The Media Bloggers Association, in conjunction with two leading Washington policy institutes, is offering bloggers – authors of weblogs – a a two-day training seminar in “Computer-Aided Research and Reporting.” The MBA’s first CARR “boot camp” will be held May 5-6 in Nashville as part of the BlogNashville conference on blogging and the media, hosted by Belmont University’s New Century Journalism program.
The CARR seminar is designed to give journalists and now “citizen journalists” tools to cut through the PR cant and spin to get to the real underlying news on public policy issues, using publicly available databases and statistical research techniques the academic world has used for decades. The Heritage Foundation and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities are co-sponsoring the seminar, the first from the MBA’s new Education and Training Program, which will be overseen by MBA Member Mark Tapscott, who is currently the Director of the Center for Media and Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation.
The first CARR “boot camp” will be held at the Freedom Forum’s First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University as part of the three-day BlogNashville co-sponsored by Belmont University and will include two days of training and course materials provide at no cost to MBA members. Plans for a second CARR “boot camp for bloggers” at the National Press Club in Washington, DC are already underway for this coming summer.
For more information, see the Media Bloggers Association website.