Monday, September 23, 2013

Citizen Journalism: How the Internet Will Cover the Next Superstorm

Join our friends at The Citizens Campaign for a series on Citizen Journalism in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.  The first of three events will take place on Saturday, October 5 in Toms River, New Jersey.  Titled Information Matters: Getting the Real Story, participants will learn the skills to track and report town news.  Break out sessions include:
  • Fact Finding & Reporting: collecting the facts and information to get the story 
  • Capturing the Perfect Shot: video and photo journalism
  • How to Conduct a Study with Engaging Techniques:  how to conduct your own "study circles" with your neighbors on important issues
  • News Writing 101: crafting effective hard news stories & opinion pieces; interviewing skills
For more information and to RSVP for the October 5 event, click here.

The second session will be held on Saturday, November 2, at Monmouth University's Club at Magill Commons in West Long Branch, NJ.  This half-day training will give you the tools to tell powerful stories online, called It Takes a Village: Working Together OnlineBreakout sessions include:
  • How to set up your own blog
  • Visual & Photo Journalism
  • Crowd Sourcing News
  • Mapping out a Story
For more information and to RSVP for the November 2 event, click here.

The final session, Eyewitness Reports: Are We Ready or Not? will be held at Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ on Saturday, November 16. The Citizens Campaign is bringing in top investative reporters and officials to discuss whether or not our towns are ready in the event of another emergency. Breakout sessions include:
  • Investigative Reporting: what questions you should be asking in your town?
  • Mapping out a Story
  • Upgrading Our Towns Emergency Communications: innovative ways towns are using technology in times of emergency
  • How to Start Your Own Blog
For more information and to RSVP for the November 16 event, click here.

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