Journalism Foundation to fund community radio training

A journalism charity backed by the Lebedev family is funding an initiative training people to start a community radio service in their local area.

The group, headed by former Independent editor Simon Kelner, has teamed up with the journalism school at the University of Lincoln to offer six days of free workshops in October for 15 people, who will learn the basics of setting up and running a community broadcasting project.

Sessions will also cover basic broadcasting techniques including interviewing, editing, scripting and technology.

The university is the home to its own community radio station, Siren 107.3. Some of the workshops will be recorded and made available to the wider public as a podcast.

Journalism Foundation chief executive Simon Kelner said; "We believe that community radio will play an increasingly important part in maintaining good quality journalism at a time when some of the traditional media are in decline.

"We are delighted to fund these workshops at the University of Lincoln, where there is a strong dedicated tradition of teaching journalism and community radio. By broadcasting much of the courses on our website we hope that those who can't make it to Lincoln can learn and be enthused."

The head of the Lincoln School of Journalism, Professor John Tulloch, added: "This course in community radio will be unique.

"It's designed to meet the aspirations of ordinary people who want to acquire the skills to set up and operate community radio stations and practice high quality citizen journalism.

"We're honoured that the Journalism Foundation has chosen the Lincoln School of Journalism and Siren FM for this most important task."

More details and application forms are online at www.sirenonline.co.uk

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