Archive for Thursday, August 21, 2008

Program seeks citizen journalists

August 21, 2008

The World Company, which publishes the Bonner Springs Chieftain and Basehor Sentinel, and Kansas University's William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications are seeking participants for the fourth annual Citizen Journalism Academy.

New this year, the course will focus on the economy, specifically the impact of the current downturn, and seek to provide information for overcoming challenges when money is tight and costs are on the rise in both the public and private sectors.

If you have been affected by the economic situation as a consumer, public official, businessperson, student or in another role, tell us how you've been affected and how you've responded to it in your application. If you have a background or expertise in areas that could contribute to the analysis, explanation, story development and blogs related to this topic, please include that in your application.

The class will also teach participants how news decisions are made, how to ask the right questions, explore the ethics of storytelling and touch on a number of other key topics.

Applications are available online through 5 p.m. Sept. 5, at http://cja.ljworld.com/applications/submit/, or candidates can send an application to Cody Howard, 6News news director, 645 N.H., Lawrence, KS 66044.

The class will be selected the week of Sept. 15. It runs for five consecutive Monday evenings, from Sept. 29 through Oct. 27 at the Lawrence Journal-World's News Center in Lawrence. There is no charge.

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