The Reader, 1st Sky Host Citizen Journalism Occasion for aspiring Omaha reporters

The Reader and 1st Sky Omaha News are hosting a free online summit on Sunday, January 17th, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to introduce Omahans to the concept of citizen journalism.

Interested attendees can register for their free ticket on Eventbrite. More information about the event can be found on the Facebook page.

“Journalism as Activism: Everyday People Holding Society to Account” is an opening event where potential reporters will 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. The sponsors are currently planning a summer program 2021 that will bring prospective reporters and documentators closer to the principles of citizen journalism.

The summit, which will be attended by local and national speakers, will present the principles of citizen journalism and the ways in which people can get involved in this area. The program consists of ten presentations by journalism experts:

  • Introduction by Dawaune Lamont Hayes, founder and director of NOISE
  • Digging into data by Matt Wynn, USA Today reporter
  • Writing basics from 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 Ja Keen Fox, 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 from John Heaston, Editor of The Reader and El Perico

“Journalism as Activism: Everyday People Holding Society Accountable” will be held via Zoom and streamed live on the event’s Facebook page. 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.

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