From Myspace to Media Justice: Teaching Youth the Tools of Journalism

Submitted by IndyKids on Fri, 02/01/2008 - 1:20pm
Short Description: 

Youth are using a variety of technological tools to communicate among themselves and with the wider world. While millions of young adults use Myspace, Facebook, Youtube and other online social networks to ponder their own existence – few are using these interactive media sites to produce socially relevant journalism. IndyKids, a progressive publication for kids, will challenge youth to think not just about how to prolifically create media – but how to create media that engages with a political and social purpose. Our workshop, aimed at high-school-aged youth, will teach the basic tools of journalism, while connecting them to wider social justice goals.

Presenter One Name: 
Erin Thompson
Presenter One Info: 

Erin Thompson is an editor, writer and coordinator with Indykids and the Indypendent, both publications of the New York City Independent Media Center (NYC IMC). For two years, she has facilitated reporting workshops through the NYC-IMC, and as the staff outreach coordinator for Indykids, is developing a curriculum for journalism workshops targeting kids at public elementary and middle schools.