The video workshop Searching Traces introduce as well the Civic Journalism.

Civic or ‘public’ journalism refers to the integration of journalism and democracy; the intersection of reporting and deliberation. Civic journalism reports news in a way that encourages and facilitates public deliberation on political and social issues.

Civic Journalism is the idea of integrating journalism into the democratic process. The media not only informs the public, but it also works towards engaging citizens and creating public debate. The Civic Journalism movement is an attempt to abandon the notion that journalists and their audiences are spectators in political and social processes.

The majority of the world’s population now has a camera in their pocket.

The workshop program Searching Traces offers the opportunity to become as well a Civic Journalist by using mobile devices and online publishing tools.

Looking through different lenses Civic Journalism is a way to see things from that different view. It lets us get know the people of our community and – perhaps better than any other method we use – it lets us deal with people’s ambiguity over issues and processes.

Rebuilding our credibility Civic Journalism is an attempt to bring the average citizen into the process of journalism to solve problems. It brings in people who would not normally be involved in governmental solutions and engages people who are normally left out of the process.

Civic Journalism can be seen as a global movement that uses video to create human rights change.

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