These free courses and events are being part-funded by the European Social Fund, part of the European Structural and Investment Fund 2014-2020 Programme in England, and being delivered through the Widening Participation through Skills in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Project.

Citizen Journalism News Network

  • The Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, TR1 3HD
  • 12 weeks from 25 March - 8 July 2019
  • With an Orientation Day at Penryn Campus on Monday 18 March 9.00 –1.00

We are delighted to be working with CHBN Radio and one session will take place at their radio station. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded 15 credits at Level 3 in Citizen Journalism News Network.

Full course dates: 18 March (Orientation Day at Penryn Campus), 25 March, 2 April, 29 April, 13 May, 20 May, 3 June, 10 June, 17 June, 24 June, 1 July, 8 July, 9 July.

Please note that the last session of the course, on 9 July, will take place at Penryn Campus on a Tuesday afternoon from 2.00–5.00pm.

Getting there: Recommended transport is Park & Ride to the Royal Cornwall Hospital. This has one stop right outside the building and is cheaper than the hospital car park. Truro train station is a short (uphill) walk. If required, taxis are usually available at the station for the 5-minute journey to the Knowledge Spa.

Contact returntolearning@exeter.ac.uk to register your interest and book a place on this course.

  • Penryn Campus, Treliever Road, TR10 9FE
  • 12 weeks from 26 March - 9 July 2019
  • With an Orientation Day at Penryn Campus on Monday 18 March 9.00 –1.00

We are delighted to be working with Source FM and one session will take place at their radio station. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded 15 credits at Level 3 in Citizen Journalism News Network.

Full course dates: 18th March (Orientation Day at Penryn Campus), 26 March, 2 April, 30 April, 7 May, 14 May, 21 May, 4 June, 11 June, 18 June, 25 June, 2 July, 9 July.

Getting there: Penryn has its own railway station which is a short bus-ride from the campus. There are regular buses to Penryn Campus from many locations. Parking is available on site with paypoints for paying before you leave. This map may be useful.

Contact returntolearning@exeter.ac.uk to register your interest and book a place on this course.

This course aims to give you the skills to tell the stories that matter. You will be working alongside colleagues to form a local broadcasting network, which will produce relevant news bulletins that will be used on local radio stations as well as a bespoke online local news platform.

You will spend 12 sessions learning how to research, write, read and record the important new stories from in and around your area. Each week of the course is structured to offer you the opportunity to steadily build up skills that could lead to professional broadcasting roles such as researcher, editor, producer or presenter.

The course offers detailed instruction on news gathering, documentary production, audio recording, editing, writing scripts for broadcast, vocal presentation, weather, travel and elements of online news presentation. You will receive advice and instruction from skilled media professionals and academic supervisors.

Please note that Courses 1 and 2 are independent of one another. Participants can choose either the Truro location on Monday mornings or the Penryn location on Tuesday afternoons.

All participants are required to attend an introductory day at Penryn Campus on Monday 18 March 9.00 am – 1.00 pm.

Join the fight against fake news and take your education to the next level.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about how news stories are created through making some of your own.

The Citizen Journalism News Network course will take you on a free 12-week-long journey of skills development and education to uncover the hidden news stories from inside your area.

Through working with local community radio stations, the University of Exeter is offering you the opportunity to research the issues that matter to you, to conduct interviews with people involved, to learn how to edit those interviews into a radio bulletin and to broadcast your stories on a local radio station to thousands of local listeners.

At the end of the course you will have a qualification which could help you obtain access to higher education and you will be a part of an exciting news network from across Cornwall.

Mathew Rogers, Lecturer on the Citizen Journalism News Network course

Book your place

To register or find out more about any of the above courses or higher education information events please contact: returntolearning@exeter.ac.uk.

Bring your passport

Thinking of attending one of our free tasters or courses? Please make sure you bring your passport with you. We need to see a valid, in-date passport or another form of original ID from this list: a birth certificate, a National Insurance card or certificate, a letter from HMRC with your NI number on it.