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Working With Citizen Reporters

Instructor: Denise Cheng

This module covers the basics of working with citizen reporters. Learn the definition of citizen journalism as well as how to recruit, manage and edit reporters. View numerous examples of citizen journalism that highlight the value of working with citizen reporters.


Who should take this course:

Representatives of community foundations as well as nonprofits and news entrepreneurs who are interested in working with citizen journalists.

What you will learn:

  1. The difference between participatory/civic media, citizen journalism and crowsourced  journalism
  2. How to recruit, retain and reinforce citizen journalists
  3. Editing and structure best practices
  4. Assessing time commitment, scale and attrition of citizen journalists

Denise Cheng

Denise Cheng is a civic media enthusiast and a lover of [almost] all things fascinating. She hails from the West
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Periscope Community Summit

January 14, 2016 - January 17, 2016

Scopers from all over the world will gather at the San Francisco summit to celebrate and share knowledge about community, social and live streaming.

January 15 deadline for 2016 California Health Journalism Fellowship

Fri, January 15, 2016 5:00 pm

The deadline for applications is January 15 for the March 6-10 fellowship, presented by the Center for Health Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The seminar will be taught by prize-winning journalists, community health leaders, policy analysts and health care experts.

IRE Computer Assisted Reporting, March 10-13

March 10, 2016 - March 13, 2016

Join IRE and NICAR in Denver for the annual conference devoted to data journalism at the Denver Marriott City Center. 

SXSW Interactive Festival, March 11-15

March 11, 2016 - March 14, 2016

The 23rd annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 11 through Tuesday, March 15.

Sunshine Week, March 13-19

March 13, 2016 - March 18, 2016

Join us in the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. Open government is good government.

ONA-Poynter present Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media

Mon, May 2, 2016 8:00 am

The interactive, five-day program for 28 U.S.-based participants will focus on critical leadership skills specific to digital media for the industry’s next generation of women leaders. The tuituion-free program will be held at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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