In the fall of 2013 The Citizens Campaign hosted a series of citizen journalism conferences to empower people impacted by Superstorm Sandy with the tools and skills to report on the recovery and how our towns are preparing for future storms. Citizen journalists play a valuable role in making sure these issues stay front and center in the public. We have taken the highlights from these conferences and compiled a handbook, Keeping the Focus Where It Belongs.
This guide includes a series of questions to ask local officials in preparation for future storms and climate change adaptation; newsgathering and newsreporting; how to set up your own blog; and tips for getting published in an existing news outlet.
The emphasis was on imparting practical information to assist citizen journalists in getting better at their craft and as a result enable them to more substantially impact the public discussion.
Special thanks to our presenters and organizational co-sponsors: WHYY, Jersey Shore Hurricane News, NJ News Commons, NJ Spotlight, Creative New Jersey, Clean Ocean Action, Sustainable Jersey, and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement.
This guide was made possible with support from the New Jersey Recovery Fund.