CSV recruits for media volunteers

Community Service Volunteers (CSV) is mounting a media relations drive to recruit retired and working PROs and journalists to join its Journalist Network.

The network is made up of over 200 experienced media professionals who volunteer their skills to voluntary sector organisations that lack the funds and experience to organise a national or local PR campaign.

Journalists from the media sections of national newspapers and the specialist media and charity sector press are being targeted by CSV in a bid to raise awareness about the network on the eve of its second anniversary.

News at Ten creator Sir David Nicholas, who was instrumental in helping to set up the network, is calling for more comms professionals and journalists to get involved. ‘Through the Journalist Network, many deserving causes and organisations [can] benefit from the energy, experience and sheer savvy of good journalists up and down the land,’ he said.

Tasks of the volunteers have included helping to write press releases and training press office staff.

Ex-BBC reporter Garry Lloyd and former BBC head of community and disability programmes Giles Oakley are among the journalists taking part in the scheme, which helps charities such as Street Child Africa and the Make a Wish foundation.

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