Free social reporter training for Birmingham based Neighbourhood Forums and Active Citizens

Later this month we are running another social reporter training programme, building on the work we have done for Birmingham Local Democracy Week and the Black Country Take Part Pathfinder.

This time our work is funded through the support Birmingham City Council gives to Neighbourhood Forums in the city . The details are below and you can download them here.  If you want to come contact:

Karen Cheney,

Community Empowerment Lead – Birmingham City Council

Telephone – 0121 675 8519

Email – Karen_Cheney@birmingham.gov.uk

Karen will give places to neighbourhood forums first – then other active citizens from Birmingham.  If there’s room we may also have places for Council officers – it’s good to learn together!

If you want to know whether it’s worth it some feedback from our last session:

“Downright Inspiring. The training was just fantastic (and this is from someone with very high expectations)” Lorna Prescott Dosti.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it and it gave me the confidence to do more” Nicki Burrows  Dudley CVS Dosti.  Lorna Precott came to the same course in the Black Country and told us:

“[I’m] thinking about how best to use social media the next time I organise an event. When I get my smart phone I’ll try making some short pieces and work with my colleagues to upload on my blog and/or our own changes website.”  Sue Gorbing – Changes UK

Sue and Lorna both did some top social reporting at the Take Part Final Celebration Event Last Month – following on from their training.

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April 12th and 19th (you need to be able to do both dates)

Time 4.30pm – 7.30pm

Venue- Fazeley Studios,191 Fazeley Street,Digbeth,B5 5SE

What is social reporting?

Social reporting is about quick and simple ways of sharing what’s going on around you with other people, using social media tools. Sharing information, getting a message across.

A social reporter might shoot a simple video about their neighbourhood, make notes at a meeting or conference and share those with other people via the web as it happens. The point of social reporting is that it’s easy to do, and it’s fun.

What to expect

  • We will give you a warm welcome and a cuppa on arrival, and another cuppa during the session
  • There will be Max 12 participants and 2 trainers.
  • The training format is relaxed and informal.
  • This is hands-on training – expect to start having a go!
  • There will be laptops and other equipment such as Flips available for you to use.

If you have a laptop, camera or any other equipment of your own you may want to use, please bring it along.

Outline of training sessions

This training is run over two half days. Trainees must attend both sessions.

Day One: Tuesday, 12th April   4.30pm – 7.30pm

  • Theory and principles of being a social reporter: blogging,
    Twitter, easy and fast use of video, audio and photographs.
  • Start blogging

Day two Tuesday, 19th April    4.30pm – 7.30pm

  • Learn how to use audio or video in your social reporting
  • Hands on recording and reviewing

Who is it for?

Neighbourhood Forums and Community Groups plus Active Citizens are prioritised for this training

If there are any spare places then these can be taken up by BCC members of staff

Training resources

There will be laptops and other equipment available for you to use. If you have a laptop, camera or any other equipment of your own you may want to use, please bring it along.

Finding the venue

There is car parking on the roadside although it is quite busy. Nearest Car Park is the one opposite The Custard Factory. Approx 20 mins if walking from the city centre

Contact

For more information and to book a place on the training please contact:

Karen Cheney

Community Empowerment Lead – Birmingham City Council

Telephone – 0121 675 8519

Email – Karen_Cheney@birmingham.gov.uk

APPLICATIONS NEED TO BE RETURNED TO KAREN BY 7TH APRIL 2011

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