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

Calendar of Multimedia Training, Events & Fellowships

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.)

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University has updated its calendar of free workshops and webinars from now through May 2011.  And Media Bistro has its current course list available through the end of June.


  • The Poynter Institute will hold a webinar, “iPads, Tablets and the News: What We Know Now (2011),” April 13 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.  We will look at the latest research, try to sort through the contradictions and understand what it all means for news consumption on tablets. And we’ll look at what some organizations have learned, now that they’ve been producing content for a year. The cost is $29.95.
  • The Chicago Tribune News Applications team is hosting the April meeting of the Chicago Python Users Group (ChiPy, April 14 at the Tribune Tower, 435 N Michigan Avenue.  The main event will be a reprise of Christopher Groskopf‘s PyCon 2011 talk, “Best Practices for Impossible Deadlines,” where he provides a general overview of how the Tribune NewsApps team has developed its methodology for building applications at the speed of news.
  • The NABJ Reinvention Committee and Digital Journalism Task Force will host a BlogTalkRadio show, The Young & the Restless: Keeping Hope & Journalism Alive, April 15 at noon EDT. This half-hour workshop, moderated by Jackie Jones of Jones Coaching, targets younger/early stage journalists struggling to find their first job or get a new job after getting laid off. Jones will chat with Vanessa C. Deggins, a reporter/multimedia producer about being laid off and finding that next opportunity. The session will also offer basic tips and tools on networking and job search.
  • NABJ’s Digital Journalism Task Force will hold a free webinar, Tapping our Oral Traditions: How To Add A Podcast To Your Print Story, April 19 from noon to 1:00 p.m. EDT.  Join multimedia journalist Vanessa Deggins as she shows how to create a podcast to accompany a print story. She will allow us to listen to some of her work and she’ll answer questions on how you can get started. The NABJDigital blog will also have links to resources Deggins recommends for producing podcasts.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism 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 NABJ Reinvention Committee and Digital Journalism Task Force will host a BlogTalkRadio show, In the Thick of My Career: Searching for the ‘New Me, April 29 at noon EDT. Neil Foote of Foote Communications and the University of North Texas, will show mid-career professionals how to revamp their skills and become more tech savvy. Panelists will discuss what a journalist in the digital age must do to improve their skills, offer advice on creating a blog or website, outline how to use the most popular digital media tools and use the power of your network and personal relationships. He’ll also offer tips on how to create a personal business plan as part of launching a start-up company.
  • Social Media Club’s Social Media Camp: San Diego will be held April 30.  Social Media Camp is a one day education and networking event for the local community of social media professionals and those seeking to learn social media in a high energy, collaborative environment. The main focus of Social Media Camp is to provide a low cost opportunity for the unemployed and underemployed to learn core social media job skills that will help them find a new job, or get ahead in the job they have.
  • The third annual BarCamp NewsInnovation unconference will be held April 30 in Philadelphia at Temple University’s Alter Hall.  This free event is an annual, one-day national unconference on journalism innovation and the future of news as explored by practitioners and friends. In 2011, BCNI will run concurrently with an Open Gov Hackathon presented by Tropo.


  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism 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.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism 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.
  • Webb Media Group is holding an online Tech Trends Micro-Conference May 21.  You’ll get a thorough look into the web, mobile and tablet technologies that are changing our media landscape. We’ll also preview the new products and tools that are set to debut later in the year.  The cost is $59.95.



  • The Maynard Institute is taking applications for its 2011 Multimedia Editing Program June 1-30 at the Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno.    The immersion program that will teach you the range of multimedia skills: video, audio, blogging, slideshows, tagging, databases, maps, HTML, producing stories using mobile, Web strategy, social networking and content management systems, and how they all connect.  The cost is $6,000, but 12 scholarship spots are available.  Applications are due April 15.
  • Internet Week New York City is being held June 6-13.  Internet Week is a week-long festival of events celebrating New York’s thriving internet industry and community.
  • Applications for this year’s Knight-Batten Awards is now open.  The contest is open to all news efforts originating between May 1, 2010, and June 6, 2011.  Entries need not be specific stories, but rather demonstrative of innovation and could consist of networked journalism projects, new social networking ideas, innovative citizen media initiatives, news games, creative use of mobile devices, data mining ideas, new online applications, augmented reality experiences, or other advances in interactive and participatory journalism or out-of-the-box thinking. Entries may also employ simple efforts that notably connect in new ways with a community.  Applications cost $50, and are due June 6.
  • UNITY: Journalists of Color is teaming up with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to offer unique international reporting opportunities to young journalists from its alliance partners.  The event will be held June 8-10 in New York City.  UNITY will bring two young journalists from each partner organization to the United Nations from June 6 – 11 to report on the High Level meeting. They will be joined by four young journalists from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. The journalists will work collaboratively to produce print, online and broadcast reports during the meeting under the guidance of professional journalists from alliance partners and the Inter Press Service, the developing world’s leading provider of information on global issues.  Applications are due April 15.
  • The National Press Foundation’s 7th Retirement Issues Program, June 12-15 in Washington, D.C., will help journalists keep up with the changes. Fellows will have on-the-record access to leading retirement experts from the federal government, think tanks and interest groups. Fifteen fellowships will be awarded to qualified print, broadcast and online journalists. To apply, fill out our new, simplified online application form. Applications must be received by 5:00 PM EST April 18, 2011. Selected journalists will be notified 2 to 4 weeks after the application deadline.
  • 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 #140conf: NYC – Exploring “The State of NOW” will be held June 15-16 at the 92nd Street Y.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free Webinar, “10 Tips for Turning National Stories into Great Local Ones,” June 21 at noon or 4:00 p.m. EDT.  Listeners will learn how to localize hot national stories.



  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism 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 University of Southern California’s Reporting on Health is taking applications for its National Health Journalism Fellowship, being held July 24-29.  This Fellowship is open to professional journalists from print, broadcast, and online media around the country, including freelancers. Applicants need not be fulltime health reporters, but they need to have a passion for health news (broadly defined). Applications from ethnic media journalists are strongly encouraged, as are applications proposing collaborative projects between mainstream and ethnic news outlets.  Applications are due May 2.



  • 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.
  • The Society for Features Journalism is now taking applications for its 2011 Society for Features Journalism Diversity Fellowship, Aug. 24-27 at the Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa in Tucson, Ariz.  The fellowship targets journalists of color who produce arts and features content for news organizations or those interested in pursuing careers in arts and features. Applications are due March 31.



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