A lot of the conversation about citizen journalism revolves around self-promotion on social media, WePay crowdfunding, and how to learn HTML to spiff up your personal website.
That’s not what CJS is — we want to rigorously explore the act of reporting and analyzing news. We are both graduates of traditional journalism schools, and we don’t think they should hold that education hostage, nor do we think it should come only with unpaid internships. Many worthy reporters can’t afford the time or debt for either of those options. We think they still deserve to know the best ways to file public records requests and make subjects comfortable in front of a camera.
CJS will host, for example, links to relevant stories of the day, tips and tricks for interviewing subjects, highlights on new tools, and much more.
We believe the current media is undergoing a kind of revolution. We are unabashedly arming the proletariat for that revolution. Welcome.