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Best Practices for Working with Citizen Journalists

About This Course

From breaking news to in-depth feature stories, readers and viewers can play a valuable role in enriching your news coverage with eyewitness videos, photos, commentary and personal essays.

This Webinar will give you tools to work with audience contributors to get the content you want and build a meaningful relationship that also benefits the contributor.

What Will I Learn?

  • How to come up with successful assignments and invitations to participate
  • How to vet contributors and verify submissions
  • How to edit non-professional journalists
  • How to empower your audience to tell you what to cover
  • How to reward contributors so they come back

Who Should Take this Course?

Reporters, writers, editors, students, educators and anyone interested in working with citizens to enhance your news coverage.

Course Instructor

Daphne Sashin

Daphne Sashin

Daphne Sashin is a producer at CNN iReport, CNN’s participatory journalism community of more than 1 million registered users. The iReporters she has worked with have had bylines on, appeared on CNN TV, won journalism awards and obtained a book contract.

Frequently Asked Questions

What web browser should I use?

The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 9 and above.

See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.