In a time of deepening inequality and widespread injustice, our society urgently needs good reporting. As African American journalist Ida B. Wells said, the first step to righting wrongs is to “turn the light of truth upon them.”
It can be tempting to leave reporting to the professionals. But professionals often have to contend with ever-faster deadlines and shrinking bottom-lines. Citizen journalism, together with community media, can play a key role in not only documenting injustice, but also lifting up marginalized voices and telling the overlooked stories in our own backyards.
If you’re ready to get started documenting community stories, OR if you want to learn techniques for crafting stories with greater impact, join facilitator Darien Lamen for a dynamic workshop on community journalism. Darien is an educator, reporter, and the producer of a new community-powered, urban news and culture radio show debuting on RCTV/WXIR 100.9 FM this year.
-step-by-step guide to researching and developing a story (emphasis on local reporting resources)
-newswriting and production tips (emphasis on audio reporting)
-pitch/workshop story ideas from participants.