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Week 1: 5 Ws and an H

Jamie and Bill finding out about online journalism during week 1

Jamie and Bill finding out about online journalism during week 1.

By Bill Webb

Thursday lunch time, its pouring with rain and I am on a bus to Poole. Today is the start of The Big Issue online journalism course, the first 1 held outside of London. I am feeling quite excited if a little apprehensive, as this will be my first time in a learning environment for over 30 years.

I arrived early as I always do, soon everybody else arrives 6 of us plus course leaders and mentors. all of who’s names I will know by the end of the course. So firstly its complete registration forms and some health and safety i.e. where to run to if the place bursts into flames, then its introduction time. Continue reading

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Week 6 Blog Post

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

Award ceremony Friday 13th December 2013.

So here I am.  My last day of training with Poached Creative and the Big Issue at the Elise Centre in Dalston. It’s been educational and insightful, two of the many things which has made the whole course enjoyable.

I have gained knowledge in using my Canon Bridge camera to the best of my ability.  And I have every intention of improving this ability with more practice.  There are many aspects of photography such as Photo Essays, lighting, aperture, shuttle speed and much more which has encouraged me to do more research and practice.  I hope that with practice I will be able to produce more great photos.

The journalist side of the training has showed me how news editorials, features, NIB’s and different styles of writing are complied and what the essence of a good story is. Although I am not a good writer, the training has given me much needed confidence which I’m proud of and I’ve started noticing the differing writing styles in newspapers.

Attending the course gave me a routine. Although only 2 days a week it soon became the high-light of my week. I live in NW London and the commute is an hour each-way but that did not deter me. I was determined to be there on time and to be there for all the sessions, although that was not always possible. Being in that “learning” environment was nice as wasn’t all class room.  We went out many times which really added to the fun. And the interactions with others was pleasant. I’ve met and interviewed some interesting people.  This would never have happened in my ‘normal’ life.  I now know that there is so much going on in the community sector. There are many ‘good’ people all around us and much to report.

Overall, the course, its contents, the tutors, the interviews, the venues, the sandwiches from Charles, the coffee, my classmates, the Blogs…. I could go on but am limited to the ‘word count’.  Simply put, it is a very will compiled course which anyone would benefit from. If you are thinking of enrolling then just do it.  It doesn’t cost a penny and the skills learnt are invaluable.

Thank you to ALL the TEAM.  Jessica, Zoe, Charles, Glenn, Grant, Tobias, Kezia and Adele.

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Training at Thomson Reuters Foundation (Week 5)

Photo by Danielle Aumord: Monique Villa - Chief Executive of Thompson Routers Foundation

Photo by Danielle Aumord: Monique Villa – Chief Executive of Thompson Routers Foundation

This week started off with an amazing visit to the headquarters of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Located in Canary Wharf, the foundation is the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, the global news company and provides legal, humanitarian and journalistic services around the world.

We were lucky enough to take part in a unique training session with Tim Large, the foundations Editor-In-Chief and Corinne Podger, the Business Development Manager and were also able to interview CEO Monique Villa. Continue reading

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Week 4: Learning the golden rules of photojournalism

Naz putting her freshly learnt photography skills into practice

Naz putting her freshly learnt photography skills into practice

This week we were paired up to cover articles on social enterprises, which are not-for-profit organisations with a charitable aim.

Over the period of two days we worked with Zoe, the photography trainer to get feedback on the previous week’s photos and learnt the golden rules of photo journalism.

We all learnt about shot composition, lighting, focus and when to use flash on a digital camera. Zoe introduced another photographer called Jonathan who will be the photography trainer for the last two weeks. Continue reading

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