Citizen Journalism Workshop: Garlic Festival Edition

Screen Shot 2015-07-12 at 10.51.14 PMCommunity Media Access Partnership (CMAP) is hosting a new two-session workshop on the essentials of citizen journalism with local journalist and media consultant Jennifer Pittman. 

It’s an opportunity to jump in with both feet and put your new skills to the test by covering a favorite local event such as the world-famous Gilroy Garlic Festival.

The first session (July 18) introduces key concepts of citizen journalism and includes hands-on training on multimedia tools—from HD cameras to your smartphone – that you can use to capture video and audio for your stories.

The following weekend (July 24-26), you can try out your new skills at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

The second session (August 1) is an opportunity to share—and improve—the stories that you began at the Garlic Festival. We’ll also help you edit the audio and video content that will accompany your print story.

Workshop sessions:
Session 1 – Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Session 2 – Saturday, August 1, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

The workshops will be held at the Community Media (CMAP) Studio:

Christopher High School, 850 Day Road, Gilroy, CA 95020.


CMAP is a nonprofit community media center serving Gilroy, Hollister and San Juan Bautista. The organization empowers community members and organizations to thrive in a digital world by providing access to media tools, training and television distribution on local cable channels. They are committed to promoting civic engagement, creative self­-expression and skills for life and career Youth and adults are welcome.

Cost:  $100 General | $75 CMAP Members
Register online with Brown Paper Tickets.

Questions?  Email Jenney at or call 408.722.9144, ext. 105.


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