Who are the Young Reporters?
The Young Reporters project is a group of young people aged 11 and 19 who meet once a month at Pilgrim Street Arts Centre in Birkenhead. The group covers positive stories about young people and their community.
In the past, the work of the young reporters has featured in the Wirral Globe, Wirral News, council newsletters and Wirral Radio, and the team is always looking for new ways to get young people’s stories out there.
What else is involved?
Young Reporters receive:
- training from a qualified photographer on a Nikon SLR camera
- training around article writing and interview techniques from Wirral Council’s publicity / editorial teams
- use of an Apple Mac desktop computer for editing pictures and writing articles
- access to events within Wirral Council for reporting purposes
Benefits for Young Reporters
- it’s great for your CV and is ASDAN credited
- it can provide a springboard to other things – in the past, young reporters have had the opportunity to chair council meetings, become the constituency young people representative, present to councillors, and work with trading standards
- it gives young people the opportunity to be innovative and report on stories that are important to them and their peers
How to become a Young Reporter
You don’t need any previous experience to take part, just a willingness to learn and commit to the project. We would like committed young people who are happy to work both as a team and individually – taking responsibility for reporting on stories, writing them up, and getting them to press.
If you would like to get involved with the Young Reporters project, please contact Katrina Maxwell by email or by phone on 07920278107.