People’s Voice Media founded The Institute of Community Reporters (the ICR) in 2012 and is the overarching entity that supports the Community Reporter movement.
The movement currently spans mainly across the UK and Europe. The ICR’s functions include acknowledging the achievements of our members via a badging system, quality assuring Community Reporting practices and engaging with the network via communications, events and Community Reporting activities. You can join the ICR by becoming a:
- Community Reporter: These are people who have accessed an ICR-approved Community Reporting training programme and contribute to the network by sharing stories on the Community Reporter website.
- Trainers and Digital Curators: These are people who the ICR has approved and contracts to deliver Community Reporting training programmes and story curation activities. They contribute to the network by sharing their expertise with trainee Community Reporters.
- Social Licensees: These are individuals, groups and organisations who have a license agreement in place for them to conduct Community Reporting activities outside of People’s Voice Media’s scope of work. They contribute to the network by supporting the development of Community Reporters, developing the usage of Community Reporting in different sectors and providing connections to people, places and organisations for our network.
- Partners: These are individuals, groups and organisations who we work with to deliver collaborative projects, share knowledge and develop new practices, methodologies and training materials. They contribute by writing funding applications, providing links and connections to people, places and organisations to the network and by supporting us to develop the Community Reporting practices in a multitude of ways.
Our network is always expanding and we are keen to collaborate with people, groups and organisations who share our vision for creating positive social change from the group up. If you are interested in being a part of this, then get in touch and see how you can join the ICR!