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New Lesson + CJ&AC Videos Now Up

Hey folks!

One quick note: the Weekend Challenge is running until the 27th, not the 20th. (It took us a few days to get the Kindle signed by Dog and Beth, and we didn’t want to promise a prize we couldn’t deliver, so we extended the start date and the end date by a bit). Please do join in!

We have a new lesson up in our Introduction to Research Tactics course, this time on Finding Out How Narratives Change. Specifically we get into how to use a subscription with a large media platform to do historic searches in order to notice discrepancies between stories as reported at different dates. If that sounds like something you’re interested in you should definitely check that out!

We’ve uploaded the recordings from the conference overnight, and we’re happy to announce that we’ve sent those out to the conference attendees as well as everybody who’s asked for them. If you’re a Guinea Pig or a yearly member, and you’d like to see some of those recordings, please send Shane an email and he’ll help to get you sorted out.

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Dog’s Weekend Challenge, Upcoming Conference Recordings, and a White House Press Briefing Question

Hey folks!

We’ve just added a new Weekend Challenge, this time with a special celebrity guest star: Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman, known best as Dog the Bounty Hunter! To enter this Weekend Challenge, you should write a piece about bail reform – we even have some stories to help you get started. The winner gets a Kindle Fire HD signed by Dog and his wife Beth. You can learn more about the challenge on the Weekend Challenge page.

We’re also happy to announce that we’ll start sending out the recordings from last week’s conference tomorrow. To anyone who didn’t sign up for or attend the conference, and who’s either one of our early Guinea Pigs or a member with a yearly subscription, please let Shane know if you’re interested in watching the conference videos and we’ll make sure you get those.

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P.S. Lee attended a press briefing yesterday for the first time in a while, and was called on to ask a question. You can see the question and Kevin Hassett’s answer below:

Weekend Challenge – November 18th, 2017

This challenge is running for ten days – from November 18th-27th – unlike what the video suggests!

This Weekend Challenge involves writing a piece about bail reform, and the winner of this Weekend Challenge gets a Kindle Fire HD signed by Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife Beth Chapman.

Here’s some information you can use for your piece on bail reform:

An interview we did with Mary Smith on Bail Reform, now available over at the Forum.

A website we put together about the criminal justice reform movement at

An article over at Populist.TV about George Soros’ influence on the USA, broken down state-by-state.

A series of three articles Lee wrote at Breitbart last year about the Criminal Justice Reform movement:

The Truth Behind the Push for Criminal Justice Reform

The Ballot or the Bullet: The Real Agenda Behind Criminal Justice Reform Part Two

Black Lives Matter’s White Grandfather: Truth About Criminal Justice Reform Part 3

Submit your stories below, and we’ll choose one to send the prize.

Lee Stranahan Discusses Censorship on RT

CJS founder Lee Stranahan appeared on Crosstalk, a show on Russia-funded network RT to discuss the recent requirement that RT register as a foreign agent. Lee got into the broader issue of censorship’s impact on the press.

Our Conference Got Infiltrated and We Have A New Lesson on Writing

Hey folks!

We’ve just finished up our first Citizen Journalism and Activism Conference. The conference was a big success in a few ways, and an interesting learning experience overall.

We also got infiltrated, though! We have more information in the following three videos – and a bit of actual education, in the first one:

We’re also happy to announce that we’ve added a new lesson to our Basics of Writing course, this time about Finishing an Article.

We’ll be sending out recordings of the conference to our attendees and eligible students – Guinea Pigs, and yearly subscribers – this coming weekend. If you’d like to attend one of these conferences in the future please keep in our loop! We’ll send you more information about our next one as soon as we start to make progress on it.

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