Community Reporter’s contribute to Big Lottery consultation

Over 120 stories were collected by reporters which contributed to the Your voice / Our vision consultation held by the Big Lottery. These stories supported the development of the new strategic framework. Thanks to the reporters for their contribution. You can see the film here.

ICR welcomes two new UK licensees – becoming “part of a winning team”

And so, to our favourite part of the day, the time where we get to welcome new members to the growing network of social licensee holders.

future logoThis time around, we are really pleased to welcome aboard Future Radio, a community radio station based in Norwich. They say:

Future radio is part of Future Projects (formerly known as The NR5 Project), a community based arts, media and education charity. Future provides school inclusion projects for young people aged 13 to 16 years, post 16 support, music, media and radio training, education films/DVD’s and much more.

Since 1999 the membership within Future Projects has increased from 40 to over 1500 members. Many other volunteers have been involved with broadcasts for Future Radio since we began broadcasting in 2004.

We asked the station manager Terry Lee what joining the ICR meant to him and he said, “Becoming part of the ICR licensee network feels like we’re joining a winning team. For an organisation like us, with community engagement at our core, being able to deliver training to groups as ‘Community Reporters’ fits in beautifully with our aims and objective, and also makes sense financially. The ‘train the trainer’ program was great fun to participate in too.”

Find out more about they have to offer here:

vista-logoWe are also very happy to welcome aboard Vista, based in Somerset. Vista’s mission is to “bring out the best in people and communities”, making them the perfect newest member to the network. We look forward to working with them and developing their Community Reporting activity in Somerset early next year.


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Celebrate good times…come on!

The nights are drawing in so it seemed like the perfect time to share with you some lovely pictures of the latest round of Community Reporters recieving their membership badges to the Institute of Community Reporters.

First off, the wonderful folks at Jennyruth in Ripon, North Yorkshire. The group were trained by our Social Licence holder in York MRS Consultancy, as part of the ISABEL project. They were supported in making some wonderful films and thoroughly enjoyed the process…as can be seen refected in one their finished pieces here. A beautiful job, well done to all and I’m happy to welcome the learners into the Institute of Community Reporters.

Next up, Breakthrough UK. We delivered a full, 12 week Community Reporter programme, as part funded by the Right to Control trailblazer pilot. The were incredibly committed, creative, sharp and great fun to work with and they produced tons and tons of content! Below is a picture from the presentation ceremony – again, we offer the members a warm welcome ot the Institute and congratulations on a job well done.

Finally – for now – Bonfire night had an extra bang for some Great Places residents in Oldham. The group recently completed some film-making sessions which earns them Silver membership to the Institute of Community Reporters. On top of creating some great work – a film-making first for all of the group – they were thrilled to receive their badges and certificates to the ICR. Also worthy of note – it’s great to see a Housing Association using its own residents to develop peer to peer promotion. Really forward thinking. Good luck to their new Commuinty Reporters.

Launch of the Institute of Community Reporters

People’s Voice Media will be launching the Institute of Community Reporters (ICR) today at the University of Salford premises at MediaCity in Salford. Gary Copitch Chief Executive of People’s Voice Media said:

“We now have over  1000 Community Reporters on the database from across the UK and a further 600 across Europe so it seems to make sense to develop the network and recognise the achievement  of the Community Reporters.”

Gary went on to explain how he feels that Communty Reporting is different to citizen journalism. “Community Reporting is a community development tool with individuals producing the content/stories they want to in order to encourage dialogue and discussion and establish online and offline networks. We feel this is different to citizen journalism where the emphasis is more often on individuals reporting on other people’s news.”

The Institute of Community Reporter (ICR) will be  the accrediting body for the Community Reporter programme. It will accredit courses, issues certificates and manage the Community Reporter badge scheme. The ICR will also:

  • Provide access to online training resources and support for running local meet ups
  • Host Community Reporter content on the web site
  • Curate content at a European, national, local and organisational level to feed into policy and consultation

There will be three types of membership, Bronze, Silver and Gold.  Platinum members will be for authorised trainers who have completed the ICR training programme. For more information on the Institute of Community Reporters see here or contact .