I was really pleased to find the first bulletins from Lozells News – a new child led digital service, appear in my feed stream last week:
Lozells News Highlights from can uk on Vimeo.
This is a project from CAN-UK, who’ve been working from Ladywood for more than a decade. Lozells already has the very fine www.lozells.info and the South Lozells Housing Regeneration area is beginning to use the web to tell the story of how it is progressing, see vision-lozells.org.
A couple of things.
The first is the question of how to integrate these a little better and so seed more local story telling? Perhaps a local social media surgery might help? It is a certainly somehting I’d be interested in.
The other is that our own experience of creating local news with young people in Frankley or Castle Vale (and others) tells us there remains a problem of how we keep things going once the project ends. There’s no lack of enthusiasm from the young people: Comments like
this was the best week ive had at Frankley, and making this podcast was a great experiance!
can’t wait to see if we do anything else
show there is an appetite for more. It’s rarely an issue of equipment or websites etc, these are now cheap enough and simple enought to leave behind. I think the problem is often who will take the lead/ownership in your absence.
So thoughts? How could we ensure that when the project dosh dries up the storytelling keeps flowing?