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Texas Forums Hosts Free Online Workshop on Forum Reporting

On April 2, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. (Central Time) Marla Crockett, trained National Issues Forums moderator, veteran public radio and television journalist, and John Doble, seasoned reporter of public thinking based on National Issues Forums, will lead a second online citizen journalism workshop for members of the Texas Forums and NIF network. The purpose of this workshop is to prepare volunteers to observe and report on NIF forums. Participants will learn how to identify deliberation, listen for common ground and points that are unresolved, conduct post-forum interviews and write a quality report that will be used for the national report. For our first workshop, we will use the NIF Energy Issue as a guide.

The Kettering Foundation is providing a free copy of the Energy Issue Guide to people who register and participate in the workshop. To register and find out how to log into the Texas Forums virtual room, go to the Texas Forums Web Site. (http://www.texasforums.org). Space is limited to 25 computer log-ins so you must register. [Note: You will need to log in with a PC and Internet Explorer. If you have a microphone, you will be able to participate by voice as well as text. To access the room, go to http://www.opal-online.org, select meeting rooms and scroll down to Texas Forums. To view previous virtual workshops and get a sense of how this technology works, go to: http://www.opal-online.org/archivecivic.htm]

To order your copy of the Energy Problem issue book so you can do your homework before April 2nd, call: 1.800.600.4060 and tell them you are registered for the online workshop on report-writing. You can download a moderator guide and abbreviated issue guide at: http://www.nifi.org/discussion_guides/detail.aspx?catID=11&itemID=7743.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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