Volunteering opportunities

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Do you want to work in journalism?
Press Gang is recruiting volunteers

to tell the real stories of asylum seekers and refugees

Leeds Asylum Seeker Support Network (LASSN) launched Leeds Press Gang in November 2008. The group is made up of volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds including refugees, local workers, students and activists. The aim of the group is to challenge the negative perceptions members of the public have regarding asylum seekers and refugees through sharing positive stories.

We currently have three exciting volunteering opportunities for October 2013 – May 2014

  1. Coordinator (1 – 2 days per week) 
  1. Editor (approx 5 hours per week) 
  1. Reporter ( 3 – 5  hours per month)

What’s involved

·       Bi-monthly meetings to plan our press strategy

·       Interviewing, researching, writing and editing

·       Writing press releases, magazine articles and blog pieces

·       Empowering asylum seekers and refugees to talk with the media

·       It’s important you build up a relationship with us, with the asylum seekers and refugees, and with the media – therefore we are looking for people who are going to stick with us for at least six months

What we provide

·       An opportunity to gain valuable journalistic experience

·       Briefings about asylum issues

·       A chance to work alongside exiled journalist from around the world

·       and meetings with some amazing people!

What next

·       Please contact us by 1st October

Peter Richardson

Peter Richardson

Peter is a freelance writer and former director of Leeds Asylum Seekers' Support Network. Find him on twitter @viewsofworld

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