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Become a Dispatch community reporter on our new course!

Would you like to help tell the story of your community or a local group? Or perhaps you’d like to celebrate the achievements of others, or highlight an important cause or campaign in West Leeds?

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

The free, friendly and informal course runs over six, two-hour sessions. There will be lots of tea, coffee, cake and biscuits! And it’s a great opportunity to make new friends.

It’s a 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!

All smiles: Participants after completing our last community reporters’ course at New Wortley in 2019.

They’re run by West Leeds Dispatch editor John Baron, a journalist with 25 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 and earn a community correspondents’ press card and certificate, as well as gain increased skills and confidence.

People from all different backgrounds and abilities have already successfully completed our previous courses.

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Attendees from a previous community reporters’ training course in Kirkstall

The latest course starts from Monday, 4 October for six sessions at New Wortley Community Centre, off Tong Road

The course runs 10am-12 noon each week and ends on Monday, 15 November (we take a break on 1 November as the centre is already booked for that date).

You can sign up for the course here.

Check out all the work of our wonderful community reporters here.

If you have any questions or queries, please e-mail Editor John Baron on or call 07446 968140.

WLD editor John Baron congratulates Helen Fay on completing the Armley course in 2019


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