Empowerment through Community Journalism and Social Media

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


  • 1. Empowermentthrough Community Journalismand Social Media #isla
    1pm: Introduction
    South LA and the Media; community journalism and the Internet
    1:30pm: Online Tools
    Social media; photo sharing; blogging; forums; maps; mobile voices
    2pm: Projects
    Live radio debate show; video testimonials
    3pm: Editing and posting projects
    3:30pm: Showing results
  • 2. South Los Angeles and the Media
    Promise and Peril in South LA – The Los Angeles Times
  • 3. News Coverage:Compton
    Today’s South LA
    Los Angeles Times
  • 4. What is Community and Citizen Journalism?
    Journalism centered around a community
    Professional reporters with “beats”
    Local storytelling by “insiders” rather than “outsiders”
    A conversation within a geographical area between residents
    Bottom-up instead of top-down
  • 5. “New” Journalists and the Internet
    Accessibility of information
    + Ease of publishing
    + Lower costs for technology
    = Citizen Journalism
  • 6. Discussion: What does the Internet mean for under-covered communities?
    What can citizen journalists do that traditional reporters cannot?
    How does citizen reporting change coverage?
    What are the advantages?
    What are the disadvantages?
    Can you think of any examples of stories covered by citizen journalists and ignored by the mainstream media?
  • 7. Tools for Citizen Journalists:
    Social Networking
    What is Twitter? How does it work? How can it be used for community reporting?
    How can sites like Facebook and MySpace be used to establish connections and build audience?
    How do you set up a blog? Blogger, WordPress, or just use Facebook , Myspace?
    Integrating Information and media
    Using Google maps, charting data with Healthy City, sharing pictures with Flickr, mining for information using local forums like Topix, using mobile platforms like VozMob, creating community with a Ning network
    More information: The Knight Citizen News Network
  • 8. Today’s Projects: Giving a Voice to a Community
    Live Radio Debate:
    Brainstorm controversies in your community, pick a side and have a debate
    Video Blogging:
    What’s happening in your community? Do you have a personal experience to share that highlights an issue in your neighborhood? Record your testimonial.
  • 9. Brainstorm
    What are the biggest issues in your community right now?
    What are the stories that are MISSING from media coverage of your community?
    What would you want people to know exists in your community, in terms of culture?