While corporate media does have a monopoly on how and what information is disseminated to the public, there is no denying the power of the journalist who takes advantage of new technology and the internet to put out information to the public without big money lobbying for a political agenda.

INTRODUCING: HOW TO BE A DIY JOURNALIST

The world needs more journalists. But not just any journalist, DIY journalists. What is a DIY journalist? Well, for starts, DIY stands for Do-It-Yourself. Whether you define yourself as an independent journalist, a citizen journalist, a muckraker (or even an all around swell fellow), you can be a DIY journalist. DIY journalists are veritable one man bands.

A DIY journalist at work.

A DIY journalist can respond to any scene: crime, protest, press conference, etc. A DIY journalist can do everything from conducting interviews to doing stand-up (not the comedy kind) to editing and everything in between. The DIY journalist relies on no one but her/himself.

We will cover all aspects of DIY journalism in this multi-part series. Here are some of the topics we will cover:

  • What it takes to be a DIY journalist
  • Credentials
  • Equipment
  • Dealing with authority (also known as how not to get arrested but still get an inside scoop)
  • Utilizing internet and social media (live streaming!)
  • Pre production, production, and post production
  • Interviewing skills
  • and more!

So join us as we introduce a new part every Monday starting March 19. You can find this series in our Daily Insights section. Look for Part 1: What it Takes To Be a DIY Journalist we will be discussing the basics of journalism and the DIY philosophy.

See you then!

- Margot.