Just getting started…

The Big Issue and Poached Creative are today beginning a new online journalism programme in London involving eight trainees with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

The six-week programme, supported by Nominet Trust, is a first for The Big Issue and a chance for the street magazine to amplify the voices of homeless and marginalised people through online media.

Trainees for the six-week programme have been through an application and interview process to ensure they have the interest and aptitude needed to succeed in online journalism. They will work with journalism and media professionals to produce and publish stories and photographs for The Big Issue’s online properties.

We don’t quite know what lies ahead but we have some brilliant people about to start the training and that seems a very good place to start. These eight people would not ordinarily have such an opportunity and bring a huge breadth of life experience to the group. This will undoubtedly inform the work that they produce.

Training will run on Tuesday afternoons and all day on Wednesdays, covering a broad range of subjects from news writing, feature writing to media law and social media as well as all aspects of photography.

Freelance journalist Glenn McMahon is coordinating the written aspects of journalism and Zoe Childerley is overseeing the photography side of things, with Charles Howgego, former editor of The Big Issue, also providing training. We will also be able to have the expertise of visiting journalists including Pulitzer-prize nominated Veronique Mistaen.

St Giles Trust have kindly provided us with a venue in their new office on Dalston Lane, Hackney E8 (the old CLR James Library). Keep an eye on this blog over the coming weeks to watch our eight trainees develop their skills and experience.

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