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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
South Los Angeles and the Media Promise and Peril in South LA – The Los Angeles Times
News Coverage:Compton Today’s South LA headlines: Los Angeles Times
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
“New” Journalists and the Internet Accessibility of information + Ease of publishing + Lower costs for technology = Citizen Journalism
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?
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? Blogging 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
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.
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?