By Benét J. Wilson, chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/newsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
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 February 2013.
- 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, “Tracking Companies’ Influence on Politics,” during the SPJ/RTDNA joint Excellence in Journalism Conference. Find out how to locate campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures at the local, state and federal levels, as well as how to tie company spending to legislative or regulatory actions. A $25 fee is required.
- 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 Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free business journalism workshop, “Dig Deeper: Ratios and Red Flags in Financial Statements,” with Michelle Leder of Footnoted.com and Tom Contiliano of Bloomberg on Sept. 27. The afternoon workshop at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism precedes the SABEW Fall Conference there. SABEW offers a $50 rebate for its Fall Conference to attendees of this Reynolds free workshop.
- The New York Press Club Foundation presents its 20th Annual Conference on Journalism on Sept. 29. The event will feature keynote speaker Joan Walsh, editor-at-large of Salon.com and an MSNBC political analyst, who will discuss the role that partisan media is playing in the current landscape. Participants can get investigative reporting tips from award winning journalists; and learn personal branding. Admission, which includes breakfast and lunch, is just $35 for Press Club members, $50 for non members. Student members get in for just $10, non-member students $20.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- The Knight Digital Media Center at UC-Berkeley has unveiled its Fall 2012 Multimeida Storytelling series. Video Storytelling is a three-day workshop is an immersion in digital video storytelling, providing hands-on video training in every phase of planning, production and digital delivery. The cost is $1,395.
- 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.
- The Knight Digital Media Center at UC-Berkeley’s Multimedia Storytelling series will hold a session, “Social Media for Audience Engagement” Oct. 22-23 at UC-Berkeley. The two-day workshop will offer comprehensive training on how to leverage the power of social media and storytelling to develop audiences, trust relationships and engagement. Upon completion of this workshop, you will have a grounding in the strategic uses of social media and hands-on experience using the most current social media platforms and technologies. The cost is $845.
- 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.
- The Knight Digital Media Center at UC-Berkeley’s Multimedia Storytelling series will hold a session, “Data Driven Maps,’ Nov. 16-17 at UC-Berkeley. This two-day workshop is a hands-on program focused on applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) tools to visualize data with industry standard techniques. Participants will learn to utilize publicly available map files and data to build layered and informative maps. The cost is $745.
- The Knight Digital Media Center at UC-Berkeley’s Multimedia Storytelling series will hold a session, “Visual Essentials for Content Creators,” Dec. 10-14 at UC-Berkeley. The two-day workshop is for journalists and communications professionals interested in building their video and multimedia skills set. This intensive one-week production course focuses on the art and craft of digital storytelling and features hands-on practical skills training. The cost is $1,750.
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