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Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events


  • Sageworks Institute hosts a cocktail reception and discussion on the future of business journalism with special guest speaker Tyler Mathisen on April 3, 2014. The event will take place at The Cornell Club of New York City.
  • The Society for Environmental Journalists is calling for award entries. SEJ’s awards honor the best environmental journalism in seven categories, bringing recognition to the most important stories on the planet. Journalism broadcast or published in print or online is eligible. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2014.  SEJ’s 2014 Awards will be presented on Sept. 3, 2014, at SEJ’s 24th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. $500 will be offered for first-place winners in seven categories. Enter environmental stories produced between March 1, 2013 and Feb. 28, 2014. Click here to see past winners and learn how to apply.
  • The post-graduate, multimedia fellow manages and maintains the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire’s website. He or she creates multimedia projects for our website, works with undergraduate interns to develop multimedia projects and provides leadership to a team that produces news stories and projects. Qualified applicants must have professional-level expertise in HTML, content management systems and CSS. Applicants must also have high-level skills in reporting and writing, shooting photos and video using a DSLR camera and editing video. This one-year, post-graduate, multimedia fellowship will begin in late summer 2014 and run through mid-August 2015. The fellowship includes a $22,155 stipend, plus free housing in a furnished apartment shared with the program’s undergraduate interns.  The deadline to apply is April 1.

  • The National Association of Black Journalists will hold its 6th Annual Media Institute on Health: Health Policy and Health Inequities in Washington, D.C., at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center at The Kaiser Family Foundation April 10-12.  It is the only conference of its kind to focus exclusively on health disparities in communities of color and provide print, broadcast and digital journalists with tools to effectively report on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act of health care reform and health policy on underserved communities. Journalists and media professionals will leave with resources to inform and empower readers and viewers to action.  Registration is $79 for members and $129 for nonmembers.       


  • A new initiative established at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism will offer fellowships of up to $15,000 to experienced business journalists starting this spring. Applications will be accepted periodically through 2014. The upcoming deadline for applications is May 15, 2014. The fellowship is open to those with at least five years professional experience in journalism, including freelance journalists, as well as reporters and editors currently working at a news organization. Fellowship applicants should submit a focused story proposal of no more than three pages through the accompanying online form.


  • The Global Editors Network  hosts the GEN Summit June 11 – 13 in Barcelona. Discover ‘robot journalism’, and be updated about drone journalism and data journalism. This is the event to meet with the media industry influentials and drive business.
  • The best in the business will gather for more than 100 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations about covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment and other key beats at the 2014 IRE conference June 26-29, 2014 in San Francisco. Speakers will share strategies for locating documents and gaining access to public records, finding the best stories and managing investigations. Join the discussion about how to practice investigative journalism in print, broadcast, Web and alternative newsroom models.


  • The National Association of Black Journalists will hold its 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Boston July 30-Aug. 3, 2014. Thousands of journalists, media executives, public relations professionals, and students are expected to attend to network, participate in professional development sessions and celebrate excellence in journalism.


  • The Online News Association 2014 Conference & Awards Banquet is the premier gathering of highly engaged digital journalists shaping media now. Learn about new tools and technologies, network with peers from around the world and celebrate excellence at the Online Journalism Awards. ONA  is looking for your input on sessions for ONA14, Sept. 25-27, in Chicago. Submit your session proposals  from March 20 to April 18. Submit one here

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Friday Fast Five + Five: The Twitter Edition

Twitter is one of my favorite journalism tools, so I’m always looking for tricks to make it even more useful to use.  Below are 10 hacks that may be helpful to add to your Twitter arsenal.

  1. Twitter – Twitter for newsrooms and journalists
  2. MediaBistro – Five Habits To Help Yourself Tweet Once Per Day
  3. MediaShift – Erica Anderson’s 6 Tips for Journalists on Twitter
  4. Intuit – 10 Rules for Crafting the Perfect Tweet
  5. Mashable – How to Spend Only 10 Minutes Per Day on Twitter
  6. Open Forum – How Many Of Your Twitter Followers Are Fake?
  7. Forbes – 31 Twitter Tips: How To Use Twitter Tools And Twitter Best Practices For Business
  8. Mashable – The Beginner’s Guide to HootSuite
  9. Mashable – The Beginner’s Guide to TweetDeck
  10. AllTwitter – 6 Tips For Shorter Tweets [INFOGRAPHIC]

Benét J. Wilson serves on the board of the Online News Association. She is the vice president of education for the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force and is the social media/eNewsletters editor for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.  She is also a freelance aviation journalist and blogger and is the Air Travel Expert for About.com.

Best of DJTF Blog: Tools to Help You Tap Into Your Inner JournoGeek

Editor’s note: We are taking this week off to enjoy the holidays with our families.  So this week, we’ll be re-running past posts.  Today’s post is from DJTF immediate past chair Benet Wilson, who highlights 10 digital tools to help bring out the tech savvy journalist in all of us!  It originally ran on Sept. 28.  Also, join the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force for a virtual conference “New Year, New You,” on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. In four hour-long sessions, attendees will learn mobile journalism tips and tricks, how to create an online portfolio, steps needed to create your journalism brand and taking your resume to the next level.  You can take 1, 2, 3, or all 4 webinars, and they will be recorded in case you can’t make it. Click here for more information.


Earlier today, DJTF Co-Chair Kiratiana Freelon and I did a presentation – Tools to Help You Tap Into Your Inner JournoGeek   – at the NABJ Region 1 conference. We went pretty fast, so below are some of the tools I highlighted.

  1. Storify - a storytelling tool that uses Tweets, Instagram/Flickr, YouTube, Facebook and links to tell a story. You can see the stories done by NABJDigital here.
  2. HootSuite - I use this tool to handle my myriad Twitter accounts. I love that I can use HootSuite on my laptop or as an app on my iPhone and iPad. I can shorten links, schedule tweets and keep up with up to five accounts for free.
  3. SoundNote ($4.99) – this iPad app allows you to take notes and record at the same time. And if you need to check on something that was said, just tap a word and the recording goes right to that section.
  4. RebelMouse - this curation tool calls itself “your social front page.”  It allows you to connect your social media accounts, including  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram and show it off on a beautiful page. The feed can be embedded int websites. Check out my RebelMouse page here. And see how Al Jazeera America used it for a series on fast-food workers here.
  5. Timeline JS – this is a simple to use, yet striking timeline creator. You can use media including Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Wikipedia, SoundCloud and other things to power your timeline. The Denver Post used Timeline JS as part of their coverage of the Aurora movie theater shootings.
  6.  Flipboard/Pocket - If you are a news junkie and have an iPad or iPhone, you need to have Flipboard. This app allows you to create a customized digital magazine of your favorite publications and blogs. Mine is a mix of journalism, tech and aviation/airline stuff. If you want to save a story to read later offline, save it on the Pocket app.
  7. iTalk (free or $1.99 for Premium) – we all know the built-in iPhone recorder is crap. iTalk allows you to record at good, better and best levels, with no time limits. With the free version, you can email smaller files, but need to download a program on your laptop to upload larger files. With the paid version, you can send the file to Dropbox or share it on SoundCloud.
  8. iPrompt Pro – this is a great app for multimedia journalists because it turns your iPad or iPhone into a teleprompter (although I don’t recommend it for the iPhone).
  9. Clear Watermark ($1.99)/Text on Photo – Both of these apps allow you to apply a watermark on your photos or video while out in the field.
  10. Apps Gone Free – every day, this app offers for free between 4 and 10 apps. Be warned – you will see a lot of crap (photo editing productivity, games, to-do lists, etc.), but there will be some gems. I found SoundNotes, iPromptPro and Clear Watermark wth this app.

Best of DJTF Blog: Open discussion: Separating your personal and professional life on social media

Editor’s note: We are taking this week off to enjoy the holidays with our families.  So this week, we’ll be re-running past posts.  Today’s post is from former DJTF intern Ameena Rasheed, who opens discourse on journalists having separate social media accounts personal and professional use.  It originally ran on Feb. 13.  Also, join the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force for a virtual conference “New Year, New You,” on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. In four hour-long sessions, attendees will learn mobile journalism tips and tricks, how to create an online portfolio, steps needed to create your journalism brand and taking your resume to the next level.  You can take 1, 2, 3, or all 4 webinars, and they will be recorded in case you can’t make it. Click here for more information.


Having separate professional and personal social media profiles is one of the first signs of mental illness. Ok, not really, but the stress of juggling several social media accounts is enough to make anybody go crazy — especially me.

There are some social media websites, such as LinkedIn, that cater to one’s professional network and nothing more. Other sites like Twitter and Facebook are not as clear. Platforms like those are used in various capacities, both professional and personal. For early adopters of social media, like myself, having social media began first as a leisurely activity, long before I ever thought about having it used as a vital part of my career.

It wasn’t until around 2010, when I started using social media to tell stories. In the fall of 2010, I took an online journalism course. While I was in that class, I fell in love with digital storytelling. I was forced to use platforms like Twitter and Facebook as reporting tools, which ended up leaving little room for me to be reckless on social media.

I could have created separate accounts just for that one class, but who has the time for that! I wanted my professor to take me seriously, but I didn’t want the hassle of juggling several accounts. Also, as a journalist I think that having separate accounts for your professional and personal lives might become a little confusing for those who follow your work. In my eyes, it splits your following and I would just prefer to send people to one place for each platform that I’m on. Plus, I have been to enough IRE functions to know that nothing is “private” on the web. If I’m trying keep certain thoughts and events of my life unknown to the greater public, I should keep certain things to myself.

On my accounts, I try to do a healthy balance of lifecasting, sharing my life, and mindcasting, sharing my ideas and the work of others. One of the best pieces of advice I received was about how to share content via social media was from founder and CEO of brand development company Medley Inc., Ashley Small.

She told me to think of three positive things that you want to be known for, three negative things you don’t want to be known for and then filter your content by what is on those lists. I think that NABJ member and Fox 26 news reporter Isiah Carey does this perfectly.

Of course, everyone doesn’t share my sentiments. NABJ-ers, what do you think about having separate accounts for personal and professional use? Let me know what you think in the comments.


Remember the days when all we had to do was report, write and publish our stories? Those days are gone. We’re now expected to do the above, along with blogging, shooting still and video photography, do social media and add elements to enhance the story.

Reporters are using social media to crowdsource their stories and and take the pulse of their readers.  A took that can help is Wedgies, which allows users to create simple social media polls and post them via Twitter, text or embedded on a website.  The polls are simple, with two answers, given back in real time.

Benét J. Wilson serves on the board of the Online News Association. She is the immediate past chair of the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force and is the social media/eNewsletters editor for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.  She is also a freelance aviation journalist and blogger.

Friday Fast Five + Five: Your Guide to New Media

I missed the end of the month bonus post last week because of Thanksgiving, so here’s your 10 fast five items for the month.

  1. Mashable — 14 Facebook Tools You Didn’t Know Existed
  2. Poynter — What journalists need to know about the power of code
  3. Lifehacker — Five Best Surge Protectors
  4. Mediabistro — 5 Quick And Easy Twitter Tips To Get More Retweets
  5. GigaOM — New tool lets you visualize just about anything in 5 minutes (maybe less)
  6. Money — Back it up: 4 ways to save your digital files
  7. TechCrunch — Bunkr Unveils New Major Version Of Its PowerPoint Killer
  8. Social Media Today — How Twitter and LinkedIn Can Extend the Life and Audience of Your Blog Posts
  9. BBC Social 8 social media pointers for journalists
  10. Blogging Tips — Everything You Need to Know About Social Media Branding

What We’ve Learned from ABC Hit Series, ‘Scandal’ The do’s and don’ts of Public Relations and Media Tactics

By Dawn Angelique Roberts and Emiley Mallory

Tonight, ABC’s hit series ‘Scandal’ returns  with a brand new episode, the first of a two-part winter season finale that’s sure to have everyone glued to their television sets.

But for media and PR professionals, “Scandal” isn’t just a TV Show…It’s also a classroom of sorts. While you’ll probably never find yourself having to cover up your affair with the President of the United States or dealing with what can charitably be called “Daddy Issues,” there is a lot that public relations and media professionals can take from the show and use in their work.

Here are a few tips NABJ Associate Member Task Force Chair, Dawn Angelique Roberts, and NABJ member Emiley Mallory, learned from the show that PR/media professionals should apply in their jobs.

Do understand that it’s all about presentation. In Season one, episode one we saw war hero Sully St. James decide that love was more important than taking a murder charge. In an attempt to conceal his sexual orientation, Sully willingly went down as an accessory to the murder of his best friend. In Sully’s mind, the media couldn’t know that the most decorated war hero since Vietnam was a gay man. Olivia Pope and Associates had confirmation of his alibi from footage of a street camera with Sully and his lover, but he refused. As the show closed we see Sully standing before a podium, confessing his pride before a sea of reporters. Surrounded by his fellow soldiers in support, with American flag in tow, Abby could be heard saying from the sideline, “the other soldiers added a nice touch don’t you think?”

Yes, Abby. They did.

Do develop a relationship with reporters. It is not enough to make a call or send a press release. Your resources are your lifeline, so the relationship itself is a give and take you should take special care to nurture and maintain.

Speaking of which…DON’T lie to reporters. Again, in season one, everyone’s favorite gladiator, Harrison, had to give Quinn some life advice about her budding relationship with Gideon, a news reporter. “You’re going to have to lie to him to protect a client and we don’t lie to reporters. Because once you do, there’s no going back. You killed the one thing you protect at all costs: your credibility.” Well, there’s that.

Nothing is off the Record. A Reporter is a Reporter. The relationship between Cyrus and his husband James is an example of the tightrope that PR professionals have to walk when it comes to their relationships with reporters.  A reporter’s job is to tell the story, while the PR person’s job is to protect their client and tell their story in the most advantageous way possible. Your client is relying on you to remember that difference.

Do know that “everybody loves a hero.” This is the line Olivia gave a certain dictator, General Benicio Florez, as a forewarning to return his children to his wife, Carolina Florez. After learning his wife’s “kidnapping” was actually an attempt to leave him, Florez takes their children, leaving both Carolina and Olivia dismayed. Bound for return to his home country, Olivia confronts the general. She informs him just how much reporters love a human interest story, particularly one like Carolina’s. His wife, she continues, will write memoirs, appear on talk shows and more importantly, threaten his political career by becoming not only an inspiring advocate for women’s rights, but a hero. Some of the best journalism ever written comes from feature stories. Spotting a unique story (or a unique way to tell a story that’s already been told) is a skill every journalist and every public relations professional should keep in their arsenal.

Do mock interviews. Practice makes perfect. Prepping your client or colleague for the kinds of questions they will be asked in interviews is an integral part of great media training. It’s an advantage for your home team to anticipate and address what “they” (the media in question) are going to say before they say it. You can never be too prepared!

Branding and Image is everything. Olivia’s brand and image helps her attract high profile clients.

Along those lines, do hire a communications expert. Olivia Pope & Associates is known for managing crisis and crisis communications. They are experts in the business.

Feel free to add your own helpful media tips to this list in the comments section, and tune in after next week’s ‘Scandal’ finale when NABJ Digital plans to share what journalists learned from this season’s episodes. Until next time…

It’s handled.

Dawn Angelique Roberts is a media relations specialist, event manager, social media enthusiast and owner of KD Communications Group, a full service public relations firm. Emiley Mallory, a recent graduate of Trinity Washington University, is an entertainment freelance writer.