The first of the reports created by Speak Up Preston’s new community journalists has gone live today on the Blog Preston website.
This is just the first of many reports that we hope will highlight local issues – positive and negative – over the coming months, and has been created by the first of our new recruits in the St Matthew’s area of Preston. It’s a small group – smaller than we would have liked, to be honest – but they’ve been brilliant so far and we hope that this is the first of many great reports to come.
In the next couple of weeks, we’ll start collating reports onto a new on-line platform which is being designed specifically for the project. That’s moving along well, as is the training delivery in St Matthew’s – with all four partner organisations working well together to design and deliver an excellent grounding for our new community journalists.
More of a struggle is recruiting people to the project – we had a fair bit off drop-off in St Matthew’s, and are working hard now to recruit in Ribbleton and Deepdale to make sure we have a critical mass of journalists in each area.
But there’s good news from a local business support provider, who are excited to work with us on the social enterprise side of the project; and from the city council, with whom we’re organising a consultation process involving our community journalists based on a new supplementary planning document for East Preston.