In the days and weeks following Superstorm Sandy we learned that having access to timely and relevant information is critical.  Which is why The Citizens Campaign and Sustainable Jersey are pleased to announce a free forum on how anyone can become a Citizen Journalist, and use new media to connect and share your news with others on Monday, April 1st in New Brunswick. Keynote speaker is nationally-recognized media expert and blogger, Jeff Jarvis.

The forum, "New Media in a Post-Sandy World," is designed to focus on Environmental Citizen Journalism, including topics like climate change, smart planning, and sustainability.  For citizens who are interested in creating a more green and sustainable New Jersey, it is critical to know how to connect and communicate with others important information.

In addition to a brief training in how to be a citizen journalist – the program will include a panel of experts who are using a variety of communications tools to inform the public.

Speakers include: Justin Auciello, journalist, urban planner and founder of the popular Facebook Page Jersey Shore Hurricane News; Michael Lemonick, Senior Staff Writer for Climate Central, and Colleen O’Dea, Editor at Large at and expert in data-driven journalism. The panel will be moderated by Sustainable Jersey Co-Director Randall Solomon.

The forum will cover:  how to be a citizen journalist and report important community news; how to best use social media to promote sustainability; using public data to create Google fusion maps and other ways to illustrate news;  and how to create a blog.

The event will be at the Alexander Library, 4th Floor, 169 College Avenue, at the Rutgers-New Brunswick Campus.  It is free and open to the public, registration is strongly recommended due to limited seating.