Humbledinger launched Sheffield Unchained Listings, the first listings site exclusively for Sheffield independents and those looking to support them.
SU Listings helps to promote independents in Sheffield by putting them on the map and encouraging shoppers to support local independents instead of the big corporations which are generally easier to find.
SU Listings is continually growing, with new independents joining everyday. We hope to launch our SU Listings app very soon, which will enable many more people to find their local independents and to support them instead of the big corporations.
Marishka, originally from South Africa, has lived in Yorkshire for the past fourteen years. She studied English and History at Leeds University and spent a year studying in Spain.
Marishka moved to Sheffield in 2009 and fell in love with the Peak District and the cultural vibrancy of the city. After six years she still loves discovering the delightful independents and the social and cultural organisations emerging all over Sheffield.
Marishka is the senior video journalist and director of multimedia production company Humbledinger, which she runs with filmmaker Joe Bream.
If you’re an independent and think we’d be interested in your story or if you know of someone or something we should be covering then please contact Marishka at: email@example.com
If you’d like to produce content for Sheffield Unchained then please get in touch as we are always looking for more writers, artists, photographers, social media boffins etc. Please contact Marishka at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas.