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Queer Youth Speak Out: A Citizen Journalism Workshop for LGBTI Youth

18-26 March 2013, 9:00am - 5:00pm
GALA: Level 7, University Corner, 11-17 Jorrisen Street, Braamfontein
011 717 4239

Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) invites you to take part in a five-day training workshop on citizen journalism.

Open to Gauteng-based youth (up to 25 years of age), this free workshop will introduce participants to the basic principles of citizen journalism and will explore how these can be used to promote LGBTI rights.

Building on everyday storytelling techniques, the training will develop young activists’ communication skills within a safe, inclusive and encouraging environment.

Why citizen journalism?

Sharing the stories of our community – whether through writing, images or the spoken word – is an important tool for increasing the visibility of LGBTI lives, for challenging prejudice and for advocating for change. Positive and affirming representations also play a crucial role in breaking down stereotypes and battling discrimination and social exclusion.

This workshop will teach queer youth how to produce and disseminate media content exploring the issues that affect and interest them. Participants will develop the necessary skills to be able to identify strong story ideas, to craft engaging content using limited resources and to get their voices heard.

As well as practical writing skills, the workshop will examine issues around identity, gender and sexuality, with a specific focus on how certain media representations perpetuate stigma and reinforce unequal power structures. Participants will then explore some of the innovative ways that citizen journalism can challenge hetero-patriarchal beliefs and practices.

Remember, anyone can be a citizen journalist – all you need to get started is some motivation, commitment and, most importantly, a desire to share stories.

What does the workshop involve?

Workshop participants will be introduced to a range of basic techniques for developing engaging, effective and entertaining media content.

As well as traditional journalism skills, the training will cover social media, mobile technologies, the power of images and other techniques for capturing and sharing stories.

This is an introductory workshop covering the basics of citizen journalism, so no previous experience is required. Remember that citizen journalism is about sharing stories, not being the world’s best writer.


Due to the creative nature of the training, this workshop will be limited to 10 people.

To be involved, you must be:

  • a young person based in Gauteng
  • committed to attending all five days of training
  • interested in LGBTI and gender issues

It is also important that participants are comfortable reading and writing in English.

When and where

The Queer Youth Speak Out workshop will take place on 18–20 and 25–26 March (9:00am–5:00pm).

The training is being held over two sessions to allow participants to experiment and apply the skills being developed in the workshop.

The training sessions will be held at the GALA office: Level 7, University Corner, University of the Witwatersrand, 11-17 Jorrisen Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

How to apply

If you would like to take part, please complete the attached application form and email it to Gabriel Hoosain Khan at You can also complete a hard copy of the form at the GALA office.

Alternatively, you can book your place by phoning GALA on 011 717 4239 or 011 717 1963.

Bookings need to be made before 14 March (applicants will be contacted by 15 March with confirmation
of placement and further details).

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gabriel Hoosain Khan using the details above.

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