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These events happened a long time ago, before we moved to our current website and started listing them properly. A trip down memory lane…

The first Annual Member’s Meeting of The Bristol Cable ! 2014

Lets build real media for the city together:

– Decide on key issues of strategy,
– Elect directors
– Choose topics
– Set priorities for the co-ops activities and events.

See you there!

Thursday 5th March


35 Jamaica Street, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS2 8JP

Co-op members only. Join the Cable from just £1 per month  here!


No Gates in Stokes Croft! An Alternative to Corporate Gentrification, with Anna Minton 2014

Presented by PRSC and co-hosted by The Bristol Cable:

Stokes Croft is facing the imminent prospect of a gated community with the planned redevelopment of the Carriageworks, with next to no affordable housing and rocketing rents for everyone.

Anna Minton, journalist and author, will be discussing the ways in which corporate property developers wrangle out of providing affordable housing, privatise public space, stuff our cities with boring corporates and increase social division.

Most importantly we will be discussing what alternatives there are to corporate gentrification, what we can do about it and how we can build our cities for people not profit!

Find out more about the Carriageworks planned development here and here.

Anna Minton is a writer and journalist and Visiting Professor at the University of East London (UEL). She spent a decade in journalism, including a stint as a corporate reporter on the Financial Times. Finding daily journalism frustrating she began to focus on longer projects for think tanks and policy organizations and is the author of numerous papers and reports, including the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Viewpoint on fear and distrust. In 2013, she became a Reader in Architecture at UEL. Between 2012-2014 she has been the 1851 Royal Commission’s Fellow in the Built Environment.

****NB: Time and Location has been changed****

Tuesday 24th February 18:45

City Road Baptist Church – BS1 3 Bristol, United Kingdom

First come first serve!

Free – Donations welcome!

Facebook group here. 

Distribute the 2nd Cables! 14 FEB 2015 AT 12:00 – 26 FEB 2015

“Read all about it! The Great Big Bristol Cable Distro!”

The Bristol Cable is hitting the streets again – but only with your help.

Hot off the press and all volunteer produced, now it is your chance to be part of the Cable crew spreading the word round town.

Everyone welcome to join us at any, or all, of these locations for an hour or so with a friendly bunch of people >>>

Join the Facebook group, let us know or just turn up on the day!

Saturday 14th: Meet at Cable office, PRSC new building Jamaica St, Stokes Croft at 12 noon

Monday 16th: Meet at Bearpit at 5pm

Wednesday 18th: Meet at Prince Street bridge (by the Arnolfini) at 5pm

Saturday 21st: Meet at Cable office 12 noon

Tuesday 24th: Bristol Temple Meads at 5pm

Thursday 26th: Meet at Bearpit at 5pm

7-8th March

Sessions from 10am to 5pm on both days.

Chapel in the Garden,

Bridport, Dorset

Citizen Journalism Workshops

As part of a collaboration with Stir Magazine,  The Bristol Cable Co-op features in the Stir to Action Workshop Series to facilitate a week end of workshops on how to create a local platform for citizen journalists.

Using participative methods these sessions will include:

– a look at the state and dynamics of change facing local media,

– providing an insight into the strategies and challenges of setting up a media co-operative,

– exploring the dilemmas of the editorial process and

– producing a story/presenting information using a range of multimedia techniques.

Get a 10% discount off the £75 as a Bristol Cable reader by quoting ‘Bristol Cable’ when making your booking.

Book online

or email

Friday 13th February, 7 – 9pm

@ The Bristol Cable, 35 Jamaica Street, Bristol, BS2 8JP (corner of Hillgrove Street).

Bristol Cable: Second Edition Launch

Join us for a celebration of all the work & creativity that has gone into bringing you the second edition of The Bristol Cable – and get your hands on a new copy hot off the press!

We will be having a get together at The Bristol Cable office with food and drinks on Friday 13th February. Please drop in between 7pm and 9pm to check it out and meet those involved.

Members and everyone else welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday 17th December, 7 – 9pm

@ New PRSC building, corner of Hillgrove and Jamaica Street, Stokes Croft, Bristol.

Get the facts: Freedom of Information Workshop

Good reporting is based on facts, but these are often hard to come by.

Simply phoning the council for information can be like banging your head against a brick wall. But in this 2 hour practical workshop you will learn how to use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain information from public authorities including government departments, local authorities, the NHS, state schools and police forces.

Phil Chamberlain, a freelance journalist with 20 years experience and a head of department at Bristol School of Film and Journalism (UWE), will demonstrate how to navigate FOI, including how to avoid having your request turned down, how to make appeals, using environmental regulations and submitting data protection requests for personal information.

This is the first in an ongoing series of Bristol Cable public workshops providing training in citizen journalism to the local community. We want to give people the skills to be informed and engaged with the issues that affect them.

Suggested donation £2, free for members.

Open Meeting- Tuesday 18th November 6.30pm

The Bristol Cable is hosting an open session for people wanting to get involved on Tuesday the 18th of November at our office on the corner of  Hillgrove and Jamaica Street.

This will be a chance to learn about The Bristol Cable’s history and ongoing activities, meet members (and become one!), share your ideas, and get active in The Cable.

Make sure you come down if you’re interested in getting involved with The Cable in any of the following:

Content production (film, writing, photo/ illustration/ podcast), website, print layout, co-operative development, proof reading, research, finance, events organising, workshops, admin, social media, grant applications, distribution and much much more!

This meeting is open to members and non-members alike. For just £1 a month consider owning and supporting your local media as a member of The Bristol Cable.

Friday 24th October, 6pm

@ Cafe Kino, Stokes Croft, Bristol.

Come down to Cafe Kino this Friday. We will be showing the illustrations of the artists of the first edition. It will also be an opportunity to get involved in The Cable.

Come and have a flick through the first issue of The Bristol Cable downstairs, meet some of the makers and contributors, and see some of the brilliant illustrations up on the walls.

Throughout May and June 2014 The Bristol Cable put on its first series of free and open workshops. With over 300 participants the 12 sessions were a huge success. A huge thank you to our facilitators and everyone who came along!

Our next session will be on the 1st July at The Silai Centre in Easton, 7pm. Come down and contribute to developing content ideas making the first edition happen! If you would like to get involved send us an email at

14th June

Where Next For The Bristol Cable?: Words And Music; Hear from and meet participants and members, enjoy some local acts and discuss where next for The Bristol Cable, a people’s media for our city. Child friendly!

7th June

Phone Photography With Arvind Howarth; Bristol Cable member and UWE media instructor.

31st May

Intro To Reporting & Writing News With Ann Luce; Experienced facilitator and journalist, and lecturer in Journalism and Communication at Bournemouth Uni

25th May

Journalism With Integrity; media law and ethics’, With veteran journalist and trade unionist Mike Jempson, Director of Mediawise and senior journalism lecturer at UWE

24th May

Low Budget Filmmaking + Screening Of ‘Riot From Wrong’; Low budget film making and Q& A with pioneering youth film group, Fully Focused Productions

24th May

Reporting On The Police;with Glenn Mcmahon; From stop and search to Freedom of Information n

23rd May

The Challenge Of Citizen Journalism And Screening of ‘Secret City’; With Lee Salter, award winning documentary producer and University of Sussex lecturer

21st May

Spoken Word As Media With Rebecca Tantony; Writer and award winning local spoken word artist and poet.

19th May

Basics Of WordPress With Mat A; The Bristol Cable’s in-house website developer.

17th May

Getting The ‘scoop’ On Your Local Government With Paul Francis; Award winning journalist, weekly newspaper reporter of the year in the national Regional Press Awards in 2011. He has written for The Guardian, Sunday Times and Kent Media Group amongst others.

15th May

Using Social Media For Citizen Journalism With Jon Henley; Sourcing and telling stories in fresh and different ways’, with Guardian feature writer and masterclass facilitator

11th May

Smart-Phone Journalism; With Glenn Mcmahon; Freelance community journalist and workshop facilitator and contributor to The Guardian, The Independent, The Justice Gap and The Huffington Post

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