New sessions for Many Faces One city Project

GMT 13:29 Thursday ,26 February 2015

 Migrant Voice - New sessions for Many Faces One city Project

David Hirst

The Birmingham project has so far held four exciting training sessions during January and February 2015. These training sessions concentrated on interviewing skills, the technical aspects of taking good photographs and filming video. A training session on using social media (particularly Twitter. This was led by Tom French from the Birmingham based “community on board” project. Daniel Neilson a professional journalist and editor of many years standing held a session on asking questions and interviewing.

A planning meeting was held on 17th February for participants to consider who they would like to feature in their stories and how they are going to produce their photographs and videos.

Tuesday sessions in late February and March are aimed at offering support to participants who may need it. Participants are also being given an opportunity of familiarising themselves with photographic equipment and other hardware and they are now starting work on the stories of migrants in Birmingham.

We are now holding mentoring sessions on Tuesday evenings  with the first one held on Tuesday 24th February. Dan Burwood from a locally based photographic project called Some Cities CIC discussed with two participants how they could go about filming members of Birmingham’s small Latin American community and Tom French held individual sessions on using social media.

A new volunteer undergraduate from Birmingham City University Media Department was really helpful in explaining the intricacies of using the IPAD.

It was great to see such enthusiasm and creative thinking coming together. We look forward to seeing the stories of migrants in Birmingham come together in the coming weeks.


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