Citizen journalism training kansas

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In Lawrence, Kansas . . .

The World Company, which publishes the daily Lawrence Journal-World, and the William Allen White Scool of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas have started a Citizen Journalism Academy, and the paper's general manager, Ralph Gage, reports that more than 100 people applied to become class members. Sessions are being held every Monday during October. Twenty-three persons, selected by a committee from the school and the "converged" news operations, comprise the class. Dean Ann Brill and Cody Howard, director of 6News (the video arm of the converged newsroom) have done most of the organization for the classes. Prof. Peggy Kuhr and Ann Gardner, editorial page editor of the Journal-World, taught the second session. Overall, the academy seeks to teach processes and standards to help translate community activities and events into news, including writing, photography, videography and blogging. Gage said another goal is to demystify the activities that lead to what gets on TV, the Web and into the newspaper. Class members so far have provided positive feedback about the offerings and are blogging on a site created for class members and the professionals to exchange views and information. There is no charge for five week-day evening classes, each 2 hours. To see the agenda, click to:

Sample syllabus for World/Univ. of Kansas Citizen-Journalism training

Below is the syllabus for the inaugural session of the World/University of Kansas citizen-journalism training:

Oct. 2 – Introduction to Media: Citizen Journalism Academy 101 · 6:30 – 7: Introductions and expectations. Quick survey. · 7 – 8: Overview of products, explanation of convergence and newsgathering process in general. Talk about all the World Company's offerings (J-W, 6News, weeklies, all the on-line stuff, game, etc.,) plus overview of how the program is set up at KU and all the different paths available to students. · 8 – 8:30: Tour the building, plus 644 and the JW Press Room · 8:30 – 9: Q & A about the class, journalism, KU's program, The World Company

Oct. 9 – Reporting: Citizen Journalism Academy 201 · 6:30 – 7:30: Following a story from idea to the first draft. Explain where news/story ideas come from. How to find sources and choose an angle. How to get information, · 7:30 – 7:45: -- Break · 7:45 – 8:30: Gathering news. Exercise where they will be “in the field” getting the story, conducting interviews and figuring out the angle. · 7:45: Back in the newsroom · 7:45 – 8:30: Q&A about writing and selection of stories

Oct. 16—Ethics: CJA301 · 6:30 – 7:30: Why we do what we do. Importance of ethics, transparency, the First Amendment. Examples and · 7:45 – 8: Break · 8 - 8:30: Balancing ethics and news judgment: What stories are used and why. Review of day’s paper, broadcast, online product. (We use their stories from the previous week for this exercise.)

Oct. 23: Editorial process: CJA401 · 6:30 – 7:30: What happens next to your story? The budget meeting and deciding if it’s a print, broadcast, and/or online story. What are the differences among media? What’s convergence? · 7:30 – 7:45: Break · 7:45 – 8:30: News from the editors’ point of view. Role of copy editors, data storage, story enhancement and placement.

Oct. 30: Journalism for the 21st Century: CJA501 · 6:30 – 7:30: Why online is way cool and how you can join in. Blogging/cool web stuff. · 7:30 – 7:45: Break · 7:45 – 8:30: Own the Story/Graduation. How the class can take what they learned and actually use it to get THEIR news out there. (We'll need to set up systems to make this work, discuss technology, as well as quality control, etc.,) Graduation ceremony where we tell them 'you're now a citizen journalist, go forth and generate news' or something like that where they feel compelled to really make this thing work. Ideas for what to do next and feedback on sessions.


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