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2 days a week for 6 weeks, doesn’t sound too long does it?

Pic: Catherine. Chris and Sana, learning how to use the course cameras, during photography week.

Pic: Catherine. Chris and Sana, learning how to use the course cameras, during photography week.

By Sana Amos

Before I started the Big Issue online journalism course I thought it sounded too short and too long at the same time.

Short, because how much can you really learn in this time frame? Long, because for myself and I am sure for others on the course routine and purpose of days has not been part of our lives for some time. The thought of it felt alien to me and I did not have the faith and confidence that I would be able to last the whole course, let alone complete it!

While I was really frightened at the beginning I applied because it sounded like a great project to be involved in. However from my personal experiences and for many others that I have met and known through hospitals/hostels/care centres, as much as you want to accomplish things or makes changes, there are certain external factors that sway you so fast that they become priorities, habits, part of and at points your whole life; it becomes a circle very hard to break free from. Continue reading

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Week 1-2: Introduction to journalism and photography

Pic: Catherine Bonner. Rebwar and Rooney learning how to use the course cameras in week 2

Pic: Catherine Bonner. Rebwar and Rooney learning how to use the course cameras in week 2

By Rooney John

I have just completed week 2 of the Big Issue online journalists course. It has been a great experience for me. Not only do I like, admire and respect all of the other 7 trainees on the course, I have also been given the opportunity to meet, converse with and learn from some highly knowledgeable and experienced mentors.

Tobias, the training co-ordinator/writing mentor has been a great help. He has encouraged me to tackle certain tasks, that at first, I was slightly worried and apprehensive about.

This week has seen the arrival of a new photography mentor – a delightful young man called Declan, who recently completed a photography degree.  He is very talented at what he does.  Then there is Zoe our photography tutor – another bright young thing.  She has given me the most help with the photography component of the course.  Normally a lecturer at the Knights Park campus of Kingston University, in Surrey.  It’s wonderful that she has managed to find time from her busy schedule to help and mentor us.  Last but not least there is Glen our journalism mentor – who is helping us with our writing. Continue reading

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