Free NOWCastSA community journalist training

Submitted by abnaz on February 8, 2012 - 4:47pm

Pet lovers interested in reporting and writing, creating video or photos on animal issues will have the opportunity to get free training from NOWCastSA during a community journalism workshop from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Benavides Community Family Resource Learning Center, located at 515 Castroville Road.

NOWCastSA is working in partnership with the San Antonio Area Foundation's Talk About It! No Kill program, which is holding a Bark in the Park/Perrito Grito at Woodlawn Lake Park on Saturday, March 24. The event will feature informational booths about animal adoption, spaying, neutering, micro-chipping and vaccination.

The NOWCastSA community journalism workshops are free, but each participant will be asked, in return, to contribute a story or create a video or take pictures related to animal care and the Perrito Grito.

During the NOWCastSA training workshop, staff video journalists will offer training on shooting and editing photos and video, along with a session on how to use smart and dumb phones as reporting and publishing tools.

NOWCastSA journalists will give participants some Journalism 101 tips for reporting and interviewing, along with writing for the web. NOWCastSA journalists will also offer some Rules for the Road on how to stay out of legal and copyright trouble.

The NOWCastSA team will also offer guidelines and tips for social media, including Twitter and Facebook.

At the end of the workshop, a representative from the Talk About It! No Kill program will hold a news conference, during which participants will be asking questions, shooting video and taking pictures.

As "payment" for the free training, participants are asked to produce a story, video, or slideshow related to animal care or the Talk About It! No Kill program. Stories will run on the NOWCastSA site during the month of March, leading up to the Bark in the Park event.

Participants should also bring whatever equipment they may have from home, including cameras, cell phones, smart phones, audio recording devices and laptops to the workshop.

Potential community journalists must be age 13 or older to participate in this training. No previous experience is required. Sessions will be tailored to the skill levels and needs of participants.

Only 25 spaces are available. Please register to attend at and share this opportunity with your friends and colleagues.