Founded by John Coster in 2008, Citizens’ Eye was a volunteer managed Community News Agency that enabled community minded people in Leicester and Leicestershire to become ‘Community Reporters’. It provided a news platform for their current and relevant news to the third sector.
In 2013 Citizens’ Eye has evolved into a consultancy that provides the following services:
1. Community Media Cafe - a model that enables communities to discuss, create content and build awareness around issues important to them. The weekly Citizens’ Eye cafe is hosted at Coffee Republic, Granby Street, Leicester every first Tuesday of the month between 9.30-10.30am. It is free to attend and fully accessible to all.
2. Community Media Training School – a free ‘How To’ workshops programme is organised quarterly. Citizens’ Eye host these at BBC Radio Leicester every first Tuesday of the month between 2-3pm. The workshops are free to attend and fully accessible to all. Networking between 1-2pm and 3-4pm.
3. Community Media Week – provide opportunities for third sector bodies to host their own Community News Cafes and to attend training workshops during this annual event. The 6th Community Media Week took place 1st-8th November 2013 and was followed by the 4th Docfilm Festival (documentary films) 8-10th November 2013.
4. Consultancy – bespoke community media packages.
Through our Twitter & Facebook pages we will continue to promote any issue themed events, training, funding opportunities, venues & information etc that can be useful to the third sector and those operating hyperlocal community media.
We no longer promote general community events (e.g. carnivals, races, music or cultural events etc), as we aim to support the community media organisations that follow their own hyperlocal delivery models. e.g. Evington Echo, Braunstone Alert, Arts in Leicester blog, Eava FM, Hermitage FM etc.
Citizens’ Eye continues to support several community news agencies it helped create that cover areas ranging from homelessness (DNO), refugee & asylum issues (HAT News), mental health (How Are You Today?) and criminal justice system issues (Inside ‘n’ Out CIC).
Also proud to support Citizens’ Eye Derby, a community reporting project based at Community Action Derby
We look forward to hearing from you on firstname.lastname@example.org
Citizens Eye Limited
Company Nos 7762165