First WLD community reporters’ course ends successfully at Bramley Lawn

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Our first batch of community reporters at Bramley Lawn in May 2019.

Six budding community journalists have graduated from our first West Leeds Dispatch community reporters’ course.

Over six weeks at Bramley Lawn Day Centre, participants looked at basic photography, writing articles, headlines, ethics, law, video and podcasting, among other things.

Mike Clifton (right) with WLD editor John Baron
Madeleine Byrne picks up her certificate

Keely Bannister from Bramley, Madeleine Byrne from Farsley, Mike Clifton from Pudsey, Mat Dale from Armley, Siona Law from Bramley and Pudsey’s Damon Sugden all successfully completed the course.

They received community reporter press cards, a certificate and badge – and the knowledge and confidence to continue to contribute for WLD now the course has finished. We hope they’ll provide a voice for their communities and shine a light on what’s going on.

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Handshake: Keely Bannister
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Success: Siona Law

Editor John Baron, who ran the course, said:

“It’s been a great six weeks and I hope our new community reporters have learnt a lot and had some fun along the way. Some of them are already looking at putting together a regular podcast, so watch this space!”

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Graduating: Mat Dale
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Damon Sugden (right) with WLD editor John Baron

The second course is due to start in a fortnight at Beech Hall Care Home in Armley, with all nine free places snapped up within 24 hours.

WLD is looking to run a further four courses, so watch this space, and keep your eye out on the site for contributions from participants. You can find some of their work here.

A big thanks goes to Fran Graham and Bramley Lawn for hosting the course for the past six weeks.

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