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Citizen Journalism & Beacon Hubs - Extending the Public Square

  • Mar 28, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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Ensuring people have a voice in the public square of debate and discussion is vital in any democracy. We try to enable this through our meetings, webinars and podcasts.

We are now taking this one step further. The Media Trust has now invited us to become a Beacon Hub for their lottery funded Citizen Journalist project. This will link us to a Single Publishing Interface to enable those stories that members want to distribute more widely to be published to media partners (BBC, ITV, local and national press.) They will also be available on our own Blog Podcasting Channel and through the Media Trust.

At this meeting we will learn what it means to be a Beacon Hub and how our members can get their stories into the public domain whether they be blogs, photojournalism or podcasts. Not only will we find out about Beacon Hubs and the work of the Media Trust but also we will discuss Blogging and how this is an important tool of citizen journalism and Photojournalism and our plans for an Exhibition of this in May.

We will have a number of facilitators at this meeting and they will help us in our thinking to develop citizen journalism as a way of engaging others and encouraging debate and discussion. They are,

Adam Perry is the Community Voices Development Manager at Media Trust. He has been working with grassroots communities and individuals to help them understand how they can use media, whether in the sense of working with mainstream media or using digital media tools, to create positive social change.  Adam is particularly interested in video, especially helping communities to use low-cost video tools to tell their own stories. Before working with the Media Trust Adam ran a production company, and before that was part of the original commissioning team at Channel Five.  He trained as an editor, then as a researcher in features and current affairs, and later as producer/director.

Matt Daw is Projects Manager at the international charity PhotoVoice (, an organisation that works in partnership with NGOs all around the world designing and delivering participatory photography projects with marginalised and vulnerable groups. These projects provide communities who are often denied the opportunity to speak out and be heard with the skills and opportunity to participate directly in campaigning for positive social change. People who are often the subject of photojournalism take control over how they and their community are represented, and become active agents in tackling the issues that affect them.

Marc Wadsworth, founder and Editor of The Latest, will talk about Blogging and its importance to Citizen Journalism.The Latest offers exciting opportunities to blog, publish words and images and be involved in video streaming and podcasts. It has constantly updated community, national and international Latest News, and features instant polls on topical subjects open to all its visitors. Uou can find out more at

Jazz Rasool, Administrator for Haringey Community Circles has spent four years developing software that maps a persons needs against the emotional intelligence with which they are being met. He has worked with Citizen Journalist circles in Haringey and is helping us redevelop our Blog so that it can become the shop front for our Citizen Journalist project.

We bring a special dimension to the work the Media Trust does by offering material through our members who are interested in the big issues of the present century, want to discuss them, give stories and case studies to illustrate them and create a socially responsible society that holds those who take decisions to account.

We are thankful to the following who have helped us put on this meeting.

To MessageBase who have supported us for this event and to

The Media Trust who have helped us organise this event and

To Channel 4 who have provided us with the premises

Although membership of our site is free we do expect all those who attend our events to pay a subscription of £10 for a whole year that covers attendance not just to one meeting but also to the vast majority of our meetups and webinars for any one year. It also allows you to bring one guest free to every meeting or webinar.

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  • Patrick Iain C.

    Some great projects presented and some very interesting people - thanks.

    March 29, 2012

  • MJY (Michael Y.

    Useful meeting. Covered a lot of ground. Encouraging responses and contributions.

    March 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a really useful and positive meetup with a good balance of citizen media 'philosophy' and practical advice.

    March 29, 2012

  • Nikki B.

    I loved this meet up, so many wonderful positive and passionate people in one room. I met some lovely people that I hope to work with in the future, and learnt about platforms and resources that I can use in the work that I do with young people.

    March 29, 2012

  • Caroline

    Very well organised, very interesting.

    March 29, 2012

  • Mike V.

    Informative and uplifting.

    March 29, 2012

  • madison

    Great venue and speakers and a really exciting subject.

    March 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was very informative, superb meet, my first one.

    March 29, 2012

  • India L.

    Looks like I am going to be too late to make this. Hopefully, someone else can now step in. Do you blog about the event? Please let me know if anyone does. thanks so much. Hope it's a good evening.

    March 28, 2012

  • yang

    Looking forward to meeting you all tonight!

    March 28, 2012

  • Jazz R.

    Would members who are attending Wednesdays Channel 4 meetup like to submit brief views on Citizen Journalism and its importance up to our Citizen Zone blog? No more than 500 Words.

    Email to [masked] with the words 'GN21 Guest Blog' in the subject line and include a title in the article. Attach any pictures you'd like added to the article.

    With thanks,

    Jazz Rasool,
    Learning Coordinator, Global Net 21

    March 26, 2012

  • Gordon O.

    Given the undoubted popularity of this event and people perhaps also anting to visit Channel 4, I will forfeit my place on this occasion and given in fairness to he next person in in on the waiting list. Hope all enjoy and gain something from the occasion. Gordon Owen

    2 · March 25, 2012

  • sarah

    Please add me to your reserve list for this event. Thanks. Sarah

    March 25, 2012

  • P.Selvaratnam

    I wish to attend - please reserve a place for me.

    March 22, 2012

  • Nikki B.

    Please can I be on your reserved list for this if anyone backs out of coming

    February 9, 2012

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