Talking About My Generation

The UK’s first older people’s-led news team

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Changing the Record on growing older in Greater Manchester

Talking About My Generation is the UK’s first older people’s led news team.

With support of the Yellow Jigsaw team and their vast experience of working in and with the media, the community reporters create news stories, videos and podcasts every month covering news, views and nostalgia from across Greater Manchester – all while challenging ageist stereotypes and championing the belief that we can, and should, all expect to age positively.

The community reporters have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Check out the community reporters’ work here.

Community Reporter Media Training

The Talking About My Generation team has a programme of training.

The training is for our existing community reporters and members of the public over the age of 50 across Greater Manchester who are interested in learning new skills.

Training session include:

  • Writing news, sports and features 
  • Photography, video taking, and editing 
  • Interview training – interviewer and interviewee
  • Podcast training 
  • How to create social media graphics, leaflets, and poster designs 
  • Social media training 
  • WordPress management 
  • Video editing training

Most sessions are run by Yellow Jigsaw Director and former Manchester Evening News journalist Kirsty Day – along with other talented colleagues in the industry.

Kirsty has more than 18 years experience of working in the media and is passionate about diversifying the media.

You can sign up to attend all sessions or mix and mix from the topics that spark your interest. There are 5 free places to join us on each session and they book up fast so please do get in touch to find out about our latest courses at 

“What can I say, apart from a huge thank you, so much, for leading such a wonderful session. 

“You both were so brilliant at inspiring our neighbours, getting them feeling excited about sharing their story, and introducing some really valuable techniques for everyone so they feel confident and excited for their media debuts! 

“Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Johanna Brooks, Head of Communications, The Cares Family

Advertising and Partnerships

Use the power of peer-to-peer messaging to create relatable content aimed at over 50s living in Greater Manchester.

The Talking About My Generation news site enjoys 2.9k unique users every month, and has a 5000+ Facebook community which shares daily news and views.

In addition to the set advertising packages, the MyGen team can work with you to build relationships and gain insights from our community by delivering tailored partnership campaigns, hosting partner events, or convening surveys and focus groups. And only partner with charities, brands, and services who share our mission to challenge stereotypes linked to ageing and promote positive ways to grow older.  

Download the MyGen Media Pack to see the full range of opportunities we offer.

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