Community reporters training school starts in Leicester

A tweet from the folks at CitizensEye caught by attention this week: Become a Community Reporter  @citizenseye new Community Media Training School in Leicester.

I’ve long been concerned at the withdrawal of mainstream media from local communities and the impact that has on local communities in terms of social cohesion, old-fashioned community spirit and a local democratic deficit.

So it was nice to see the CitizensEye scheme in Leicester putting forward what seems to be a forward-thinking community project.

It seems that earlier this month the new Community Media Training School operated by Citizens Eye opened. Check out this video here:

We tried something similar but on a much more limited scale over at South Leeds Life – in truth I’m actually quite envious of what the folks in Leicester appear to be achieving.

The folks at People’s Voice Media in Salford also do a similar scheme (which is aimed at developing local people to tell their story – it’s a people/community development tool, so not so much a journalism tool).

And before some journalist blurts out the latest ‘but they’re not paid journalists’ outrage – you’re right, they’re not. But y’know it’s absolutely pointless venting your spleen at ‘bloggers’ or so called ‘citizen journalists’. The people you ought to be shouting at are the folks who run your companies and no longer staff your newsrooms properly. Or perhaps ask yourself if you’re doing all you can to cover your patch correctly.

Nature abhors a vacuum and the pandora’s box that is the internet and the social web isn’t just going to close…

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