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Nov 23

Intro to Citizen Journalism: four session workshop

November 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 14, 2021

$25 – $75

Learn how to become a citizen journalist.
Workshop Theme: Malden in transition

Register for this four-part intro to citizen journalism.
Space is limited. Sign up today!

During this time of disruption and change, the demand for quality local journalism has never been greater. With the newspaper business struggling and new forms of digital media emerging, local writers and reporters are stepping forward. Would you like to join their ranks?

In this course, we will review and practice principles of journalism and basic reporting; we will explore traditional and trusted forms of newsgathering as it applies to the digital landscape. Students will improve their writing and reporting skills. For this workshop theme, we will work together on articles that explore the complex nature of Malden’s growth as it affects housing, cost of living, and equity. Participants will see their work published and work as a team with other journalists. This is a very hands-on course with in-class exercises and feedback from both instructor and classmates. The class is structured for the beginner, but is also recommended as a review for advanced students. Students who take this workshop must commit to all four sessions and be interested in being part of the Neighborhood View team.

Workshop Sessions

All workshop sessions held by Zoom 7:00-8:30pm

November 16, 23, 30, December 14


Front page with Maddie Lam and a magazine look
Image: Latest Neighborhood View featuring an article about artist Maddie Lam

UMA’s Neighborhood View is a citizen journalism program that provides local coverage of issues and events and promotes civic involvement in the community. It is about engagement through research, eyewitness accounts, & reporting, with the intent of making our communities better informed & our citizens more active participants.

Instructor Stephanie Schorow is a veteran journalist who has worked for the Boston Herald, the Boston Globe, the Associated Press and numerous publications, both print and online. She is a professional writing teacher at LaSalle College and has just published her eighth book on local Boston-area history. Stephanie is also UMA’s Neighborhood View editor/coordinator.


Course price includes an annual Neighborhood View enrollment fee and special UMA membership of $35 dollars. This annual payment entitles journalists to the full benefits to the UMA membership and the Neighborhood View program offerings: access to professional writing mentorship/editing, weekly meetings with the Neighborhood team, experience publishing for Neighborhood View, and opportunities to learn how to effectively cover local stories.

NOTE: financial assistance by way of scholarships are available, especially for high school and college students. Email anne@umaverse.org for details about eligibility.


November 23, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$25 – $75
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