Citizen journalists learning their trade

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Do you have a passion to tell stories about where you live?

Because the Bedford Portas team linked up with the Times & Citizen, the Bedford Clanger, the MediaTrust and other local organisations on Saturday for a one-day course in citizen journalism in Bedford town centre.

As part of the event, visitors were asked to submit their own articles on how the day went. Here is one of the entries from Helen Lindop:

Don’t be alarmed if you’re stopped in the street by one of Bedford’s newly trained 
#citizenbedford reporters.

These citizen journalists are reporting on Bedford’s progress as a Portas Pilot town using video, audio, articles and social media platforms like 
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The first 
#citizenbedford training session was held on Saturday in the Harpur Suite, and presenters included Adam Perry from the Media Trust, gardening editor of the Guardian Jane Perrone and Ben Raza of the Times and Citizen.

Subjects covered included video and audio recording, interviewing techniques and writing for newspapers.

Bedford was chosen to be one of the 12 Portas Pilot towns earlier this year, a project which will provide funding and support to breathe life back into the town centre. With so many of us carrying around video equipment in our smart phones and the easy availability of social media, there has never been a better time for Bedford residents to tell their stories.

#citizenbedford will enable us to document our progress as the Portas Pilot project unfolds and enable us to share what we want to see in Bedford.

As Adam Perry said during last Saturday’s training: “If you tell your own story, you can control your own destiny”.

Everyone is welcome to join the #citizenbedford team and no experience is needed, so it is not too late to join. And if you see #citizenbedford reporters out and about, we’d love you to tell us about want to see in Bedford.