Inauguration of Citizen Journalism Course

Deepalaya 01-Sep-2020

Deepalaya in association with McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute at The King’s College, New York, USA, Presents:

Certificate Course in Citizen Journalism:  How to do impactful stories and create your own identity
Duration: 4 weeks
About the course:
After an overwhelming response to the first batch, we are ready for the second batch of the course. This dynamic programme spread over three modules combines live online classes, interactive sessions, assignments, and feedback. The course is designed to equip participants with the skills to become competent citizen journalists.

We will discuss as to why this is the best time to be a citizen journalist and how one can chart one’s own path. The course will empower common citizens aspiring to be citizen journalists to do impactful stories.

We have an accomplished team of faculty and the course is tailored to come to the aid of both trained journalists and common citizens who wish to explore the field of journalism as citizen journalists.

Common citizens can become effective gatekeepers and watchdogs. Through this course,  citizens will learn to closely monitor local authorities, political and social organisations and how to report on them and what platform they can use.

The course will enable citizen journalists to understand local issues, how to find news, where to find it and what the events and instances are where they can have an advantage over the mainstream media.

Graduates with interest in journalism and basic computer skills and access to the Internet.

Job Opportunities:
Employment in freelance journalism, authoritative online writing career, news sources for mainstream media.

What will you learn?
1. An introduction to citizen journalism

2. Develop strong skills in reporting, news writing, feature writing and editing.

3. The ability to analyse trends in journalism and opportunities for alternative forms of journalism.

4. How to do research. What are the researching tools

5. How to evaluate one’s own work for style, grammar, clarity and accuracy.

6. How to pitch ideas and how to get published

7. A grounding in ethics of citizen journalism (Handling fake news, plagiarism etc)

8. The ability to provide information in multimedia formats

9. How to collaborate and do collective reporting through various media formats.

10. Mobile photography, video-making and editing

11. Writing for social media, blogging

Last Date for Applications:
October 10, 2020. 

The Course Starts on October 15, 2020, with the inaugural function at 6 pm.

Class timings:
6:00-7:30 pm (IST)

How to Get Admission:
Fill the admission form (

Admission on a first-come-first-serve basis. Limited seats only. 

Course Cost:
Rs 5000 (The contribution will be used for charitable purposes by Deepalaya). 

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