Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Education, Webinars

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.)
  • 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.
  • Startup Weekend New York will be held Sept. 10-12 in New York City.  Attendees will meet a group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more to an event that builds communities, companies and projects.  Participants will decide what they want to tackle over the weekend and come out at the end with several developed companies or projects. Registration is $75.
  • 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.
  • The Washington, D.C., chapter of the Online News Association is holding a meet-up Sept. 14 at Medill, 1325 G Street, NW, Suite 730 at 7:00 p.m.  Josh Hatch and Amy Eisman, ONA10 co-chairs, will give you a VIP sneak peek of ONA’s upcoming 2-day conference Oct. 28-30 and let you know what workshops and events you won’t want to miss.
  • The Seattle chapter of the Online News Association is holding a panel discussion — You Are What You Tweet – Sept. 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Seattle Times Auditorium. The panel will discuss journalists and how they create, produce and manage their “online brands.”
  • Mozilla, Hacks/Hackers, Medill School at Northwestern University, and The Media Consortium are collaborating to run “Open Journalism & the Open Web,” a FREE, six-week interactive online course from Sept. 15 to Oct. 27.  The course will focus on practical opportunities to put your skills as a professional journalist, or professional programmer, to work. You’ll also have the opportunity learn directly from other professionals through hands-on assignments and a weekly conference call with news innovation experts.
  • 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 Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is holding Michael X Michael on Sept. 23, where authors Michael Lewis and Michael Pollan converse about writing, storytelling, books, and journalism. The event is a fundraiser for the school.  Cost: General $125 (Program only); Supporters $500 (Reception and program); and Sponsors $1,000 (Reception, program, and dinner).
  • Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society & Kennesaw State University’s Center for Sustainable Journalism will hold a one-day seminar Media Law in the Digital Age Sept. 25.  The cost is $69.
  • 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 Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism will host a talk, The Big Story: National Public Radio’s Tamara Keith, Oct. 6. Journalist in residence Keith will discuss radio journalism, the challenge of covering disasters, and NPR’s transition in the digital age, while outlining her experiences covering major stories ranging from the world financial crisis, to the earthquake in Haiti, to the BP oil spill in Louisiana.
  • City University of New York’s J-Camp will be holding the course Secrets of the NYC Economy: A Crash Course on City Economics, Business and Politics October 7th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.  The cost is $29 for early registration and $35 at the door.
  • Columbia University Journalism Professor Sree Sreenivasan will hold a four wee-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.
  • Nov. 1 is the deadline to apply for the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism’s Strictly Financials Fellows 2011 program.  The Reynolds Center is offering fellowships worth $2,000 for four days of intensive study in financials and accounting Jan. 4-7, 2011, in Phoenix at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  Fellowships cover the full cost of training, lodging, materials and most meals. In addition, fellows receive a $500 stipend to help offset travel and other costs.  This seminar will cover the essentials of covering financials, from stock markets and bonds to financial statements and company research.
  • 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 Social Media Club is holding Social Media University Nov. 10-12 in Orlando. Learn from a dozen of the true Social Media Masters in this deep dive for Social Media Professionals.  The cost is $395 for members and $500 for non-members through Sept. 30. On Oct. 1, the price goes up to the full retail price of $495 for members and $595 for non-members.
  • 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.


  • 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!



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