Course Description

This workshop will offer a hands-on exploration of how journalism and design practices can help you find and share information that your community needs to thrive. You'll learn tools for understanding the local issues that are affecting you and your neighbors, how decisions get made, and how to see the larger systems at play behind the issues you care about.

This workshop will be facilitated by faculty and staff from Journalism + Design at The New School, in partnership with Resolve Philly and City Bureau's Documenters Network.

Course Outline

  1. What’s “News” to you?
  2. Thinking like a journalist
  3. Finding credible information
  4. Seeing the big picture
  5. Practice deep listening
  6. Designing a civic news product

Learner Outcomes

In this workshop, you will gain an introduction to the following topics:

  • The fundamentals of producing journalism
  • Creative and effective ways to better inform your community
  • Tools to see how power functions and uncover what's driving the big issues you care about
  • How to find credible information and share what's happening in your local government
  • Using “design thinking” to help you solve problems
  • Becoming a more active participant in your community


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