Interested in journalism, creative writing, or multi-media? Want to get invaluable training in research, video shooting and editing? Want to get immersed in the mystery and history of central London?
Then contribute to Strandlines!
Strandlines is a website and social media channels dedicated to exploring lives on the Strand—past, present, and creative. Strandlines encourages people to pause and show some love to the Strand, its people, and its hidden-in-plain-sight places and histories. Strandlines aims to encourage more people who live and work on and visit the Strand to submit their own writing, videos, or art to record and archive the diverse communities on our doorstep.
No experience in journalism or multi-media creative work is necessary (although of course it is welcome). You might pitch and work on a one-off piece, you could propose a reoccurring feature, or work in a journalistic way seeking out or being commissioned to write new Strand stories on a regular basis. Your goals and work plan will be set by you and agreed by the team. You’ll be reporting to Fran Allfrey, Assistant Editor.
What Strandlines offers:
This is a voluntary role and we will offer training in oral history, ethnographic research, archival research, video shooting and editing 101, audio recording and editing basics. You’ll get editorial guidance and feedback on your work from conception to publication. Strandlines wants to make sure you get the opportunity to develop skills that interest you, whether you’re thinking about a career in news journalism, features writing, multi-media design, marketing, communications, or academic research.
You could be…
- Creating stories for the Strandlines website
- Researching histories of the Strand
- Running a creative competition
- Designing a walking tour
- Getting social media and marketing experience through planning our campaigns
Send 650 words max and up to six examples of visual or multi-media work to email@example.com by midnight Saturday 28th September. Successful applicants will be invited to the first editorial meeting to take place at 5:30pm on Wednesday 2nd October.
- Briefly explain your interest in the Strandlines project
- Briefly outline what skills and relevant experience you already have and/ or which you’d like to develop
- Pitch an idea that you’d like to work on (responding to one of our ideas above, or your own idea. We welcome ideas that work across social media and the website, and ideas that go beyond text-only or textbased, even if this is just thinking carefully about the visuals that would accompany a written piece)
- If you’d be interested in assisting with ‘Humans of the Strand’ or the ‘Strand observations’ day in October (date tbc), tell us an idea you have for encouraging members of the public to share their Strand story
Why volunteer on a project?
Volunteering can be a useful way of proving experience and commitment to a sector – creative writing, journalism and marketing are notoriously tricky industries to crack into, so having experience on your CV can be a real boost. You can also use volunteering for some of the King’s Experience Awards, which can boost your future employability.
Most importantly, volunteering will introduce you to new people, widening your perspectives and crafting long-term friendships!
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