The Community Journalism Project (CJP) took shape in 2009 under the direction of Terri Klemetson who is now News Director at KMUD. Initial goals of the CJP included getting more voices on the Local News, and more multi-media collaboration within the KMUD listening community. Participation in the program does not require prior knowledge of journalism or radio broadcasting. The CJP training component covers the basics of broadcast journalism, including: ethics, interviewing techniques, recording equipment basics, writing for radio, story composition and editing.
Terrri Klemetson describes her vision in this way, "I wanted listeners to understand journalism ethics, and I wanted to create a space for open dialogue about why and how the KMUD Newsroom picked stories to air. It was a great forum for open discussion, critique and skill sharing. I also firmly believe that KMUD is more than a radio station - our newsroom needs to adapt to the changing media world and the expansion of social media as a news source and communication tool."
A spin-off from the CJP was the Emergency Response Team (ERT), which evolved in 2010 to enhance the coverage of emergency events such as earthquakes, major slides, fires, and floods. ERT members come from those who have already gone through the Community Journalist training and then receive additional emergency preparedness training and participate in practice sessions.
Another round of Community Journalist training classes has been scheduled between now and the end of the year. All classes are free (donations welcome) and are held at the KMUD studios at: 1144 Redway Dr, Redway, Calif. For more information call the KMUD Office at (707) 923-2513 or the KMUD News Room (707) 923-2605.
The current 2013 class schedule appears below:
- Nov. 24 â€“ (Everyone invited!) - 1:00-3:00. This class will teach audio editing, using both Audacity and Sound Studio. Both Monique Rowan and Terri Klemetson will be teaching. Newsroom reporters, producers, and anchors will be attending to share audio editing tips.
- Dec. 1 â€“ (Everyone invited!) - 1:00-3:00. This class will include information about investigative reporting, Public Records Act (PRA) , and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
- Dec. 15 â€“ (Everyone invited!) - 1:00-3:00. Emergency Response Team class will cover winter disaster preparedness.
- Jan. 5 â€“ (Everyone invited!) - 1:00-3:00. This class will focus on audio editing.
- Jan. 19 â€“ (Everyone invited!) - 1:00-3:00. This class will present information on investigative reporting.