Lab to host five workshops in May, June

There has been enthusiasm from our colleagues in the media, as well as the community at large, for the Community Media Lab and we’re pleased to announce five workshops to be held in May and June. These workshops are free and open to the public at our lab, 215 W. Michigan Ave., inYpsilanti.

Up first is Sarah Rigg, a freelance reporter and copy editor, and former editor of The View newspaper in Belleville. She will teach a workshop geared toward aspiring reporters, community contributors and anyone writing press releases for their organization on “What is AP Style and Why Should I Care About It?” The workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 23.

Are you the media liaison for the local Kiwanis, Lions or Jaycees chapter? Do you write press releases promoting the activities of your organization, whether it’s the historical society or cat rescue? Well, we have the class for you. Char Luttrell, the public relations and media liaison for Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, will lead a workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. May 31 titled “Working with the News Media.”

Eastern Michigan University journalism professor Carol Schlagheck will lead a workshop titled “Citizen Journalists and FOIA” from 6 to 8 p.m. June 13. This will be a great course for people interested in becoming a community contributor to Heritage.com and our eight local newspapers. In addition, information about how to use the Freedom of Information Act to get public information will be useful to many people in the community.

Mark Noble, advanced solutions architect at Verizon Wireless, will present “Wireless Communications in Your Business” from 6 to 8 p.m. June 14 and Kristin Judge, a former Washtenaw County Commissioner who now works as a cybersecurity education and awareness professional, will teach a workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. June 27 called “Online Safety.”   Judge writes a regular column for Heritage Media about online safety.

Learn more about these individual presentations closer to the time they present, and be sure to mark your calendar for the workshops you are interested in. Let us know whether you’re coming on our Facebook events page. Links are embedded above. In addition, we hope to see you at our public launch party from 6 to 8 p.m. May 3.

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