Community Journalism Brunch and Learn December 8, 2007

News Crafting and the Art of the Interview for
Radio and Other Community Media

with Jim St. Clair, Jennifer Oladipo and John Hicks
9 a.m. - Noon
Saturday, December 8, 2007

Adena Center for Sustainability and Communications
Directions: I-71 Exit 2, Zorn Ave. @ River Rd behind BP to the Galen Building, 2nd Floor. (Map)
Free and open to the public. Donations welcome.
A light brunch buffet will be available.
Please RSVP to 502 896-1835 or
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Community journalism is one way community organizations and active citizens can make a difference. Citizen journalists help give voice to the voiceless, pursuing news from the community's point of view, and changing the media landscape.

About the Workshop:

In this workshop we will cover community journalism from story origins through interviewing, research, writing and media production. Participants will have the chance to learn about the basics of community journalism and craft their own stories, radio and media pieces in a hands-on setting.

Click here to see curriculum details.

Who should attend?

Anyone who is interested in writing and producing community journalism, or learning about how New Media works. Community journalists, students, newsletter editors, public access producers, web bloggers, neighborhood leaders, community organizers, community relations staffers, and media professionals -- and anyone else with an interest in "Doing the Media."

For Participants:
  • Please bring paper and pen or pencil.
  • If you have a digital recording device (recorder, digital camcorder, laptop computer) please bring that as well.
  • Please also go to "Do-It-Yourself Radio," download the Audacity software and take a look at WXBH-FM.
  • If you or your organization have stories or issues you would like to develop in this workshop series, please bring your notes or outline.
Coverage Opportunities for Community Journalists:

If you are interested in covering the State Legislative session or other community issues for Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, WXBH- FM, Open Journalism or other community organizations, please send an email to with "Community Coverage" in the subject line.

The workshop is offered as part of the Community Communications and Open Journalism initiatives to train community journalists to cover State and local community stories for community organizations and newswires, web, radio and television services.

About the instructors:
Jim St. Clair, a veteran journalist, editor and publisher, is Professor of Journalism at Indiana University Southeast.

Jennifer Oladipo is a freelance web and print journalist and consultant who has worked for a variety of media, including LEO Weekly, Investigative Reporters and Editors Journal, Dow Jones and others.

John Hicks
is Station Manager for WXBH-FM 92.87 Community Radio, a web services consultant and a former newspaper publisher and editor.

The workshop is offered through the Adena Center for Sustainability and Communications. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for the course and be eligible for CEU's towards the Certificate in Community Communications. Participants will also gain training towards radio, television and multimedia journalism with WXBH-FM / Brick House and the Open Journalism project.

An Evening With Jan Carew

An evening with Jan Carew:

A celebration of writing and reading

Thursday, December 6, 2007
5 - 7 P.M.

Blue Mountain Coffeehouse

400 E. Main, Louisville, KY, USA - corner of Main and Preston (
Map )
(502) 582-3220

Announcing: The Guyanese Wanderer
Inaugural edition, the Linda Bruckheimer Series in KY Literature of
Sarabande Books

Jan Carew sets a fabulist eye and elegant hand to both old world and new. Combining Caribbean folklore, ghost story, adventure tale, and the literature of European exile, these narratives contain a spirited dialect and colloquial voice that startles and delights. The journey begins in Carew's homeland, among the gaudy parrots, jaguars, and six o'clock bees of Guyana, and then shifts to the boulevards of London and Paris. Carew's characters--hunters and seers, buffoons and book-people--defy convention, especially the strong-willed women.

Betina puts her husband in his place with a prospecting knife. Belfon comes of age with the help, and seduction, of Couvade, a preacher-woman. A tagalong hunter named Tonic gets in over his head in a stampede of hogs. And in London, a black man called Caesar, prefers a landlord who puts his racism up front.

Carew has lived a long life, in countries all over the world. He's comfortable taking on just about anything, whether racial prejudice or whimsical fable, the fierce natural world or city slum. These are the brilliant songs of a learned man.

About Jan Carew

Jan Rynveld Carew has led a rich and varied life as a writer, educator, philosopher, and advisor to several nation states. He was born and educated in Guyana, and studied at Howard University, Western Reserve University, Charles University in Prague, and the Sorbonne in Paris. In London he worked as broadcaster, writer, and editor with the BBC, and lectured on race. His novels and nonfiction include Black Midas, A Touch of Midas, The Wild Coast, Green Winter, Ghosts in our Blood: With Malcolm X in Africa, England, and the Caribbean, The Last Barbarian, The Guyanese Wanderer, The Rape of Paradise, Children of the Sun, The Sisters and Manco's Stories, Fulcrums of Change, Black America, The Third Gift, The Caribbean Writer and Exile and a multitude of plays, poetry, articles, and stories. He has resided in Mexico, England, France, Spain, Ghana, Canada, and now lives in Louisville, Kentucky.


To Learn More About Jan Carew, go to News and Works of Jan Carew

This event qualifies for Continuing Education Credit in Literature and the Spoken Word through the Program in Community Communications of the Adena Center. For more information or to register for CEU credit, please email