School of Community Journalism

The UK’s first School of Community Journalism is training the next generation of community journalists.

Journalism that empowers communities

The school offers courses, internships and training programmes that teach the core principles of community journalism. This pioneering form of local journalism transfers power from media companies to the grassroots. Embracing the move towards decentralisation, community journalism gives local people greater agency over the messaging within their area, reinstating trust and authenticity in local media. Learn more about community journalism here.

The School of Community Journalism is part of Social Streets C.I.C., a social enterprise regulated by the Community Interest Companies regulators, a member of the Independent Community News Network (ICNN) and Social Enterprise UK.

Community news reporting conducted as part of the Diploma Course in Community Journalism

Certificate Course in Community Journalism

The Certificate Course in Community Journalism is an 18-week course that teaches the essentials of community journalism. Students receive a weekly two-hour workshop on Monday mornings and a single 30 minute session with a tutor.

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Small groups at Social Streets' School of Community Journalism

Community Journalism Fellowship

The Fellowship will fund three people in our part-time six-month programme that includes a weekly workshop, real-world assignments published on our platforms, and weekly one-on-one tutorials. It is open to all but prioritises those who live in Tower Hamlets or those from disadvantaged backgrounds who face barriers to entry into the media industry.

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Community Journalism Night School


Mad About Grime, a digital youth project delivered by Social Streets C.I.C's School of Community Journalism in partnership with Spotlight Eastside

Academic Placement

Two to four-week placements for young people in education, from GCSE students to postgraduates completing work experience as part of their studies. We have taken students from local secondary schools including Morpeth, Mulberry UTC, and Bishop Challenor as well as media undergraduates and postgraduates from the UK’s leading journalism BA and MA courses.

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We offer work placements and internships to BA and MA Journalism graduates from  City University, and Goldsmiths.

Editorial Internships

Looking for a practical internship that offers hands-on experience in research, writing, interviewing, social media management and SEO? Our highly-respected internship placements provide practical learning in a supportive environment for emerging journalists. Choose between our paid Long Internship of four months and our unpaid Short Internship of one month.

Local community news and culture magazine Roman Road LDN

Newsroom Leadership Programme

Are you an early-career journalist who wants to fast-track your career in journalism? This 15-month intensive programme as a full-time PAYE employee with Social Streets C.I.C will provide the responsibility and experience you need to deepen your journalism skills and run every aspect of a digital publication including content strategy, commissioning, editing, team management, data analytics, and reporting. Start as an intern and leave as Editor. Candidates will need to have an MA in journalism or equivalent real-life skills.

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