Do you want to become a citizen journalist?
Volunteer residents from local communities have set up Information Station to share content on how to stay healthy and live well during lockdown and beyond. These citizen journalists work from a community newsroom in Wood Green library.
The platform will focus on the incredible resilience, creativity and community spirit in lockdown in Haringey. The team running Information Station have been trained by a BBC journalist, the London Film School, blogging experts and community podcasters.
The people behind the project are Tom Delap, Project Manager for Haringey Libraries and Haringey Adult Learning manager, Simon Beer. They believe Information Station can play a key role in taking crucial public health information to a wider audience during the health crisis.
Simon Beer said:
The energy that our volunteers are bringing to making news items, blogs, video diaries, features and podcasts has been incredible. For so many people lockdown has brought stress, isolation and anxiety. It’s not always easy to know where to go to get reliable local information or to hear from other people going through the same experience as you. Information Station gives Haringey people a trusted platform to share with other Haringey people.
The volunteer offer
- Volunteers invited to plan and shape the newsroom as well as create content for the project
- Content may be blogs, podcasts, vlogs, written news, photo journalism...
- Training in presenting, production, desk driving and researching radio shows
- New skills and accreditation to help you get a job, if you need one, alongside experience in the media and a chance to have your own radio show, podcast or column
- Help with childcare and travel expenses, regular volunteer meetings and the opportunity to give your feedback and ideas, as well as a chance to meet new people and attend social and networking events when we are able to do so.
- Support from Project Manager and project staff
- Option of taking HALS volunteering accreditation
- Minimum 1.5 – 2 hours a week (maximum – your call!)
Project Manager, Amanda White grew up in Tottenham and is proud to be part of this new venture:
We are so lucky to be able to work with some amazing citizen journalists with a genuine wish to connect to their communities through their stories. We are looking for more citizen journalists, so please get in touch if you want to join the project.
Contact Amanda at Amanda@infostation.uk