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Calendar of Multimedia Training, Events & Fellowships

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF 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 hereYou 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 through November.  And Media Bistro has its current course list available through December.

Ongoing: Steve Buttry, director of community engagement and social media for Journal Register Co., is teaching the Poynter News University course Introduction to Reporting: Beat Basics. This free, self-taught course helps you identify the key issues and sources on your beat, learn how to determine what’s included in your beat and develop the resources to focus your coverage.


  • The National Health Policy Training Alliance for Communities of Color is hosting a training Sept. 21-23 for reporters who are interested in covering health care. The training will take place at the St. Louis Hotel in New Orleans. The training aims to bring attention to important health issues that affect minority communities and to ensure that they have the tools, resources, and information needed to report on these topics.  Registration is $75.
  • The Online News Association will hold its annual Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet Sept. 22-24, 2011 in Boston.
  • Media Chowder is holding a cocktail party Sept. 22, 2011, at Sydney’s Bar & Grille, Cambridge, Mass. Come for a chance to possibly meet new professional contacts. Media Chowder parties are free and open to all in the reporting, editing, writing, PR or communications fields. Newcomers get one free drink ticket.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a morning workshop Sept. 25 during the SPJ/RTDNA Excellence in Journalism Conference Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans. In the session, you’ll learn where to find key company financial information and how to dissect essential financial statements and Securities and Exchange Commission documents. Gain the skills that will enable you to follow the money and stay on top of the biggest story around – the economy.
  • The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) are holding a joint conference, Excellence in Journalism 2011, Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans.
  • Smart Phones, Smart Journalism, a one-day workshop presented by ASNE, Freedom Forum New Media Training and hosted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, will be held Sept. 28, 2011. Using mobile technology to report faster and add multimedia on the go is an essential skill for today’s journalist. This workshop will teach you to extend the capabilities of your smart phone through the use of multimedia, editing, note taking, location and live streaming apps.  The cost is $50, but a discount is available for ASNE members.
  • The Block By Block Community News Summit will be held at Loyola University in Chicago Sept. 29.  Join co-hosts Reynolds Fellow Michele McLellan and Jay Rosen of for a lively and informative gathering of online community news entrepreneurs. Share your best practices, progress and challenges with fellow local news pioneers and learn from their experiences as well.
  • The Washington, D.C. chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association is holding a panel discussion, “How to Pitch to the Media,” Sept. 29, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. at 121 Cannon House Office Building (Capitol South Metro).  The panel discussion will feature Anny Hong, WUSA-TV Reporter/Meteorologist, Christina Lee, E&E TV Producer, Ylan Mui, Washington Post reporter, and Scott Wong, Politico reporter. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Poynter Institute’s News University will hold a webinar, “Writing Successful Profiles,” Sept. 29 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.  Whether it’s a daily-turn profile of a person in the news or a richly reported feature story, all successful profiles require a clear sense of purpose. Learn to get beyond the obvious and write about a life, not a resume.  The cost is $29.95.


  • Podcamp Philly will be held Oct. 1-2 at Temple University.  The unconference will bring together audio and video podcasters, enthusiasts, businesspeople, hobbyists, musicians, promoters, marketers, and people who generally want to understand more about the new media space. The cost is $20.
  • The NY Press Club Foundation is holding its Conference on Journalism on Oct. 1, 2011, at New York University’s, Kimmel Center.  Journalist and commentator Juan Williams keynotes a half-day conference devoted to addressing “Crisis and Change.” Panel discussions include:  Steps to take first if you lose your job – or think you might; Crisis PR, How to put the fire out quickly; Crowdsourcing in a crisis, how to find and vet sources using social media; Step in Front of the Camera. A lesson in overcoming camera shyness for reporters who must appear in webcasts and other video; and Everybody’s a Critic, asking what the role is for professional critics in today’s world of blogging and social media. Registration, which includes breakfast and lunch, is $35 for members ($10 students) $50 non-members ($15 students).
  • Oct. 3 is the deadline for a Knight Foundation/Federal Communications Commission challenge to develop a software application (app) that delivers personalized, actionable information to people that are least likely to be online. Using hyperlocal government and other public data you should develop an app that enables Americans to benefit from broadband communications — regardless of geography, race, economic status, disability, residence on Tribal land, or degree of digital or English literacy — by providing easy access to relevant content under Apps For Communities.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free, one-day Business Journalism Boot Camp in Minneapolis, Oct. 4. In this free, daylong workshop, you’ll learn the basics of business for public companies, private companies and nonprofits. Award-winning professors and journalists will have you analyzing financial statements to find stories about public companies, as well as tracking public information on private companies and nonprofits. Learn how to dissect the new IRS Form 990 line-by-line to find stories about local nonprofits. Examples will be tailored to the Minnesota market.
  • The 2011 Brand Camp University- Personal Branding 2.0 Conference will be held Oct. 1, 2011, hosted at Foley Hoag LLP’s Boston office.  Brand Camp is a gathering of national thought leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and professionals. This year’s conference theme is ‘Awaking your Inner PRENEUR:  (Entrepreneurship + Intrapreneurship)’ and brings together the region’s best and brightest minds in new media, brand development and business development.  The cost is $150.
  • The Freedom Forum Diversity Institute is holding its Advanced Multimedia Boot Camp, Multimedia Training for Journalism Professionals and Educators Oct. 12-16, 2011, and Nov. 16-20, in Nashville, Tenn., at the John Seigenthaler Center. Learn things including: shoot and edit a mini-documentary; create a WordPress blog to host a project; use Google Maps and add images and video; and incorporate Twitter and Facebook Connect on your blog.  The cost is $850 for the course.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free one-day workshop, “Digital Efficiency for Business Journalists — 36 Tips to Tame Info Overload,” in New York City Oct. 13.  It will include 36+ specific sites, tools and techniques for those who face a growing mass of digital information. The half-day session is not about theory or about how big the problem is, but instead about how to make each working day more efficient by using specific tools, techniques and best practices.
  • The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) is holding its annual fall workshop at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th St., New York City, Oct. 13-14, 2011.  SABEW members can register for $179, and non-members can register for $229.  Top editors of Bloomberg News, Dow Jones and Reuters — Norman Pearlstine, Robert Thomson and Stephen Adler, respectively — will discuss the present and future of the news business at the 6 p.m. October 13 reception at the school.
  • The Poynter Institute’s News University is holding a day-long video seminar, “Video Storytelling with the Pros: Lighting, Writing and Surviving,” Oct. 16, starting at 10:00 a.m. EDT.  Spend a day in this video workshop, co-sponsored by the National Press Photographers Foundation, learning how award-winning professionals work through the storytelling process.  The cost is $65.00.
  • The Society of Environmental Journalists will hold its 21st annual conference in Miami Oct. 19-23.  Meet journalists from throughout the hemisphere — Chile, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and more — and learn what issues they face reporting on the environment.
  • Blogalicious will he held Oct. 21-23 in Washington, D.C.  Founded in 2009, the Blogalicious Weekend conferences are aimed at celebrating the diversity of women of all ethnicities in social media.
  • Journalism Interactive: The Conference on Journalism Education & Digital Media will be held Oct. 28-29 at the University of Maryland-College Park. The event will explore the intersection of digital media and journalism education.  Early-bird full conference registration is $150; day passes are $85.


  • Fast Company will hold its “Innovation Uncensored” event Nov. 2, 2011, in San Francisco.  Join Fast Company for a day of thoughtful, provocative and uplifting conversation.  Frontline leaders from a variety of industries will share progressive thinking and engage in candid conversations – what went right – what went wrong – and more importantly, what’s up next? Tickets are $375 through September 23, $450 after September 23. Buddy passes are available, buy 1 ticket for $375, get the 2nd for only $250 (valid through September 23rd).
  • BlogWorld & New Media will be held Nov. 3-5 in Los Angeles.  The conference is the first and only industry-wide conference, tradeshow and media event dedicated to blogging, podcasting, social media, social networking, online video, music, Internet TV and radio. The New Media Expo provides the only industry-wide new media marketplace for networking, online business and marketing resources, while the Social Media Business Summit is the world’s largest social media business conference where business owners, marketing executives and global brands learn strategies, tools and technologies to grow their businesses with social media. Register at with the promo code MASH20 to save 20% off the ticket price!
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a one-day seminar, “Introduction to Covering the Green Economy: Las Vegas,” Nov. 4 in conjunction with the Association for Alternative Newsmedia.  The workshop will introduce journalists to the business behind the green economy.  The cost is $25.
  • Nov. 15 is the deadline for college juniors, seniors and graduate students who have demonstrated an interest in and aptitude for copy editing to apply for several scholarships awarded each year by the ACES Education Fund, an affiliate of the American Copy Editors Society. The scholarships are open to students who will be college juniors, seniors or graduate students in the fall, and to graduating students who will take full-time copy editing jobs or internships.


  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free webinar, “Quick-Hit Business Investigations — Concept to Execution” Dec. 6 at noon or 4:00 p.m. EDT. Matt Apuzzo, investigative reporter at the Washington bureau of The Associated Press will provide practical advice on how to pull off investigations that might take one to two weeks.


  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold the Strictly Financials/Business Journalism Professors Seminars in Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 2-5, 2012.  The center is offering 24 fellowships worth $2,000 each for four days of study in business journalism for experienced business journalists and prospective business journalism professors.  Fellowships cover training, lodging, materials and most meals. Fellows receive a $500 stipend to offset travel and other costs.
  • The Scripps Howard Foundation and the Arizona State University’s Cronkite School are offering fellowships to journalism professors interested in introducing entrepreneurial concepts and practices into their teaching of journalism. The five-day institute, Jan. 4-8, 2012, will immerse participants in the concepts and practice of entrepreneurship. Held at the Cronkite School’s state-of-the-art facility in downtown Phoenix, it will be led by Dan Gillmor, author of “Mediactive” and an internationally known speaker and thinker on new media and entrepreneurship. Gillmor will be joined by entrepreneurs, investors and Cronkite faculty.  The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.


If you have any items that I’ve missed, please drop me an email via the DJTF Yahoo! Listserv or at benet AT aviationqueen DOT com.  Thanks!



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