• Cirien Saadeh

Fall 2022/Winter 2023 Community Journalism Trainings

These trainings are pay-what-you-can, with unlimited free tickets! Click the titles of each training below to get to the eventbrite page and register for a free or pay-what-you-can ticket. Once you register on Eventbrite, you'll receive information on how to access the virtual trainings!


Community Journalism: Racial and Social Justice

This discussion and journalism training discusses the racial and social justice (and injustice) implications of community journalism.

Introduction to Community Journalism: Training and Discussion

This training introduces participants to community journalism through a discussion-packed, experiential two-hour training. Participants have the opportunity to explore the role that journalism can play in helping a community build power, the processes of community journalism, and the connections between community journalism and community building.

Community Journalism: Relationship-Building

A key element of authentic community journalism is our capacity to build relationships with each other. This training discusses how and why we center relationship-building in community journalism work, with a focus on best practices.

Community Journalism: Writing and Editing

This training shares best practices for writing and reporting journalistic work. Participants will be able to practice editing and have the opportunity to put together short articles in this experiential training.

Community Journalism: Audio Reporting

Audio journalism is such a creative and important journalistic tool. This training will introduce participants to the tenets and best practices of audio reporting, as well as a DIY “how-to.”

Community Journalism: Policy Reporting from the Community

Policy reporting is a unique and crucial type of journalism however community journalists do not do the same type of reporting as mainstream journalists. In this training reporters will be introduced to the how’s and why's of policy reporting on a local and state level.

Community Journalism: Developing Questions

Asking good questions, whether for interview purposes or for reporting research, is a crucial tool for journalists. How we ask questions and how we understand those questions impacts the answers we get and how we understand those answers. In this training participants will learn how to ask solid questions for interviews and for journalistic research.

Community Journalism: Interviewing

One of the core practices in journalism is the interview. In this training participants will discuss interviewing within the work of community journalism. How do we schedule and conduct interviews, develop questions, and follow-up? What are the best practices we can take with us?

Community Journalism: Best Practices for Justice in Journalism

There are specific practices that we can use in our community journalism that help us to build racial and social justice through our work. This discussion-packed and experiential training will focus on best practices that we can use as community journalists committed to racial and social justice.

Community Journalism: Ethics, Objectivity, and Equity

Ethics, objectivity, and our innate biases play a unique role in the community newsroom, even more so in a community newsroom that centers racial and social justice. This training will open up a discussion on ethics in community journalism: what journalistic ethics are, what ethical questions we ask as community journalists, and how we communicate those values and ethics to our larger community.

Cooperation and Collaboration in Community Journalism

Cooperation and collaboration are core practices and elements within the work of community journalism and within a community journalism newsroom. This training will discuss models and practices for cooperation and collaboration in community journalism with regard to reporting and newsroom operations.

Community Journalism, Racial Justice, and Resilience

This training centers on the intersections of racial justice and resilience within community journalism.

Community Journalism: Power, Tension, and Relationships

Journalism and community organizing are often seen as two ideas that exist in opposition to each other. However community journalism and community organizing are closely intertwined. This training discusses the concepts of power, tension, and relationships within the work of community organizing and community journalism. We also discuss the intersections and conflicts between community journalism and community organizing.

Community Journalism and Social Movements: Intersections, Tensions, and Challenges

Community journalism has a unique role within social movements. This training explores the role and the responsibilities of community journalists committed to equitable coverage of social movements. This discussion-packed training uses real-world examples and experiential training activities as part of our discussion.

The Journalism of Color Training Center is a journalism support organization, community journalism school, and - launching soon - a newsroom that supports the efforts of communities building anti-racist newsrooms, anti-racist freelance journalists, and existing newsrooms seeking to build towards anti-racist practices and processes. The Journalism of Color Training Center aims its efforts at the transformation of community journalism content, processes, and structures. In May 2023, the Journalism of Color Training Center will officially launch the Journalism of Color Community Handbook and the Journalism of Color Community Journalism Certificate program. Currently they work with up-and-coming newsrooms in Southern Illinois, rural Massachusetts, the Appalachian mountains, the Bronx, Prescott, Arizona, and half a dozen freelance journalists. The Journalism of Color Training Center is fiscally sponsored by the Center for Community Education, commonly known at XITO - the Xicanx Institute for Teaching and Organizing.

Dr. Cirien Saadeh is an Arab-American journalist and educator who works at the intersections of journalism, social movement development, experiential education, and sustainability. She was trained as a community organizer by the former Organizing Apprenticeship Project (now Voices for Racial Justice). She has written for local, national, and international publications and is committed to using journalism as a tool in the pursuit of justice for all historically disenfranchised communities. Saadeh produces and hosts the Radical News Radio Hour and the new podcast, At the Intersections, and is the founder of the Journalism of Color Training Center. Saadeh is the outgoing Executive Director for The UpTake - a community news organization - and Associate Faculty at Prescott College where she received her PhD in Sustainability Education in 2019. As part of her doctoral program, she developed a theory “Journalism of Color,” which asks, in short: how do we develop sustainable journalism platforms and spaces in historically-marginalized communities and how do we create journalism methodologies which build community power and resilience? Saadeh is currently conducting research at the intersections of journalism, social movements, and cooperative sustainability, as well as the applications of racial equity impact analyses to the practice of community journalism.

© Cirien Issa Saadeh, PhD

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