RTN Announces Winter Classes in Grassroots Journalism Workshop Series


ROCHESTER, NY--Community-powered news outlet Reclaiming the Narrative announced the latest offerings in their ongoing Grassroots Journalism Workshop Series this week.

The winter series kicks off Tuesday with a two-part online Media Literacy workshop. In "Part 1: Resources for Reading News Critically," learners will get an overview of media literacy and develop skills to spot fake news. "Part 2: Propaganda Techniques," will teach participants to spot logical fallacies, special appeals, and more.

The workshops take place at 6 PM on January 12 and January 26 respectively. Participants can attend one or both sessions. These workshops are offered in partnership with WXIR public affairs program "Evidence of Design," and are facilitated by EoD Co-Host and RTN contributor Mary Lawrence.

RTN is also offering two additional workshops focused on media production this winter.

In "Live-Streaming as News Reporting," RTN Director Darien Lamen will discuss best practices and the ethics of live-streaming from protests. That workshop takes place January 20 at 6 PM.

Then, usher in the month of February with a second news production workshop taught by the local newsmaker. "Producing NPR-Style News Stories for Radio" is a two-hour crash course for the aspiring radio reporter. Those who complete the course gain an opportunity to become contributors to RTN. That class will be held on February 3 at 6 PM.

The Grassroots Journalism Workshop Series aims to empower community members to seek answers to questions of public significance.

“Rochester needs citizen journalists and savvy news consumers now more than ever. People who can ask good questions, bear witness, and speak truth to power," says Darien Lamen.

"We hope these classes will provide more people with the skills and know-how to take up a cell phone, an audio recorder, or a notepad and start reporting on the issues of importance in their communities.”

Classes are open to the public. There is a suggested donation for the Media Literacy workshops. The rest of the classes are free. Pre-registration is required. More information on how to register is available on Reclaiming the Narrative's Facebook page.


VICKY KUSHNER is a photographer and volunteer contributor for Reclaiming the Narrative. For more information on the workshops, contact wxirnews@gmail.com.