Become a Dispatch community reporter with our next course

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A batch of community reporters graduated at our course in Armley. Photo: John Baron

By John Baron

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

The friendly and informal course runs over four sessions and offers a friendly and fun introduction to writing articles, taking photos, interviewing and writing headlines – 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 four, 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.

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WLD editor John Baron in our community newsroom in Bramley. Photo: Sara Thornhurst

They’re run by West Leeds Dispatch editor John Baron, a journalist with 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.

Our latest course starts from Thursday, May 9 for four sessions finishing on Thursday 30 May. Sessions run at our community newsroom at Bramley Lawn Social Centre, Rossefield Lawn, off Rossefield Approach, Bramley Leeds LS13 3TG from 7pm-9pm and free tickets can be booked here.

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Venue: Bramley Lawn. Photo: John Baron/

If you have any questions, e-mail John on


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