2013 Citizen Leadership Award Candidates - CITIZEN JOURNALISTS

SYLVIA JUAREGUI (Elizabeth):  Sylvia is a New Media Producer, Social Media Marketer, “One Man Band Journalist/Videographer/Editor.” She was first introduced to The Citizens Campaign in 2011 when she started her very own hyperlocal news site, ElizabethInsideOut.TV  –  to report breaking news and publish features on local lifestyle, things to do and government affairs in both English and Spanish for Elizabeth residents.  She invited The Citizens Campaign to teach Citizen Journalism at her studio and she attended our Hyperlocal News trainings on how to better cover local government.  And very quickly, what was at first a small side project became a passion and her life’s mission.  The site has enjoyed a lot of success and growth.  And this year she received approval by the State Department of Education to provide a new innovative high school course in new media journalism in Elizabeth.

CHARLIE McCORMICK (Oakland):  Charlie was at the forefront of the hyperlocal news movement with the creation of his own TheOaklandJournal.com over five years ago. Over the past few years, it has become the go-to news source for what is happening within his town and region.  “The Citizens Campaign has been critical for reporting as it helps raise awareness of problems, provides solutions, and offers avenues for further research.”  When sharing news, Charlie keeps his reporting fair & transparent, gives credence to opposing views and offers an element of edification on his subjects, all the while remaining constructive.  “Community journalism is about community building, helping to inform, engage, and promote discussion because you think it makes your community better, not because you think it's a great piece of journalism.” 

DR. SUSAN HAIG (Summit):  A passionate spokesperson on cultural citizenship and civic education through the media, Susan has decades of experience as a cultural change-agent dedicated to connecting the greater public to arts and humanities.  Haig founded NJ Arts News in 2009. Its mission is to produce lively, high-impact video segments that highlight NJ humanities and sustainability, engage general audiences and news editors, and foster a creative citizenry and thriving democracy.  It is through NJ Arts News that Dr. Haig has connected The Citizens Campaign with members of the media, arts and journalism communities sharing discussion on topics such as "New Nonprofit Models for Journalism,” “Strengthening New Jersey's Cultural and Civic Information System” and “Civics, Humanities and News Media in New Jersey.”   We are happy to be a resource to Susan as she continues to share information in support of the idea that an informed citizenry is an engaged citizenry.


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Charlie McCormick (Oakland)
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