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BBC and Community reporters hook up

BBC and Community reporters hook up

BBC WM, Radio Devon and BBC London are among the 13 stations taking part in the pilot BBC/Community Media Reporters' Day.

Radios Lincolnshire, Leeds, Humberside, Sheffield, Manchester, Leicester, Norfolk, Solent, Bristol and Cornwall are also involved in the mentoring project, which has seen the two groups of journalists share skills, ideas and training through a series of workshops.

On February 23, they will be broadcasting the resulting content across the English regions network.

The mentoring project is the first fruit of a new national agreement between the BBC and the Community Media Association, the UK representative body for the community broadcasting sector, that builds on earlier cooperation between the two groups at local level.

The Memorandum of Understanding is designed to promote a closer working relationship, encourage greater sharing of content and to nurture promising journalists.

'We can share resources and in the process help develop the next generation of new talent,' said David Holdsworth, controller of English Regions, said. 'I am delighted to be signing the Memorandum Of Understanding today.'

Dom Chambers, chair of the Community Media Association, believed the partnership made practical sense. 'The value to each other as complementing resources is immeasurable,' he said. 'The CMA and its members are committed to facilitating access to the media by individuals and communities as a vehicle to drive positive social change.'



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