The Citizens Campaign, Ocean County College, WHYY, and Jersey Shore Hurricane News are co-hosting an expert training for Ocean county residents in how to investigate and get the scoop on what’s happening in our communities after Sandy.
The session, “Information Matters: Getting the Real Story,” is designed to prepare residents to be the eyes and ears in their community – both in good times and bad – so that citizens can help drive community decisions. Attendees will get to attend a breakout sessions taught by WHYY & Jersey Shore Hurricane News reporters and editors.
The breakout sessions are:
• Fact Finding & Reporting – Co-taught by WHYY’s Tracey Samuelson and Jersey Shore Hurricane News’ Justin Auciello. This session will cover using OPRA & other investigative journalism techniques to get to the facts; and tips and tools for confirming breaking news.
• Newswriting – WHYY/NewsWorks Executive Director, Chris Satullo. This session will teach how to craft a compelling story using fundamental principles of journalism- techniques apply to writing hard news & letters to the editor, or even leading your own radio interview.
• Surveying the Community – Penn Project for Civic Engagement Director Harris Sokoloff will lead attendees through the process of leading a study circle and examining the impact of Sandy on one’s community.
• Capturing the Perfect Shot (i.e. photo & video journalism) – WHYY’s Lindsay Lazarski and Alan Tu will lead a training in photo and video journalism – from what to capture, to how to frame it. Some of the most compelling stories are in the form of a picture.
This event is supported by the New Jersey Recovery Fund, which focuses on building stronger and more engaged communities in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. By empowering citizens with the skills and know-how to collect and share information, we can foster greater civic engagement and ensure the public is informed about recovery decisions. You must pre-register for this event. People may register by visiting thecitizenscampaign.org or calling Renee at (732) 548-9798 x.9.