WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THIS EVENT? Meg Pickard, Head of Digital Engagement for Guardian News and Media, will be speaking at the launch of the Leeds Community News Hub.
WHAT IS THE LEEDS COMMUNITY NEWS HUB? This pilot project is being launched by Leeds Trinity University College in association with Guardian Local.
The hub will be beneficial to both students and the wider community. Local organisations will have direct access to experts who can advise on how news works and discuss ideas for stories and coverage in weekly drop-in sessions. Students will be able to make new local contacts and explore new ways of interacting with the community
WHO IS IT FOR? If you are involved in a community group or organisation and want to know more about today's news media, how it works and how you can get involved - or you just want to know how to get your story covered - then the hub will give you access to expert speakers, drop-in sessions and provide a forum for discussing news ideas. Equally, if you are an individual interested in covering the news in your local area, then the speakers who visit the Hub should provide you with inspiration for how to do this.
ARE ANY OTHER EVENTS PLANNED? Yes. Other speakers who will be visiting the university include:
Paul Lewis, Special Projects Editor for the Guardian, will be speaking on Wednesday, November 24 at 1pm. Paul has been involved in launching the Guardian's Cutswatch project in Leeds. This initiative is evaluating the impact of the government's spending review on lives and communities in the city. More details can be found here.
Drop-in sessions will be run after the speakers on November 17 and 24 (approx between 2.30pm and 4.30pm)
Further speakers and dates for drop-in sessions staffed by experts from Leeds Trinity and Guardian Local will be announced soon.
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I WANT MORE INFORMATION? Contact Catherine O'Connor (Head of Journalism at Leeds Trinity) at firstname.lastname@example.org