Boomer Report Corps Project Recruits Older Citizen Journalists
The Boomer Reporting Corps (BRC) is a unique older adult citizen
journalism project spearheaded by the University of Maine Center on Aging and
the Maine Community Foundation. In partnership with the University of Maine’s
New Media Department, the BRC consists of a series of comprehensive workshops
and specialized mentoring in journalism, photography, and multimedia designed
specifically for older adult community volunteers interested in keeping members
of their rural communities informed of key local issues.
BRC programming was designed to help older adults who are already
leading change in their communities to share local news by increasing their
access to technology. Between workshop sessions, BRC participants developed
individual multimedia narratives ranging in topics from showcasing local
figures of interest to demonstrating the growing economic vitality in their
local downtown district.
To view multimedia narratives completed by older adult
participants and access video tutorials designed to help build citizen
journalism skills, visit the BRC Vimeo channel.