Monthly Archives: August 2010

Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

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

First, please join DJTF and the NABJ Media Institute on Tuesday, Aug. 24 for a free BlogTalkRadio show: “Internet Etiquette: Being `Socially’ Responsible.” Did you miss this popular panel at last month’s NABJ annual conference? We’re re-creating it in this one-hour show! Journalists can post information on their social networks that may be harmful to their reputation. Lifestyle & Etiquette Expert Elaine Swann and Howard University graduate student and Google Fellow Kiara Pesante will give you the do’s and don’t’s on navigating proper Internet etiquette, and we’ll leave plenty of time for your questions.  Hope you can join us!

  • Webbmedia Group has a great calendar of events that catches things not covered below.  If you want to subscribe to the calendar, click here. You 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 Poynter Institute’s News University will hold the webinar Reporting the Oil Disaster: Beyond the Surface & Spill Aug. 24 at 2:00 p.m.  Learn how to investigate over-looked issues caused from oil contamination in the Gulf. Find story ideas, no matter what area you cover, that go beyond the obvious. The cost is $19.95.
  • Sept. 1 is the deadline to apply for 25 for 25 – The AOL Grant Program. AOL is celebrating its 25th anniversary by awarding 25, $25,000 grants to tomorrow’s ground breakers and visionaries in journalism, art and innovation who believe in the power of ideas.
  • Media Bistro will hold the online course Boot Camp for Journalists for eight Thursdays Sept. 9 through Nov. 4. The course will help you create a new portfolio of work and a new set of skills. Assignments include a service/how-to piece, an arts and culture review, a profile, a metro section piece, an editorial, a business/news article, a personal essay, and two pitch letters.   The cost is $499.
  • The Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute is offering a free workshop — Engage Your Community to Power Your Business Coverage – in San Francisco Sept. 1.
  • Media Bistro will hold the online course “Reinventing Print Content for the Web” on Mondays Sept. 13-Oct. 25 from 9-10 pm Eastern time.  In this 6-week course students will learn the essentials of creating successful magazine sites and what that means for print magazine writers and editors.  The cost is $425.
  • The Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute is offering a Webinar – Develop Business Angles on Any Beat – Sept 14.  Chad Graham, social media editor at The Arizona Republic, and Robin J. Phillips, Reynolds Center Web managing editor, will co-present this one-hour Webinar that will be of interest to all journalists and editors who understand the importance of exploring the business angle of every story.
  • DJTF member Tiffany Black is teaching the Media Bistro course “Intro to Social Media” for 4 Wednesdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 20 from 9-10 pm Eastern time.  The cost is $350.
  • The Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute will host Block by Block: Community News Summit 2010 Sept. 23-24 in Chicago.  Reynolds Fellow Michele McLellan and New York University Journalism Professor Jay Rosen will lead discussions from leading pioneers of online local news sites to discuss what’s working – and what needs work.  The event is invitation-only.
  • The Poynter Institute is holding the Video Storytelling Workshop: 2010 Edition Sept. 25.  The event, held with the National Photographers Press Foundation team, will present a day-long event that will help you be a better video journalist. Tuition is $65.
  • Columbia University Journalism Professor Sree Sreenivasan will hold a four-week course entitled “Smarter Social Media for Journalists, Bloggers and Media Professionals.” Scheduled for Thursdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2010; 6:30 – 9 p.m., the course will teach participants how to use social media, including sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, FourSquare, YouTube, among others, to find new story ideas, trends and sources; connect with readers and viewers in new ways; bring attention and traffic to their work; and create, craft and enhance their personal brand.  The cost is $495.
  • The BlogWorld New Media Expo will be held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas Oct. 15-16.
  • Think like Google — what you need to know about SEO is a Webinar being offered by the Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute on Oct. 19.  The hour-long session will help reporters and editors understand the Web and how search engines find online content, explain some fundamentals of SEO and why journalists should care and give journalists tips and tools for writing good headline and ledes for the Web.
  • Media Bistro will hold the online course “Intro to Multimedia Journalism” on Thursdays Oct. 21-Nov. 18 from 9-10 pm Eastern time. In this class you’ll learn how to translate news stories into fascinating multimedia packages.
  • Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is holding a “Two-Day Final Cut Pro Workshop” Oct. 23-24.  Students will learn to capture footage, import images, text and audio files, edit from larger clips and trim footage in a timeline. Participants will also learn how to mix audio levels, create text, animate images and export video for broadcast or the Web. The cost is $695.
  • The Interactive Innovative blog posts about a series of multimedia training with Maine Media Training from now through Oct. 30.  Courses include Stills & Video for Multimedia; One-man Band; Intro to Web Design; and Audio Narrative.  For more information go to Maine Media Training.
  • Registration is now open for the Online News Association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28-30.
  • The Poynter Institute’s News University will hold the webinar Becoming a More Effective Editor: Strategies for Editing Yourself, Others Nov. 1-19.  The cost is $399, and the application deadline is Oct. 4.
  • The Freedom Forum Diversity Institute is offering a Multimedia Boot Camps for Journalism Professionals and Educators.  The boot camp is scheduled for Nov. 17-21 at the Freedom Forum’s John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville, Tenn.  The cost is $850.
  • The 2011 Kiplinger Fellowship will award 15 grants to journalists to help them hone their social media skills and learn about SEO, strategic tweeting, and other information about the Internet.  The deadline to apply is Nov. 30.
  • The Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute is offering the Webinar Writing Business News for the Web Dec. 1-2.  This Webinar will help writers and editors write with clarity, efficiency, brevity and transparency.

2011

  • Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is holding a Five-Day Intensive Digital Media Boot Camp Jan. 10-14, 2011.  Participants will learn the basics of visual storytelling concepts through video production and post-production with Final Cut Pro (for Mac). Participants will leave with concrete skills and a better understanding of the technologies that are transforming the news business.  The cost is $1,195, and registration begins in November.

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

Friday Fast Five + Five: The Branding Edition

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

At last month’s NABJ annual convention, I moderated a panel — Brand Yourself, Ensure Your Survival — on how journalists can and should brand themselves.  Reasons I gave to do this included: having a higher profile makes firing/layoffs harder; your company/industry sees you as invaluable source; and you have unique knowledge to showcase.  So in that spirit, today’s five plus five are links that can help you get started with your personal branding campaign. For a more comprehensive look, I recommend checking out Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success at your local library.

But before we start, I have a public service announcement.  Please join DJTF and the NABJ Media Institute on Tuesday, Aug. 24 for a free BlogTalkRadio show: “Internet Etiquette: Being `Socially’ Responsible.” Did you miss this popular panel at last month’s NABJ annual conference? We’re re-creating it in this one-hour show! Journalists can post information on their social networks that may be harmful to their reputation. Lifestyle & Etiquette Expert Elaine Swann and Howard University graduate student and Google Fellow Kiara Pesante will give you the do’s and don’t’s on navigating proper Internet etiquette, and we’ll leave plenty of time for your questions.  Hope you can join us!

  1. 10000 Words – 10 Ways to track what people are saying about you on Twitter.  It’s not enough to create the brand; you also have to track what people are saying about you and your brand.
  2. Adam Vincenzini’s Share-house – Snapshot of your social media presence (all five parts) via @socialmouths.  Adam links to the Socialmouths blog 5-part series on your social media presence.
  3. Mashable – 7 Services to Find and Reserve Your Name Across the Web.  So you’ve decided to take the plunge. You need to find that perfect name (whether it’s your actual one or not). These websites are one-stop shops that let you check across myriad platforms quickly and easily.
  4. Voosh Themes – Create A Professional Portfolio Using WordPress 3.0 Custom Post Types.  You need a website/blog to serve as a showcase for your work.
  5. Bit Rebels – 7 Steps To Building Your Online Identity.  So you’ve decided to take the plunge. Or you’re having trouble deciding what that identity should be. Check this blog post out for some clarity.
  6. Brian Solis – 5 Not-So-Easy Steps to Managing Your Brand Online.  Once you’ve decided what to do, you have to manage it. Check out these tips for doing that successfully.
  7. Social Media Biz – How to optimize your LinkedIn profile.  I was one of those people who created a perfunctory LinkedIn profile just to be in that space. But after I heard a lecture from Columbia University dean of student affairs & professor Sree Sreenivasan on the benefits of LinkedIn, I updated my profile and opportunities and new contacts flowed in.
  8. Sitepoint – 12 Reasons You Need a Facebook Fan Page and 5 Easy Steps for Creating One.
  9. Mashable – 5 Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Identity.  There are some people who have myriad websites, blogs, Twitter accounts, YouTube channels, etc. This post offers great tips on how to wrangle all your identities into a cohesive face.
  10. AppStorm – 15 Great Ways to Secure Your Website. So you have that website, but you need to make sure you’re the only one with access to it.

NABJ Members-Take Advantage of Scholarships for Poynter Institute Training!

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

Back on Aug. 4, National Association of Black Journalists Treasurer Greg Lee sent out a note to our Yahoo listserve groups urging members to apply for scholarships to pay for training at the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Poynter Institute.  Poynter is well-known for the quality journalism training it provides, along with its strong ties to NABJ.

And I quote: “If you’ve wanted to attend a Poynter seminar or take advantage of its many online learning opportunities, but haven’t had the funds, now is the time.  Poynter is offering scholarship monies for our association’s members.
You can pick from one of the institute’s many in-person seminars, an online group seminar or other offerings—and add Poynter training to your credentials.  Made possible through a grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the scholarships provide professional development opportunities to journalists and media leaders from  underrepresented demographic groups in an effort to increase their effectiveness and presence in newsrooms. Must be a current, dues-paying member of one of the following associations: National Association of Black Journalists; National Association of Hispanic Journalists; Native American Journalists Association; Asian American Journalists Association; Journalism and Women Symposium; and National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.”

I went to Poynter’s training page and found several things of interest, but the course “Multimedia Storytelling With Video” really interested me.  I’ve taken NABJ and other one-day video courses, but I’ve always felt I needed more intensive training.  So I filled out the application, attached a letter requesting an NABJ scholarship and sent it off.  But it works for the other journalism groups listed above.  On Wednesday, I received my letter informing me I won a scholarship!

I can now learn a skill with professionals that will help keep me relevant in my current job and I can pass my knowledge on not only at my job, but through NABJ and as a member of the Online News Association.  Upcoming courses that would be of interest for DJTF and NABJ members include “Critical Tools for the Non-Traditional Journalist” and “Essential Skills for the Digital Journalist,” with application deadlines of Sept. 20 and Sept. 27, respectively.

If you can’t make it to St. Petersburg, the scholarship can also be used for Poynter webinars, including: “Becoming a More Effective Reporter: Telling Untold Stories” and “Telling Memorable Video Stories: A Poynter Tutorial Series.”  I urge you to take full advantage of this valuable — and free — opportunity.  Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions at regaviationqueen AT Yahoo DOT com.

And speaking of training, please join DJTF and the NABJ Media Institute on Tuesday, Aug. 24 for a free BlogTalkRadio show: “Internet Etiquette: Being `Socially’ Responsible.” Did you miss this popular panel at last month’s NABJ annual conference? We’re re-creating it in this one-hour show! Journalists can post information on their social networks that may be harmful to their reputation. Lifestyle & Etiquette Expert Elaine Swann and Howard University graduate student
and Google Fellow Kiara Pesante will give you the do’s and don’t’s on navigating proper Internet etiquette, and we’ll leave plenty of time for your questions.  Hope you can join us!

Creating A “Hinge” Between Newsroom, Classroom

By Bliss Davis, Multimedia Journalist

I recently read an article about Allbritton Communications’ TBD.com news website and their partnership with American University’s School of Communication for interns, and another between NYU, which will run The Local East Village, a hyperlocal news site for the New York Times.
While the concept of gaining professional experience or familiarizing yourself with a profession isn’t news, it is welcoming to hear news of programs like this gaining ground.  Even NABJ recently broadened its converged student media newsroom to include a bootcamp-like for high school students as well as those in higher education.   All of these programs have something in common — namely having digital media as either a forefront or major component of their partnerships.
Even with these progressive programs, there is a huge gap in how much journalism students (especially those still in high school) are exposed to professional media.  Besides journalism, one of my passions is moving forward with a steady gaze on what’s behind me–for the second half of my college experience I taught journalism at an inner city high school.  The school needed journalism teachers and through a special grant project I was brought in along with a few others.  My primary reason for doing so was being from the inner city myself, and remembering how my high school’s journalism program was canceled from funding issues.
The joint grant initiative was a meager project and I am barely in the professional journalism realm myself, but our efforts paid off.  With the help of professionals and professors, several in the class graduated with a working knowledge of multimedia and a desire to become journalists themselves.
It is much too premature to rave about joint programs of course, but hopefully they take off in other forms.  Besides helping raise general interest in the world, there is a growing interest in using non-traditional platforms.  After getting their newspaper down the class in the grant program wanted to publish a digital version as well.  While still in the works, it will be interesting to see what they come up with in the coming school year.
Taking the focus away from the students, the only way for these hinge programs to continue to be successful depends on professionals who already know the ropes.  None if these programs  function without the help of someone already familiar with the industry and can only work with pros willing to get their hands dirty.

Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

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 here. You 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.)
  • Hacks/Hackers is holding a MeetUp in New York City Aug. 18. at the NYC Google offices, where they will discuss the concept of “Living Stories.” The presentation starts at 7 p.m., but come early and socialize (and gawk) at 6 p.m.!
  • Media Bistro will hold the online course Brand Yourself: How to Market Yourself and Your Project for Maximum Results for four Wednesdays Aug. 18 through Sept. 22. The course will help you develop a complete brand portfolio that includes everything from your email signature to your presence on Twitter and Facebook.  The cost is $350.
  • The Poynter Institute’s News University will hold the webinar Reporting the Oil Disaster: Beyond the Surface & Spill Aug. 24 at 2:00 p.m.  Learn how to investigate over-looked issues caused from oil contamination in the Gulf. Find story ideas, no matter what area you cover, that go beyond the obvious. The cost is $19.95.
  • Media Bistro will hold the online course Boot Camp for Journalists for eight Thursdays Sept. 9 through Nov. 4. The course will help you create a new portfolio of work and a new set of skills. Assignments include a service/how-to piece, an arts and culture review, a profile, a metro section piece, an editorial, a business/news article, a personal essay, and two pitch letters.   The cost is $499.
  • The Poynter Institute’s News University will hold the webinar Becoming a More Effective Reporter: Telling Untold Stories Sept. 13-Oct. 4.  This course will help you improve your ability to find and tell stories off the beaten path.  The cost is $399, and applications are due Aug. 16.
  • The Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute is offering a free workshop — Engage Your Community to Power Your Business Coverage – in San Francisco Sept. 1.
  • The Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute is offering a Webinar – Develop Business Angles on Any Beat – Sept 14.  Chad Graham, social media editor at The Arizona Republic, and Robin J. Phillips, Reynolds Center Web managing editor, will co-present this one-hour Webinar that will be of interest to all journalists and editors who understand the importance of exploring the business angle of every story.
  • The Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute will host Block by Block: Community News Summit 2010 Sept. 23-24 in Chicago.  Reynolds Fellow Michele McLellan and New York University Journalism Professor Jay Rosen will lead discussions from leading pioneers of online local news sites to discuss what’s working – and what needs work.  The event is invitation-only.
  • The Poynter Institute is holding the Video Storytelling Workshop: 2010 Edition Sept. 25.  The event, held with the National Photographers Press Foundation team, will present a day-long event that will help you be a better video journalist. Tuition is $65.
  • The BlogWorld New Media Expo will be held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas Oct. 15-16.
  • Think like Google — what you need to know about SEO is a Webinar being offered by the Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute on Oct. 19.  The hour-long session will help reporters and editors understand the Web and how search engines find online content, explain some fundamentals of SEO and why journalists should care and give journalists tips and tools for writing good headline and ledes for the Web.
  • The Interactive Innovative blog posts about a series of multimedia training with Maine Media Training from now through Oct. 30.  Courses include Stills & Video for Multimedia; One-man Band; Intro to Web Design; and Audio Narrative.  For more information go to Maine Media Training.
  • Registration is now open for the Online News Association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28-30.
  • The Poynter Institute’s News University will hold the webinar Becoming a More Effective Editor: Strategies for Editing Yourself, Others Nov. 1-19.  The cost is $399, and the application deadline is Oct. 4.
  • The Freedom Forum Diversity Institute is offering a Multimedia Boot Camps for Journalism Professionals and Educators.  The boot camp is scheduled for Nov. 17-21 at the Freedom Forum’s John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville, Tenn.  The cost is $850.
  • The 2011 Kiplinger Fellowship will award 15 grants to journalists to help them hone their social media skills and learn about SEO, strategic tweeting, and other information about the Internet.  The deadline to apply is Nov. 30.
  • The Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute is offering the Webinar Writing Business News for the Web Dec. 1-2.  This Webinar will help writers and editors write with clarity, efficiency, brevity and transparency.

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

Friday Fast Five + Five

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

This week’s Fast Five + Five is just a mishmash of items that have been piling up in my folder. Enjoy!

  1. 10000 Words – Why I switched from Blogger to WordPress and how I did it
  2. Mashable – Turn Your Facebook Profile into a Mini Blog
  3. GigaOm – Think: Free Mind Maps for Newbies
  4. Teaching Online Journalism – Tips for HTML5, part 1
  5. Teaching Online Journalism – Tips for HTML5, part 2
  6. Networked – Are you ready to use CoveritLive?
  7. Dumb Little Man – DIY: 6 Simple Steps To Start Podcasting
  8. Media Shift – 5 Great Services for Self-Publishing Your Book
  9. Techipedia – How To Create the Perfect Facebook Fan Page
  10. Innovative Interactivity – 20 educational (and free!) multimedia resources

NABJDigital Interviews Holly Edgell of Patch.com

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

Patch.com's Holly Edgell Photo by Benet J. Wilson

AOL-owned Patch.com was one of many employers represented at the recent National Association of Black Journalists annual convention in San Diego.  Patch is a network of websites created to fill the gap in local and community news, says Holly Edgell, a regional editor for the company who is based in St. Louis.

The good news for NABJ members is that Patch.com is growing, which means they’re hiring.  According to Edgell, Patch.com already has 85 sites and is looking for local editors in areas including California, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Virginia and Connecticut.  For a complete list of jobs, click here.

NABJDigital did a quick Interview with Edgell, where she spoke about what Patch.com is looking for in regional editors, where Patch.com is growing and why she attended NABJ to look for talent.  Enjoy!