Posted by: Ann Corcoran | January 5, 2012

Learn how to become a citizen watchdog!

Do you want to learn how to ferret out waste and fraud in government?  Or, how to obtain meeting records and other documents needed to alert the public to what is happening in your community, your state or the country?  Since there are very few real investigative journalists left these days, you could become one yourself!

The Maryland Conservative Action Network is teaming up with the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity to present a day-long workshop on learning the tricks of the investigative trade!   Even if you have no intention of blogging or tweeting, this workshop will help you learn how to get good information to help your local Tea Party group advance its agenda, persuade an elected official that something must be done on a certain issue, or simply to write better fact-filled letters to the editor.

I am so excited, I can’t wait!

This is what the Franklin Center says about their mission:

The Franklin Center is a non-profit group dedicated to providing investigative reporters and non-profit organizations at the state and local level with the training, expertise and technical support necessary to pursue journalistic endeavors.

The Franklin Center was founded in January 2009.  At the heart of the Franklin Center’s mission is a belief that new technology can advance the cause of transparency in government. This can only be accomplished, however, if the journalists of tomorrow can effectively master this new media. The Franklin Center aims to educate, advise and train individuals and organizations from all backgrounds to become thorough, unbiased and accurate reporters well versed in new media techniques and journalistic integrity.

As citizen watchdogs you will learn how to get accurate information and how to get it to the public in this all day Saturday, February 4th, workshop.   This is a non-partisan event—anyone who wants good, transparent and accountable government is welcome!

Sign up by visiting the Maryland CAN website here!   Clarksville, in Howard County, is conveniently located near the center of the state.   Take home materials/light refreshments and lunch are included in the $35 admission fee.

Help save Maryland and our Nation!  Be an investigator!  Anyone can do it!


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  2. […] it all!  And, after you are through weeping, come on out to the MD CAN/Franklin Center Investigative Journalism workshop and learn how to do what Pamela and a whole host of others are doing to investigate and expose […]

  3. […] will have to tell you about it tomorrow!  For new readers, here is a post from last month where I reported on the upcoming event.   We had many more attendees then we […]

  4. […] Ann Corcoran at Potomac Tea Party Report: MDCAN and The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity is sponsoring an investigative […]

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