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Reporter gives young Muslims media training to help promote positive Islamic voices

Young Muslims toured a regional daily’s offices as part of a scheme to address the lack of positive young Islamic voices on its patch.

The Yorkshire Evening Post welcomed ambassadors from Leeds Muslim Youth Forum as part of the project.

Members of the forum took part in a media training workshop at the YEP’s Whitehall Road headquarters, led by political reporter Aisha Iqbal.

Aisha spoke to them about how they can really ‘make’ the news by being part of positive, pro-active storytelling and getting involved in journalism.

Members of the forum at the YEP office

Members of the forum at the YEP office

The attendees learnt how to write a good, effective press release, build contacts with journalists at local and national level, and the dos and don’ts of reporting.

They also had a tour of the newsroom and learnt about the processes and people involved in creating a daily newspaper.

Forum coordinator Aisha Rashid said: “The leadership programme’s aim is to build relations between current leaders and aspiring leaders and young people have benefitted greatly from the sessions so far.”

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