A group of community reporters trained as part of a citizen journalism project have seen their first story published in the Lancashire Evening Post.
The group of citizen journalists were trained as part of a project called Bespoke, a scheme that sees members of the public in Preston provided with flip cameras, mobile phones and journalism training in order to generate their own news stories.
The year-long £150,000 project will see residents in three areas of the city scouring their neighbourhoods for stories.
As well as being printed in the LEP, the stories are also being published in a local newsletter and on a news site carrying multimedia material.
People living in the Callon and Fishwick areas of East Preston were specifically chosen for the project as those areas were once demonised by the national press over race relations problems and featured in ITV’s Neighbours from Hell series.
The project, led by the University of Surrey, is also being run in other parts of the country with the aim of creating teams of reporters covering issues that are important to them and to their local community.
Those taking part are also encouraged to use think about the design aspects of the stories they produce.