Hosted by Earl’s Court Community Trust and supported by Family Mosaic, An Introduction to Journalism and Community Communications was a 12-week programme that offered eight enthusiastic residents the chance to learn how to become community journalists.
“Teaching students how to structure and write relevant news stories, create interesting features, and make observations for reviews of events, restaurants and local services, students interacted with some of the best media professionals in the country,” said lead trainer, Brian Scudder. “Current and former journalists and educators from the BBC, Newsweek and the University of Arts (London) among others have kindly given their time – we are certain that this learning experience will add greatly to the creation of local community news, in all its guises. Our graduates are now ready to report on life in Earl’s Court for The Court and other media outlets.”
“The evolution of The Court newspaper is essential if we are to remain locally relevant,” said Deborah Cleary, The Court’s Managing Editor. “Reader feedback guides this development, and we know that in these times of change there is a growing reader-appetite for local news. Creating a journalistic resource, by providing residents with the skills they need to write about the world they live in, is key to this. With an expanded team of editorial volunteers, we are confident that The Court is set to go from strength to strength.”
Visiting session tutors included Frank Gardner OBE (BBC correspondent and author); Sue Dawson, senior lecturer at The University of Arts London; Caroline Tod-Richardson, Co-Director of the Earl’s Court Film Festival; Christopher Kelly from City Living Local Life – RBKC’s community support division; Keith Clancy, long-time resident, ECCT trustee and creator of multiple festivals in the Earl’s Court area over past decades.
External experiences included a visit to The Troubadour and lunch with Stacy Parish and Andreas Gunberg; a Finborough Theatre behind the scenes tour with Neil McPherson; and a visit to Rapidity, London’s leading digital printer, a session that was of particular interest, as it showed how copy and design become a printed reality.
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