More community reporters graduate from second West Leeds Dispatch community reporters course

12 July 2019

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Another six budding community reporters have graduated from the second West Leeds Dispatch community reporters’ course.

Over six weeks at Beech Hall Care Home in Armley, participants looked at basic photography, writing articles, headlines, ethics, law, video and podcasting, among other things. All successfully completed the course.

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Our new reporters are Vincent Blackwell from Armley, Susan Denton from Armley, Helen Fay from Armley, Martin Heaton from Farsley, Andy Parnham from Armley and Iola Shaw from Bramley,

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 help shine a light on what’s going on in the area.

Editor John Baron, who ran the course, said:

“Our new community reporters have learnt a lot during the course, and are certainly an enthusiastic and talented bunch. Keep your eye out for their stories over the coming weeks, and if you see one of them out and about, don’t hesitate to say hello!”

WLD is looking to run a further four courses, with the first starting after the summer. So watch this space! You can find all of our community reporters’ work here.

A big thanks goes to Beech Hall Care Home for their hospitality in hosting the course over the past six weeks.

Community News Cafe

The Dispatch also held its latest community news cafe today at Costa Coffee in Bramley. The cafes are a great way to meet up with editor John Baron over a friendly cuppa and chat about what’s going on in West Leeds.

John Preston from Hollybush came along and told us about the organisation’s 40th birthday celebrations – keep your eyes peeled for an article on this soon. And Sue and her neighbour from Bramley also came along and talked about all things Bramley.

Kirkstall Festival stall

Come and find us at Kirkstall Festival tomorrow (Saturday, July 13). We’ll be having a stall there and would love to chat with you about what’s happening in West Leeds. Perhaps you could sign up for the next community reporters’ course and help tell the story of your community?

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