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.
The project is set to provide investigative skills and guidance to collaborative projects between London-based community journalism outlets and groups working to campaign on the ground around issues that are affecting the local communities. The funding will pay for training and research time for ‘Investigative Fellows’ – young journalists who will work in collaboration with an outlet and a local campaign group, digging into decision making processes and holding local authorities to account.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the project had to be postponed 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.
“This was an amazing opportunity. Speaking to individuals I learnt about the cost of regeneration and the housing pressures eroding trust between the council and temp tenants.”
Bella is now the Editor of the newly launched Barnet Post.
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.
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.