Left Journalism Day School

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  • 20/11/2021
    09:45 - 17:30

Getting radical and progressive ideas across to a wide audience is more important than ever. What are the skills we need to create articles, videos and podcasts that engage people and help build our movement?

The Left Berlin invites you to the Left Journalism Day School. This is your chance to develop practical skills in journalism in a fun and relaxed environment. Whether you are already involved in a left media project, or have never written an article before, this event is for you.

All sessions are hands-on and will be led by journalists and media professionals. Working in small groups or on our own, we will aim to produce articles, videos and podcasts that can actually be published on The Left Berlin or elsewhere.

The Day School is also intended to be a chance for people interested in left journalism – whether as part of the editorial collective of The Left Berlin, or another project – to get to know each other. Lunch will be provided and there will be plenty of time for breaks.

Provisional Timetable (subject to change)

09:45 – 10:00

Registration & Coffee

10:00 – 12:30

Choice of one of the following workshops:

How to prepare, carry out and write up an interview How to make a video for social media How to produce a podcast episode
12:30 – 13:30

LUNCH

13:30 – 14:30

How to write for the web

  • Creating a new article in WordPress

  • Who are our audience?

  • Effective hyperlinks and subheadings

  • How to find charts and graphics

  • Embedding videos and graphics

14:30 – 14:50

BREAK

14:50 – 16:00

How to edit for the web

  • How to write an effective headline & sub-headline

  • How to find photos

  • How to write an effective image caption

  • Adding tags in WordPress

  • The style guide / how much should we edit?

  • How to post articles on Twitter, Facebook & Instragram

16:00 – 16:20

BREAK

16:20 – 16:40

Introduction to Mattermost

16:40 – 17:00

Report Back from Morning Workshops & Wrap-Up

17:00 – 17:30

Discussion: What are our ambitions for The Left Berlin in the next 12 months?

What You Need

  • Bring a laptop computer if you have one. Don’t forget your charger.
  • You don’t need any prior knowledge or experience, just an interest in learning how to produce left journalism that reaches an audience.
  • The event will take place in a large and well-ventilated indoor space. We are adhering to the 2G rule, meaning you must bring evidence of being fully vaccinated or recovered from Coronavirus. In addition, we encourage everyone coming to take a test in advance. A limited number of self-tests will be available at registration.
  • Let us know you’re coming by pressing the Register Now button at the top of this page.