Between October-December 2017, Vocalise ran 7 journalism workshops for people living in Ashley Ward to get involved with journalism outlets across Bristol.
The workshops were supported by the Bristol Cable, Rife Magazine, meMaps, Full Circle, Open Democracy Foundation and independent journalists – with funding from Quartet Community Foundation and the Bristol Impact Fund. Everything from writing techniques to effectively using YouTube was covered in the workshops, giving participants a broad range of skills and ideas.
We managed to engage with a diverse group of people living in St Pauls, St Werburghs and Montpelier. Each participant came onto the workshop programme for different reasons, whether it be learning about journalism techniques, how independent media outlets can make money, or even how to start their own media outlets.
Following these workshops, two of the participants have produced articles for Vocalise and one is doing work on setting up their own cultural publication.
We are planning a further series of workshops in 2018 in partnership with Up Our Street and details will be announced on our website – make sure you’re following us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube too!
The Arkbound Foundation supports the growth in quality community journalism by offering journalism placements and workshops in disadvantaged areas, often alongside existing publications that want to better involve their communities. The workshops also provide a route by which people can find out about the Regional Editor Network and to enroll upon it. Each workshop programme teaches participants journalism techniques, content production, digital and mobile reporting, video production, feature writing, pitching to media, and much more.
If you are interested in running a workshop in your area, please contact us!
For placements, we work with a range of different media to provide opportunities for people living in disadvantaged and marginalised areas to get supported internships. These placements often provide a vital avenue into the industry, which would otherwise not be available. Furthermore, by helping to cover the expenses of those who get a placement – something that is not always feasible for smaller outlets – we make it a viable route for those who are suffering from financial hardship.