Civic Reporter Network

If you are interested in local government and enjoy getting involved with journalism and media, then the Civic Reporter Network may be for you! 


Public Media Network launched the Civic Reporter Network in 2022 to train and equip community members to attend and cover local government meetings. By providing brief written and video reports on local meetings, we hope to make it easier for people to be involved with their local government. 


Public Media Network is a strong supporter of government accessibility and people-powered media. PMN currently provides gavel to gavel meeting coverage for the City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo Township, Oshtemo Township, City of Galesburg, Comstock Township and the Road Commission of Kalamazoo County. 


However, not everyone has the time in their schedule to watch a full government meeting. That’s why we are excited to train and equip people like you to provide reports on the meetings that will complement our complete coverage, and keep the community informed.


Training cohorts are generally offered four times a year: winter, spring, summer and fall. Each cohort includes four training sessions held in the Public Media Network (3rd floor Epic Center). Classes are held from 6:30-8 p.m. View upcoming cohorts here.

Meet our Civic Reporters

  • Reed Shilts

    Civic Reporter

    Reed Shilts is a Civic Reporter with the Public Media Network. He finished his training with PMN in April 2022.

  • Sanaa Littlejohn

    Neighborhood Reporter

    Sanaa Littlejohn is a Neighborhood Reporter with Public Media Network. She is a budding writer that loves the discussion of good vs evil. 

  • Janet Hay

    Neighborhood/Civic Reporter

    Janet Hay is a Neighborhood and Civic Reporter with a background in Biology. She participated in the very first training cohort of the Neighborhood Voices Network, and Civic Reporter Network.

  • Julia Buck

    Civic & Neighborhood Reporter

    Julia Buck is a Civic Reporter and Neighborhood Reporter with Public Media Network. She is interested in environmental reporting. 

  • Rebecca Ramon

    Civic Reporter

    Rebacca Ramon (they/them) is a videographer and reporter through PMN's Civic Reporter program.