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Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

Webbmedia Group has a great mega 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 has its training calendar posted for courses through January 2013.


  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is taking applications for the Reynolds Visiting Business Journalism Professors for spring 2014. The visiting professors program will assign professors to two campuses for the spring semester 2014. Those selected will teach business journalism coursework during a semester in residence.
  • The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture is holding its “Leading Creatively” conference in Minneapolis Sept. 6-8.  The event convenes organizations and individuals from across the country to examine the state-of-the-field amidst the vibrant and flourishing arts communities in Minneapolis.  Registration is $295 for NAMAC members and $325 for non-members.
  • The South Asian Journalists Association and Knowledge@Wharton are now taking applications for the 2012 Knowledge@Wharton Scholarship for Business Journalism. The program is designed to enhance the quality of minority business journalism. It provides one member each from  NABJ AAJA, SAJA, NAHJ and NAJA with a scholarship to attend Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists in Philadelphia. Each scholarship (which covers cost of tuition, course materials and most meals) is worth about $1,995 and is furnished by Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The award does NOT cover travel to and from Philadelphia or lodging. Applicants must be a reporter, editor or producer (including freelancers) currently living in the United States or Canada and working in business journalism or a field that overlaps, such as healthcare or technology. The deadline to apply is September 7, 2012. Winners will be informed September 14, 2012.
  • The Newswomen’s Club of New York has put out a call for submissions for its Front Page Awards. The organization is calling for entries from newswomen in the New York metropolitan area working in print, television, radio, wires, and online media as reporters, photographers, columnists, producers, and videographers. The Front Page Awards also recognize Reporter of the Year and Lifetime Achievement. All 2012 contest entries must have been published, issued, broadcast or e-published between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012. Entries must be postmarked no later than September 7, 2012. The fee is $100 per entry.
  • The National Association of Black Journalists’ Digital Journalism Task Force is holding a free webinar, “Social Media As A Reporting Tool,” with Niketa Patel of The webinar will be held Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. EDT. For more details, click here.
  • Media Bistro is holding a four-week online course, “Online production for Writers and Editors,” Wednesdays, Sept. 12 through Oct. 24 9-10:00 p.m. EDT. Through assignments and discussions, you will learn how to think past the written word and create content that is multi-dimensional and editorially relevant, uses the web to its full potential, and increases your value as an employee.  The cost is $425.
  • The Block by Block: Community News Summit 2012 will be held Sept. 13-15 at Loyola University in Chicago.  This event brings together local news entrepreneurs and others interested in the emerging local news ecosystem for two days of presentations of key challenges and solutions around technology, business and revenue. Registration is $75.
  • The Poynter Institute’s NewsU is holding a webinar, “The Craft of Multimedia Journalism,” Sept. 13 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Which digital platform is best for the story you want to tell? In this one-hour Webinar with Poynter’s multimedia specialist, Regina McCombs, you’ll learn the strengths and limits of various digital forms and how to pick the best medium for your story.  The cost is $29.95.
  • The Poynter Institute’s NewsU is holding a webinar, “Developing Your Social Media Voice,” Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. EDT. The Chicago Tribune’s James Janega will teach participants how to find the right tone in–and how to get the most out of–social media. The cost is $34.95.
  • DataGotham will be held on Friday, Sept. 14 at NYU Stern School of Business’s Paulson Auditorium.  The event is a celebration of New York City’s data community that will bring together professionals from finance to fashion and from startups to the Fortune 500.  This day-and-a-half event will consist of intense discussion, networking, and sharing of wisdom. The cost is $499.
  • Applications are now being taken for the Abe Fellowship for Journalists.  The fellowship is designed to encourage in-depth coverage of topics of pressing concern to the United States and Japan through individual short-term policy-related projects. Fellows are expected to produce an analytical article or feature story that will inform public debate or a policy community. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2012.
  • The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism’s J-Camp is holding a weekend workshop, “Learn the 7 Secrets of Great Video Stories (and Final Cut Pro X),” Sept. 15-16 at 219 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Ave.  Come and learn the skills you need to be able to shoot compelling video stories. The course will feature hands-on learning of video shooting, editing, polishing and publishing. The cost is $499.
  • Juan González, of New York Daily News and Democracy Now!, and Joseph Torres, of Free Press, will discuss the book “News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media” on Sept. 7, from 6:30-8:00 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The book details a sweeping account of the class and racial conflicts in American news media, from the first colonial newspaper to the internet age. Tickets are free for NPC members and $5 for non-NPC members.
  • Jeffrey Toobin, senior CNN legal analyst and staff writer for The New Yorker, will discuss his new book “The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court,”  Sept. 19 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. From the prizewinning author of “The Nine,” “The Oath” is a gripping insider’s account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration. Tickets are free for NPC members and $5 for non-NPC members.
  • The Associated Press Media Editors Annual Conference will be held Sept. 19-21, 2012 at the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. The APME conference is an event that allows editors to recharge their batteries, network and learn the latest in the industry. Pulitzer Prize winners from Seattle, Pennsylvania and Alabama will talk about their award-winning work. Great ideas will be celebrated and shared. Those who covered the Colorado theater shootings will talk about how to cover such tragedies. And APME has entire day devoted to best practices in social media.
  • The Online News Association is holding its annual convention Sept. 20-22 in San Francisco. Dick Costolo, Chief Executive Officer of Twitter, will be the keynote speaker. Registration is $599 for members and $899 for non-members.
  • J-Lab will be holding a half-day workshop, “News Entrepreneuring 4.0,”  at the Online News Association’s annual convention Sept. 20. The event will cover the nitty-gritty of how to sell ads, audience-engagement strategies, collaboration models and university-news entrepreneurship models. Registration is $60.
  • Excellence In Journalism will be held Sept. 20-22 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The event is jointly held by the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Pre-registration (by Sept. 9) is $295 for members and $495 for non-members.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the business journalism session, “Mastering Math to Tell Better Stories,” on Sept. 21 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., during the SPJ/RTDNA joint Excellence in Journalism Conference. Here’s your chance to brush up on basic calculations and learn to judiciously use numbers to tell better stories in text and graphics. Registration for the Excellence in Journalism Conference is required to attend.
  • The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism’s J-Camp is holding an evening workshop, “Customizing WordPress,” Sept. 24-26 at 7:00 p.m., 219 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Ave.  WordPress out of the box is great, but with a little of Jenn Schiffer‘s help users can make it *just right* by customizing widgets, themes, menus, plugins and more. In this class, we explore the different components of a WordPress site and even some of the file structures and code. By the end, you’ll know the basics of WordPress customization and have the confidence to make your WordPress site your own.  The cost is $75.
  • Just in time for the fall campaign crush the Election Boot Camp series will hold a training session on the ins and outs of polling on Sept. 24 at 11:00 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.. Cliff Zukin of Rutgers University, a past president of American Association of Public Opinion Research, will help you get the skills you need to understand how polls are conducted, what to look for in the methodology and how to determine the legitimacy of a poll. Registration is free.


  • The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism’s J-Camp is holding an evening workshop, “Social Reporting: How to Master Search (and Vet What You Find),” Oct. 1, 7-9 p.m. at 219 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Ave.  This course will provide students with the tried, tested (and free!) tools they’ll need to monitor their beats as news happens, and teach students how to use what they find to enrich their stories. Students will create a “social dashboard” to easily keep tabs on subject areas, and — bonus! — will leave with the ability to filter out the noise they don’t need.  The cost is $30.
  • The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists Flagship Program is now accepting applications. The flagship program will be held Oct. 21-24 with new faculty and several financial aid options. For over four decades the Seminars have helped journalists gain a better understanding of key business and economic issues via intensive lectures conducted by senior Wharton School faculty.  It will feature sessions on financial statement analysis, executive compensation, innovation and global markets.  The deadline to apply is Oct. 1, 2012.
  • The Poynter Institute’s NewsU is taking applications for a seminar, “Writing and Selling Your Freelance Stories,” Oct. 1-3. This seminar will help writers, primarily those in the freelance market, to tell better stories — and to sell them.  The presenters are: Tom Huang of the Dallas Morning News; Butch Ward, managing editor and distinguished Poynter Fellow; and Terry Greene Sterling, Writer-in-Residence, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.  The cost is $750, and applications are due by Sept. 7.
  • Mashable is holding “Google Analytics Users Great Event (GAUGE),” Oct. 3-4 in Boston.  GAUGE provides valuable insights through expert-led, user-to-user collaborative sessions that are insanely practical. This is not a “come and be spoken to” conference, but rather an opportunity to learn from Google Analytics pros and peers, and share your experience and knowledge.  The cost is $495.
  • The Poynter Institute’s NewsU is taking applications for an online group seminar, “Reporters Without Editors: How to Edit Your Own Writing,” Oct. 8 through Nov. 2.  In this course, you’ll gain the skills you need to polish your own prose. The cost is $399 and applications are due by Sept. 10.
  • The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism’s J-Camp is holding an evening workshop, “The 25 Most Incredibly Useful iPad and iPhone Apps,” Oct. 10, 7-9 p.m. at 219 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Ave.  Discover some of the coolest, most handy apps in a whirlwind digital tour. From slick new photo and video apps to the best apps for reading, writing and organizing, we’ll cover a broad range of useful tools, many of which are free. You’ll leave with a handout listing all the apps mentioned, and some new inspiration for making the most of your device. The cost is $25.
  • Western Kentucky University is holding its Mountain Workshops Oct. 16-21, 2012 in the city of Henderson, Ky.  The Workshops are three workshops in one. A participant can select from one of the three to suit their current need of visual development. The amount of seats offered in each category — Photojurnalism, Picture Editing and Multimedia — are limited. Photojournalism – $625 prior to Sept. 15, $675 after Sept. 15; Multimedia – $775 prior to Sept. 15, $825 after Sept. 15; and  Picture Editing – $625 prior to Sept. 15, $675 after Sept. 15.


  • Early bird tickets are on sale now for the Mashable Media Summit 2012.  This annual one-day conference will take place on Nov. 2 at the TimesCenter in New York City, where it will unite the brightest minds in media, including journalists, technologists, media executives, entrepreneurs and social media leaders.  The cost is $499.
  • The University of California-Berkeley is holding East Meets West, A Gathering of Literary Journalists on Nov. 10.  The all-day event will be one long conversation about the tradition and the edges of narrative journalism, and will explore how to research and write great stories, where to publish them, and how to collaborate with agents and editors. There will be keynotes, lectures, and practical workshops.  The cost is $250.

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