WHYY’s community journalism workshop begins at 9 a.m.

 (AP File Photo/Mel Evans)

(AP File Photo/Mel Evans)

One common fear in New Jersey is that the Sandy-relief money will be misspent. During a recent NewsWorks forum in LBI, one group of shore homeowners expressed that the money isn’t going to them.

Group 4 moderator report from Aug 27, 2013 at St. Francis Community Center (pdf)

The majority felt that homeowners “had gotten the short end of the stick.” They believed that the money that the state received short changed homeowners and was spent on repairing the piers and boardwalks which primarily benefited tourism.

This is just one of the many important issues communities now face following Superstorm Sandy, which hit Oct 29, 2012. What’s happening at the local planning meetings? Are my taxes going up because of Sandy?

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If you think it’s the media’s job you’re right, but many news organizations are a shell of what they used to be. The internet has changed how people want to get their news and what they’re willing to pay for. 

This is no time for despair. You should see this an opportunity for you to make a difference. If we trained you would you be willing to help tell others what’s happening in your town? That’s the proposition facing you now. You can complain or you can use your mind and make a difference. You can start your own news blog or contribute to an existing one. 

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The Citizens Campaign, WHYY and Penn Project for Civic Engagement will hold a half-day citizen journalist workshop on Oct. 5, 2013, in Toms River, N.J.

Breakout sessions include:

• Fact Finding & Reporting: collecting the facts and information to get the story

• Capturing the Perfect Shot: Video & Photo Journalism

• How to Conduct a Study with Engaging Techniques:  how to conduct your own “study circles” with your neighbors on important issues

• News Writing 101: crafting effective hard news stories & opinion pieces; interviewing skills


Oct. 5, 2013, at 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


The College Center @ Ocean County College1 College DrToms River, NJ 08754

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