Community Reporting

Our Community Reporting training equips people with the necessary media and journalism skills to begin identifying and reporting local stories. Community Reporters are ordinary people who are skilled in telling impactful stories from local communities and neighbourhoods.

Participants learn skills to produce local news stories using a device they already have to hand – their smartphone. Learning covers: what makes a good story, identifying the best shots to tell it, telling a balanced story, news-gathering, filming and editing on smartphone, scripting, captions, presenting, and sharing your story.

This training is free for people who live in Southampton as it is paid for by Hampshire-based organisations who share our mission of equipping local people with skills to tell and share their own stories. Organisations, please get in touch if you want to sponsor a workshop.

Southampton residents, sign up for our free workshops.

Our two-part Community Reporting workshop is delivered in-person at Our Version Media’s training space in MAST Mayflower Studios. Each workshop is 2½ hours. After Session One, participants are confident to start filming and editing their first news report.