Palo Alto Online is looking for residents interested in joining our team in covering community issues and events on video.
We've partnered with the Media Center and are offering a four-week Citizen Journalist Academy to teach video production and reporting skills, after which participants would be ready to produce videos for community access television and Palo Alto Online.
Hands-on classes begin Saturday morning, June 4, and continue on the following dates: Tuesday evenings (7-10 p.m.) June 7, 14, 21 and 28; and Saturday morning (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) June 11. Field shoots will be conducted the weekend of June 18-19, per the participants' schedules.
Those enrolled will learn to use video cameras, audio equipment and how to edit video on the computer. They'll also learn how to plan and produce video segments. Open to anyone older than 16. Participant fee is $215.
Once trainees complete the program, they'll become community correspondents, be eligible to use Media Center video equipment and produce and submit videos to Palo Alto Online. In joining Palo Alto Online's team, online video correspondents will cover community events, conduct interviews and produce short video features about things going on in the Palo Alto community.
Those interested in applying to participate in the June academy should send an email containing a brief description of interest and background to email@example.com. Please include your full name, address, phone number and how long you have lived in the Palo Alto area.
Community Bloggers/Online Columnists
In addition to video journalists, Palo Alto Online is expanding its number of online community bloggers. Those who have a passion or expertise, or are just an opinionated resident with thoughts to share about life in Palo Alto, are welcome to apply to become a blogger on Palo Alto Online.
Writers selected as featured bloggers will receive a monthly payment, will be promoted on Palo Alto Online and in the Palo Alto Weekly and are expected to make regular postings at least once a week. Non-paid bloggers may become featured bloggers by generating a high number of page views and comments on their blog.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tyler Hanley, online editor, at 650-326-8210.