Calling Black Content Creators: Join the Sisters in Cinema Newsroom!

A Learn & Earn Opportunity for South Side Residents ages 15-18.

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Are you always on social media? Do your friends turn to you to stay informed? Have you dreamed of building a following? Then the Sisters in Cinema Newsroom is the program for you, and we want you to apply!

The Sisters in Cinema Newsroom is a six-week program for six to ten young women and gender-nonconforming individuals, ages 15 through 18, who live on Chicago’s South Side. While the application is open to all, priority will be given to residents of South Shore. In the program, participants will be paid to learn necessary reporting skills that could be the foundation for a career in social media management, reporting, or documentary filmmaking.

While our fall program/pilot program focused on the basic foundations of journalism, our spring session will teach and prepare participants how to write and report for social media and how to be adaptable communicators who can transition fluidly from one medium to the next. Here are some of the skills participants will learn:

  1. How to write and report for different platforms such as: social media, websites, newspapers, magazines, etc.
  2. How to create and maintain a professional presence on social media.
  3. How to use social media to enhance reporting, build a personal brand, and drive traffic to stories.

Why Social Media? Multiple reasons. Social media has not only changed the way we communicate, but it has also changed the way we report and consume news. Twitter. Facebook. Instagram. Tik Tok. Snapchat. These are some of the social media tools altering how journalists do their jobs and how people consume news today. This program prepares participants to evaluate and use social media and mobile devices as professional journalists. By the end of the course, participants will have the fundamental mobile and social media skills that news organizations are seeking from today’s journalists. Research also shows because of the changing nature of the job market and the role mass media plays in contemporary society, the job opportunities in this area are numerous.

This program uses a broad-based approach, including theory and practical experience, and meets primarily via zoom from 4 pm to 6 pm for six-weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition there are optional Wednesday study halls, where participants will be able to invite friends to hang out and get work done. The program will begin on April 13, 2021, with the last class scheduled to meet in person on May 20, 2021. A stipend of $250 will be paid to participants upon successful completion of all 12 sessions.

To apply, click here. Applications are due on or before 11:59 pm on March 20, 2021. The ‘top 10 candidates will be contacted to schedule a  Zoom interview by March 24, 2021. Applicants will be notified on or before April 02, 2021, if accepted into the program.

We encourage all applicants to visit www. Sistersincinema.com to learn more about the program before beginning the application or to attend our virtual information session on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10 am. If you have questions, you can email us at info@sistersincinema.com. Thanks, and we look forward to reviewing your application!

The Sisters in Cinema Newsroom pilot program will be virtual for the first five weeks. The week-to-week breakdown is as follows:

WEEK 1- Why Social Media?

Participants will learn the core values of journalism to emerging media forms in productive, innovative and intelligent ways. By the end of the week participants will understand how social media has created a shift in journalism and create their own personal WordPress blog and create one post.

WEEK 2 Content Creation

Participants will research and explore the breadth of content creation across platforms. After evaluating platforms and mediums (Instagram, Tik Tok, etc.) , each participant will choose a social media site and create content that is related to their blog.

WEEK 3Reach & Impact

Participants will explore by-products of social media posts such as ads and earned media. Utilizing their own blogs, participants will engage readers through ads, shares, retweets and targeted posts.

WEEK 4Curating Social Media Events

Participants will explore the various components of curating social media events. By the end of the week, students will choose a platform, identify an audience and create engaging content for a mock social media event.

WEEK 5Social Media Players

Participants will identify, research and try on various social media roles including social media influencer, content creator, editor, copywriter and social media coordinator.

WEEK 6 #SistersNewsroomTakeover

Participants utilize their social media curation and content creation skills to create an in person #SistersNewsroomTakeover.

To apply, click here. Applications are due on or before 11:59 pm on March 20, 2021. The ‘top 10 candidates will be contacted to schedule a  Zoom interview by March 24, 2021. Applicants will be notified on or before April 02, 2021, if accepted into the program.

If you have questions, please email us at info@sistersincinema.com.

Thanks, and we look forward to reviewing your application!