SANTA CRUZ—Community Television of Santa Cruz County (CTV) and Community Media Access Partnership (CMAP) in Gilroy are partnering with local journalists to launch a workshop series on citizen journalism that will focus on basic reporting skills, journalism ethics and related technologies for storytelling.
“The series will help people create a compelling story for print, Internet radio and TV, cover a beat and get your stories out there,” says journalist Jennifer Pittman who is working with CTV to launch the series in Santa Cruz and Gilroy. “We want to help cultivate great and fair storytelling, tackle ethical questions of the citizen journalist and explore online technologies to get stories out there.”
Workshop discussions will explore what makes a great story and how to effectively tell it to your community. Participants will have the opportunity to practice skills and produce items for television and print. People are invited to take one or all classes in the series. Everyone is welcome.
“We want to help novices get started and provide mentorship for more experienced citizen journalists who are looking for community support, feedback and a way to get their work before an audience,” Pittman says.
Becca King Reed, new executive director of CTV and CMAP, is working to provide hands-on training opportunities at both community stations and expand local community coverage.
“Our hope is to inspire an empowered citizenry through effective and accurate storytelling,” King Reed says.
Classes will be taught at the CTV station in downtown Santa Cruz and at the Gilroy stations May 30 through Aug. 1, 2015.
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