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MoJo Workshop, Challenge

SAN JUAN — The Valley Catholic newspaper is partnering up with local media professionals and hosting a Mobile Journalism Workshop and Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 18.

 

Brenda Nettles Riojas, editor of The Valley Catholic newspaper and diocesan relations director for the diocese of Brownsville, said the MOJO workshop and challenge in the Rio Grande Valley was inspired by a MoJo Challenge in Budapest, which focused on using the smartphone to tell stories.

“Our goal is to help build a team of citizen journalists who can share local stories,” she said.

After attending RTE MoJoCon, an international mobile journalism conference in Dublin, Ireland last year, Riojas said she is inspired to share with others what she learned.

The workshop begins at 9 a.m. in the St. Paul Classroom at the Diocese of Brownsville Pastoral Center in San Juan, 700 N. Virgen de San Juan Blvd.

Participants must have a smart phone or tablet to benefit fully from the workshop.

Workshop sessions include the basics of photography, the art of storytelling, interview skills and an overview of editing apps and mobile journalism tools.

Participants will be challenged to produce a two-to-three-minute news report using only their smart phones or tablets. Registration is $25. For more information call (956) 536-4866 or (956) 784-5055.