Oct 30th 2019

Documenters Orientation

@ Harold Washington Library

400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

Opening Wednesday, October 30th, from 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Our city officials make big decisions during public meetings every day—but the vast majority receive no media coverage and produce minimal records. Interested in learning how to keep tabs? Join us at the Harold Washington Library on Wednesday, October 30, from 5:30-7:30 PM. We will meet on the 8th floor in rooms 13-14.

This two-hour workshop will introduce you to the Documenters community through an overview of Chicago’s civic landscape. Join us to participate in skill-based exercises designed to help you source verifiable information, fact-check your work and understand your rights through Open Meetings law. These are core skills that can be used on a range of paid Documenter assignments.

Our community-building workshop will conclude with a learning review activity to make sure you feel ready to document, and once you complete the activity you’ll be eligible to apply for paid assignments covering public government meetings.

This training is designed for new Documenters as part of our onboarding process, but enrolled Documenters at any level of involvement can use the training to brush up on old skills or get re-acquainted with the Documenters community.

CAPACITY for this training is 25 participants—create an account and register for this training at Documenters.org. At the training, you’ll log in to your account to receive credit, so bring your log-in information and a laptop or smartphone if you have one (no worries if you don’t; we’ll have a couple extra laptops on hand). A limited number of drop-in spots will be available.

Documenters are citizens and civic actors; creators and collaborators; representing a broad base of intergenerational, diverse communities. City Bureau recruits, trains and pays this group of highly engaged citizens to participate in the newsgathering process and contribute to a communal pool of knowledge.

Together we’re democratizing news & information at the local level. Learn more at citybureau.org.

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