Image: CitizenJ contributor Brenton Allan filming the 2013 Harmony Day Forum in Brisbane. Credit Ashley Pardey.

Learn what it takes to be an effective, self-sufficient citizen journalist through this intensive citizen journalism course on 6-13 of November 2013.

During the course you will learn or refresh your knowledge of journalism basics, visit mainstream newsrooms, see examples of excellent journalism, create a personal brand, produce a story for publication through CitizenJ, market your work through social media and be introduced to further online resources and training. The content will be a mix of both theory and practice.

At the conclusion of the course you will receive a certificate, a copy of your story to share and publish through your own channels and a kit of links to further resources.


This course is designed for practising citizen journalists, community storytellers and people who have a genuine mid-long term interest in doing citizen journalism. The workshop is limited to ten participants and application is by the attached Expression of Interest, which is due by Wednesday the 23rd of October 2013.


To empower you to become an effective, autonomous citizen journalist;
To encourage you to record stories and information about and for the community;
To encourage you to actively participate and have a voice in the public sphere;
To promote effective sharing of information and stories throughout the community

Prerequisites and expectations:

Applicants for this workshop are required to familiarise themselves with the CitizenJ Contributor Rules (print version or animated video).

Participants must be able to attend the workshop in full and complete all preparations and homework including a daily online journal and weekend story gathering.

Limited advice and guidance will be provided for story production. Participants will be expected to research, gather and produce their story project independently and by deadline.


Preparations: Participants establish a WordPress blog specifically to document their learning experience.

Day One: Introductions, expectations, overview and discussion about journalism and citizen journalism, defining your motivations, branding yourself, branding your blog, newsroom visit.

Day Two: Review of the basics of journalism, law, ethics, rules, news values, cycles and mediums, newsroom visit.

Day Three: Recording content and monitoring quality, finding information and interviewees, choose a story, research and prepare story, newsroom visit.

Weekend: (no workshop) Participants work autonomously to gather story content.

Day Four: Review participants’ raw content, editing techniques, picking great quotes, writing good headlines, story editing.

Day Five: Story editing, search engine optimisation (SEO), marketing, pitching your story and using social media to boost your audience.

Day Six: Story showing, publication, social media blitz, review audience response, feedback and discussion, certificate and celebration.

Associated costs:

The cost for participating in this 6 day intensive is $150, which includes all materials. You will be responsible for the cost of your travel, accommodation, parking, food and drinks. Packed lunches are encouraged. Limited scholarship places are available for selected participants for whom cost may be prohibitive to participation.

Download Expression of interest for the CitizenJ Intensive Workshop here.

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