Kudos to the New Jersey Hyperlocal News Association for its efforts to educate citizen journalists and bloggers.
The group is being organized by the Citizens’ Campaign, which supports citizen journalism as a way for individuals to become involved in their communities, according to a news report written by Stephen Reed on MyCentralJersey.com.
“The new association plans to host bi-monthly meetings where citizen journalists and bloggers can learn about different aspects of covering local news and government,” according to Reed’s report.
This New Jersey group really got down to some basics at its first meeting on Wednesday. A panel reportedly discussed the annual reorganizational meetings held by local governments to organize, renew contracts and choose their leaders.
As the head coach in charge of training at the National Association of Citizen Journalists, I find this group a wonderful step in the right direction. I am a firm believer that citizen journalists and bloggers must be trained in the basics of journalism so that they can better inform their communities.
These New Jersey citizen journalists and bloggers got an even deeper understanding of government when they discussed the nuts and bolts of how governments organize.
This group’s efforts have inspired me to offer some personal training closer to my home in Parker, Colo. If there are Colorado citizen journalists who would like to host a three- or four-hour workshop on the basics of journalism, just let me know.
If you can get 10 to 15 aspiring or practicing citizen journalists together, I’d be happy to give some lessons in journalism 101. We can discuss how to conduct an interview, how to write a news story, how to generate story ideas or a topic of your choosing. If you are interested, simply contact me at email@example.com.
Susan Cormier is the head coach in charge of training at the National Association of Citizen Journalists (http://nacj.us/) and co-author of the “Handbook for Citizen Journalists” (http://www.citizenjournalistnow.com/).