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University of Kentucky launches free citizen journalism classes

The university’s Kentucky Citizen Media Project (KCMP) launched its website Lexington Commons on January 23 and will begin its free citizen journalism classes from February 14, according to a news release.

The four workshops, which are open to members of the local Lexington community, will teach the basics of journalism (e.g. how to find a news story and how to write it), as well as exploring ethical and legal issues.

With a focus on multimedia, the classes will teach participants how to upload blog posts and stories, video, audio and images to the Commons site.

The project is funded as part of the Knight Foundation’s New Voices scheme.

Short-skirted woman sues newspaper commenter

A woman, who was forced to leave a local shopping mall for wearing a short dress, is suing an anonymous online user for a post to a Kentucky newspaper’s forum.

The Associated Press (via Editor&Publisher) reports that 20 year old student Kymberly Clem says she was escorted by security from the Richmond Mall on August 9 after a row erupted over the length of her skirt.

Clem’s attorney says an anonymous posting on The Richmond Register claimed Clem had exposed herself to a woman and two children. Clem is suing the anonymous user for unspecified charges.

According to the AP, the newspaper has erased the comment and banned the user, known as ’12bme’, for violating the website’s terms of service.

The Register’s assistant editor Lorie Love, who is reponsible for posting comments made by users on the site, has been subpoenaed to give a deposition in connection with the suit.