In response to a question on the Placeblogger listserv, I put together a list of Web sites that are great for citizen journalism tutorials (particularly free ones). Here’s the list:
Knight Citizen News Network -Â http://www.kcnn.orgÂ This site was created by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism (another great resource), which is funded in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. KCNNÂ features training modules, tutorial, featured multimedia and more.
J-Learning – http://www.j-learning.org/ Online journalism tutorials galore for reporting and Web technology.
OurMedia Personal Media Learning Center – http://www.ourmedia.org/learning-center/topic/citizen-journalism A great resource containing interviews with citizen media pioneers, summaries of media law and more.
EditTeach.org – http://www.editteach.org/ A site funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with many resources for editors, as well as a growing online section.
Online Journalism Review Wikis – http://www.ojr.org/ojr/wiki/ A series of in-depth articles here cover everything from news terms to ethics to how to make money off your work.
Investigative Reporters Resource Center – http://www.ire.org/resourcecenter/ Has great tips on developing leads and using public records. You can also buy cleaned public data from them if you’re interested. Check out the IRE listserv as well.
Reporters Cookbook – http://forjournalists.com/cookbook a wiki with how-tos, particularly about computer-assisted reporting
Florida Public Records Handbook – http://www.newsu.org/about/faq.aspx Perhaps your state has an author who has done what Joe Adams has for Florida. His book is a staple for Florida journalists. He highlights Florida stories that have used public records in them.
I’ve also been compiling whatever Journalistopia tutorials I write into the Tutorials category.
Suggest any other nifty sites in the comments, and I’ll be sure to add them to the post.