Sudbury: Build Your Organization's Media Skills!

Jan 18, 2013

Sudbury: Build Your Organization's Media Skills!

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Contact: Scott Neigh

Email: scottneigh@sympatico.ca

 

BUILD YOUR ORGANIZATION'S MEDIA SKILLS

Grassroots: Sudbury's Media Collective Offers Workshops

 

SUDBURY, ONTARIO, January 18, 2013 – Over the next several months, Grassroots: Sudbury's Media Collective will be going into the community to share skills and information that will help local groups get their messages out. We will be offering suggestions for relating to media of all kinds, and we want to build confidence and skills for ordinary people to begin producing their own grassroots, independent media. Grassroots media can be a great way for people to find out about the work, events, and issues of local community groups, and we want to support community groups in being heard and sharing information.

To do this, Grassroots is making one request and two offers:

  • Our membership drive: We are asking groups and organizations for a chance to speak briefly at one of their meetings, to tell them about our work and about our new membership campaign. We have been around for almost two years, producing content, maintaining media infrastructure, building awareness, and sharing skills. In order to take the next step and support the production of more independent media in Sudbury, we are asking for people to buy memberships. With the money we raise, we will be able to pay emerging writers for their work and to do further trainings and workshops. You can learn more about our membership drive here, and download the membership form here.

  • Mini-workshop on working with the media: We are offering a 15-minute mini-workshop which we envision as happening at the beginning or end of a group's regular meeting. In this workshop, we will talk briefly about writing better media releases, working with mainstream media, and other techniques for getting your message out, and we will leave groups with a more detailed written resource as well.

  • Writing workshop: We are also offering groups the opportunity to have us deliver a two hour writing workshop to their members. The first half of the workshop is on writing process and the second half is specifically on grassroots journalism, and it is a great way for people to begin thinking about how they can start making their own grassroots media and bringing attention to voices, issues, and stories that are excluded from mainstream outlets.

Grassroots: Sudbury's Media Collective is creating independent media in the North, to speak to our issues and outlooks on our communities as well as the world around us. Independent media provides an avenue for people who are wishing to gain critical perspectives on the issues that matter most to us, and to give a voice to those people and stories that you won't find in the mainstream media. We are a working group of the national Media Co-op network.

You can contact us at grassrootssudburymedia@gmail.com.