Library Reporting Workshops Inaugurate Community Newspaper Project

CRW Workshop Flyer, July 2015

Community Reporting Workshop flyer - July 8, 2015.

July 8, Woodhaven, NY — As part of an effort to expand local access  to digital and print media, the Community Reporting Workshop will meet on four Wednesdays in July and August at the Woodhaven branch of the Queens Library. Sponsored by the Queens Free Press, the workshop is free and open to all. The Woodhaven library is at 85-41 Forest Pkwy in Woodhaven. Call (718) 849-1010 for more information.

More Than Just the Facts

The first workshops, on July 8 and 22nd, will feature a catalog of “what’s in a newspaper” as well as an introduction to the foundations of basic news reporting.

Newspapers are made up of many different kinds of content: news articles, opinions, features, informational and calendar items, classifieds and more. The workshop will review will review these different content types and participants will identify topics of their own choosing.

In some opinion-based writing there is confusion about what is a fact and what is an opinion, and the Community Reporting Workshop is designed to help make opinions stronger by grounding them in facts.

Solving Problems

The Queens Free Press is an activist paper: members of our community encounter problems or situations, the facts of which few of us know anything about. Solutions to community problems will only come if the nature and the causes of problems are communicated effectively to the public and to those tasked with addressing what does ail our community.

The Community Reporting Workshop is designed to help civic-minded individuals contribute to the discovery of solutions through effective communication online and in print.

4 Wednesday Workshops 

The Community Reporting Workshop will meet at 4pm on July 8, July 22, August 12 and August 26. The workshop is led by CUNY English professor Joel Kuszai and Amanda Ocasio, a graduate student in journalism at Hofstra University. There is no cost or any other requirement. Workshop participants are not required to publish in the Queens Free Press—or anywhere.

Can’t Make It?

Participation is not based on attendance at the workshop. For more information or to get involved send an email to, follow us on Twitter at @QueensFreePress or leave us a message or text us at: 347-370-9393.

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