Projects and organisations involved in this type of activity all across Scotland provide an opportunity for groups and individuals to develop their own stories about the challenges they face, and how to overcome them. We believe that citizen journalism may be able to encourage effective grassroots community development in addition to encouraging public involvement and engagement in community issues, which are all important themes for BIG in Scotland.
It’s in this context that we hosted this session. We had three objectives in mind:
To provide an opportunity for current practitioners, organisations and projects to network with each other and share best practice in an informal setting
- To raise the profile of our current investment in this area through the Media Trust’s Newsnet Project
- To allow Big in Scotland to develop a greater understanding of this emerging area of community development.
Big has already funded Media Trust as part of a UK-wide project to support citizen journalism. We’ve also previously funded a range of projects in this area to deliver a range of outcomes, not only through our small grants programmes like Awards for All but also with strategic funding designed to support specific groups in your communities. More recently we’ve been able to informally support projects like Citizen Relay by linking them up with our base of grantholders.
BIG already has a variety of different programmes currently open to applications which may be able to support projects working in this area.
At the end of the session, we agreed that there were two main questions that we need to have a further discussion around:
1. How can everyone involved in citizen journalism/community media support its further development
2. How could we replicate the good practice which is already present in Scotland and beyond
We’d love to hear your answers in the comments section below