My Gen Community Reporter Training: Writing News, Sports and Features

The Talking About My Generation team has launched a new programme of training.

The training is for our existing community reporters and members of the public over the age of 50 across Greater Manchester who are interested in learning new skills.

First up in the My Gen Community Reporter Training series is: Writing News, Sports and Features.

The training session will take place on Friday, October 8 at Longsight Library between 1pm-3pm, 519 Stockport Rd, Longsight, Manchester M12 4NE. Included in the training is a My Gen Community Reporter Handbook. There are 12 places available and filling up fast.

The sessions will mainly be run by former Manchester Evening News journalist Kirsty Day – along with other talented colleagues in the industry.

Kirsty has more than 18 years experience of working in the media and is passionate about diversifying the media.

The series will include:

  • Writing for the news, sport, and features
  • Photography, video taking, and editing
  • Interview training – interviewer and interviewee
  • Podcast training – host, guest, editing
  • How to create social media graphics, leaflets, and poster designs
  • Social media training
  • WordPress management – editing and publishing stories
  • Magazine design

You can sign up to attend all sessions or mix and mix from the topics that spark your interest. For more information email [email protected] 

Why become a community reporter?

You will become part of a team that creates online news content, podcasts, and printed magazines that are read by thousands of people every month – supported by a former MEN Media journalist and an award-winning media social enterprise to produce quality content.

Our aims are to:

  • Create lifestyle, wellbeing, nostalgia, and news content that our readership will enjoy.
  • Challenge ageist stereotypes in the media by presenting stories of people growing older in a positive way.
  • Ensure older people’s voices and views are incorporated into the topics that affect people of all ages.

Each reporter has the opportunity to develop their skills. As a news team, we meet regularly in our ‘newsroom’ to set the news agenda and explore the topics that we believe will resonate with our audience.

We support every reporter to perform their role in the following ways:

  • To believe their views and opinions matter and have the confidence to share them in the newsroom.
  • To be supportive of fellow reporters.
  • To be open to learning new skills and new ways of doing things.
  • To be compliant with NUJ code of conduct 
  • To be fair, honest, objective, and accurate with their reporting.
  • To give a voice to sectors of society without one.


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