Local reporters line up to tell their 2012 story

Project sponsor and head of BBC News Helen Boaden celebrates the launch of the 2012 Commnity Reporters scheme with its 18 new trainees Project sponsor and head of BBC News Helen Boaden celebrates the launch of the 2012 Commnity Reporters scheme with its 18 new trainees

A minicab driver from Brick Lane, an artist from Hackney and a Marylebone youth worker are three of the people who will get a chance to broadcast their communities' stories of London 2012 thanks to a new trainee scheme.

Launched last night at Broadcast Centre, the BBC 2012 Community Reporters scheme aims to give its 18 trainees the necessary skills to tell their stories on tv and radio.

The new recruits, who are actively involved in their communities and have no paid broadcasting experience or qualifications, will get six days of advice from experts across the BBC, including the College of Production, CoJo and journalists at BBC London.

They will then pitch their ideas to the BBC London editorial team, who will choose which ones to develop for broadcast in a week of production in December.

Special project

The scheme, which aims to leave a legacy from the Olympic coverage while also engaging difficult to reach audiences, is one of several special projects to emerge from the London 2012 Skills and Engagement team.

Other schemes include BBC 2012 Apprentices (London & Scotland) - a year-long on the job training across programme making areas; BBC 2012 Work Experience - 250 BBC work experience placements to people from the six Olympic boroughs; and a special version of BBC School Report with youth reporters taking part in an Olympic focused news day on March 15, 2012.

The BBC 2012 Community Reporters scheme will continue around the corporation in partnership with other local news teams next year.

Find out more about London 2012 on Gateway.

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