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Become a community reporter! Join our latest free course at Sunny Bank Mills

If you’d like to get more involved in what’s going on locally, our free West Leeds Dispatch community reporters’ training course is right up your street.

The friendly and informal course runs over six sessions and offers a friendly and fun introduction to writing articles, taking photos, making videos and basic podcasting – as well as offering wider help and guidance on everything you need to know to be a community reporter. We can even help with spelling and grammar!

Our free course is aimed at beginners interested in telling the story of their community and runs over SIX, two-hour sessions. There will be refreshments, cake and biscuits – and it looks great on your CV as you will learn transferable skills you can take into employment or studying. We hope you’ll go on to contribute many articles for us!

Community reporters graduating after successfully completing a course in New Wortley.

They’re run by West Leeds Dispatch editor John Baron, a journalist with almost 30 years’ experience who has worked for a variety of local newspapers as well as The Guardian

At the end of it, you’ll become part of the Dispatch family of community reporters and earn a community correspondents’ ‘press card’, as well as gain increased skills and confidence.

All we ask is that you turn up once you’ve signed up, as places are limited.

Venue: Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley.

Our latest course starts from Thursday, October 19 for six sessions finishing on 23 November 2023. Sessions run in the Bobbin Room at Sunny Bank Mills off Farsley Town Street from 7pm-9pm and free tickets can be booked here. The Bobbin Room is in the Red Lane Mill at the top of the site, next to the Archive.

If you have any questions, e-mail John on


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