Under the creative eye and energetic presence of founder John Coster, Leicester-based Citizens’ Eye has been expanding its celebration of all-things Community Media from a few days to a week long festival of citizen journalism, community media, and even a doc film festival.
This year, for the first time, the November week (1st – 8th) includes an International Community Media Day that aims to make “live” contact with citizen journalists and community media projects across the globe, from Kenya to Canada, and from Panana to Mumbai. The ambitious plan is to go live over 12 hours from 6am until 6pm on November 4th with a team of volunteer reporters wandering the city’s cafés utilizing free wifi to make contact with similar projects and groups around the world.
Anyone wanting to participate, whether UK-based or overseas, can do so via the usual social media (Twitter is @citizenseye), and even Bambuser for live video. Or you can email John – firstname.lastname@example.org – with info about your group, photos, links etc and he will add them to the Citizens’ Eye site.
Details of the week long programme of events of free training opportunities, screenings and talks, including the International Day, can be found on the website. The day, indeed the week, is an excellent opportunity to share experiences with peers and practitioners, and hopefully build some interesting international links to citizen media projects that have more in common than we might at first imagine.