Citizen journalism coaching. Assist us inform Omaha’s tales.

From the pandemic to protests and everything in between, 2020 has highlighted both the successes and the shortcomings in local media. While we’ve worked tirelessly to tell you the important stories of a chaotic year, we could easily have doubled or tripled our coverage. The number of staff has been reduced in the local media, which meant that more stories fell through the cracks even before the pandemic.

That’s why we need your help.

Help the reader compile “Journalism as Activism: Everyday People Holding Society to Account,” an opening event that gives people an opportunity to learn why citizen journalism is the future of the media.

The event aims to give reporters the opportunity to tell the stories of underrepresented populations through activism and documentation on site. During the summit, Omahans will also learn about a 2021 summer program that will teach budding reporters and documentators the principles of citizen journalism.

The event will take place on Sunday, January 17th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom and will also be broadcast live on Facebook. Interested participants can register for their free ticket on Eventbrite. The aim of the event is to inform interested Omahans about training opportunities for journalists, be it through practical internship experience or through higher education.

At the summit, where local moderators will be represented, the principles of citizen journalism and the possibilities for people to get involved in this area will be conveyed. The program consists of 10 presentations by local journalism experts:

  • Introduction by Dawaune Lamont Hayes, founder and director of NOISE
  • Digging into data by Matt Wynn, USA Today reporter
  • Reporting Basics by Chris Bowling, The Reader News Reporter
  • Citizen journalism and activism by Bear Alexander, reporter and ProBLAC organizer
  • The Basics of Backpack Technology from Franque Thompson, Emmy-nominated and award-winning Associated Press reporter at Q13 Fox Seattle
  • Reporting security by JaKeen Fox, community organizer and owner of JaKeen Fox Solutions
  • The value of documentation by Darryl Holliday, reporter and director of the City Bureau’s news lab
  • Broadcast journalism and on-air training for “Buddi3 Da Gawd” (Mark McGaugh), reporter, radio presenter and record producer
  • Journalism as the career of Karen Weber, professor at the UN School of Communication
  • Closing remarks by John Heaston of The Reader

Please share the event information with friends, social media followers or other interested journalistic groups. If you have any questions, please send an email to Juli Oberlander at [email protected]

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