The Edge’s new journalism project, CitizenJ, is full steam ahead in 2013. All hands are on deck as Newsroom Coordinator, Ursula, and her team of budding Newsroom Facilitators prepare for the fresh launch of the project’s pioneering news service.
There are many ways to get involved. The CitizenJ community newsroom at The Edge is already up and running so come on in and see what’s happening on the top shelf, er, floor. Currently the team is adding the finishing touches to the publication website which will be ready in the next couple of weeks.
The Walkley Talks kick off in February and offer an evening of intelligent debate and conversation about the issues afoot in news media today. There’s also the opportunity to throw your hat in the ring and pitch for some grants if you have a fresh idea to contribute to the media industry.
So who are the passionate folks behind this ground-breaking, new media journalism project?
Newsroom Coordinator Ursula Skjonnemand has worked in radio and cross media for the last ten years with the majority of the time dedicated to the ABC. She recently completed a Masters with Honours to add photojournalism and interactive storytelling to her repertoire. As part of her studies she developed an interactive biography concept called ‘The Memory Box’. With the aim to enable everyday people to tell their remarkable stories, Ursula is thrilled to be leading the CitizenJ project.
Steven Riggall is another newsroom facilitator and brings his experience as the 4ZZZ newsroom coordinator to CitizenJ. He studied journalism at Griffith University. Although his first love was not radio but the written word, he has found that journalism makes for a great way to express his humanistic ideals and also pursue the issues that interest him.
Newsroom facilitator three is Loris Gordon. She has worked for both Fairfax and APN as a print and online journalist and loves to share the remarkable stories of others. She loves playing around with words and learning other languages however she also likes to spend as much time as she can at the beach near her home on the Sunshine Coast. Loris returned to study in 2012 and now works in social media marketing and strategy.
Carl Elliot Smith is the last of the newsroom facilitators. He narrowly avoided a life in tweed jackets and lab coats by stumbling into journalism. Through his Science and Journalism degrees at university he flitted between the Genetics laboratories and the university’s radio station, JACradio. He ended up running the station and being awarded a Clarion and an Ossie award for student journalism. He was also poached by ABC’s Radio National whilst at University, and works as a co-producer for the program Future Tense. He has produced for local and international radio stations and is currently training at ABC TV’s Lateline and beginning his Honours in Science Communication.
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