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Old City Hall. Photo by Jamie McCaffrey (Apt613 Flickr Pool).

613u workshop series: The Citizen Journalist

By Apartment613 on June 15, 2017

Have you ever witnessed something in your neighbourhood and Googled aimlessly after the fact trying to find a news report about what you’d seen? Ever wondered why no one seemed to be writing about that interesting art show or culinary festival you were passionate about? Or perhaps, you really wanted to know what was in store for Somerset House and none of the local reporters seemed on the beat.

With the decline of local news print and the merging of the city’s newsroom, more and more Ottawa residents are turning to hyper local sites such as Apt613.ca to get their news. Founded by volunteers and produced by volunteers, we are hoping to arm you, citizen bloggers, with the tools you need to take the things you wonder about in your head and turn them into stories for the wider public.

Our next workshop in the 613u series is all about that, how to take an idea and make it into a story. Experienced journalist and Carleton University professor Paul Adams will guide aspiring reporters during a free evening workshop on June 27 at Impact Hub Ottawa (123 Slater St). Adams knows how to dig for information and he’ll make you realize the number of good stories you walk across each day without knowing. With just a bit of effort, you can that interesting tale you tell your neighbour into one you can tell the city.

We expect this workshop to fill up fast so please register ASAP. Bring you laptop, tablet, or old fashion pen and paper and join us!

HuffPost Canada’s Ottawa bureau chief (and Apt613 co-founder) Althia Raj is organizing the workshop. If there’s something in particular you would like to see covered at this workshop, please let us know by email at apartment613@gmail.com before June 23.


The Citizen Journalist workshop is happening on Tuesday June 27, 2017 from 7–8:30pm at Impact Hub Ottawa (123 Slater Street). Registration is free with RSVP. To learn more about 613u visit apt613.ca/613u. There you’ll find new online courses and can subscribe for email announcements about 613u events. These workshops are presented in part through the generous support of the Fulbright Canada Community Leadership Program.