Citizen Journalism

Event Date: 
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm EDT
Event Location: 
Finnish Labour Temple (314 Bay Street) - Multipurpose Room
Event Fee: 
Free. Everyone one is welcome.
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu
Event Contact Phone: 
(807) 343-8341
Event Contact E-mail: 

The Department of History and the Resources, Economy, and Society Research Group (RESRG) are pleased to present a free workshop on Citizen Journalism being held as part of the 2015 Bay Street Film Festival’s Master Classes Series.

Introduced by Dr. Steven Jobbitt, in this workshop Ruchika Muchhala, director of Beyond Bollywood, will lead participants in creating conversation and the transmedia element for stories and exploring what is citizen journalism. Building on her experience with Video Volunteers, WITNESS, Women Aloud Video Empowerment and other organizations she will discuss how to train and strategize distribution for community-made media.

Complete information can be found at

Facilitator Bio:
A third culture kid – of Indian roots, born and raised in Indonesia and Singapore, Ruchika is a non-fiction director and producer. She holds a BA in Film/Video from The University of Michigan and her work has been screened at various festivals and television channels. Upon receiving a MFA in Design for Social Innovation at The School of Visual Arts in NYC, she is working on creating digital strategies and engagement strategies for films as well as campaigns. Passionate about social change, her work often focuses on women’s issues and environmental issues, particularly climate change and energy.Her directorial debut was the film The Great Indian Marriage Bazaar, after which she has worked on several community media projects and as a new media producer. Ruchika works at Third Culture Media

A complete schedule of this year’s films can be found at