WORD ON THE STREET/INDYPENDENT READER MEDIA WORKSOP

 

Weekly media workshop organized by Word on the Street and Indypendent Reader where anyone from the public can learn media-making skills. Topics of workshops will include: writing (creative, journalistic, and argumentative), research, photography, videography, interviewing, the ethics of journalism, and more.

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Word on the Street (WOTS) and Indypendent Reader (IR) are organizing a media workshop open to the public. It will be held on a weekly basis every Saturday morning. The goal is to provide a members of the public the opportunity and resources to develop media-making skills of various sorts. The topics of the workshops will include: writing (creative, journalistic, and argumentative), research, photography, videography, interviewing, the ethics of journalism, and more.

It should be noted that the media workshop is not being created from scratch. WOTS has been holding separate writing and photo workshops for close to a year. WOTS teamed up with IR in order to increase economies of scale.

Course sessions

    Saturday October 27 2012

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

     

    The Word on the Street and Indy Reader media workshop will hold a public meeting this Saturday to discuss material for upcoming issues and find writers/photographers to cover new stories. Writers/photographers will discuss documentation techniques and find ways to collaborate on new articles. Anyone is welcome to attend.  

    Saturday December 1 2012

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    News Vs. Feature Stories

    What is the difference between news pieces and feature stories? Learn how to shape your message into a credible story and develop your journalistic writing skills.

    Saturday January 12 2013

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    Learning the Basics of Street Photography

    Street photography is an exciting and often fastpaced artform that utilizes a person's reflexes, knowledge of photographic priniciples, and street smarts all at once. Sometime intimidating for photography beginners, this course will teach the basics of street photography and provide helpful tips for new photographers who want to document stories in an urban landscape.

    Saturday January 26 2013

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    This week we will be collectively editing two articles that will premiere in the 5th issue of Baltimore’s new street paper: Word on the Street.  We will focus on the following questions:  

    ◦Is the purpose of this article clear?

    ◦Is the article written & structured in a way that is engaging to readers?

    ◦Is proper grammar used? (special emphasis on proper use of quotes)

    Indypendent Reader’s Stephen Roblin will facilitate the workshop.

    Saturday February 2 2013

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

     

    FEBRUARY 16th

    This workshop will focus on how to take one's personal experience, and communicate it through written narrative. In reviewing the basic structures and strategies present in most written stories, we hope to make newer writers more aware of the storytelling tools available to them, while giving experienced writers a refresher. Another topic of discussion will be the various genres we can choose for our stories; we'll explore the pros and cons of representing our experiences through creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or even plays.

    Saturday February 16 2013

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    CREATIVE Writing

     

    This workshop will focus on how to take one's personal experience, and communicate it through written narrative. In reviewing the basic structures and strategies present in most written stories, we hope to make newer writers more aware of the storytelling tools available to them, while giving experienced writers a refresher. Another topic of discussion will be the various genres we can choose for our stories; we'll explore the pros and cons of representing our experiences through creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or even plays.

    Saturday February 9 2013

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    Investigative Journalism

    Investigative journalism is a writing form that takes shape through extensive research, critical thinking and digging deep when interviewing. This workshop will help you think about different methods of getting to the core of a story that may not have been told yet by anyone else.

    Facilitator: Brandi Bottalico

    Saturday February 2 2013

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    Photography Workshop 

    -Facilitator Michael Jefferson

    Saturday February 23 2013

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    Night Photography Workshop

    This week we will focus on night photography and how to take a successful picture in low light. We will look at examples from some of the best night photographers and discuss how to utilize street lights, moonlight, and flash successfully. This workshop should serve as an introduction to night photography and is intended for photo beginners.

    Saturday March 2 2013

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    The WOTS/IR Grassroots Media Workshop will be on hiatus this week and next. 

    Classes to return Saturday, March 16th.

    Saturday March 9 2013

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    The WOTS/IR Grassroots Media Workshop will be on hiatus this week.  Classes to return Saturday, March 16th.

    Saturday March 23 2013

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    Grassroots Media Workshops will return March 23rd with Style and the Message in Documentary Photography facilitated by Michael.

     

    Style can radically change the message of a photograph. This workshop will focus on how style can change the mood and message of documentary photography. We will look at examples of some of the great documentarians and consider how their different philosophies and techniques change the message of their images. Participants in this week’s workshop will learn how to identify stylistic techniques and gain new insights into stylistic techniques that compliment their photographic interests.

     

    Saturday March 30 2013

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    The media workshop will be cancelled due to the holiday. We will be back next week, April 6th.

    Please check back later for the topic!  Have a safe and happy week

    Saturday April 6 2013

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

     

    The WOTS/IR team will be attending "The New Faces of War" conference by Historians Against the War - April 5-7 Friday, April 5 - the conference kicks off at 2640 from 7-9pm (if you haven't yet registered you can do so from 6-7) Saturday-Sunday, April 6 & 7 - the conference is held at the College of Liberal Arts Building at Towson University   SCHEDULE   *The conference is donation only for residents of the greater Baltimore Area*

    Saturday April 13 2013

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    Photography Walk: NIMBY-ism

    Michael will lead us in a photo walk as we try to capture the concept of NIMBY-ism.  

    Saturday April 20 2013

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    Saturday April 20 2013

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

    Media Systems: Power and Ideology

    In this workshop, we will explore "independent media" by comparing it to the U.S. "mainstream corporate media." In doing so, we will investigate the internal structure of the mainstream corporate media, its relationship to dominant societal sectors, namely the government and corporate sectors, and how it relates to the broader public. We will also discuss the ideology that informs mainstream media output, focusing in particular on examples of reporting and commentary on U.S. foreign policy. From here, we will explore where independent media models differ from the mainstream media model in these crucial respects (internal structure, relationship to government and corporate sectors, relationship to readers, and ideology). The use of concrete examples, both institutions and media output, will be used to inform our discussion. The workshop will be faciliated by Stephen Roblin, a collective member of Baltimore's Indypendent Reader.

    Saturday April 27 2013

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

     

    Statistics in the News

    Why do we use statistics in the news?  Are stats helpful or do they simply confuse the reader?  We will look at some examples and Damien will show us how to properly discern and use stats in media-making.

     

    Saturday May 4 2013

    11:00AM - 1:00PM (Franklin Classroom)

     

    Media Systems: Power and Ideology

    In this workshop, we will explore "independent media" by comparing it to the U.S. "mainstream corporate media." In doing so, we will investigate the internal structure of the mainstream corporate media, its relationship to dominant societal sectors, namely the government and corporate sectors, and how it relates to the broader public. We will also discuss the ideology that informs mainstream media output, focusing in particular on examples of reporting and commentary on U.S. foreign policy. From here, we will explore where independent media models differ from the mainstream media model in these crucial respects (internal structure, relationship to government and corporate sectors, relationship to readers, and ideology). The use of concrete examples, both institutions and media output, will be used to inform our discussion. The workshop will be faciliated by Stephen Roblin, a collective member of Baltimore's Indypendent Reader.