Asbury Park Reporter is looking to recruit talented and creative people interested in community reporting in and around Asbury Park. Starting in April, on select Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings, the Asbury Park Reporter will provide 20 hours of training on local journalism. Topics will include: reporting techniques, journalism ethics, topical research, methods to live stream a City Council or Board of Education meeting and the basics of podcasting. We are particularly interested in giving a diverse group of people the opportunity to have a byline and the chance to tell the story. The sessions will be available both in person and online, and will be presented by seasoned journalists.

Asbury Park is rapidly changing. We want to offer new stories from the perspective of people who live here and are experiencing the change. We want to quote people who don’t ordinarily get quoted. Additionally, we’d like to highlight small business people, artists and musicians that perhaps don’t have much of a marketing budget, or none at all.

Applications for our first class are now being accepted online. If selected to participate, you will be asked to create two media offerings throughout the 10-week training period. Upon completion of the training and submission of the offerings, each reporter will earn a $500 stipend. Our hope is to identify people who will continue to cover the issues in and around Asbury Park, with the Asbury Park Reporter and our local media partners – The Coaster, The Asbury Park Sun, TriCity News, TapIntoAsburyPark, WYGG and APTV.

We are looking for people at all skill levels, from beginner to seasoned journalist. To apply, click here and tell us about yourself.

A diverse group of established and seasoned journalists, writers, filmmakers and notable Asbury Park advocates and civic leaders have come together to form the Asbury Park Media Collective (APMC). The organization is new but the long-standing working relationships among the members, coupled with an impressive collective track record in civic media in Asbury Park and beyond provides a solid foundation for this new initiative.

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