Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Education, multimedia journalist, Webinars

Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

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

Editor’s note: please join the National Association of Black Journalists’ Digital Journalism task force for our next BlogTalkRadio chat —  “Hyperlocal Websites: Are They The Savior Of Local News?” on Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern time.  Click here for more details.  I 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 Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is hosting an online conversation with personal branding expert Dan Schawbel on Sept. 21. This free, live chat will run from 1:30-2:15 p.m. EDT.  Schawbel, described by Fast Company as a “personal branding force of nature,” is the author of the bestseller, “Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success.” Here the registration page where you can sign up.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley is offering a customized visual storytelling workshop Dec. 12-17 to train journalists on new ways to process data from the 2010 Census. In this intensive six-day workshop, attendees will learn to create cutting-edge interactive graphics. The skills and tools you learn will benefit your newsroom and your career long after the census.  The workshop is limited to 20. 
  • 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 Atlanta chapter of the Online News Association is holding a workshop – The Art of Community Storytelling – Sept. 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Loft at Castleberry Hill.
  • 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).
  • The Society of Professional Journalists’ Digital Media Committee will present an evening of exploration into the much talked about topic of “hyperlocal journalism,” featuring editors from, on Sept. 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The event will be held at the Illinois Technology Association.  The event is free, but seating is limited.
  • 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.
  • City University of New York’s J-Camp is holding a workshop – 10 Tips for Taking Better Photos – Sept. 28 6:30-8:30 p.m.  The workshop will help you discover dozens of photo tips, tricks and techniques.  The cost is $39.00.
  • Hacks/Hackers of Austin, Texas, will hold its first meetup Sept. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at Austin’s Pizza on the Drag.
  • 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. 
  • City University of New York’s J-Camp will be holding the course How To Organize Your Digital Life on Oct. 18.  This event features: 12 new tools and tips for managing info overload, including “Inbox Zero,” Batching, Filtering & other Email Techniques.  The cost is $29.
  • 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 McCormick Foundation will hold its annual 2010 New Media Women Entrepreneurs Summit in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8.  The event is a day-long gathering of women news creators and wannabe news creators. Registration is $30 and includes lunch.
  • 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.
  • City University of New York’s J-Camp will be holding the course Video Storytelling Bootcamp Dec. 11-12.  Learn the 7 Secrets to Producing a Winning Video Story. The course will feature hands-on learning led by top multimedia journalists.  The cost is $450.00.



  • The Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley has opened applications for its 2011 Multimedia Training Jan. 9-14 and May 15-20. The workshop offers intensive training that covers all aspects of multimedia news production; from basic storyboarding to hands-on instruction with hardware and software for production of multimedia stories. Participants will be organized into teams to report on a pre-arranged story in the Bay Area, and then construct a multimedia presentation based on that coverage.  Applications are due by Nov. 19 for the January training and March 18 for the May training.
  • 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.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley has opened applications for its Web 2.0 workshop Feb. 14-18 and June 13-17.  This training takes participants through the progression of reporting news for multiple digital platforms, starting with quick text posts and moving through photos and video and finally ending with a full multimedia presentation. The workshop provides hands-on training using Twitter and Facebook for reporting and driving web traffic, creating data-driven map mashups, dynamically updating a blog for breaking news, publishing photo galleries and audio slideshows, producing videos and editing videos using Final Cut Pro.  The deadline to apply is Dec. 10 for the February workshop and April 15 for the June training.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley has opened applications for its Independent Journalists Workshop March 21-25.  The workshop will provide journalists with the hands-on training and tools to get started with an online publishing enterprise.  The deadline to apply is Jan. 28.
  • The National Conference for Media Reform will hold its annual conference in Boston April 8-11, 2011.  The conference brings together thousands of activists, media makers, educators, journalists, scholars, policymakers and engaged citizens to meet, tell their stories, share tactics, listen to great speakers and build the movement for better media in America.

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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