Aspiring journalists complete Hackney Museum s journalism project

Sixteen aspiring journalists who took part in Hackney Museum s Mapping the Change Journalism programme celebrated completing the course last week (Tuesday 13 December).

The trainee journalists completed a free seven week course at the council run Hackney Museum where participants were given the chance to write about the London 2012 Games, learning how to identify, tell and shape a good story. These stories will be published in a limited edition newspaper called ‘Hackney Circuit’, due out in early 2012.

The programme was led by experienced journalists and tutors. Participants meet and quizzed professional journalists from the The Guardian, The Mirror, BBC London News as well as interviewing London 2012 Ambassador and Triple Jump Olympian Jonathan Edwards.

The course is part of Mapping the Change, a unique history project about the people of Hackney and the impact of the Olympic and Paralympic Games on their lives. It is capturing the many voices of Hackney s hugely diverse communities by working with community groups, local artists and individuals to produce photographic, digital media, text, and audio based records of the changes and people s responses to them.

Jane Tchan, Hackney course graduate said: "Thanks for the opportunity to go on the Mapping the Change Programme, which not only did I thoroughly enjoy, but also opened up some wonderful opportunities"

Councillor Jonathan McShane, Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care and Culture said: “Congratulations to all of those who completed the course. Through Mapping the Change the Council will provide a very revealing and valuable account of life in Hackney in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games for future generations to look back on.”

The course, which was based at the council run Hackney Museum was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and delivered by Words of Colour Productions.

To find out more about Hackney Council’s Mapping the Change visit

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