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Academy teaches better understanding of news

August 26, 2007


Apply for the Citizen Journalism Academy

Are you interested in being part of the Citizen Journalism Academy? Fill out your application.

The third Citizen Journalism Academy takes place this fall.

The CJA is sponsored by The World Company and the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas University.

CJA fellows will learn from educators and practicing journalists about the processes and standards that help translate community activities and events into "news."

"Many people today are on 'information overload,'" said Ann Brill, dean of the KU School of Journalism. "With all the media outlets, it's difficult to know what to pay attention to as well as the credibility of the people reporting and writing. Our hope with the CJA is to help citizens become better media consumers as well as help those passing along information to be responsible and accurate."

Fellows will learn about writing, photography and blogging, and get hands-on experience.

Candidates can apply online at or send an application to Cody Howard, 6News news director, 645 N.H., Lawrence, KS 66044.

In your application, tell us about yourself and why you want to be part of the Citizen Journalism Academy.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Sept. 14. Applicants will receive notification about whether they are a member of the class by Sept. 24.

Classes will be on five consecutive Monday evenings, beginning Oct. 1. There is no charge for the class.

Fellows also will learn how news decisions are made, the ethics of storytelling, how to ask the right questions and a number of other key topics.

"People want to be a part of the community conversation - to know their voice is being heard," Howard said. "This class provides an opportunity for that, while training citizens on the basics of journalism and news gathering.

"After five weeks, Fellows should have a clear understanding of how to ask the right questions, cultivate sources and tell a comprehensive story effectively in different and cutting-edge media."


Sigmund 10 years, 9 months ago

Sounds like a good idea. I have toyed with the idea from the very beginning and even have considered writing a regular column. Bet my posts alone have generated dozens of website hits and tens of dollars directly into the pockets of Dolf, Jr! But I have a few reservations.

Should I dream "The Dream" and reach for the golden ring on the grand merry-go-round of eJournalism. Dare I go for my slice of the glamorous online blogging pie? Shouldn't annoying Bozo's like Merrill be a reward in itself? I have to wonder.

Could I handle the pressure of great success, or would I disappoint the couple of occasional readers who stumbled upon my musings by clicking a few pixels to the left of the "Wayne and Larry's" advert? And how would I handle being photographed toking a doobie, getting out of my crashed Lambo, sans my undies and showing the world my shaved naughty bits to remind my ex's of just what they are missing? Could I survive the hours of jail time? These are indeed hard life changing decisions here.

It is in times like these that I, like so many others, reach for that source of wisdom that has guided me throughout my life. Grasping for answers, I grip that hollow plastic sphere and turn it over. As the blue liquid hiding the future is slowly displaced my future is revealed, "Reply hazy, try again!."

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