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Citizen Journalism - connecting with those who are doing it. : Training for Green MEdia Toolshed folks.

At Green Media Toolshed (GMT) we are hosting a skill building training: Citizen Journalism - connecting with those who are doing it. The event will be online and at my office. There are a few extra seats open as of today so if you are in DC please let us know at GMT.

The training is on Wednesday, May 16th, at 3pm EST. It should be great because we are focusing on citizen journalism, the act of citizens "playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information." You can read more about this in We Media's report on how audiences are shaping the future of news and information: Citizen journalists are looking to provide accurate, independent and reliable information to their audiences.

The training will focus on the current diversity of citizen journalism efforts, the citizen journalism mindset, and how environmental advocacy organizations can work more effectively with citizen journalists. the trainer is Amy Gahran, a media consultant, journalist, editor, and entrepreneur based in Boulder, Colorado. She's covered energy and environmental issues for various news organizations and think tanks for nearly 20 years. She's also worked extensively with the Society of Environmental Journalists since that group's inception. She's been working mainly in online media since 1998, when she launched http://www.contentious.com/, an early weblog on content issues for online media. She also blogs on conversational/social media issues. In addition, Amy blogs for several clients -- currently she edits the Poynter Institute's group weblog E-Media Tidbits. Amyportrait

In the last few years, Amy has gotten deeply involved with the emerging realm of citizen journalism. She and business partner and longtime journalist Adam Glenn co-founded IReporter-- a project to engage, guide, and train citizen journalists and the media/communication professionals who work with them. Amy and Adam also recently launched a grant-funded pro/community journalism project on an environmental topic, BoulderCarbonTax.org.

Call GMT if you want to sign up (Yvonne is coordinating the head count and GMT members get best service.)