Session looks to inspire, connect editors around community engagement

By Jennifer Neutel ASNE, Journalism That Matters project will share insights, invite others to get involved As news editors from across the country convene next week, those involved in hosting a session on Growing Audience through Engaging Communities hope to see attendees inspired by experiments from their colleagues and motivated to try new ways of … Continue reading Session looks to inspire, connect editors around community engagement

Community correspondents look to continue providing a voice

By Jennifer Neutel ‘We know there are a lot of stories that go untold’ As the new cohort of Oakland Voices, a nine-month program that aims to put the power of storytelling in the hands of East Oakland, Calif. residents, gets started correspondents are already looking at how they can continue to utilize the skills … Continue reading Community correspondents look to continue providing a voice

Community journalism program addressing diversity disconnect

By Jennifer Neutel Brenda Payton says she feels encouraged and excited by what she’s seeing in her first weeks as coordinator of Oakland Voices, a nine-month community journalism program engaging 12 East Oakland citizens. The Voices correspondents learn writing, photography and video skills and tell the stories of their communities. Their work is published on … Continue reading Community journalism program addressing diversity disconnect

Community journalism program helps fulfill childhood wish

By Jennifer Neutel Correspondent experience permits Debora Gordon to pursue interests The opportunity to be an Oakland Voices correspondent allowed Debora Gordon to fulfill part of her childhood wish. “If I had to do it over again I would have more vigorously pursued a career in writing,” Gordon says. “(Oakland Voices) did make me feel … Continue reading Community journalism program helps fulfill childhood wish

Reporter sees value in engaging citizen journalists

By Jennifer Neutel ‘Having several extra sets of hands and several extra sets of eyes is beneficial to us’ Kristin J. Bender, a breaking news reporter at the Oakland Tribune, is delighted that the organization is running a program engaging citizens to report on their communities as it provides more reporter power. The community journalism … Continue reading Reporter sees value in engaging citizen journalists

Oakland resident gains confidence, skills through journalism training

By Jennifer Neutel Voices participant says experience a high point  Since participating in a program that trains citizens to produce community journalism, Ronald Owens says he feels more confident to interview people and write a publishable story. Owens participated in the 2012 Oakland Voices class, a program run by the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism … Continue reading Oakland resident gains confidence, skills through journalism training

Oakland Voices grad applies learning to her health sector job

By Jennifer Neutel Skills gained via program ‘invaluable’: Katherine Brown Katherine Brown says her Oakland Voices experience enabled a shift in her thinking around finding opportunities for positive relationships with the media in her public health sector work. Oakland Voices is a nine-month program that trains community members to produce news content for local news … Continue reading Oakland Voices grad applies learning to her health sector job

Oakland Voices empowers citizen journalism

By Jennifer Neutel Project a win-win for news organization and participants, says co-founder Community members are being trained to produce news for local news organizations through a program sparked by the desire to see the Oakland Tribune do a better job connecting with the community beyond the pages of the paper. The program, Oakland Voices, … Continue reading Oakland Voices empowers citizen journalism