Since the demise of The Mule, Manchester hasn't had any alternative media to hold Manchester Council, developers et al to account – but, god, does that place need some!
The Meteor has recently risen to fill the gap and it's holding a ten week free journalism course to equip would-be writers with the tools to tell their own stories and cover issues that aren't being reported in the mainstream media.
The ten week course, made up of two hour workshops, starts on 6th April, at 7pm, at the Green Fish Resource Centre on Oldham Street in Manchester.
"The course will give you a basic understanding of how journalism works and the ability and confidence to create your own quality journalism, in print or video" states The Meteor team "The course lectures will be conducted by experienced journalists, and National Union of Journalist members, with a wealth of knowledge to pass on from their time in the national and local press."
Salford Star editor, Stephen Kingston, will be amongst those running the workshops. To apply for the free course The Meteor is asking people to submit...
• A short statement saying why you would like to take the course, contact details, and a brief explanation of your submitted content, explaining when and why it was produced (200 words max).
• An article or video you have produced. This can be in any style and format and should be around 400 words, or 1–3mins long. A section taken from a longer piece is acceptable, and so is a piece produced specifically for this application.
"The Meteor team got together as a result of a journalism course just like this one, and we believe that this course can build the same enthusiasm again" states The Meteor team "Later on in the course, participants will have the opportunity to write, edit and publish stories on The Meteor website. We look forward to reading/viewing your work, meeting you and working together to create a more vibrant, inclusive, relevant and diverse media landscape in Manchester."
Deadline for applications for the course is 17th March. Applicants will know if they are successful by the 24th March. Applications should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about the course text or ring 07504 331959 or see The Meteor website – click here.