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Manchester Community Reporters

What is it?Data Saves Lives training

Community Reporting is about people having a voice and telling their stories. The Community Reporters website gives a platform to tell the story to a large audience and be part of a Europe wide network of over 1,700 (and growing) Community Reporters. Macc provides training, information, support and equipment to Community Reporters in Manchester.

Training can be tailored to your individual needs and can involve any aspect of Community Reporting – written content, audio, video or photography. It could be used for voluntary and community organisations to raise their profile, showcasing their work and highlighting their impact. Or it could be a way for running a consultation with tenants or service users to say what they think and tell their personal story or conducting evaluation of a project. The Community Reporters training is accredited by the Institute of Community Reporters.

What do training participants get:
  • Gain media skills
  • Tell their story
  • Build confidence and pride
  • Increase their opportunities
  • Meet new people
  • Improve their CV
Benefits of being part of the Community Reporter network
  • Badge - Press pass
  • Meet ups
  • Ongoing support
  • Part of wider network across the UK and Europe
  • Access to resources
  • Access to voluntary and paid reporting opportunities


Community Reporting can be used in a number of ways for organisations. It can showcase the work you do, improve the skills of the people you work with or as a way of consulting them on issues. It can be an element of a wider project or as a tool to evaluate a project. Have a look at some of the projects we have already run:

Data Saves Lives

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Training commissioned by the Health Foundation and lead by the the Health eResearch Centre at the University of Manchester on older people recording health data.

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Films made for the Spirit of Manchester Awards of all shortlisted nominees. All films are shown at the awards evening and voted on by the audience to determine the winner in each category.

The Spirit of Manchester is...

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Individuals from across Manchester, who are involved in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, where invited to attend training to make short films on their work and how it shows the spirit of Manchester

Brunswick in pictures

Photography training programme with residents in Brunswick, capturing their area as it started a regeneration programme. Commissioned by S4B Housing Association.

Clincal Commissioning Groups Mental Health Consultation

 

Community Reporter video training for people to tell their stories on mental health issues and the services they access - particularly in the voluntary and community sector.

 Chorlton Good Neighbours 50th Anniversary

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Chorlton Good Neighbours commissioned Macc to work with Chorlton High School running Community Reporter training to produce films on the impact, volunteers and sustainability of the group.

 


We can run training in all aspects of Community Reporting, video, audio, photography and written content but our most popular programme is a two day video training.

This training is for up to 10 participants and each person makes their own two minute long film over the two days. The first day will cover being a Community Reporter, playing with the equipment, practicing interview techniques and planning/storyboarding their stories. They then go away for a week (or more) to conduct interviews and collect the footage and come back to edit their film, watch each others and upload them on the second day. The training is very hands on and also involves a lot of peer input and reviewing. No technical skills are needed.

Often organisations commissioning the training would also like an overall short film comprising the key themes of particpants films, using their footage. This they can then use, along with the other films, for promoting their work, on their website, etc.
This training would be £1,000 - £400 a day for training and £200 for the overall edited film.

The above is an example of one of our training programmes but we can tailor any training to your needs - from a one day introduction to video to a six week long photography project.

For more information contact Jack, Email: jack@macc.org.uk Tel: 0161 834 9823