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Imperial War Museum photo essay, by Sana Amos

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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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MakeBelieve Arts, using storytelling to re-engage children with learning

Pic: Sana.

Pic: Sana.

By Rooney John

“Stories have got magic in them. It’s in the walls, it’s in their hands, it’s everywhere.”

MakeBelieve Arts offers innovative, high quality programmes to develop the creative, emotional and cognitive potential of children and young people across the UK. Based in Deptford, South London the educational theatre company and social enterprise believe in the power of story to re-engage children with learning.

MakeBelieve Arts use storytelling and theatre to teach subjects across the curriculum, including English, Drama, Mathematics and Science. Their aim is to change the way children engage with learning through creative education, giving them the skills to cope within an increasingly complex world. Continue reading

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Week 2: Sana’s photo essay

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Week 2: Introduction to Photojournalism

Pic: Sana Amos. William, Zoe, Gordon and Declan during Thursdays photography excercise.

Pic: Sana Amos. William, Zoe, Gordon and Declan during Thursdays photography exercise.

By Sana Amos

After our great start, I was looking forward to this week as I am not a woman of many words but give me a camera and I will be lost in my own surreal world for hours. To say the least I was very excited to get started and learn to combine photos and words.

Once everyone arrived and had a hot drink in our hands, our tutor Zoe kickstarted our 10am Thursday session with an old style pub quiz about, you guessed it, photojournalism! Divided into two groups, we quickly got into the competitive spirit. It was really fun and insightful as I felt confident with the technical aspect of photography but learnt new information on the history of journalism such as war propaganda pictures. The rule is no alteration should be made to any journalists photographs, as you have to show what is really there, so not even a small tweak. After marking each other’s answers, Zoe concluded with a short presentation. Oh, and yes our group won! Continue reading

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Social Enterprise Wins Second Swimming Award

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Credit : Xander from Yellowknife, NT, Canada

by Sana Amos

Leisure centre operator GLL has won an award at the annual Amateur Swimming Association’s Swimtastic Awards, held at Birmingham on the 18th of October.

GLL came second in Facility Operator of the Year category, having won 1st place in 2013.

It’s opening of the London Aquatics Centre and the launch of  Tom Daley Diving Academy acted as great examples of 2012 Olympic legacy.

GLL’s initiatives to increase participation in competitive, fitness and public swimming as well as Swimming Teacher’s Academy were recognised as the winning contributors.

It’s Academy graduate Rachel Cooper grabbed a gold award as Swim Teacher of the Year.

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