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

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 Digital Journalism Task Force is holding a BlogTalkRadio session Tuesday, Jan. 11 (tomorrow) from noon to 1:00 p.m. on this year’s convention.  Our panel, which features convention chair Rod Hicks, programming chair Dr. Sybril Bennett and Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists President Sarah Glover, will discuss what members can expect at this year’s event. Bennett will also offer guidance on what she and the Programming Committee will expect for this year’s workshops and panels.  We’ll also leave time for your questions. 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 J. Reynolds Journalism Institute has updated its calendar of free workshops and webinars from now through May 2011.


§           The NABJ Media Institute is holding a Morning Meetings Webinar Series: Young Black Voters 2008 to 2012: The Future of American Politics, on Jan. 12 at 11:00 a.m. EST.  The webinar will answer these questions: What role did Black youth play in the current political landscape? What happened in 2008? How will the Black youth vote impact the next presidential election in 2012?

§           The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri is currently accepting applications for the 2011-2012 class of Donald W. Reynolds Fellows, according to Executive Director Pam Johnson.  “RJI is looking for solutions for the future of journalism. If you have an idea that you think can transform journalism’s role in society, we want to hear about it.”

§           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.

  • Syracuse University’s S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications is now accepting submissions for the $5,000 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting.  The Toner Prize will be awarded to the best national or local political reporting on any platform—print, broadcast or online—that was published, posted or broadcast between Jan. 2 and Dec. 31, 2010. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011.
  • 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.
  • City University of New York’s J-Camp will hold a two-day course in New York City Jan. 18-19 from 9:30-5:30 called The Digital Journalist.  The workshop will look at these new technologies and teach students how to use these new tools to report in an entirely digital world.  The course is will be taught by Michael Rosenblum and Lisa Lambden, who own and run a group of New York-based media companies all based on the VJ-driven model. CUNY is offering a 20% discount for the first five NABJ members who register for the $450 course.
  • The Online News Association, in partnership with the Hawaii chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association and the Society for Professional Journalists, will host two days of free digital journalism training and workshops at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Jan. 21-22, 2011.
  • The Poynter Institute is holding a webinar, “Programming for Non-Geeks: Easy Interactivity,” Jan. 21 at 2:00 p.m. EST. This Webinar is not designed for programmers or others who have already worked in jQuery. It’s for those who are looking to get started in jQuery. You’ll learn how it works and get specific ways to enhance your content, with either custom code or pre-made plugins.  The cost is $27.95.
  • The National Association of Black Journalists’ Digital Journalism Task Force is joining with Knowledgewebb for a FREE webinar: 10 Steps to a Tech-Savvy You on Jan. 26 2-2:45 pm EST.  This webinar will outline the 10 steps — and critical websites, social networks and gear — to help you become more tech savvy. You’ll get complete notes as well as a primer on how to manage information overload.  The webinar is free, but you must register to attend.
  • The Poynter Institute is holding a webinar, “Secrets of Successful News Startups,” Jan. 26 at 2:00 p.m. EST.  You will see practical examples from news entrepreneurs who have built successful ventures covering hyperlocal news, politics, technology, arts and more. And you’ll learn from the best practices of those who have turned one-person blogs into full-blown news companies.  The cost is $27.95.
  • Mozilla’s School of Webcraft will begin holding FREE classes Jan. 26 on topics relevant to web designers and developers, including HTML5, JavaScript and CSS.  Registration opens on Jan. 8.


  • 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 S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University is taking submissions for the 2011 Mirror Awards.  Categories include: Best Single Article, Traditional Media; Best Single Article, Digital Media; Best Profile, Traditional Media; Best Profile, Digital Media; Best Commentary, Traditional Media; Best Commentary, Digital Media (including blogs); and Best In-Depth Piece, Traditional Media. Submissions cover work done in 2010; the deadline to submit is Feb. 10.
  • 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 Freedom Forum Diversity Institute will hold its Multimedia Boot Camp for Journalism Professionals and Educators Feb. 23-27 at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville, Tenn. Participants will learn how to: produce multimedia on a budget, buy the right gear and find cheap ways to record and edit audio; use basic tools in Adobe Photoshop; edit an audio story with Audacity; produce an audio slideshow in Final Cut; produce two video projects, using Final Cut for storytelling and editing; and learn how smart phones can be used to gather news.  Tuition is $850.


  • 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 2011 Multimedia Training 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 March 18.
  • 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 Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute is holding a free Webinar, “15 Red Flags When Editing Business Stories: Online,” March 29 at noon or 4:00 p.m. EST. This free Webinar aims to bring business copy into your comfort zone — or at least closer to it — by exposing the biggest pitfalls editors and reporters face in dealing with business topics.


  • 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, “Covering the green economy – Follow the green money,” April 19 at noon or 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.  You will learn the skills to find the green money trail on your beat. He’ll show you how to track green stimulus projects and identify the other cash trickling from Washington into your backyard.


  • 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 hour-long, 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, “Beyond Google: Mining the Web for company intelligence: Online,” May 17-18 at noon or 4:00 p.m. EST.  Here’s a chance to learn the tools and techniques that competitive intelligence experts use every day — and that you can use to keep tabs on the companies on your beat.



  • The Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley has opened applications for its Web 2.0 workshop 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 April 15.



  • 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.



  • The National Association of Black Journalists is holding its annual convention and career fair Aug. 3-7, 2011, in Philadelphia.  Professional journalists, students and educators will take part in full- and half-day seminars designed to strengthen and enhance their skills. Workshops throughout the five-day convention will highlight journalism ethics, entrepreneurship, specialized journalism and transitioning journalism skills to book publishing, screen writing and media relations.

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!