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What’s New – September 1st, 2017

Happy Labor Day weekend to everyone!

Today, we’re giving you an update on the CJS Conference in DC, the new Weekend Challenge, and a Question & Answer video.

Free for CJS yearly members, the CJS Conference is two days of high impact learning in the world of citizen journalism and activism, hosted by 10-year investigative reporter and activist Lee Stranahan. We’ve decided to push the date to November, 2017 and we hope to see you there!

This weekend at CJS, we want you to fact check the fact checkers. Simply go to any fact checking site (Snopes, Politifact, etc.) and give us a rundown of things they DON’T tell you. Watch the video for more information here.

In the new Q&A, Lee gives you advice for rethinking a story to gain better clarity, and you can watch it here.

That’s all, and until next time,

The Stranahans

What’s New – August 28th, 2017

Hey, folks!

Today, we have the Weekend Challenge results and yet another Questions & Answers video.

First of all, we had a technical issue where the submission form was broken. We apologize for this inconvenience. Thank you to those who posted their submissions in the CJS Forums.

Second, we want to congratulate Debbie Petersen for her submission winning this week’s prize – a Fire HD8 tablet!

And finally, in this Q&A installment, Lee goes over effective ways to build your brand as a journalist using Periscope.

More Q&A’s coming soon!


The Stranahans

What’s New – August 25th, 2017

Hey, folks!

Happy Friday!

This time we have another Q&A video and a new Weekend Challenge.

For this Weekend Challenge, we want you to learn what makes a good podcast by taking an hour and listening to ones that top the charts. Lee explains further here.

Lee also explains how you can increase your chances of getting a response in the emails to write to possible interview subjects, editors for publications, and others. Watch it here.

We hope you enjoy and have a good weekend!


The Stranahans

What’s New – August 17th, 2017

Hey, folks!

Today, we’ve uploaded two new Question & Answer videos for to you learn from!

In today’s uploads, Lee will give you one DO and one DON’T for interviews, as well as clearing up how you can obtain clips from broadcasted news (CNN, FOX, etc.)

We will new Q&As going up all weekend, as well as the Weekend Challenge tomorrow, so stay tuned.


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