Module 1

Introduction to Community Reporting


Whether it is an achievement or a crisis, our experiences are important and we all have the right to be heard, especially when reporting harm or injustice. This module gives an introduction to the power of community reporting and how listening to shared experiences can make society fairer and safer.

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Module Videos


1.0 - Introduction to Community Reporting


Description

We all deserve to have a say on the matters that affect our lives.

1.1 - A brief history of community reporting


Description

Community reporting is when members of a community play a more active role in gathering, recording or sharing news and experiences about their lives.

Activity

Can you think of a time where you’ve heard someone tell their own story or share community news on radio, TV or online? What stood out for you and why do you think you still remember it?

1.2 - The power of mobile


Description

Since the arrival of mobile phones, people no longer need to wait for a news reporter to arrive and ask them questions. Today, someone in every community in the world has a mobile phone that can text and call.

Activity

Have a think about what kinds of stories your community might be well placed to gather with their own mobile tools. Why would mobiles help them to track those stories?

1.3 - Models of community journalism


Description

The role of a community reporter is to use personal and community spaces to sensitively record issues affecting people’s lives, and to share that information with relevant people and in useful places

Activity

Can you post below an example of each of the models that might come up in your own community reporting and research? For example – what are the kinds of issues that evolve over time and might be best suited to longitudnal tracking? What kinds of issues would better suit a ‘deep dive’?

1.4 - An asset-based approach


Description

Community reporting brings together the information that decision-makers want and need, with communities who hold that information.

Activity

If you feel comfortable, share an example from your own life experiences that you feel is unique – why might that experience be valuable to journalism or research?

1.5 - Strengths and weaknesses


Description

The main strengths of a community reporter are the trust that communities have in them, and their experience of living as a person within their community.

Activity

Let’s do a very quick SWOT analysis for your own community networks below:- What are the potential Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats that might be specific to those you are hoping to engage?

1.6 - The importance of dialogue


Description

Two-way dialogue is at the heart of community reporting.

Activity

Can you think of a time in your work when a conversation with a community member or participant has led to something important or surprising happening?

1.7 - Tools for reporting


Description

Around the world, communities are using a range of SMS, phone calls and voicemails, and mobile audio and video and photo tools to capture and share news.

Activity

Based on the options discussed in the video, what mobile reporting tools do you think would be appropriate for your community and why?

1.8 - Project spotlight: Dementia Diaries


Description

Dementia Diaries worked with people in the UK with early stage dementia who recorded their experiences.

Activity

You can read all of the diaries here: dementiadiaries.org

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