Citizen Journalism

Citizen Journalism is a form of broadcast journalism where the individual is the reporter, camera operator and editor. These individuals have the ability to get into their neighborhoods and communities to get the stories that matter to them. These reporters are vital to getting the word out in Montgomery County.

Professional instructors at Montgomery Community Media teach classes of students how to report, film, produce, and edit their own feature news stories, which then air on The Montgomery Channel and Access19. The feature news stories may also be seen on demand here on website at Citizen Journalism News Stories. Over the six weeks, students attend 4 three-hour hands-on sessions, learning shooting basics, story composition, camera setup, and interview techniques. One week is reserved for each student to set out on their own to film their chosen story, and another week for editing the video for that story. The class includes all materials, use of editing software, and use of equipment such as Sony Bloggie High-Definition cameras. After students film their feature story, they learn to edit it using Final Cut Pro software, with the finished piece airing on local cable TV channels, posted online, and burned onto a DVD.

All sessions are held at:

  • Montgomery Community Media
  • 7564 Standish Place – Suite 101
  • Rockville, MD 20855

Reach MCM Training at 301.424.1730 x 313.

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