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Intersections workshop at CD Tech: Connecting with the Community through the Internet and Social Media

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  • What are we told about South LA in the news?
  • Connecting with the Community

    1. 1. Connecting with the Community through the Internet and Social Media<br />1pm: Introduction<br />Fostering community online: How the Internet can be used as a social tool<br />1:30pm: Online Tools<br />An overview of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Flickr and YouTube<br />2pm: Getting Started<br />Signing up and using social networking tools<br />2:30pm: Taking it to the Next Level<br />Empowerment through journalism – telling the stories of your community<br />3:30pm: End of Workshop<br />
    2. 2. Fostering Community Online<br />The “New” Internet (“Web 2.0”) is focused on interaction<br />Blogs allow people to self-publish websites for free<br />Social networking sites allow users to create personal profiles, connect and chat with friends and find groups or events in their community<br />The connection allows people to share information, ideas and seek answers to questions<br />
    3. 3. Ways to Connect Online<br />Build a personal profile *<br /><ul><li>Find friends, community members, activists, teachers, politicians
    4. 4. Stay up to date with local events
    5. 5. Share events, news, information</li></ul>Start a blog or micro-blog<br /><ul><li>Write about issues affecting your community
    6. 6. Become a resource for others
    7. 7. Publish pictures, videos and share information
    8. 8. Never give away sensitive information on the Internet, such as bank details</li></li></ul><li>Getting Started<br />Create a Social Networking Profile<br />Today we will be using Facebook:<br /><br />Create a Blog or Micro-Blog<br />Today we will be using Blogger: <br /><br />
    9. 9. Taking it to the Next Level…<br />Becoming an advocate for your community starts with…<br /><ul><li>Connecting with people in your neighborhood
    10. 10. Sharing information, such as events and news stories
    11. 11. Becoming a VOICE in your community</li></li></ul><li>What is Community and Citizen Journalism?<br />Journalism centered around a community<br />Professional reporters with “beats”<br />--<br />Local storytelling by “insiders” rather than “outsiders”<br />A conversation within a geographical area between residents<br />Bottom-up instead of top-down<br />
    12. 12. “New” Journalists and the Internet<br />Accessibility of information <br />+ Ease of publishing <br />+ Lower costs for technology <br />= Citizen Journalism<br />
    13. 13. Discussion: What does the Internet mean for under-covered communities?<br />What can citizen journalists do that traditional reporters cannot?<br />How does citizen reporting change coverage?<br />What are the advantages?<br />What are the disadvantages?<br />Can you think of any examples of stories covered by citizen journalists and ignored by the mainstream media?<br />
    14. 14. Next Workshop: Empowerment through Community Journalism<br />How can you start telling the stories of your neighborhood?<br />How can you start sharing those stories?<br />What tools are available for research?<br />PLUS<br />Reporting 101: Producing a radio commentary, debate show, video blog or photo slide show<br />- End of Workshop 1 -<br />
    15. 15. “Homework” - Brainstorm<br />What are the biggest issues in your community right now? What makes you angry? Sad? Happy? What are the frustrations? What are the achievements?<br />What are the stories that are MISSING from media coverage of your community?<br />What would you want people to know exists in your community, in terms of culture? Resources? People?<br />What personal story do you have to tell?<br />