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2021: Collaborative Community Journalism

In late 2019, the Trust for London committed to supporting the CIJ to bring our experience in supporting independent public-interest news across the UK back to the capital.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we reluctantly postponed the project while we translated our training and events to online formats. However, we were still able to run a pilot version of the project with the Tottenham Community Press. The pilot proved a great success and you can read about the work our first Investigative Fellow, Bella Saltiel, produced through the programme here.

After successfully transitioning our work online during 2020, we were able to run the first full version of programme this year. For the past eight months we’ve been working closely with community journalism organisations in four London boroughs to support their efforts to nurture the talent of early career journalists and investigate the issues that matter to the communities they serve.

In March 2021 we recruited four young journalists to form our first cohort of Investigative Fellows. Each of the young people had strong ties to their borough and were assigned to the relevant community journalism outlet. The Fellows were also connected to campaign groups working on the issues affecting their local communities.

Over the course of the project Fellows were supported by their editors, campaign groups and the CIJ to develop their investigative research skills and produce an in-depth piece of local reporting. Funding for the project came from the Trust for London and provided paid research and support time for the outlets and the Fellows, as well as access to CIJ training programmes and additional assistance such as legal advice.

The published pieces cover topics ranging from knife crime to social care to temporary housing and can be read below.

 

Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest Echo – Marcia Veiga

The long shadow of Waltham Forest’s knife crime

 

Greenwich

853 – Yohannes Lowe

‘Smoke and mirrors’ hide cuts hitting Greenwich’s most vulnerable people
NHS bosses threatened Greenwich Council with auditors over social care cuts

 

Lewisham

The Lewisham Ledger – Rosario Blue

Publication due December

 

Enfield

Enfield Dispatch – Sabah Husain

The reality of living in temporary accommodation
The scale of Enfield’s housing crisis

Partners

2020: Collaborative Community Journalism

The Trust for London has committed to funding a full training and mentoring programme in the community journalism sector, allowing us to bring our experience of supporting independent public-interest news across the UK, back to the capital.

2018: Data-Driven Community Journalism

During 2018 we ran a focused training programme for community journalists specifically targeted at helping them to use the techniques of Data Journalism for their investigative reporting. Participants were chosen by application and we were able to support them to travel to a series of our trademark hands-on classes and work through their own investigations with the support and mentorship of our data journalism experts.

2018: Community Investigations Training Programmes

Wanting to build on our success with the workshops we held during 2016 and 2017, and backed by repeat funding from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, in 2018 we partnered up with some of the most established organisations we’d engaged then and worked closely with them to put together tailored programmes which would run for much longer and take a cohort of trainee contributors through their own investigations.

2016-17: Community and Citizen Journalism Workshops

Having identified both the demand for and the desire to produce more public-interest investigative journalism from within the community and citizen journalism sector across the UK, we spoke to many representatives in 2016 to determine the main barriers to advancing this.

Community Journalism

The business of journalism is changing fast. With the collapse of traditional advertising revenue models, the argument that thoroughly researched investigative journalism is a public good that needs to be properly funded cannot be made too strongly or too often.