Citizen Watchdog Training Seminar – Citizen Journalism Training – Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity(Saturday, March 31, 2012)

 The Franklin Center is Hosting a training seminar that we ALL should consider going to.

Enjoy the Saturday being trained by pro’s (including James O’Keefe from acorn fame)

-How to become an information activist -How to use investigative reporting tools and skills -How to make a public information request -How to hold elected officials accountable through social media

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We’re proud to be partnering with famed citizen journalist James O’Keefe (or as many know him: the man who took down ACORN) for a critical event – and we need you to be a part of it! 
California and our nation are in fiscal crisis. You’ve heard the egregious examples of waste, fraud, and abuse on a daily basis.  Our elected officials and unaccountable career bureaucrats are setting us on a path of reckless spending that will bankrupt America – unless we act.     The time has come to stand up and take action. We can no longer afford to sit by and wait for the government or mainstream media to fully inform the public about what’s going on behind closed doors.      Please join us on Saturday, March 31, from 9am to 5pm, at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa to learn how you can get involved to hold our elected officials accountable and set this country on a better path for future generations.     Click here to reserve your space today! 

My friends at the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity will provide a full day of in-depth training to equip you with the tools and skills to become a more effective activist. 
You will hear from some of the nation’s leading experts in information activism and investigative reporting, such as: ·         James O’Keefe, Project Veritas (the information activist whose video work has exposed ACORN,   
          NPR, teachers’ unions, and voter fraud in New Hampshire)
·         David Spady, Americans for Prosperity-California ·         Todd Shepherd, (Award-winning investigative reporter in Colorado) ·         Steven Greenhut, Previously with Orange County Register ·         Jenny Erikson, Blogger and Contributor for CafeMom   Click here to learn more and register. For only $10 per person (the cost of lunch and materials), you will learn: -How to become an information activist -How to use investigative reporting tools and skills -How to make a public information request -How to hold elected officials accountable through social media   Together, we can begin the hard, but important job of taking back America.   Citizen Watchdog Training Seminar March 31, 2012 – 9am – 5pm San Diego Hilton Resort and Spa 1775 East Mission Bay Drive San Diego, CA 92101   Click here to register. A full agenda for the program follows below.   We hope to see you there!   Sincerely,   Roger Hedgecock  

Citizen Journalism Training
Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity
Saturday, March 31, 2012 – San Diego, CA     
9:00 – 9:15am – Introduction and Announcements   9:15am – 10:30am – Open Records and Investigative Reporting Todd Shepherd, Independence Institute  Learn to think like an investigative reporter, identify potential leads and expose backdoor deals at the municipal and state levels.  In his six year reporting career between Oklahoma City and Denver, Todd has broken numerous stories, and is the winner of three regional Edward R. Murrow awards, one of those for investigative reporting.  He is the founder and co-editor of the news website, and his work can be found at Independence Investigates.   10:30am- 11:15am – Becoming an Information Activist    Learn step-by-step how to become an effective information activist by developing your personal brand, becoming an expert on the issues, learning the ins and outs of your state and local government, pursuing truth and accuracy, and earning credibility from your opponents.   11:15am -Noon – The State of American Journalism     Noon- 12:15pm – Break   12:15 – 1:30pm – James O’Keefe – Video Activism: Telling the Real Story

Lunch and Keynote Speaker  Learn to capture the real story that the mainstream media won’t cover by using the power of live video footage. You can expose waste, fraud, and abuse in the government by producing hard video evidence that even the biased media can’t spin.   1:30- 1:40pm – Brief Video Address from Roger Hedgecock, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, on the Importance of Citizen Activism   1:45-3:00 – PANEL:  Exposing Waste, Fraud, and Abuse: Using the Mainstream Media to Your Advantage 3:00-3:15pm – Break   3:15- 4:00PM – Social Media 101   4:00-5:00pm – PANEL:  Using Social Media to To Hold Your Elected Officials Accountable   The power of the Internet allows tweets, blog posts, and videos to reach an audience across the globe within seconds. Now you can harness the power of social media to hold elected officials accountable. You will learn the skills to monitor your web traffic, increase your search engine optimization, and increase your online presence.  



The mission of the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity is to promote social welfare and civil betterment by undertaking programs that promote journalism and the education of the public about corruption, incompetence, fraud, or taxpayer abuse by elected officials at all levels of government. The Franklin Center will accomplish these goals by networking and training independent investigative reporters, as well as journalists from state based news organizations, public-policy institutions & watchdog groups.

At the heart of the Franklin Center’s mission is a belief that new technology can advance the cause of transparency in government. This can only be accomplished, however, if the journalists of tomorrow can effectively master this new media. The Franklin Center aims to educate, to advise and to train individuals and organizations from all backgrounds to become thorough, unbiased and accurate reporters well versed in new media techniques and journalistic integrity.


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