On October 5, The Citizens Campaign, Ocean County College, WHYY/Newsworks, and Jersey Shore Hurricane News are co-hosting an expert training for Ocean county residents in how to investigate and get the scoop on what’s happening in our communities after Sandy. Register here



The session, “Information Matters: Getting the Real Story,” is designed to prepare residents to be the eyes and ears in their
community – both in good times and bad – so that citizens can help drive community decisions.  Attendees will get to attend a breakout sessions taught by WHYY/Newsworks & Jersey Shore Hurricane News reporters and editors.

The breakout sessions are:

-Fact Finding & Reporting – Co-taught by WHYY/Newswork’s Tracey Samuelson and Jersey Shore Hurricane News’ Justin Auciello. This session will cover using OPRA & other investigative journalism techniques to get to the facts; and tips and tools for confirming breaking news.
– WHYY/Newsworks Executive Director, Chris Satullo. This session will teach how to craft a compelling story using fundamental journalism principles - techniques apply to writing hard news & letters to the editor, or even leading your own radio interview.
- Surveying the Community – Penn Project for Civic Engagement Director Harris Sokoloff will lead attendees through the process of leading a study circle and examining the impact of Sandy on one’s community.
- Capturing the Perfect Shot (i.e. photo & video journalism) – WHYY/Newswork’s Lindsay Lazarski and Alan Tu will lead a training in photo and video journalism – from what to capture, to how to frame it. Some of the most compelling stories are in the form of a picture.

“We are hosting this series to make sure that our citizens’ voices are included in the current recovery process, as well as part of the solution next time any emergency hits any of our hometowns,” said The Citizens Campaign’s Communication Director Heather Taylor.  “By combining traditional journalism techniques with innovative online tools, citizens can be forces for positive change and drive the conversation for building stronger and safer communities.”

The training will be at the Ocean County College – College Center at One College Drive in Toms River, from 9am -1pm. Free morning refreshments and lunch will be provided to all pre-registered guests.  People may register HERE or calling Renee at (732) 548-9798 x.9.

This event is supported by the New Jersey Recovery Fund, which focuses on building stronger and more engaged communities in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. By empowering citizens with the skills and know-how to collect and share information, we can foster greater civic engagement and ensure the public is informed about recovery decisions.

The Citizens Campaign will be hosting additional trainings that will provide useful tools and skills to get citizens reporting news effectively.  November 2nd at Monmouth University will focus on how participants can begin sharing news themselves through social networks and online platforms. November 16th at Middlesex County College will share investigative techniques so that attendees can find out whether their communities are prepared for the next emergency.

Additional sponsors include: Creative New Jersey, Sustainable Jersey, WHYY/Newsworks, WNYC, NJ News Commons, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Community Foundation of New Jersey, and the Rita Allen Foundation.