We have a network of over 1500 Community Reporters across the UK and Europe made up of individuals from a variety of marginalised communities. They produce stories for our communityreporter.co.uk web site. We accredit the reporters through The Institute of Community Reporters and all reporters have access to the site and variety of online training materials. We use a Social Licence model to replicate in communities. Social Licensees receive a 4-day train trainer programme to give them the skills to offer the programme and can generate income from the resale of Community Reporters. In addition, resources and staff can be shared with other network members to deal with capacity issue of other social licences. License run local peer to peer meet ups where reporters receive support and advice. Stories are curated into features and then distributed to relevant organisations. The Institute of Community Reporters is also commissioned local, regional or nationally to find stories on themes. The social license network is used to help deliver these commissions. More information on this can be found on the projects on https://communityreporter.net/home and also on the case studies section of the People’s Voice Media web site https://peoplesvoicemedia.co.uk/about-us/case-studies
We capture the authentic story of people's lived experience using our 3 main Community Reporter approaches.
Community Reporting for Storytelling: provides opportunities and support for people to use digital tools to get their voices heard and to tell their own stories, in their own ways.
Community Reporting for Co-Production: sees our Trainers collaboratively produce with Community Reporters a piece of media that creates a dialogue of different views on a topic that can then be used to create a conversation on the way services are provided.
Community Reporting for Insight: uses digital tools to gather user voice and grassroots perspectives to ascertain key trends and inform research findings and service redesign.
We aggregate the stories collected through our curation approach to present back the Insight to the service or business. We also run “Conversation of Change events " which uses the stories collected to support change in practice or policy with all key stakeholders
Participants become members of the Institute of Community Reporters and continue to tell their story on the communityreporter.net web site