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Calendar of Multimedia Training, Events & Fellowships

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

Webbmedia Group has a great calendar of events that catches things not covered below.  If you want to subscribe to the calendar, click hereYou can also subscribe to this calendar so the information appears on your personal Google Calendar. Just go to the Webbmedia Google calendar, click the “+Google Calendar” icon at the bottom right, and then click “Yes, add this calendar” in the dialog box.)

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University has updated its calendar of free workshops and webinars through November.  And Media Bistro has its current course list available through December.

 

AUGUST

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free week-long webinar, “Sales Strategies for Freelance Business Journalists,” Aug. 16-19.  Taught by Maya Paine Smart, participants will learn simple things they can immediately incorporate into their daily work to help them identify great writing clients, win more assignments and earn a healthy living. You can attend a daily, hourlong, interactive session at either noon or 4 p.m. EDT on Aug. 16-18 and noon EDT on Aug. 19.
  • The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) will host its annual LGBT Media Summit & Convention Aug. 25-28 in Philadelphia. Keynote speakers at the event include Ann Curry and Don Lemon.

 

SEPTEMBER

  • The Poynter Institute’s News University is holding a webinar, “Mobile Apps: Expanding Your Reach and Audience,” Sept. 8 at 2:00 p.m.  The webinar, part of the ONAovation Partnership, will address how mobile applications can help you reach your target audience in new, revenue-generating ways.  The cost is $29.95; $9.95 for members of the Online News Association.
  • The Scripps Howard Foundation and American Press Institute will hold a workshop, “Building Your Journalistic Brand,” Sept. 16 in Reston, Va.  Taught by Joe Grimm, Visiting Professor, Michigan State University School of Journalism, attendees will complete a workbook that will become a customized branding blueprint. The cost is $15, and includes lunch and a workbook. You must register by Sept. 13.
  • The International Center for Journalists is offering a Multimedia Training Course in English and Spanish aimed at journalists covering information for minority and immigrant communities. Preference will be given to journalists who cover financial issues for those communities. The course runs from September 2, 2011 to September 30, 2011. The course will allow participants to have a hands-on training on a variety of topics geared towards capacitating them on the use of multimedia tools.  Among other things, it will outline the basics of multimedia storytelling, how to use graphics in data visualization and help teach participants how to produce their projects. The deadline to apply is August 12, 2011.
  • The Online News Association will hold its annual Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet Sept. 22-24, 2011 in Boston.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a morning workshop Sept. 25 during the SPJ/RTDNA Excellence in Journalism Conference Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans. In the session, you’ll learn where to find key company financial information and how to dissect essential financial statements and Securities and Exchange Commission documents. Gain the skills that will enable you to follow the money and stay on top of the biggest story around – the economy.
  • The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) are holding a joint conference, Excellence in Journalism 2011, Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans.
  • Journalism Interactive: The Conference on Journalism Education & Digital Media will be held Oct. 28-29 at the University of Maryland-College Park. The event will explore the intersection of digital media and journalism education.  Early-bird full conference registration is $150; day passes are $85.

OCTOBER

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free, one-day Business Journalism Boot Camp in Minneapolis, Oct. 4. In this free, daylong workshop, you’ll learn the basics of business for public companies, private companies and nonprofits. Award-winning professors and journalists will have you analyzing financial statements to find stories about public companies, as well as tracking public information on private companies and nonprofits. Learn how to dissect the new IRS Form 990 line-by-line to find stories about local nonprofits. Examples will be tailored to the Minnesota market.
  • The Poynter Institute’s News University is holding an online seminar, “Becoming a More Effective Editor: Strategies for Editing Yourself, Others,” Oct. Oct. 3-21. Attendees will learn to overcome the pitfalls of editing work that you have created; check your work for clarity, organization and understanding; find more errors in copy, whether of style, grammar, punctuation or flow; and correct errors more efficiently and effectively.  Applications are due August 29.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free one-day workshop, “Digital Efficiency for Business Journalists — 36 Tips to Tame Info Overload,” in New York City Oct. 13.  It will include 36+ specific sites, tools and techniques for those who face a growing mass of digital information. The half-day session is not about theory or about how big the problem is, but instead about how to make each working day more efficient by using specific tools, techniques and best practices.
  • The Poynter Institute’s News University is holding a day-long video seminar, “Video Storytelling with the Pros: Lighting, Writing and Surviving,” Oct. 16, starting at 10:00 a.m. EDT.  Spend a day in this video workshop, co-sponsored by the National Press Photographers Foundation, learning how award-winning professionals work through the storytelling process.  The cost is $65.00.
  • The Society of Environmental Journalists will hold its 21st annual conference in Miami Oct. 19-23.  Meet journalists from throughout the hemisphere — Chile, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and more — and learn what issues they face reporting on the environment.
  • Blogalicious will he held Oct. 21-23 in Washington, D.C.  Founded in 2009, the Blogalicious Weekend conferences are aimed at celebrating the diversity of women of all ethnicities in social media.

NOVEMBER

  • BlogWorld & New Media will be held Nov. 3-5 in Los Angeles.  The conference is the first and only industry-wide conference, tradeshow and media event dedicated to blogging, podcasting, social media, social networking, online video, music, Internet TV and radio. The New Media Expo provides the only industry-wide new media marketplace for networking, online business and marketing resources, while the Social Media Business Summit is the world’s largest social media business conference where business owners, marketing executives and global brands learn strategies, tools and technologies to grow their businesses with social media. Register at blogworldexpo.com with the promo code MASH20 to save 20% off the ticket price!

DECEMBER

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free webinar, “Quick-Hit Business Investigations — Concept to Execution” Dec. 6 at noon or 4:00 p.m. EDT. Matt Apuzzo, investigative reporter at the Washington bureau of The Associated Press will provide practical advice on how to pull off investigations that might take one to two weeks.

JANUARY 2012

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold the Strictly Financials/Business Journalism Professors Seminars in Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 2-5, 2012.  The center is offering 24 fellowships worth $2,000 each for four days of study in business journalism for experienced business journalists and prospective business journalism professors.  Fellowships cover training, lodging, materials and most meals. Fellows receive a $500 stipend to offset travel and other costs.

If you have any items that I’ve missed, please drop me an email via the DJTF Yahoo! Listserv or at benet AT aviationqueen DOT com.  Thanks!

NABJDigital: My Top 5 iPhone Travel Apps

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

Those who know me know that I’m not only an aviation journalist, but I’m also an aviation/travel geek (you can see my personal writing on this over at AviationQueen.com). As we all prepare to travel to Philadelphia next week for the National Association of Black Journalists’ Annual Convention and Career Fair, I thought I’d share the top five travel apps on my iPhone that can help you organize your travel to and from Philly.  All are free, unless otherwise noted.

  1. Gate Guru.  This app was featured in an Apple iPhone TV commercial. It gives locations and user reviews (including mine as Aviation Queen) of retail, restaurants and services at airports across the country.  I was in Atlanta last week and needed a drug store at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.  Gate Guru told me that Drugs & More was there, pre-security, in the atrium. Nice!!  And when you have a tight connection and want to make sure you get something to eat for the plane ride, this app is a godsend.
  2. Currency Converter, by Oanda. This app converts currencies from the Afghan Afghani to the Zimbabwe Dollar, quickly and easily — so I don’t have to!
  3. I HEART Travel Packing ($1.99). Kids, my mind isn’t what it used to be, so I need all the help I can get. Believe me, it is NOT fun to realize you’ve reached your destination and forgotten to pack underwear (yes, this has happened to me). This app has sample lists for men and women; it also allows you to create your own list and create a master catalog where you can drag items for new lists.
  4. Next Flight ($2.99). Let’s say you’re at JFK Airport and your flight to San Francisco is delayed or canceled. What do you do? Go to this app, type in the city-pair and it will tell you what airlines have the next flights going there. Call your airline (using the Flight Sites app for the phone number), give them the options and voila-you’re on your way, while the rest of the crowd is standing around the gate agent desk praying they get on a flight.
  5. FareCompare. This app gives you real-time air fare alerts from the city of your choice.  As of this morning at 10:08, I can go to Boston for $107.  It will let you post the fare you found on your favorite social media outlet.  It will even take you right to Orbitz to book the flight.

So what apps am I missing? What travel apps are on your smartphone?

NABJ Elections Committee Offers Replay of Presidential Online Forum

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

Earlier this evening, the National Association of Black Journalists’ Elections Committee held an online forum for the candidates — VP Print Deirdre Childress, Treasurer Greg Lee, and Region II Director Charles Robinson — running for the NABJ presidency.

Nearly 110 NABJ members registered for the event.  The coordinator of the webinar was Melanie Eversley, a member of the Elections Committee, treasurer of the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force and  a reporter on the Breaking News Desk at USA Today.  The moderator was Lewis Diuguid of The Kansas City Star.

The candidates answered questions on issues including boosting NABJ membership, conflicts of interest among board members, member training and regional conferences and publishing of the NABJ Journal.  You can listen to the 1 hour, 30 minute session here.

The final Elections Committee online candidates forum will be held Sunday, July 31 from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. EDT.  The session, moderated by Lewis Diuguid of The Kansas City Star, will feature candidates in contested races: Vice president/Print, Denise Clay of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun and Errin Haines of the Associated Press; Parliamentarian candidates Cindy George of The Houston Chronicle and Ken Knight of The Tampa Tribune, and student representative candidates Marissa Evans of Marquette University and Wesley Lowery of Ohio University.  Click here to register.

And online voting is open; click here for more information or to vote.

Friday Fast Five + Five: The NABJ Convention Edition

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

The National Association of Black Journalists Annual Convention and Career Fair is only 12 days away, and I’m in full preparation mode.  First, I hope you’ll attend my workshop — BRAND YOU: CREATING YOUR ONLINE IDENTITY — on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 119B.  My goal is that by the end of this interactive workshop, you will be well on your way to creating your own brand.

Today’s Fast Five + Five is all about the iPhone apps I’ll be using to help me keep up and document everything going on at the show.  For you Android users, I’m sure you can find similar apps. And for Blackberry users? I’m really sorry (don’t hate – my work phone is a Blackberry).

  1. Concur: My company uses this program to track travel and work expenses.  I’m blessed that my company pays for me to attend NABJ, and this app will allow me to keep track of expenses on the run.  And after the convention, there’s no huge pile of receipts to track. Nice!
  2. WordPress: I write two blogs — AviationQueen.com and this one — on this blogging platform. The app allows me to review, approve and write comments and even churn out a quick post on the run.
  3. CamCard ($6.99): every year I collect a huge stack of business cards and 0nly input a fraction of them on Microsoft Outlook. I hate paying for apps, but this one was worth the money.  I can take a picture of a card and the information is automatically updated in my NABJ contacts group. Plus it’s environmentally friendly.
  4. Ustream: this app allows me to shoot live video from my iPhone. I can also upload the video to my YouTube channel.
  5. Instagram: anyone who knows me knows I’m always carrying my camera.  I love the pictures I can take with my iPhone, which makes this app a joy. I can do all kinds of photo tricks and upload directly to Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.
  6. Tweet Deck: not only can I keep track of my five Twitter accounts, I can also create columns to follow the #NABJ11 and #NABJ hashtags.
  7. Dragon Dictation: Let’s say I’m in a workshop or plenary and I want to dash off a quick message about what I’m hearing.  I can use this voice recognition app to record and upload the message to Twitter, Facebook, email or a text message.  The translation isn’t perfect, but it’s still quicker than typing.
  8. BlueFiRe: the audio recorder that comes with the iPhone is adequate. The FREE Blue FiRe audio recorder app ROCKS!!  It has markers, different sound recording levels and an FTP site that automatically allows you to upload up to 2 GB of recordings.
  9. QR Reader: more and more convention exhibitors and attendees are using QR codes to provide information on goods, services and data.  This reader allows me to snap a picture with my iPhone and download information.
  10. Around Me: when you’re in an unfamiliar city, you need to know where certain things are, like banks/ATMs, parking, pharmacies, restaurants, stores and even hospitals.  This app will use the GPS function on your iPhone to tell you where the nearest outposts are.

So did I miss any? What are your must-have iPhone apps for the convention?

Calendar of Multimedia Training, Events & Fellowships

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

Webbmedia Group has a great calendar of events that catches things not covered below.  If you want to subscribe to the calendar, click hereYou can also subscribe to this calendar so the information appears on your personal Google Calendar. Just go to the Webbmedia Google calendar, click the “+Google Calendar” icon at the bottom right, and then click “Yes, add this calendar” in the dialog box.)

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University has updated its calendar of free workshops and webinars through November.  And Media Bistro has its current course list available through December.

JULY

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is partnering with the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force on a free Webinar, “Unlocking Financial Statements,” July 18-22.  The weeklong online seminar covers income statements, balance sheets, cash flows and writing about numbers.
  • The Society of Professional Journalists NorCal will hold a panel discussion, Life After Journalism,” July 20, 2011. 6-8 p.m. The event will be held at Mechanic’s Institute, 57 Post St., 4th Floor, in San Francisco. Former journalists now working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors talk about their experiences transitioning to new fields. The fee to attend is $5 for Society of Professional Journalist members, $10 for nonmembers.
  • SheSays has teamed up Elizabeth Kiehner from Thornberg & Forester for a digital production course July 22 at TheLAB, 8th floor, 637 West 27th Street
    New York, NY. The course teaches how to get things done as opposed to talking about the internets. You already know that brands are on Facebook, we’ll actually show you how to make a Facebook brand application. The cost is $549.
  • The Society of American Business Editors and Writers will hold a free webinar, The Best Ideas for Page-Turning, Screen-Scrolling Investigative Pieces, on July 25, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern. The event is free for SABEW members.

AUGUST

  • The National Association of Black Journalists is holding its annual convention and career fair Aug. 3-7, 2011, in Philadelphia.  Professional journalists, students and educators will take part in full- and half-day seminars designed to strengthen and enhance their skills. Workshops throughout the five-day convention will highlight journalism ethics, entrepreneurship, specialized journalism and transitioning journalism skills to book publishing, screen writing and media relations.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free week-long webinar, “Sales Strategies for Freelance Business Journalists,” Aug. 16-19.  Taught by Maya Paine Smart, participants will learn simple things they can immediately incorporate into their daily work to help them identify great writing clients, win more assignments and earn a healthy living. You can attend a daily, hourlong, interactive session at either noon or 4 p.m. EDT on Aug. 16-18 and noon EDT on Aug. 19.
  • The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) will host its annual LGBT Media Summit & Convention Aug. 25-28 in Philadelphia. Keynote speakers at the event include Ann Curry and Don Lemon.

 

SEPTEMBER

  •  The Scripps Howard Foundation and American Press Institute will hold a workshop, “Building Your Journalistic Brand,” Sept. 16 in Reston, Va.  Taught by Joe Grimm, Visiting Professor, Michigan State University School of Journalism, attendees will complete a workbook that will become a customized branding blueprint. The cost is $15, and includes lunch and a workbook. You must register by Sept. 13.
  • The International Center for Journalists is offering a Multimedia Training Course in English and Spanish aimed at journalists covering information for minority and immigrant communities. Preference will be given to journalists who cover financial issues for those communities. The course runs from September 2, 2011 to September 30, 2011. The course will allow participants to have a hands-on training on a variety of topics geared towards capacitating them on the use of multimedia tools.  Among other things, it will outline the basics of multimedia storytelling, how to use graphics in data visualization and help teach participants how to produce their projects. The deadline to apply is August 12, 2011.
  • The Online News Association will hold its annual Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet Sept. 22-24, 2011 in Boston.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a morning workshop Sept. 25 during the SPJ/RTDNA Excellence in Journalism Conference Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans. In the session, you’ll learn where to find key company financial information and how to dissect essential financial statements and Securities and Exchange Commission documents. Gain the skills that will enable you to follow the money and stay on top of the biggest story around – the economy.
  • The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) are holding a joint conference, Excellence in Journalism 2011, Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans.

OCTOBER

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free, one-day Business Journalism Boot Camp in Minneapolis, Oct. 4. In this free, daylong workshop, you’ll learn the basics of business for public companies, private companies and nonprofits. Award-winning professors and journalists will have you analyzing financial statements to find stories about public companies, as well as tracking public information on private companies and nonprofits. Learn how to dissect the new IRS Form 990 line-by-line to find stories about local nonprofits. Examples will be tailored to the Minnesota market.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free one-day workshop, “Digital Efficiency for Business Journalists — 36 Tips to Tame Info Overload,” in New York City Oct. 13.  It will include 36+ specific sites, tools and techniques for those who face a growing mass of digital information. The half-day session is not about theory or about how big the problem is, but instead about how to make each working day more efficient by using specific tools, techniques and best practices.
  • The Society of Environmental Journalists will hold its 21st annual conference in Miami Oct. 19-23.  Meet journalists from throughout the hemisphere — Chile, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and more — and learn what issues they face reporting on the environment.
  • Blogalicious will he held Oct. 21-23 in Washington, D.C.  Founded in 2009, the Blogalicious Weekend conferences are aimed at celebrating the diversity of women of all ethnicities in social media.

 

NOVEMBER

  • BlogWorld & New Media will be held Nov. 3-5 in Los Angeles.  The conference is the first and only industry-wide conference, tradeshow and media event dedicated to blogging, podcasting, social media, social networking, online video, music, Internet TV and radio. The New Media Expo provides the only industry-wide new media marketplace for networking, online business and marketing resources, while the Social Media Business Summit is the world’s largest social media business conference where business owners, marketing executives and global brands learn strategies, tools and technologies to grow their businesses with social media. Register at blogworldexpo.com with the promo code MASH20 to save 20% off the ticket price!

If you have any items that I’ve missed, please drop me an email via the DJTF Yahoo! Listserv or at benet AT aviationqueen DOT com.  Thanks!

Make Sure There’s No Shame In Your Social Media Game

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation WeekGroup

I went to college during a time when there was no Internet. I wasn’t a wild child, but I did have some fun during a trip to Fort Lauderdale during spring break my senior year in college. I didn’t have to worry about folks carrying smartphones ready to photograph and video the festivities.

But times have changed — drastically. This topic came up after I read a recent article in Gizmodo: “I Flunked My Social Media Background Check. Will You?” It serves as a precautionary — and frankly, scary — tale of how your social media past can be held against you by potential employers.

I do resume reviews for NABJ members (my offer to review yours — for free — still stands). As matter of course, I do a Google search of every name. I also look at Facebook and Twitter accounts. And trust me, employers are doing the same. You would not believe the materials that are floating out there.

As we all prepare to go to this year’s National Association of Black Journalists’ Annual Convention and Career Fair in Philadelphia Aug. 3-7, many attendees will be there looking for jobs. So now — not when you hand that resume over to a prospective employer — is the time to do a social media check.

Start by Googling your name. See what comes up, especially on the first page. When I did this, everything was professional — the top link was my company-linked Twitter account. The rest were links to blog posts about the aviation industry. There’s nothing in there that could cause any problems for employers.

Next, go to Facebook. Do a check of all your friends. Are they really friends or someone you met years ago and don’t really know? Start purging. I did this and managed to dump “252″ people.

Also create separate Facebook friend lists to control who sees what. I have Friends, Professional Benet and Limited Profile lists, and everyone is in their proper place. Check out this great post on Strategies, Tips & Tools For A Wired Life on how to do it.

Go through your photo albums and pictures where you’re tagged. You may have had a really good time at that frat party, but a potential employer will not look kindly on you drunkenly “backing it up” on the dance floor. This Tutorial Bite post shows you how to protect your photo albums. And check your friends’ albums to make sure there are no embarassing photos of you.

I take lots of pictures at the NABJ conventions, and I ask people to go to my Facebook and Flickr albums to tag them. I have had some requests to remove some of my pictures, and I always comply. But what about others taking photos who don’t announce their intentions?

Next, go to Twitter. Make sure you have separate accounts for personal and professional. And don’t assume that just because you have a locked account, your Tweets won’t go out. Folks can easily retweet your comments for the world to see. So either create a personal account that covers your identity (like @FlyGirlBWI) rather that @benetwilson, or just resolve not to Tweet anything you wouldn’t want to see on the front page of the New York Times.

Check your LinkedIn profile. Make sure it’s close to 100% completed as possible. Many employers are going to this site to find potential employees. And resist the temptation to link your personal Twitter feed or personal blog to your account unless you feel it’s relevant — and not damaging.

If you have a Flickr account, take the time to check the privacy settings. I have more than 1000 pictures of my daughter in my account, but no one but me can see them. You remember all those pictures you posted fron this year’s Urban Beach Week in Miami? Your potential employer doesn’t need to see them.

In the end, the absolute best way to protect your online identity is to make sure you don’t do anything that could cause a red flag. But should you find yourself in that position, be prepared to shell out some money for the services of a company like Reputation.com, which helps monitor and remove negative information about you. And I’ll see you in Philly!

Friday Fast Five + Five

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

  1. 10000 WordsFive ways to visualize your personal data
  2. Journalists’ ToolkitFlash Journalism Updates
  3. Mashable11 Excellent iPad Apps for Meetings & Presentations
  4. Ragan’s PR Daily5 writing tips from newspaper editors
  5. MakeUseOfThe Top 5 Best Search Engines To Search Photos On Flickr
  6. Innovative Interactivity IIFive tips for emerging video journalists
  7. Web Design Ledger10 Blogs to Help You Become a Photography Expert
  8. Gizmo’s Freeware9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on Your Android Phone
  9. Social Media Examiner17 Ways to Grow Your Blog From Top Bloggers
  10. Dumb Little ManTop 12 iPhone Apps That’ll Increase Your Productivity

Sheila Brooks Preaches The Entrepreneurship Gospel

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

Last week, I received an assignment for the summer edition of the NABJ Journal: interview long-time member Sheila Brooks, owner of SRB Communications and winner of the first Pat Tobin Media Professional Award.  I met Brooks in 2008 at NABJ’s Watergate Conference on Political and Congressional Reporting.  We also both served on the selection committee for the inaugural Ray Taliaferro NABJ Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.

As I was interviewing Brooks for the Journal story, I asked her a question about how she has been a leader and role model for journalists wanting to go the entrepreneur route.  The conversation was so good, I decided to use it here on the blog.

For the third year, Brooks is leading an all-day Learning Lab workshop — Creating Wealth in an Innovation Economy — on Aug. 3 at this year’s NABJ Annual Convention and Career Fair.

Look at what’s happening in the media industry, says Brooks, a 33-year veteran of television, building a career as a news director, reporter, anchor, and documentary producer at television stations across the country.  “So many journalists are losing their jobs or taking buyouts, whether they are in television or print,” she observes.  “We’ve all seen the changes because of the digital revolution.”

Brooks thinks that journalists with solid writing, producing and editing skills need to look at other career opportunities.  “That doesn’t end with public affairs or public relations jobs, but expands to entrepreneurship.  That’s when we’re in control of our destiny,” she states.  “Journalists can no longer rely on long careers in the media.”

No one likes to take that first step toward entrepreneurship, says Brooks.  “With my Learning Lab, journalists considering a move to entrepreneurship can meet those who have already done it, so they can see if this is something they want to pursue,” she explains.  “We look at things like what opportunities are out there, can I get contracts with organizations like the federal government and major corporations. We teach them how to leverage relationships.”

When I left the newsroom, the first thing I did was leverage relationships, says Brooks.   “I knew how management awarded contracts to production companies.  I also knew that if I could run a newsroom, I could run my own company,” she states.  “My facility looks like a television station and I own it.  We can give journalists the same opportunity to learn how to grow a prosperous business.

Small businesses are what drives this economy, says Brooks.  “But we have become so complacent about being in our jobs, because we have great jobs.  Back in the day, we worked in newsrooms run by managers who were committed to diversity goals and gave us opportunities, but many of those people are gone,” she notes.

Declining ad revenues and the growing digital platform have changed the traditional news mode, says Brooks.  “Journalists need to see all the opportunities out there.  Not everyone will want to do what I did – take big bank loans to buy equipment,” she warns.  “But there are others who can still grow a business and it doesn’t have to be that intense or have a large overhead.  Entrepreneurship can be addictive.”

FREE Online Webinar: Unlocking Financial Statements

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

The Digital Journalism Task Force continues to ensure that members get the training they need to remain relevant in the newsroom.  To that end, I’m delighted to announce that we have partnered with the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University for a free online webinar, “Unlocking Financial Statements,” July 18-22.

This free, week-long  online seminar will cover income statements, balance sheets, cash flows and writing about numbers.  This seminar will be led by James Gentry, a professor and former dean at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. He has presented workshops on understanding the numbers of business to thousands of journalists and corporate communicators.

For those who wish to participate, the faciliators asked the following:

  • Spend between 1- 1 ½ hours each day working on the online seminar. Ideally, most of this would be done during the live session, at either Noon or 4 p.m. EDT. Attending either daily interactive session is highly recommended, but you may also listen to recordings of the sessions to work through the seminar on your own. During after-hours, instructor involvement and feedback will be limited.
  • Adhere to the discussion leader’s deadlines for any work to be completed and submitted.
  • Engage in discussion within the appropriate discussion forum concerning the readings and assignments.

I hope you’ll be able to take advantage of this free training.  The DJTF board is working diligently to bring more training like this between now and the end of the year.  Please feel free to contact us with suggestions of other trainings, webinars and events you would like the task force to offer between now and the end of 2012.  You can reach us via the DJTF listserve or email me directly at benet AT aviationqueen DOT com.

Calendar of Multimedia Training, Events & Fellowships

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

Webbmedia Group has a great calendar of events that catches things not covered below.  If you want to subscribe to the calendar, click hereYou can also subscribe to this calendar so the information appears on your personal Google Calendar. Just go to the Webbmedia Google calendar, click the “+Google Calendar” icon at the bottom right, and then click “Yes, add this calendar” in the dialog box.)

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University has updated its calendar of free workshops and webinars through November.  And Media Bistro has its current course list available through December.

 

JULY

  • The Blogging While Brown conference will be held July 8-10 in Los Angeles.  The conference provides continuing technology education and networking opportunities to an audience primarily comprised of African American digital media content creators.
  • Media Bistro is holding an online Entrepreneurial Journalism Boot Camp July 12-Aug. 30.  The camp features online entrepreneurs Rafat Ali (paidContent), Michelle Madhok (SheFinds Media), Laurel Touby (mediabistro.com), and many more. Learn what to consider when launching your start-up. Draft your business plan over eight weeks with the help of your peers. Participants will vote on the most viable business plans in the group and the winner will have the chance to hear feedback from entrepreneur and venture capitalist Larry Kramer (Polaris Ventures), who will also answer questions from the group. The cost is $399 if you register by June 14; after that, it’s $499.
  • The 1st Annual NYC Women’s Empowerment Summit will be held July 16th 2011 in New York at Bennett Media Studios, 723 Washington St from 10:00 a.m.   till 4:00 p.m.  The conference designed for all women, young and old, to meet and share best practices, stories of success, and experiences both personal and professional. The goal of the summit is to create new bridges and a wider awareness of political, social and economic causes, in order to help other women reach their full potential in life. The cost to attend is $45.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is partnering with the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force on a free Webinar, “Unlocking Financial Statements,” July 18-22.  The weeklong online seminar covers income statements, balance sheets, cash flows and writing about numbers.
  • The Society of Professional Journalists NorCal will hold a panel discussion, Life After Journalism,” July 20, 2011. 6-8 p.m. The event will be held at Mechanic’s Institute, 57 Post St., 4th Floor, in San Francisco. Former journalists now working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors talk about their experiences transitioning to new fields. The fee to attend is $5 for Society of Professional Journalist members, $10 for nonmembers.

·   SheSays has teamed up Elizabeth Kiehner from Thornberg & Forester for a digital production course July 22 at TheLAB, 8th floor, 637 West 27th Street
New York, NY. The course teaches how to get things done as opposed to talking about the internets. You already know that brands are on Facebook, we’ll actually show you how to make a Facebook brand application. The cost is $549.

AUGUST

  • The National Association of Black Journalists is holding its annual convention and career fair Aug. 3-7, 2011, in Philadelphia.  Professional journalists, students and educators will take part in full- and half-day seminars designed to strengthen and enhance their skills. Workshops throughout the five-day convention will highlight journalism ethics, entrepreneurship, specialized journalism and transitioning journalism skills to book publishing, screen writing and media relations.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free week-long webinar, “Sales Strategies for Freelance Business Journalists,” Aug. 16-19.  Taught by Maya Paine Smart, participants will learn simple things they can immediately incorporate into their daily work to help them identify great writing clients, win more assignments and earn a healthy living. You can attend a daily, hourlong, interactive session at either noon or 4 p.m. EDT on Aug. 16-18 and noon EDT on Aug. 19.
  • The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) will host a Student Mentorship and Training Program at its annual LGBT Media Summit & Convention Aug. 25 to 28 in Philadelphia. Each year, NLGJA chooses students from across the country to participate in its student project — providing real-world experience to undergraduate and graduate students who are considering a career in journalism. To apply, students simply fill out an application, attaching the requested items found on the NLGJA website, and return them to NLGJA by June 10.  If chosen, NLGJA will pay for the selected student’s convention attendance, airfare, food and hotel at the convention site.

 

SEPTEMBER

  • The Scripps Howard Foundation and American Press Institute will hold a workshop, “Building Your Journalistic Brand,” Sept. 16 in Reston, Va.  Taught by Joe Grimm, Visiting Professor, Michigan State University School of Journalism, attendees will complete a workbook that will become a customized branding blueprint. The cost is $15, and includes lunch and a workbook. You must register by Sept. 13.
  • The Online News Association will hold its annual Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet Sept. 22-24, 2011 in Boston.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a morning workshop Sept. 25 during the SPJ/RTDNA Excellence in Journalism Conference Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans. In the session, you’ll learn where to find key company financial information and how to dissect essential financial statements and Securities and Exchange Commission documents. Gain the skills that will enable you to follow the money and stay on top of the biggest story around – the economy.

 

OCTOBER

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free, one-day Business Journalism Boot Camp in Minneapolis, Oct. 4. In this free, daylong workshop, you’ll learn the basics of business for public companies, private companies and nonprofits. Award-winning professors and journalists will have you analyzing financial statements to find stories about public companies, as well as tracking public information on private companies and nonprofits. Learn how to dissect the new IRS Form 990 line-by-line to find stories about local nonprofits. Examples will be tailored to the Minnesota market.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free one-day workshop, “Digital Efficiency for Business Journalists — 36 Tips to Tame Info Overload,” in New York City Oct. 13.  It will include 36+ specific sites, tools and techniques for those who face a growing mass of digital information. The half-day session is not about theory or about how big the problem is, but instead about how to make each working day more efficient by using specific tools, techniques and best practices.
  • Blogalicious will he held Oct. 21-23 in Washington, D.C.  Founded in 2009, the Blogalicious Weekend conferences are aimed at celebrating the diversity of women of all ethnicities in social media.

 

NOVEMBER

  • BlogWorld & New Media will be held Nov. 3-5 in Los Angeles.  The conference is the first and only industry-wide conference, tradeshow and media event dedicated to blogging, podcasting, social media, social networking, online video, music, Internet TV and radio. The New Media Expo provides the only industry-wide new media marketplace for networking, online business and marketing resources, while the Social Media Business Summit is the world’s largest social media business conference where business owners, marketing executives and global brands learn strategies, tools and technologies to grow their businesses with social media. Register at blogworldexpo.com with the promo code MASH20 to save 20% off the ticket price!

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