Introducing the Social Reporting Project – finding the new narrative for Transition
Calling all writers, photographers citizen journalists, community blog editors and everyone who has a story to tell. This September we’re launching an innovative and ambitious Social Reporting project that sets out to explore and communicate the different issues and experiences of being in Transition.
And we’re looking for 12 correspondents in the UK to tell their initiatives’ story from the front-line, on line, over a three month period between August and December 2011.
The project will be co-ordinated by Charlotte Du Cann (This Low Carbon Life editor) and Ed Mitchell (Transition Network Web co-ordinator). It will take the form of a co-operative communty blog on the Transition Network site. The blog will publish daily posts and feature guest editors each Sunday, plus a monthly round-up. We will support it with twitter and Facebook activity and the newsletter. We’ll discuss how we shape the blog together and there will also be editorial feedback and advice on hand if needed (oh, and deadlines!).
The main aims of the blog are to show and record what’s happening in different initatives from a subjective and objective point of view: personal reflections, community events and projects, regional patterns, shifting cultural values, big issues of the day, the spirit of the times.
Most of all the project aims to capture the story of a people navigating their way through Transition and creating a new narrative for the ‘down curve’ of consumption and energy use.
To launch the pilot Ed and Charlotte will be giving workshops on Social Media and Storytelling at the Transition Conference in July. We’ll be looking at all aspects of reporting – from finding your voice to listening to people, from prose style to creating features. We’ll also be working as a media team to cover the conference as it’s taking place – in words, pictures and sound. If you’re coming to the conference come and meet us there!
If you’d like to be part of the Social Reporting pilot group and/or find out more about this project, fill in the survey below, or complete it on the survey website and we’ll get back to you.
The project is open to all writers and photographers and film makers, both experienced and non-experienced, whatever stage your initiative and wherevever you are (the more diverse the better!). The deadline for submissions is August 1st.
If you have any questions, please email Ed.
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