Citizen Journalism Training: Media Of the People and By the People

Posted by on January 04, 2010

Citizen Journalism: Media of the People and By the People

Join Media Mobilizing Project and United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania in a 6-week video journalism training program

What: The Media Mobilizing Project, in partnership with United Way, is calling for applicants for a 6-week video journalism training.

When: From mid-January through the end of February.  Classes will take place on Saturdays from 12-4 and open lab times will take place on Wednesdays from 3:30-7

Who:  Individuals who display leadership qualities in their organization or community, and who would like to develop or enhance video-journalism skills.

Why:  This is an opportunity for developing leaders to learn how to craft powerful media that can be used to educate, outreach, organize, build other leaders, and further the work and mission of their organization or community.  Participants will receive a year-long internet subscription, a netbook computer, and a flip camera.

Expectations:  Letter of support from the applicant’s organization, as well as a commitment from the organization to contribute $50 and work with the Media Mobilizing Project and United Way to distribute the videos produced in this training, should their nominee be accepted.

The application is attached and will be due on January 8th, 2010.
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Citizen Journalism: Media Of the People and By the People

The Media Mobilizing Project (MMP) believes that media must be connected to the economic and social realities of everyday life. The right to free speech means little without the right to be heard.  By sharing our stories, for the purposes of education, outreach, and organizing, we break through the fragmentation of our issues and the isolation of our communities, to inspire and unite those who have a vested interested in change.

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This course will help Participants in learning to approach journalistic video storytelling, in a way that takes into critical consideration the use of media frameworks, messaging, and audience.  This course will provide:

* Hands-on experience and skills in interviewing, researching, story-telling and video documentation.
* Flip video cameras, with which to create a 5-10 minute video throughout the duration of the 6-week  course.
* A year-long internet subscription.
* A notebook computer (at the end of the 6-week course).

Together we can begin to create community driven journalism, so that the various groups in Philadelphia working for social change can promote and spread consciousness about their struggle and eventually develop better living conditions here in the city and beyond.

Download the application here

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