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What’s New – July 19th, 2017

Hey, folks!

Lee and Jack got back from Florida this morning, and Shane will be coming back from Twin Falls tomorrow.

With us coming back into town and getting back into gear, and with John Cardillo joining the team, things are about to get much more busy at CJS. We’re going to be finishing up some of our older classes soon, but we’re also about to add a few new courses, including one that Shane is going to be partly filming later today while he’s still out in Twin Falls.

We’d like to congratulate Christopher Butler! He was selected as the winner of this past Weekend Challenge. We hope this was a useful experience – a few of you that did this told us that you’d learned some things, which was exactly what we wanted. This Weekend Challenge tied in very neatly with our first Weekend Challenge on framing.

We’re still trying to figure out how best to use the research channel on Slack. Thanks to everyone who joined that channel. We want to do great things with that now that the three of us are back to working together as a team in one place. We’ll have more coming on that soon.

Sincerely,
The Stranahans

What’s New – July 14th, 2017

Hey, folks!

We just posted the new Weekend Challenge! In this edition, we want you to burst your media bubble. In short, this means if you normally read Slate or MSNBC, try reading Fox or Breitbart this weekend – or vice versa – and see what you learn. One lucky participant will win a Fire HD 8 tablet! Complete details in the new video.

We also want to announce that we’re bringing in ex-NYPD radio host John Cardillo as a partner for Citizen Journalism School. This is going to mean more lessons, more teachers, and other better opportunities and features for students. We’re looking forward to working with Cardillo on this project and we’ll be introducing him to everyone here soon. Watch that short video to learn more.

Shane is still in Twin Falls interviewing folks about the dark and unseen underbelly of globalism and how it works on a local scale, so things have been slower lately, but he’ll be getting back this next week so expect things to pick up then. Until then, feel free to get in touch with him at shanestranahan@gmail.com if you have any questions or comments.

Sincerely,
The Stranahans

What’s New – July 5th, 2017

What's New July 5th, 2017 Hey, folks! We’ve just posted a new course on timelines: Using Timelines for Journalistic Research. We’ve posted the first lesson for this course, and we’ll be posting the second lesson very soon. You’ll learn how to...

What’s New – June 27th, 2017

Hey, folks,

This is Shane. I want to send you a personal note about something important.

My Dad has suffered what appears to have been a ministroke.

He’s mostly fine – he’s thinking clearly, and communicating as well as normal. A little while ago he finished hosting the radio show, like usual. If he were sitting down, even a very good friend wouldn’t know that anything was wrong. But his coordination is a bit worse than usual, and he’s dropped his phone and glasses a few more times than he normally would.

We’re taking steps to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. We’re also going to keep doing everything we had been doing: his radio show, the documentary on Soros, and Citizen Journalism School. He wants to keep working, and we’re going to keep working with him while we do what we can to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

Anyway – I just wanted to send you all this note. I’m in Twin Falls right now working on a story, because that’s where my Dad thinks I should be, while Jack is helping out in Washington, D.C.

Please take some time today to tell your family members that you love them. You don’t know what could happen, at any time. It’s important.

And please keep my father in your prayers.

Sincerely,
Shane

What’s New – June 22nd, 2017

Hey, folks!

This is Shane writing this. I just wanted to let you all know that I’m attending a conference this weekend – in fact, I’m typing this from a restaurant at the Denver Airport, getting ready to board a flight to Idaho. Folks who’ve been following the situation in Twin Falls, much reported by my Dad, can expect to hear more next week, when I’ll be doing interviews with some of the principals from those stories.

If anyone tried to log into the site today and had trouble, I’ve fixed that problem, and the site’s now working again. CJS got a little bit too popular there for a minute! I’m sorry if this was frustrating. I want to move us to another server soon so we won’t have to deal with these outages.

You can also expect to hear from my brother Jack on the Slack #research channel soon. He’ll be helping to relay messages to and from my Dad about the stories that we’re working on. If you’re not currently a part of that channel, please let me know and I’ll invite you. Feel free to send me a message in general, if there’s something you’d like help with: requests, complaints, comments, and compliments are all welcome.

Sincerely,
Shane Stranahan (and the rest of the Stranahans)

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