Media Justice Through Participatory Media Making: Indypendent Reporting Workshop
Submitted by ChrisA on Sun, 01/27/2008 - 10:47pm
The explosion of media DIY has not led to either media justice or to an increase in quality online journalism. Only 34 percent of bloggers identify themselves as engaging in journalistic practices. More than a third of bloggers cited writing about “my life and experiences” as the reason for blogging. The upshot of all this is that producing journalism online is something that has to be both encouraged and taught — despite the fact that it is still fairly easy to do. This workshop will be a modified and shortened version of the Indypendent’s daylong reporting workshop which we have given numerous times, and will include topics like: what journalism is; parts of a news story; lede writing; the craft of journalism; journalistic values, and others. The workshop will be highly interactive, and feature brief lectures, group and individual exercises, and discussions of students work as a full group.