The Insiders’ Guide to Bow. Try Your Hand at Community Journalism

What’s this course about?

Try your hand at community journalism on this eight-week course and help create The Insiders’ Guide to Bow – a magazine-style guide to E3.


Through a series of practical workshops we’ll walk you through the basics of journalism: how to research your ideas, carry out interviews, structure and write articles, and use photographs.


We’ll also spend plenty of time out and about, meeting local people, finding out about community projects, discovering local heritage, and reviewing shops and cafes. The course will give you an opportunity to look afresh at Bow; you’ll find some hidden gems and get new insights into the neighbourhood.


As we progress, we’ll work together to create the Insiders’ Guide to Bow, a 48-page magazine packed with articles, interviews, listings and behind-the-scenes photo features. All in all, it’ll cast new light on life in Bow.



Who is it for?

You don’t need any journalism experience; our beginner-level workshops will ensure that everyone can make a contribution to the magazine. Just bring along your enthusiasm for exploring Bow and sharing your discoveries in print.

Thanks to funding from Action for Bow, this free course is designed primarily for local residents – those living in E3, north of Bow Road. Some additional places may also be available to other Tower Hamlets residents, so it’s still worth applying if you live outside Bow.



When and where?

The course runs on eight Thursdays, from 9.30am-12.30pm, starting on Thursday 22nd May and ending on Thursday 10th July 2014.


Sessions take place at Bow Idea Store and also ‘on location’ around other areas within Bow. To make the most of it you’ll need to attend all of the sessions.


Some writing will be undertaken during the sessions, but you’ll also need to set aside a few hours to work on your articles at home.



To book your place:


Call Graham Barker on 07919 221 806

Or complete the booking form below and post it to:

Walk East The Old Bakery 4 Stepney Green London E1 3JU

One comment

  1. Hi Graham,
    This sounds a great course. I only wish I was able to attend such a course. Having been born in Bow (1935) I have studied the history of the area, mainly working class history and struggle. The East End was in the lead on achieving social change. I went back to my old school, Fairfield Road, centenary celebration. A Great Day.

    Best wishes with the course.


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