Community Media Lab, a community outreach project initiated by Heritage Media-West, which publishes The Ypsilanti Courier and seven other weekly print publications in Washtenaw and Wayne counties, as well as the website Heritage.com, opened April 2 at 215 W. Michigan Ave. in the SPARK-East building in downtown Ypsilanti.
The lab is staffed by professional journalists and editors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and will host occasional workshops in the evening taught by Heritage Media staff, Eastern Michigan University faculty, public relations professionals, Eastern Echo staff, photographers, videographers and other local experts on a variety of topics. Tentative workshop dates are May 23, May 31, June 13, June 14 and June 27. A schedule of workshops and the topics that will be discussed will be released soon, and regularly updated and posted.
A reception is tentatively set for May 9 after the lab’s official public launch date of May 1. Anyone curious about the lab, their potential participation, what they can learn, and other opportunities and partnerships may stop by any weekday and chat with a staff member. We also encourage you to share story ideas. Reporter Krista Gjestland is in the lab all day on Mondays; reporter Sean Dalton is there from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays; online coordinator David Veselenak, 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays; reporter Amy Bell, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays; reporter Ben Baird, 12:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays; copy editor Tanya Wildt, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays; copy editor Erica McClain, 12:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays; and Managing Editor Michelle Rogers is there all day on Fridays.
To reach the Community Media Lab, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Google Voice number at 734-531-8774. Read more about the Community Lab here. Follow the Community Media Lab on Twitter.