By Ameena Rasheed, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force Intern
Editor’s note: Join NABJ DJTF Secretary Kiratiana Freelon for a TweetChat — 10 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Digital Skills in 2013 — on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. She will offer up 10 ideas, including resource links. Participants are also free to offer up their own resources. The hashtag is #DJTFChat. We will create a Storify of the event for those who can’t make it live.
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 April 2013.
- The National Press Club Journalism Institute is hosting “Spreadsheets 101” (Jan. 7) and “Spreadsheets 102” (Jan. 14) classes from 9 a.m. – 12 noon in its Bloomberg Room. Spreadsheets 101 will demonstrate how Excel and other programs can be powerful tools for putting yourself in charge of your data, following the campaign money and holding accountable the officials who spend our tax dollars. These classes will help orient reporters with basic and powerful features of Excel that make data analysis a snap, including importing, formatting and sorting. Spreadsheets 102 will get into more advanced features, such as pivot tables. The class will assume a basic level of familiarity with Excel (understanding terms such as “row,” “column” and “cell”), but even long-time users may learn some new things. Each class is $20 for NPC members and $40 for non-members. To register for 101 click here; for 102 click here.
- The Knight Digital Media Center at UC-Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism will hold an intensive three-day workshop, “Video Storytelling,” Jan. 9-11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Graduate School of Journalism’s North Gate Hall. Participants will receive hands-on training in every phase of planning, production and digital delivery. There will be presentations by world-class trainers, award winning journalists and industry leaders, including Len De Groot, Jerry Monti. Tuition is $1,395.
- The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at UT-Austin will be offering an online course, “Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization,” Jan. 12 through Feb. 23. This course is an introduction to the basics of the visual representation of data. In this class you will learn how to design successful charts and maps, and how to arrange them to compose cohesive storytelling pieces.The course will be taught by Alberto Cairo, an internationally renowned expert in the field who teaches at the University of Miami. Click here to register.
- The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free online webinar, “5 Local Economic Stories to Jump on Now: Online,” Jan. 15-16. Marilyn Geewax, national economics correspondent for NPR, will cover the five best local economic stories to jump on now. Understand the economic concepts, and learn how to make them relevant to listeners, readers or viewers.
- The Poynter Institute will hold a broadcast, “Video Storytelling with the Pros: Creativity on a Deadline,” Jan. 19., at 10:00 a.m. EST. Learn how award-winning professionals tell creative stories despite time constraints in this daylong workshop. The cost is $75.
- The Freelance Writers Meetup is celebrating Freelance Forum Week, a celebration taking place during January 21-28 to empower freelance writers to organize and learn from each other, with this month’s forum, “Breaking Into Video and Photojournalism with Multimedia Journalist Jay Irani,” on Jan. 21 from 7-9 p.m. at Contently HQ at 598 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY. Irani will be joining in for a conversation with Contently Director of Contently John Hazard about the world of audio/visual journalism. The discussion will be centered around what audio/visual skills have the most impact on a journalist’s professional value, how to get those skills as quickly and cheaply as possible, how to demonstrate those skills on a resume or portfolio, and how to make sure you’re leveraging these skills as a freelancer.
- The National Press Club Journalism Institute is hosting “Databases 101” (Jan. 28) and “Databases 102” (Feb. 4) classes in Washington, D.C., in its Bloomberg Room. The classes will show how to use databases to make connections in databases where the secrets of governments, companies and candidates are hidden. Classes do not need to be taken in succession. Each class is $20 for NPC members and $40 for non-members. To register for 101 click here; for 102 click here.
- The Institute for Interactive Journalism and the McCormick Foundation are seeking to fund four women-led media projects that show promise in creativity and sustainability. The McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs award provides $14,000 in funding to women who have the vision, skills and experience to launch a new venture. There is a $35.00 fee to apply. Applicants should submit payment here. Applications are due by Jan. 23. For more information, click here.
- The Alexia Foundation is offering $15,000 grants for a photographer to have the financial ability to produce a substantial picture story that furthers the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Any photographer from any country may apply for this grant. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST, January 18, 2013. For more information click here.
- The International Women’s Media Foundation will award three $20,000 grants to entrepreneurial women journalists proposing to use digital media in innovative ways to deliver the news. In addition to seed funding, the program provides coaching from leading entrepreneurs and digital news media experts. Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 25, 2013. Click here to apply.
- The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free online webinar, “Finding Your Best Investigative Business Story,” Feb. 5. Pulitzer winner Michael J. Berens help attendees find, develop and pitch a winning investigative story idea.
- The Alexia Foundation provides educational opportunities and cash grants to help students produce picture stories that further the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST, February 1, 2013. Click here for more information.
- Learn how to create a responsive Web design with this 15-minute tutorial.
- The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free online webinar, “Branding for Journalists: You Being You,” March 5, 2013, at noon or 4:00 p.m., EST. In this free, one-hour webinar, Robin J. Phillips, the Reynolds Center’s digital director, will show you some simple tips to take control of your image, and accentuate the value of who you are and what you do best – apart from your news organization.
- The Knight Digital Media Center at UC-Berkeley is offering an intensive 9-week graduate level certificate program, “Content & Strategy,” which focuses on the strategic implementation and production of digital media content combining seminar style instruction with practical hands-on training. The program is from March 5 through May 2. There will be presentations by world-class trainers, award winning journalists and industry leaders, including Richard Koci Hernandez, Len De Groot, Jerry Monti. Tuition costs are $5,900 and you save 10% when you register by Jan. 10. For more information, click here.
- The Knight Digital Media Center at UC-Berkeley is hosting a two-day, hands-on certification program, “Create Meaning from Data,” focused on communicating complex information with visually appealing charts, graphs and maps. It will be held March 8-9 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at UC-Berkeley’s North Gate Hall. Tuition costs $645 and there is a 10% early registration discount through Feb. 1. Participants will learn to create a clearer, more meaningful picture of complex statistics and publicly available data, tell stories with interactive GIS maps, and create beautiful and effective graphs and charts. Click here to register.
- The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free online webinar, “Power Searching for Business Journalists,” March 19 at noon EST. In this free, hourlong, online training, Google senior research scientist Daniel M. Russell will offer his tips, techniques and strategies for using Google to find what might seem to be impossible.
- The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free two-part online webinar, “Getting the Goods – Interviews that Work,” on May 8-9 at noon or 4:00 p.m. EST. Pulitzer Prize winner Jacqui Banaszynski will explore the core purposes, techniques and ethics of the interview process. She will reveal different interview approaches that work best in different situations and that apply to any genre of journalism. On Day 2, she will focus on interviews that produce not just information, but true stories, rich with character, scene and detail.
- The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free two-part online webinar, “The Business of Me,” June 4-6 at noon or 4:00 p.m. In this three-day webinar with Mark Luckie of Twitter, learn how to brand and market yourself and to pitch your ideas, plus understand the basics of financial and time management. Identify five next steps to advance your career as an entrepreneur.
- The Knight Digital Media Center is taking applications for its two-week “Multimedia Storytelling Institute 2013,” June 10-21 at UC-Berkeley. This intensive two-week program provides seminar style and hands-on training in essential skills for digital media production. The institute is ideal for journalists, educators and communication professionals interested in a rapid-paced immersible experience in multimedia content creation through delivery. The cost is $5,400; there’s a 10% discount if you register before May 10.
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