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The Bristol Cable Media Lab is the Cable’s education, training and innovation arm.

The Media Lab’s first big project was a curriculum of free workshops starting in November 201

***APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED***

Check out a video of this year’s programme and details of the course below. Find out about upcoming opportunities at our events page.

NOV 2016
to
MAR 2017

TBC Media Lab - Poster w-bleed (1)-page-001All sessions will take place in St Pauls Learning Centre, a wheelchair accessible venue.

Find out more and apply by 8pm on 10th October 2016 for a place on this exclusive course below. Application form below.

What is the Bristol Cable?

Changing the ‘who, what and how’ of journalism.

Founded by volunteers inexperienced in journalism in 2014, the Cable is now owned and managed by more than 1,500 people in Bristol. Its ownership structure, challenging content and innovative use of multimedia is making a mark and helping to redefine journalism.

The Cable aims to bring important issues off the page and into people’s lives. Online, in print and on the street.

So what’s the programme?

Crack open the media with the Cable.

This programme is for people who see journalism as key to building a better world, but who may not have any previous experience. Trainers from the Guardian, the Centre for Investigative Journalism, the MediaWise Trust and the Bristol Cable will introduce you to the fundamentals of quality journalism.

You will work as a group and individually to apply the professional skills you’ve learnt. By the end of the programme you’ll be ready to take on dodgy businesses, challenge government, interview a range of people and do high quality research.

The programme is supported by the Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Cardiff Centre for Community Journalism. A certificate will be awarded to you upon completion of the programme.

What are the sessions?

Leading journalists show you the tools of the trade.

All sessions are designed for beginners. However, they will be challenging as you progress through different journalistic areas and skill types. You will be expected to complete all sessions, homework and other projects. Throughout the course you will be mentored and supported by professional trainers and Cable coordinators. Personal circumstances will be accommodated.

Do I need previous journalism experience or higher education qualifications?

No.

Do I need to have English as my first language?

No. You will, however, need a basic level of English. You will be supported throughout the course.

Do I need to pay?

No. It’s free to access. We can also help with travel and other costs so please mention this in your application.

So what do I need?

You need the enthusiasm and attitude that will see you through a challenging programme in full. You need a strong interest in social and community issues, locally and beyond. Most of all, you need a commitment to the principles of the Cable: to create and spread interesting ideas, to challenge the powerful and to work collaboratively in making the Cable a sustainable project.

How do I apply?

***APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED***

There are ten places available on this exclusive course. You should be able to commit to all eleven sessions and complete the course in full. Fill out this short application by 8pm on 10th October 2016.

The Coursemedialab-course

Thursday 3rd November 2016. 6-8pm
• INTRODUCTION TO THE BRISTOL CABLE
What makes the Cable unique?


Thursday 10th November 2016. 6-8pm
• NEWS REPORTING W/ LORNA STEPHENSON, BRISTOL CABLE MEDIA
COORDINATOR
The basics of Cable news reporting.


Saturday 19th November 2016. 11am – 1pm
• FEATURE WRITING & INTRO TO VIDEO JOURNALISM W/ THE
GUARDIAN’S JOHN HARRIS
How to produce compelling features in writing and video.


Thursday 15th December 2016. 6-8pm
• HARNESSING THE INTERNET FOR JOURNALISM, W/ NEIL SMITH OF OSINT
Using social media and advanced search engines for research.


Saturday 14th January 2017. 11am – 1pm
• GETTING WHAT YOU NEED USING THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
W/ SID RYAN, CENTRE FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM AND BRISTOL
CABLE MEDIA CO-ORDINATOR
A powerful tool for obtaining information the public should
know about.


Saturday 28th January 2017. 11am-2pm
• THE BASICS OF DATA JOURNALISM W/ LEILA HADDOU, FREELANCE
INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST
An introduction to the cutting edge of media: how to get data,
analyse it and tell powerful stories. Leila has worked with
The Guardian and the Financial Times.

Thursday 2nd February 2017. 6-8pm
• YOUR OPINION MATTERS. W/ MICHAEL SEGALOV, POLITICAL
EDITOR AT HUCK MAGAZINE
Learn how to create powerful and funny analysis to cut
through the noise.


Thursday 9th February 2017. 6-8pm
• INVESTIGATING COMPANIES W/ THE CENTRE FOR INVESTIGATIVE
JOURNALISM
Looking into companies and corporations is key to
quality journalism.


Saturday 18th February 2017. 11am-3pm
• DOUBLE SESSION: MEDIA LAW & ETHICS AND STORY
COMPOSITION W/ MIKE JEMPSON, DIRECTOR OF MEDIAWISE AND
SENIOR LECTURER IN JOURNALISM AT UWE
Learn how to stay on the right side of your
responsibilities as a journalist and tell great stories.


Thursday 2nd March 2017. 6-8pm
• GETTING YOUR WORK OUT THERE: SOCIAL MEDIA & DISTRIBUTION
W/ IZZY TARR, BRISTOL CABLE SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Social media isn’t a dark art. With some tips and
principles, make the most out of this powerful tool.


Saturday 11th March 2017. 12-2pm
• YOUR NEXT STEPS IN JOURNALISM, W/ THE BRISTOL CABLE
As a team, we’ll plan how to apply and build on what
we’ve learnt.

–Click here to apply–

In association with:

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This programme is in memory of Cormac Seachoy, Rest in Power.
The Bristol Cable is supported by the Reva & David Logan Foundation.