Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Education, journalism, multimedia journalist, Social Media, 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: the next NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force event will be a BlogTalkRadio show entitled “Making The Transition From Journalism To PR.” Our panelists will share their experiences on making the move and answer questions on how to transfer your skills to the other side.  I hope you can join us on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

  • 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 NewsU is offering 30% off ALL Webinar replays and other training modules through the end of 2010. To get the discount, use code PTUESEOY30 through Dec. 31, 2010.  Webinar replays on digital training available including: Developing a Mobile Site: Tips and Techniques; Facebook for Journalists; Flash for Journalists; How Location-Based Services are Changing the News; Multimedia Tools: Your 2010 Shopping List; Reporting With Video: Basics for Print Journalists; Twitter for Journalists; Writing Headlines for the Web: 2010 Edition. It also includes series on APME Online Credibility, Digital Tools and Transition and Mobile and Multimedia Essential Tools.


  • Knowledgewebb is holding a free webinar – “There Are No Stupid Questions!” on Dec. 7 from 2:30 to 3:30 EST.  Come prepared with all of the burning questions you have – like “What’s an avatar, exactly? And how do I get one?” “How do I get an email signature?” “I don’t know the difference between Google Voice and Google Chat and all the other Google stuff my friends are using.” You’ll get to ask them anonymously and you’ll get immediate answers in the second half of this webinar.
  • The Poynter Institute is holding an online webinar, “Track Your Traffic: Web Analytics for Journalists,” Dec. 9 at 2:00 p.m.  Learn the tools, process, and vocabulary that will help you better understand your site and your audience, and help you build an effective online design.  The cost is $27.95.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center has spaces for 20 fellows at its Interactive Census Hands-On Workshop Dec. 12-17 at the University of California-Berkeley.  KDMC is offering a customized visual storytelling workshop to train journalists on new ways to process data from the 2010 Census. Fellows will illustrate the information using visualization and mapping tools to create a clearer, more meaningful picture of the complex statistics gathered in the national survey.
  • The Ford Foundation, with additional funding from the Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation, are taking applications for the International Center for Journalists’ International Reporting Program for Minority Journalists.  Eight minority journalists will be trained as foreign correspondents, mentored by ICFJ, and linked up with local reporters and sources on the ground around the world.  The deadline to apply is Dec. 13.
  • The International Reporting Project is accepting applications for its spring and fall 2011 fellowships. The fellowships allow U.S. journalists to do original, in-depth reporting projects overseas covering neglected, “under-reported” stories of global importance.  The deadline for the spring application is Dec. 20; the deadline for the fall application is April 1.
  • The Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion is offering stipends ranging from $5000 to $25,000 for American journalists to report and write these stories, illuminating how religion crosses geographic, temporal and ideological borders as well as how it establishes real and virtual boundaries.  The deadline to apply is Dec. 17.



  • 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 Society of Professional Journalists is now taking applications for its Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internships.  One intern works in the offices of the Society’s First Amendment legal counsel in Washington, D.C. The other intern works at the Society’s National Headquarters in Indianapolis.  The deadline to apply is Jan. 14.
  • The Poynter Institute is holding an online webinar, “Becoming a More Effective Reporter: Telling Untold Stories,” Jan. 17 through Feb. 11, 2011.  This course will help you improve your ability to find and tell stories off the beaten path. It will open your eyes and ears to story ideas buried in plain sight and show you how to mine communities, cultures and individuals for stories that often remain untold.  The cost is $399.


  • The Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute is offering a free webinar “Social Media 101, 202, 303,” Feb. 8-10.   Social Media 101 offers the basics for social media newbies.  Social Media 202 is tips for reporters about using social media sites as research tools. Social Media 303 will show how to filter to contain the clutter.
  • 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 Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute is partnering with the Investigative Reporters and Editors and the N.C. Press Association on a free Webinar, “Investigating Private Companies and Nonprofits,” in Raleigh, N.C.,  Feb. 23.  This Webinar help attendees find public documents on private companies and the basics of what you’ll find in those documents; understand the new Form 990 and the basics of nonprofits’ finances; and analyze and apply what you’ve learned — including discovering the power of spreadsheets to spot trends — to produce great stories.


  • The Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute is holding a free Webinar, “Covering the Green Economy – A Western Perspective,” in Los Angeles March 4.  The daylong workshop will help you learn the latest sustainable trends impacting your local economy and will give you practical tips for navigating one of the hottest topics around.
  • 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.


  • The Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute is holding a free Webinar, “15 tips on time management for business journalists,” May 3.  Participants will learn simple things they can immediately incorporate into their daily work and personal lives that will allow them to juggle more efficiently. You can attend the hourlong, interactive session at either noon or 4 p.m. EDT on May 3.
  • Applications are now open for the Knight Digital Media Center’s News Entrepreneur Boot Camp 2011.  The boot camp will be held May 15-20, 2011, in Los Angeles. The one-week boot camp plus 6-week online learning program is designed for 20 competitively selected digital entrepreneurs with great ideas for community news and information initiatives in the public interest.  Applications are due Jan. 14, with final participants chosen March 7.


  • The Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute is holding a free Webinar, “Unlocking Financial Statements,” July 18-22.  The weeklong online seminar covers income statements, balance sheets, cash flows and writing about numbers.

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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