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Frustrated by the media?

For decades if not centuries, journalism has served the interests of power.

Now, for the first time, the leveling power of modern digital technology means an era of widespread citizen journalism can fundamentally change how our society works.

Journalism is the antibody of democracy. But first you need to learn to do good journalism…

What is Citizen Journalism School?

My name is Lee Stranahan.

I want to show you how to do great, groundbreaking work.

Learn to research and write like a pro.

In the internet era, the written word is more important than ever.

You don’t need to stare in agony at a blank page, wondering what to say next. We’ll show you how to structure stories, create series, and even write and publish books.

It all starts with research, and we’ll teach you the deep research tricks that most reporters never bother to learn, We’ll give you the edge you need to be a better writer.

Learn to podcast & broadcast

Picture yourself, confidently leaning close to the microphone and telling the world the truth.

Audio is simply one of the most powerful storytelling tools out there and with explosion of internet radio and podcasting, it’s become a vital took for news-makers.

You’ll learn everything from mic technique to branding your show to launching your very own podcast at Citizen Journalism School.

Connect with other Citizen Journalists in a worldwide digital newsroom.

Our private forums and Slack channel are the way for you to interact with Lee and other students. Make connections, collaborate, ask questions, share data… our forums bring you into the action.

Get story ideas and be part of a real editorial process, if you choose. Join a team and get experience working as a researcher, writer, and editor creating stories and helping us cover breaking news.

Journalistic Thinking

You’ll learn to critically and accurately think through complicated stories.


You’ll learn the basics of how to blog with your new WordPress website.


You’ll learn how to get started with podcasting and interviewing guests.

Streaming Video

You’ll learn how to get started and scale up the quality of your video streams.

Committed to making you smarter

Learn from Lee Stranahan and 40+ years of media experience.

After a successful career behind the scenes in the TV & Film industry, Lee set his sights on journalism in 2007 as a way of trying to understand the changes he saw happening in the world. Lee started as a featured writer at The Huffington Post, where he broke news on the John Edwards affair. Then Lee met Andrew Breitbart, who became a close friend and mentor, working with him to cover the Pigford farmer’s fraud story, reporting which was later vindicated by a front-page New York Times story.

Former Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon would later call Lee “the best investigative reporter in America” and his reporting would take him across the country and around the world, including covering the rise of ISIS while reporting on his own from Lebanon. He’s currently the co-host of the morning drive-time show Fault Lines with Nixon and Stranahan in Washington DC on Radio Sputnik.

Lee’s experience and reputation as one of the best researchers in the business make Lee the ideal guide to light your path to success.


Citizen Journalim School is priced to be affordable.

A recent study said the cost of a traditional journalism school is $34,000 per year.

We price our lifetime membership at a fraction of that.

Instead of learning from outdated institutions what it used to mean to be a journalist, join to learn how to do cutting-edge journalistic work today.