Off The Rails

10 12 2010

Mrs Meyer investigates security measures in Prestwich dress shops. This video was produced on the Talk Broughton 3 Community Reporters course.


What Are We Going To Do Tonight, Mum?

10 12 2010


18 11 2009

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Young Volunteers: Fashion Show

29 07 2008

The Young Volunteers are having a fashion show on Thursday 21st August at 7.45pm at the Lowry Theatre, Studio One, Salford Quays. Doors will open from 7.15pm.

They say,

“The show is a community event, hosted by Salford BEP and funded by New Deal for Communities, involving local young people aged between 12-18 years old. It uses fashion to break down the barriers between young people with different musical interests to promote inclusiveness, individuality and expression of self. It will feature many different types of modern music, including hip hop, dance, indie, rock and pop.

Tickets are currently on sale at the price of £3.00 for adults and £1.50 for children (aged 12 and under) and all proceeds will be donated to Inscape House Salford, a Together Trust Service (Registered Charity No. 209782).

If you would like to buy any tickets, please contact Joanne Linder, Young Volunteers Co-ordinator, on 787 3838.”

The Young Volunteers were a great help to us on our Open Evening and impressed everyone with their circus skills. Below is a short film that shows them training for the event. Look out for some great stilt action. Enjoy!

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Community Reporters go to the BBC!

28 07 2008

On 22nd and 23rd of July I was part of a group of Community Reporters from Salford and East Manchester to visit the BBC. We got to see Northwest Tonight being aired live and Gordon Burns kindly stayed after the show to explain what’s involved and how he does his job.

He showed us how the running order appears on a computer and where he reads the auto-cue from – and how he can edit the auto-cue if he feels that something doesn’t quite read right. He explained how breaking news stories can appear from a news wire and how – as with the show on the night that we visited – sometimes the lead story won’t be ready in time for air and the whole running order will have to be shifted about accordingly. After a few photo opportunities we all left looking forward to learning how to develop our own stories – with the show’s producer Jim – at our masterclasses.

In our first class, Jim explained that he was going to try and condense three years of studying journalism into two afternoon sessions with us – no mean feet! But Jim, who is executive producer for news at the BBC, was more than up for the task, bringing years of experience and a raft of entertaining anecdotes to the lessons. Each point was demonstrated with lots of insider stories – things that had gone wrong, or interesting characters who seemed to do all of their best journalism over a lunchtime pint at the pub (this particular point being duly noted and underlined as IMPORTANT in my notes!).

The key lessons that Jim had us exploring, through a variety of discussions, practical exercises and handouts were:

– what makes a good story

– basic principles of a good story

– top tips

– where do we get our sources from?

    Come back soon and I’ll share some of Jim’s top tips with you, along with a film of our time in a BBC bunker!

    If you would like to sign up for a future visit to the BBC then call Mick or Teresa on 0161 743 3537. We’ll be happy to make a Community Reporter out of you!

    [Social Media Centre] Opening Night

    23 07 2008

    Date: Thursday the 12th June 2008

    Direct link to video file for download.

    It was all the fun of the fair when the Social Media Centre held an open evening for local residents on 12th June.

    Circus skills, live music and films from the local area were all on offer as local residents learnt more about what goes on in the new NDC community room at the Innovation Forum – aka That Big Pink Building on Frederick Road! So, what exactly is on offer and who can join in?

    One of the workers, Mick, put it like this, “Social media is basically ‘media’ – ie stories and news – that is made social – ie shared with others via the Internet, mobile phones, newsletters or film screenings. Technology has changed so much in recent years. It is now easier than ever for anyone to create their own website, make short films to post online, and share their stories with others in their community. We can offer support and free resources to anyone who wants to make that happen.”

    Another thing that everyone agreed about was the fantastic contribution made by the young volunteers. Not only did they hand out leaflets and help people around the space – they did so in stilts while juggling!

    The juggling balls may have been packed away but the Social Media Centre still has lots of fun on offer with a range of free courses and drop-in sessions. So, call in or call them today and find out what Social Media can do for you!

    Additional notes from Jonathan Thomason,
    Community Reporter Ordsall.

    On Thursday 12th june, the Social Media Centre in Salford had an open evening to raise awareness of the centre and that this is a centre of local people to gain new skills in multi media.

    MCIN are launching a media centre as a drop in on Fredrick Rd, Salford. It will train people to do video blogs at Salford Forum. They will have PC’s and Apple computers, plus staff who know how to use them, as a resource to the people of Salford. MCIN operate to create a social network to link people up using IT in Salford.

    Computers are such a big tool to link people up. The opening day is link the drop in, open to all! There will be acrobats and jugglers. I do not know why, but it will be fun. I am so excited that he BBC are coming to Salford, and they will need people to employ.

    The Media Centre can act to train people up. So they will be acting as a nucleus for social networks through out the country. I was in Los Angeles last week, but I feel we can steal a mark on the US here. Use the tools that LA have helped provide, to show the Yanks how to do it.

    Please click on my video below which was taken at this event, enjoy !!!
    Related Links

    To visit Social Media Centre website click here
    To view Jonathan Thomasons video click here

    [Social Media Centre] About Us

    23 07 2008

    The Social Media Centre Salford is based in the NDC community room at the Salford Innovation Forum. We have strong links with Salford University, Salford College and the BBC.

    Our aim is to:
    – use media to help community projects and individuals spread their messages innovatively
    – be a hub of people sharing skills and exchanging information to create social media

    What is Social Media?

    It gives you tools to help tell your stories or experiences and publish them either on the Internet or in a community newsletter.

    What kind of things can you do? You can:

    * tell people about a local event or activity you are organising or have been to
    * share your thoughts or experiences
    * write about local history or share you memories of the area
    * talk about your favorite recipe and show people how to make it
    * tell people what you think about something that is happening locally

    Do you want to know how to make a film, produce a community newsletter, understand what a blog is, learn how to use a mobile to make a video or record yourself, participate in a online discussion or talk to other people who share a similar activity online? Then get involved with the Social Media Centre!

    One of our main projects is working with residents and groups in Charlestown and Lower Kersal who want to be part of our community reporters scheme, which includes visits to the BBC – would you like to get involved in this?

    Contact us to find out more.

    Phone: 0161 7433537
    Email: or