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If you’ve got what it takes to become a journalist, then the Mapping the Change Journalism programme is just for you!

Hackney Council is looking for aspiring adult journalists to take part in a free seven week course. Eight places are up for grabs on the Hackney Museum run programme where participants will learn how to identify, tell and shape a good story. With the chance to develop ideas into stories, explore how the Olympic and Paralympic Games impacts on Hackney and the lives of people in the borough. Everyone will also and have work published in a limited edition newspaper called ‘Hackney Circuit.’

Participants can expect a structured and practical journalism programme led by experienced journalists and tutors. They will get the opportunity to conduct interviews and work with a professional photographer. Everyone will take part in a Q&A with practicing journalists and visit a newspaper newsroom.

The course is part of Hackney Council’s 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.

Katy Palmer, who took part in the programme last year said: ”The course gave me an excellent grounding in the basic principles of news and feature writing. I d really recommend this course to anyone who wants to start a career in journalism.”

Councillor Jonathan McShane, Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care and Culture said: “With just a year to go until the 2012 Games excitement is growing in Hackney. Over the last few years the Council has worked to bring opportunities like these to Hackney residents. 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.”

Applicants must be over 18 and live, work, study or receive services in Hackney. They must have computer skills and be able to demonstrate a clear interest in journalism, the media, Hackney and its history.

It is also important that participants can attend and complete the whole course. One day a week on Saturdays, from Saturday 10 September 2011 to Saturday 22October 2011 from 10am to 4pm. The programme also includes an assignment break).

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

Closing date for applications is 2pm Monday 25 July. Full details of the terms and conditions and how to apply can be found at: To find out more about Hackney’s Mapping the Change visit

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