Commentary on Citizen Journal’s Writers Training Class | Can the Media Really be Fair and Balanced?

By Grace Wallace


Are you wondering what is happening to fair and balanced reporting in the media? Well, you have a voice and you can make a difference by presenting the facts of any story in an unbiased manner to the public.  As I sat in a training held in Newbury Park California, and hosted by ‘Citizens Journal, Ventura County, I realized that not only do I possess the basic skills to write, I also have an obligation to my local area to make sure there is a balance of voices going forth in my community.  Furthermore, you can do it, too!

The training was simple for the most part. The instructors were very patient and held over 50  collective years of writing and publishing experience.  They gave me a wealth of knowledge to draw from.  It’s one thing to have all that experience floating around, but are they accessible to me, you might be wondering. The answer to that question is a resounding, yes.  I was actually very impressed by the accessibility of the instructors, and I feel very comfortable that I can call on them any time I need assistance. It was understood that there will be a learning curve when it comes to the technical side of this necessary craft as I am not computer-savvy at all.  However, I am confident that it’s a skill set, and mindset, that I can master with God’s help and so can you.

Just think our community is waiting to hear both sides of the story.  I believe our local citizens would like to learn about the city, county and school board meetings along with other issues that affect the community and affect them directly. This is how we can bring awareness to our neighborhoods ,and this is how we affect culture change by fair, accurate reporting.  Let’s give the people the facts by exposing them to another side of the story they otherwise would have never experienced and allow them to make their own decisions.

It’s time to bring integrity back into the news cycle, and back into the media. It’s time to bring respect for one another’s opinions back into the conversation. It’s time to get back to the Liberty of free Ideals, real free-thinking which is the very essence of what this country was built on.

May free thinkers arise, and may we live a quiet peaceable life with all people.


Grace Wallace is a Co-Chair of CA4MAGA (California for make America great again) Santa Barbara Chapter and a member to Goleta Planning Committee.  She’s the founder of Stealth Bomber Prayer Warriors, and the prayer warrior for Arise International Ministries. She was raised in Detroit and lived in Utah for 21 years where she was Prayer Drive Coordinator for ten years.  She organize Prayer Rallys, visits to legislators offices, telephone and letter campaigns against damning bills coming out of Sacramento. She’s frequently featured on the Wiley Drake Radio Show informing citizens in details the effects of pending Bills/Laws and mobilizing them to Action!

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3 Responses to Commentary on Citizen Journal’s Writers Training Class | Can the Media Really be Fair and Balanced?

  1. Citizen Reporter July 30, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks, Grace. This was our largest, most enthusiastic class ever! Our 5+ years experiment in getting ordinary Citizens involved in reporting and commentating is working, although it’s harder than we thought.

    • Grace WALLACE August 2, 2018 at 11:49 pm

      Thanks so much for taking the time out to invest and train ordinary Citizens in reporting and give commentating. I pray we will turn out to be some of the Best! Weeding through the people and training us, writing style, grammar ect. I know is challenge and time consuming. Thanks for your patience, we’re changing our culture and bring back “Integrity in the Media” one article at a time!

      I go on the Wiley Drake show at 9am tomorrow morning and would like to introduce “Citizen Journal” to his 1million viewer… what would u like me to say?

      • Citizen Reporter August 3, 2018 at 12:34 am

        Thanks, Grace. You were one enthusiastic student and went right to work afterward. Please tell the audience that you have discovered and are now working with Citizens Journal dot US, Ventura County’s REAL news. You’ll be doing some articles of general interest and some stuff up you way,too. We’re also on Facebook and Twitter. You might want to describe the course, too. You missed the overview, Mike’s initial training and the writer’s workshop, but saw some useful stuff. Did you read the prep materials?

        Tell Wylie I aid Hi. Haven’t talked to him in along while.

        Bless you,
        – GM


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