Posts Tagged ‘community journalists’

What’s Your Story in Handsworth

Posted on 17th October 2010 by

Last Saturday I went along to the what’s My Story workshop at Handsworth Library arranged as part of series of sessions that we have coming up to help encourage local residents to become community Journalists. This first session was kicked off with an inspirational talk by journalist Derek Bishton who along with Brian Homer started a photography magazine Ten 8 whilst living in Handsworth in the 1980’s.

What was interesting is that many of the issues that Derek spoke of that interested them in producing Ten 8 are still here today. They were keen to ensure that people were able to represent themselves this inspired the Self Portrait edition. Local people were able to take a self portrait of themselves against a deliberate white canvas so as not to link the images in any way to preconceived assumptions people may have about Handsworth or the people photographed.

Derek talked of the importance of media as a powerful tool that people can use to represent themselves. Unlike the challenges that Bishton & Homer had back in the 1970s in producing photographic images and a paper magazine  many people now can simple use their mobile phone and digital media to publish images or stories in seconds.

If you’re interested in getting involved there is an opportunity to learn new skills in community journalism, photography and using social media. The sessions will be run by Brian Homer which is a unique chance to learn from one of the funding members of Ten 8 and use this knowledge to help produce the next edition of the Hands on Handsworth Magazine.

There is an opportunity for this magazine to be developed by local people to become a resource and tool to talk about what matters to the local people of Handsworth. If you’re interested call Tracey Thorne on 0121 303 3401 or email

Be Part of the Big Handsworth Conversation

Posted on 11th October 2010 by

This week as part of local democracy week we are inviting as many people as possible to get involved in a Big Handsworth Conversation through blogging and an option to attend two events this week!

I will be blogging all week about Handsworth and the work going on within the neighbourhood and hope that people can get involved. You can get involved in the following ways:

  • by posting a blog here on Hands on Handsworth
  • send an email of a story, event or item you would like posted on the blog to
  • write about Handsworth on another blog or social media site & link to Handsworth on Handsworth e.g.  flickr or you tube
  • attend the Big Blog Conversation on the 14th Oct 7-9pm at Sports Hall, King Edward VI School, Rosehill Rd a social media surgery run by Podnosh and chance to have a go at blogging.

We also have a community journalist workshop on Saturday in Handsworth Library this Saturday 16th October 1-4pm, free food and chance to win a camera. Call Karl on 0121 525 6861 to book a place.

Local Heart Awards

Posted on 18th August 2010 by

Birmingham City Council launched last week this years Local Hearts Awards, nominations are now open deadline 20th Spetmeber. The Local Hearts Awards are part of a wide range of activties an events that will take place as part of local democracy week between the 11th & 22nd October.

I am busy planning a couple of activties and workshops that will take place here in Handsworth. One will be with Nick Booth from Podnosh and will focus on encouarging residents to use social media as a tool to voice their veiws and hav a say in thier neighbourhood. The second will be with Multistory and part of the community journlist project looking at photography and examples of community activisim in Handsworth. More information will be posted here soon!

In the mean time if you know someone that has a big heart and deserves a nomination here are the Local Heart forms

Local Hearts 2010 Poster

Local Hearts Form Nomination Form 2010

Community Journalists wanted for Hands on Handsworth Community Magazine

Posted on 3rd August 2010 by

In may the first edition of the Hands on Handsworth Magazine was published. I got lots of postive feedback about the magazine and residents continue to be interested in getting a regular local publication with news and stories about Handsworth.

I am interesting in getting ideas for this next edition and welcome contributions of stories & photos from the community. If you’re interested please drop  me an email ( or cal me on 0121 303 3401.

Are you interested in being a community journalist or photographer? Or would you like to be part of an editorial team?

The next edition will be published in September

Hands on Handsworth Magazine