Posted in Awards, Conferences & Conventions, Education, journalism

Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

SEPTEMBER

  • Cox Media’s Digital Talent Program is designed for scholars to contribute to Cox Media Group through digital innovation on project based assignments where excellence manifests in the digital context. The CMG Digital Talent Program is a highly competitive program in the digital industry for a diverse group of recently graduated students. The anticipated tenure is for up to one year and selected students are expected to complete the program successfully. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30, 2013.

OCTOBER

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold three free business journalism workshops Oct. 4 during the SABEW 2013 Fall Conference.  In these Investigative Business Journalism sessions, three veteran journalists will share their tips and offer resources for how to tackle three different kinds of investigations: of a CEO, of government contractors, and of stock brokers and financial advisers. Conference registrants can attend one, two or all three sessions. Please bring your laptops to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York to follow along for maximum benefit.

  • Poynter’s News U will hold a free webinar, “Managing Newsroom Data with PANDA: A Digital Tools Tutorial,” on Thursday, Oct, 10, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Data is everywhere, but does it inform your reporting? When news breaks, you can have the data at your fingertips. PANDA is a newsroom data solution. Built from the ground up with the needs of newsrooms in mind, PANDA can make your newsroom smarter, faster and more responsive. Configured smartly, it can email you when important data becomes available.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free online workshop, “Data Journalism 101,” Oct. 22-23 at noon or 4:00 p.m. ET. Poke behind the winners of most major investigative awards from the Pulitzer to Barlett & Steele to the Loebs, and you’ll usually find a database. Michael J. Berens, who won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, calls databases, especially those you put together yourself, the “secret ingredient” in award-winning work.

  • Poynter’s News U will hold a webinar, Tools for Mobile Journalists 2013, on Oct. 3 at 2:00 p.m. Looking to transform yourself or your newsroom into a mobile powerhouse? Having the right gear is the first step, but working outside the office while publishing on Web deadlines takes more than just a smart phone or a Wifi card for your laptop. Learn about the latest tools, apps and sites to help you report and publish your content. You’ll see ways to integrate your desktop, laptop and mobile devices so you can get your coverage online — and to your audience — faster. The cost is $24.95.

  • Investigative Reporters and Editors is holding a special workshop, Learn to Build a Web Scraper, Oct. 10-13, 2013 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The workshop will introduce the basics of newsroom programming by teaching how to build one of the simplest but most useful tools in a data journalist’s toolbox: a web scraper designed to automate the downloading of data. The workshop will also teach basic data-cleaning skills needed to prepare a dataset of public records for analysis.  The fee to attend ranges from $300 to $920.

  • The Online News Association will hold its 2013 Conference & Awards Banquet Oct. 17-19, 2013 in Atlanta.  The Online News Association 2013 Conference & Awards Banquet is the premier gathering of highly engaged digital journalists shaping media now. Learn about new tools and technologies, network with peers from around the world and celebrate excellence at the Online Journalism Awards.

  • The 92nd annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention will be Oct. 23-27 in New Orleans. The convention is the largest gathering of college journalists and advisers in the world. Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association partner to prepare nearly 400 practical and professional learning sessions, from high-profile keynotes to specific, problem-solving breakouts, hands-on workshops and discussion groups.

  • The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) will be hosting its fall camp in Essex, Vt., Oct. 25-27.  JAWS supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.

  • Poynter’s News U is holding a free webinar, “Effective News Videos with Videolicious: A Digital Tools Tutorial,” on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Funded by Amazon and the Knight Foundation, Videolicious empowers more than 1 million people in 100+ countries to create sophisticated video productions — automatically, in seconds.

  • If you have the skills, passion and determination to be a journalist of the future – a trained professional who knows a good story when they see it and who has the confidence to tell it in a way that best imparts its relevance and importance to news consumers – an 18-month Hearst Fellowship may be right for you. Applications are open from October through January.

NOVEMBER

  • The National Association of Science Writers conference will be held Nov. 1-5, 2013, in Gainesville, Fla. NASW members have crafted a slate of professional development workshops, and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing has recruited scientists from all over the country for the 51st New Horizons in Science briefings on emerging research.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is offering 24 fellowships worth $1,500 each for four days of study in business journalism  Jan. 2-5, 2014, in Phoenix. Fellowships cover training, lodging, materials and most meals. Fellows just have to cover their transportation costs. The seminars will occur during Reynolds Business Journalism Week at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The journalists’ Strictly Financials Seminar teaches the essentials of covering financials, from stock markets to financial statements and company research. The Business Journalism Professors Seminar will cover the essentials of teaching a hands-on, university course in business journalism. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.

  • The 35th Annual SND Workshop and Exhibition will be held Nov. 7-9, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. The event is hosted by Gannett Louisville Design Studio. The Society for News Design (SND) is an international organization for news media professionals and visual communicators – specifically those who create print/web/mobile publications and products. Our members art direct, design, edit, report, illustrate, make photos and video, visualize data – and write code.

  • The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard offers short-term visiting fellowships to individuals interested in working on special research projects designed to advance journalism.  Those who should consider applying include publishers, programmers, Web designers, media analysts, academics, journalists and others interested in enhancing quality, building new business models or designing programs to improve journalism. The proposed project may be completed during the time spent at Harvard or be part of a larger undertaking. All visiting fellows are expected to be in residence in Cambridge during their study and present their findings to the Nieman community at the end of their research period. The application deadline for the 2014 fellowships is Nov. 8, 2013.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free online workshop, “Sourcing with Social Media: Tips from a Corporate Sleuth,” Nov. 13 at noon or 4:00 p.m. ET.  Trying to find new sources? In this one-hour webinar Nov. 13, here’s your chance to learn the tools and techniques that competitive-intelligence experts use every day to find people who know their stuff. During this free, hour-long webinar, the principal in a competitive-intelligence firm will teach you how to harness social media to identify “influencers” – both regionally and nationally – in industries you cover, as well as how to contact them successfully.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free online workshop, “SEC Filings Master Class,” Nov. 13-15 at noon or 4:00 p.m. ET. Have you ever wondered if you’re missing good stories because you don’t know where or what to look for? This free webinar with Michelle Leder, who makes her living unearthing news in SEC filings, is designed to help you feel more confident in your SEC-document sleuthing.

  • Poynter’s News U will hold a free webinar, “Location-Based Social Media with Geofeedia: A Digital Tools Tutorial,” on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET. User-generated content from social media networks is a rich data source for today’s newsrooms. By leveraging new, advanced tools, media organizations have the opportunity to rapidly identify primary sources at the scene by tapping into rich sets of images, tweets and videos coming from the scene. Geofeedia enables hyperlocal search and discovery of social media across social networks such as Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr and Picasa. By searching first by location, Geofeedia helps journalists to rapidly identify new data sources that other prominent social media services miss.

  • New Media Storytelling, Innovation & Technology
    Fall 2013 Workshops (For more information please contact kdmcBerkeley at the Graduate School of Journalism UC Berkeley; email: vhammarstedt@berkeley.edu; Phone: +1.510.642.3892):Data Visualization for Storytellers
    November 8-9, 2013
    Learn to create a more meaningful picture with data, tell stories with interactive GIS maps, and create beautiful and effective graphs and charts in this two-day certificate workshop.
    Tuition: $645. Register by October 21st for 10% discount.

    Smile: You’re On Camera
    November 16, 2013
    When someone portrays a great on-camera presence we assume they are a “natural.” The reality is a natural on-camera presence requires training and practice. During this one-day workshop we’ll give you the confidence to become a “natural” through skill building exercises with live on-camera practice.
    Tuition: $365. Register by October 22nd for 10% discount.

    Writing for Infographics
    November 19-20, 2013
    Infographics have become an ubiquitous tool for those communicating complex information in an easy to understand visual format. The best infographics are often the product of collaborations between teams of creative professionals. In this two-day Writing for Infographics workshop kdmcBerkeley is teaming with Visually to train a new generation of professionals in the art of research and writing for the infographic.
    Tuition: $545. Register by October 29th for 10% discount.

DECEMBER

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free online workshop, “The Fracking Revolution: Finding Energy Stories Everywhere,” Dec. 4 at noon or 4:00 p.m. ET.  In this one-hour, free webinar, Marilyn Geewax, a senior business editor with NPR, will help you understand how this unleashing of massive supplies of fossil fuels is changing all of our lives. The energy revolution is making U.S. manufacturing competitive again and soon could be generating millions of jobs from Maine to California. And it’s having a broad impact on the environment, tax revenues and politics.

  • The CBC-UNC Diversity Fellowship Program is an intensive hands-on workshop led by professionals at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C. and the University of North Carolina journalism faculty in Chapel Hill, N.C. The program, scheduled for March 12-16, 2014,  is geared toward college seniors pursuing broadcast careers as producers, reporters, photojournalists and web editors. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15.

2014

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free workshop, “Investigating the Business of Government,” Jan. 23, 2014, preceding the Winter Convention of the Kentucky Press Association Jan. 23-24. f you dread analyzing the annual municipal budget for news and wonder how to tie government contracts to campaign-donor lists, come hone your skills at this workshop taught by investigative reporter John Cheves. The workshop will be held at the Hyatt Regency, 401 W. High St., Lexington, Ky.

  • Investigative Reporters and Editors and National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) will hold their 2014 Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference in Baltimore, Md., Feb. 27, 2014 – March 2, 2014. Join IRE and NICAR for our annual conference devoted to computer-assisted reporting. Come and learn about tools you need to dig deeper into stories and give readers and viewers the information they want.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free workshop, “Perfecting Personality Profiles,” Feb. 5-6 at noon or 4:00 p.m. ET. To make your beat coverage more accessible and engaging, you need to focus on people – those in positions of power or influence, and those who consume goods and services, work for wages and pay taxes. In the first hour of this lively two-part webinar, Pulitzer winner Jacqui Banaszynski will explore the characteristics of memorable and accurate profiles, as well as offer a range of profile approaches that can suit your purpose, publication and audience. In the second hour, on Feb. 6, she’ll dive more deeply into the reporting and writing techniques that can help any beat reporter pursue sparkling profiles.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free workshop, “Social Media ROI for Journalists,” March 4 at noon or 4:00 p.m. In 2013, more and more newsrooms will revisit their social media strategy and ask, “What’s our return on investment?” How do we know if our newsroom is doing social “correctly”? What does this mean for our organization’s bottom line? This free, one-hour webinar will help you answer those questions on March 4.

  • The best in the business will gather for more than 100 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations about covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment and other key beats at the 2014 IRE conference June 26-29, 2014 in San Francisco. Speakers will share strategies for locating documents and gaining access to public records, finding the best stories and managing investigations. Join the discussion about how to practice investigative journalism in print, broadcast, Web and alternative newsroom models.

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Posted in Equipment, multimedia journalist

Tools to Help You Tap Into Your Inner JournoGeek

By Benét J. Wilson, immediate past chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/eNewsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Earlier today, DJTF Co-Chair Kiratiana Freelon and I did a presentation – Tools to Help You Tap Into Your Inner JournoGeek   – at the NABJ Region 1 conference. We went pretty fast, so below are some of the tools I highlighted.

  1. Storify – a storytelling tool that uses Tweets, Instagram/Flickr, YouTube, Facebook and links to tell a story. You can see the stories done by NABJDigital here.
  2. HootSuite – I use this tool to handle my myriad Twitter accounts. I love that I can use HootSuite on my laptop or as an app on my iPhone and iPad. I can shorten links, schedule tweets and keep up with up to five accounts for free.
  3. SoundNote ($4.99) – this iPad app allows you to take notes and record at the same time. And if you need to check on something that was said, just tap a word and the recording goes right to that section.
  4. RebelMouse – this curation tool calls itself “your social front page.”  It allows you to connect your social media accounts, including  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram and show it off on a beautiful page. The feed can be embedded int websites. Check out my RebelMouse page here. And see how Al Jazeera America used it for a series on fast-food workers here.
  5. Timeline JS – this is a simple to use, yet striking timeline creator. You can use media including Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Wikipedia, SoundCloud and other things to power your timeline. The Denver Post used Timeline JS as part of their coverage of the Aurora movie theater shootings.
  6.  Flipboard/Pocket – If you are a news junkie and have an iPad or iPhone, you need to have Flipboard. This app allows you to create a customized digital magazine of your favorite publications and blogs. Mine is a mix of journalism, tech and aviation/airline stuff. If you want to save a story to read later offline, save it on the Pocket app.
  7. iTalk (free or $1.99 for Premium) – we all know the built-in iPhone recorder is crap. iTalk allows you to record at good, better and best levels, with no time limits. With the free version, you can email smaller files, but need to download a program on your laptop to upload larger files. With the paid version, you can send the file to Dropbox or share it on SoundCloud.
  8. iPrompt Pro – this is a great app for multimedia journalists because it turns your iPad or iPhone into a teleprompter (although I don’t recommend it for the iPhone).
  9. Clear Watermark ($1.99)/Text on Photo – Both of these apps allow you to apply a watermark on your photos or video while out in the field.
  10. Apps Gone Free – every day, this app offers for free between 4 and 10 apps. Be warned – you will see a lot of crap (photo editing productivity, games, to-do lists, etc.), but there will be some gems. I found SoundNotes, iPromptPro and Clear Watermark wth this app.
Posted in Innovation, multimedia journalist, Social Media

Friday Fast Five + Five – Your Guide to New Media

By Benét J. Wilson, immediate past chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/eNewsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Tomorrow DJTF Co-chair Kiratiana and I will be doing a presentation — Tools to Help You Tap Into Your Inner JournoGeek   — at the NABJ Region 1 conference. If you’re attending, please say hello! If not, follow our Twitter feed at #Geek13.

  1. Mashable – 8 Pro Tips for Evernote Power Users
  2. Lifehacker – This Graphic Shows How to Keep Your Browsing, Email, and Chats Private
  3. Babble – 6 Little-known HootSuite Features To Streamline Your Social Media Strategy
  4. Brothatech – Creating Live Google+ Hangouts On Air the Right Way
  5. 10000 WordsWhy Journalists Should Be Hosting Sponsored Events 
  6. Journalism.co.uk – Storyful launches journalist tool for searching social media
  7. BDPA Detroit ChapterTop 10 Sites for Free Education with Elite Universities
  8. Blogging Tips – How to Create Content For Your Blog
  9. New York Times Bits BlogIf Google Could Seatch Twitter, It Would Find Topsy
  10. PBS MediaShiftHow to Set the Right Price for your Self-published Book
Posted in Conferences & Conventions, multimedia journalist

10 Workshops I’d Like To Take At The Online News Association Conference

By Benét J. Wilson, board member, Online News Association; chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force; and social media/eNewsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

The list of suggested workshops for this year’s Online News Association conference has been released, here. I was so impressed — and a bit overwhelmed — with the breadth and depth of what my fellow ONA members came up with. Below are 10 workshops I hope make the cut. Also, UNITY will be bringing its Startup Loft to the conference. And I hope I’ll see you in Atlanta!!

  1. 10 Tech Trends for Journalists, Amy Webb, Webbmedia Group. This annual ONA session features the 10 trends that will have the biggest impact on journalists this year, from cyber security to data analysis to breaking news analysis. Amy returns to explain what the trends are, why they matter to you and your organization and how you can prepare for the disruption ahead. As always, Amy will bring lots of never-before-seen prototypes, handouts, betas and other surprises.
  2. Big Data, Little Newsroom, Emma Carew Grovum, The Chronicle of Philanthropy. You’re a small- to medium-sized newsroom. You want to do more data, or do more with the data you already have. You don’t have a ton of resources (data folks, web folks, everyone’s limited). Where should you put your priorities: arming the reporters with Excel skills, teaching the web staff Tableau, learning to code/scrape? Let’s get together, play with some tools and talk about data projects and data visualization in a small shop.
  3. Jazz & Journalism: Improvising Innovation, Laura Amico, CEO, Homicide Watch, Nieman-Berkman Fellow. Wynton Marsalis describes jazz as “the art of managing change without losing the focus on substance.” Journalism is change, too, blending instinct and expertise, performance and conversation, improvisation and swing time all in a continuously changing environment. In this music-based conversation, we’ll use jazz and improvisation theories to reframe how we structure newsroom and audience relationships and build support for innovation.
  4. Copyright Law, Jon Hart, Dow Lohnes PLLC, Eric Lieberman, Fusion. This class will cover the basics of copyright law as background for a detailed discussion of fair use. We’ll talk about what content you can borrow from others and how to know when others are borrowing more content from you than fair use permits. We’ll dispel some common misconceptions about copyright, discuss how you can protect yourself against liability for user-generated content, and give you practical tips on acquiring content and administering freelance contracts.
  5. Constructing Meaningful Infographics. Navigating the art of infographics can be tricky; too many words and you’ve lost the reader, too many angles and the reader is overwhelmed. We’ll dissect the most and least effective infographics and arm you with the knowledge for creating beautiful graphics with impact.
  6. Analytics: The Big Picture. Come with us on a 10,000-foot view of why analytics are crucial and then come back down to earth to have in-depth conversations with metrics experts. This session will be followed by a “Solve” session.
  7. FOIA for the Digital Age. Investigating public records can be expensive, cumbersome and time consuming. But there are ways to make it part of your daily routine. We’ll show you how to build sources and stories, manage large-scale public records projects and involve the public in your investigative project without even breaking a sweat.
  8. Build Your Gear Pack. What do you carry when you go out on assignment? Three street- and tech-savvy journalists will reveal the secrets of organizing a prepared gear pack and share tips on the best equipment.
  9. Innovative Storytelling on a Shoestring. Low or no budget? Small or no development team? Get help in applying no- and low-cost tools and new storytelling techniques for your small newsrooms.
  10. Changing Lanes. Journalism has been anything but recession-proof, and many of its practioners have jumped ship over the years. Join a conversation with some of them and hear about life on the other side.
Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Education, journalism

Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

SEPTEMBER

  • Poynter’s News U is holding a free webinar, “Elevate Social Media Storytelling with RebelMouse: A Digital Tools Tutorial,” on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 2:00 p.m. ET. RebelMouse is a social web publishing tool that lets you organize your online presence into a social site. You can use it to curate and aggregate breaking news stories, topics, live events and user-generated content. Plus you can embed RebelMouse onto your personal sites or blogs. News organizations can use RebelMouse to cover stories in real time.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free business journalism workshop, “Finding Your Best Investigative Business Story,” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Sept. 28. Award-winning professors Alec Klein of Northwestern University and Chris Roush of the University of North Carolina lead this day-long training, which focuses on identifying and developing local investigative business stories.

  • The National Association of Black Journalists will hold its annual Media Institute-Media Professionals and Entrepreneurs conference on Friday, Sept, 27 at the Associated Press building in New York City. Hosted by NABJ’s Associate Member Task Force, this year’s conference will feature diverse programming for freelance and transitioning journalists, public relations practitioners, entrepreneurs and students.

  • The National Association of Black Journalists will hold its Region I conference on Saturday, Sept, 28 at the Associated Press building in New York City. The conference will feature diverse programming for freelance and transitioning journalists, public relations practitioners, entrepreneurs and students.

  • Cox Media’s Digital Talent Program is designed for scholars to contribute to Cox Media Group through digital innovation on project based assignments where excellence manifests in the digital context. The CMG Digital Talent Program is a highly competitive program in the digital industry for a diverse group of recently graduated students. The anticipated tenure is for up to one year and selected students are expected to complete the program successfully. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30, 2013.

OCTOBER

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold three free business journalism workshops Oct. 4 during the SABEW 2013 Fall Conference.  In these Investigative Business Journalism sessions, three veteran journalists will share their tips and offer resources for how to tackle three different kinds of investigations: of a CEO, of government contractors, and of stock brokers and financial advisers. Conference registrants can attend one, two or all three sessions. Please bring your laptops to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York to follow along for maximum benefit.

  • Poynter’s News U will hold a free webinar, “Managing Newsroom Data with PANDA: A Digital Tools Tutorial,” on Thursday, Oct, 10, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Data is everywhere, but does it inform your reporting? When news breaks, you can have the data at your fingertips. PANDA is a newsroom data solution. Built from the ground up with the needs of newsrooms in mind, PANDA can make your newsroom smarter, faster and more responsive. Configured smartly, it can email you when important data becomes available.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free online workshop, “Data Journalism 101,” Oct. 22-23 at noon or 4:00 p.m. ET. Poke behind the winners of most major investigative awards from the Pulitzer to Barlett & Steele to the Loebs, and you’ll usually find a database. Michael J. Berens, who won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, calls databases, especially those you put together yourself, the “secret ingredient” in award-winning work.

  • Poynter’s News U will hold a webinar, Tools for Mobile Journalists 2013, on Oct. 3 at 2:00 p.m. Looking to transform yourself or your newsroom into a mobile powerhouse? Having the right gear is the first step, but working outside the office while publishing on Web deadlines takes more than just a smart phone or a Wifi card for your laptop. Learn about the latest tools, apps and sites to help you report and publish your content. You’ll see ways to integrate your desktop, laptop and mobile devices so you can get your coverage online — and to your audience — faster. The cost is $24.95.

  • Investigative Reporters and Editors is holding a special workshop, Learn to Build a Web Scraper, Oct. 10-13, 2013 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The workshop will introduce the basics of newsroom programming by teaching how to build one of the simplest but most useful tools in a data journalist’s toolbox: a web scraper designed to automate the downloading of data. The workshop will also teach basic data-cleaning skills needed to prepare a dataset of public records for analysis.  The fee to attend ranges from $300 to $920.

  • The Online News Association will hold its 2013 Conference & Awards Banquet Oct. 17-19, 2013 in Atlanta.  The Online News Association 2013 Conference & Awards Banquet is the premier gathering of highly engaged digital journalists shaping media now. Learn about new tools and technologies, network with peers from around the world and celebrate excellence at the Online Journalism Awards.

  • The 92nd annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention will be Oct. 23-27 in New Orleans. The convention is the largest gathering of college journalists and advisers in the world. Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association partner to prepare nearly 400 practical and professional learning sessions, from high-profile keynotes to specific, problem-solving breakouts, hands-on workshops and discussion groups.

  • The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) will be hosting its fall camp in Essex, Vt., Oct. 25-27.  JAWS supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.

  • Poynter’s News U is holding a free webinar, “Effective News Videos with Videolicious: A Digital Tools Tutorial,” on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Funded by Amazon and the Knight Foundation, Videolicious empowers more than 1 million people in 100+ countries to create sophisticated video productions — automatically, in seconds.

  • If you have the skills, passion and determination to be a journalist of the future – a trained professional who knows a good story when they see it and who has the confidence to tell it in a way that best imparts its relevance and importance to news consumers – an 18-month Hearst Fellowship may be right for you. Applications are open from October through January.

 

NOVEMBER

  • The National Association of Science Writers conference will be held Nov. 1-5, 2013, in Gainesville, Fla. NASW members have crafted a slate of professional development workshops, and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing has recruited scientists from all over the country for the 51st New Horizons in Science briefings on emerging research.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is offering 24 fellowships worth $1,500 each for four days of study in business journalism  Jan. 2-5, 2014, in Phoenix. Fellowships cover training, lodging, materials and most meals. Fellows just have to cover their transportation costs. The seminars will occur during Reynolds Business Journalism Week at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The journalists’ Strictly Financials Seminar teaches the essentials of covering financials, from stock markets to financial statements and company research. The Business Journalism Professors Seminar will cover the essentials of teaching a hands-on, university course in business journalism. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.

  • The 35th Annual SND Workshop and Exhibition will be held Nov. 7-9, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. The event is hosted by Gannett Louisville Design Studio. The Society for News Design (SND) is an international organization for news media professionals and visual communicators – specifically those who create print/web/mobile publications and products. Our members art direct, design, edit, report, illustrate, make photos and video, visualize data – and write code.

  • The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard offers short-term visiting fellowships to individuals interested in working on special research projects designed to advance journalism.  Those who should consider applying include publishers, programmers, Web designers, media analysts, academics, journalists and others interested in enhancing quality, building new business models or designing programs to improve journalism. The proposed project may be completed during the time spent at Harvard or be part of a larger undertaking. All visiting fellows are expected to be in residence in Cambridge during their study and present their findings to the Nieman community at the end of their research period. The application deadline for the 2014 fellowships is Nov. 8, 2013.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free online workshop, “Sourcing with Social Media: Tips from a Corporate Sleuth,” Nov. 13 at noon or 4:00 p.m. ET.  Trying to find new sources? In this one-hour webinar Nov. 13, here’s your chance to learn the tools and techniques that competitive-intelligence experts use every day to find people who know their stuff. During this free, hour-long webinar, the principal in a competitive-intelligence firm will teach you how to harness social media to identify “influencers” – both regionally and nationally – in industries you cover, as well as how to contact them successfully.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free online workshop, “SEC Filings Master Class,” Nov. 13-15 at noon or 4:00 p.m. ET. Have you ever wondered if you’re missing good stories because you don’t know where or what to look for? This free webinar with Michelle Leder, who makes her living unearthing news in SEC filings, is designed to help you feel more confident in your SEC-document sleuthing.

  • Poynter’s News U will hold a free webinar, “Location-Based Social Media with Geofeedia: A Digital Tools Tutorial,” on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET. User-generated content from social media networks is a rich data source for today’s newsrooms. By leveraging new, advanced tools, media organizations have the opportunity to rapidly identify primary sources at the scene by tapping into rich sets of images, tweets and videos coming from the scene. Geofeedia enables hyperlocal search and discovery of social media across social networks such as Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr and Picasa. By searching first by location, Geofeedia helps journalists to rapidly identify new data sources that other prominent social media services miss.

 

DECEMBER

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free online workshop, “The Fracking Revolution: Finding Energy Stories Everywhere,” Dec. 4 at noon or 4:00 p.m. ET.  In this one-hour, free webinar, Marilyn Geewax, a senior business editor with NPR, will help you understand how this unleashing of massive supplies of fossil fuels is changing all of our lives. The energy revolution is making U.S. manufacturing competitive again and soon could be generating millions of jobs from Maine to California. And it’s having a broad impact on the environment, tax revenues and politics.

  • The CBC-UNC Diversity Fellowship Program is an intensive hands-on workshop led by professionals at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C. and the University of North Carolina journalism faculty in Chapel Hill, N.C. The program, scheduled for March 12-16, 2014,  is geared toward college seniors pursuing broadcast careers as producers, reporters, photojournalists and web editors. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15.

 

2014

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free workshop, “Investigating the Business of Government,” Jan. 23, 2014, preceding the Winter Convention of the Kentucky Press Association Jan. 23-24. f you dread analyzing the annual municipal budget for news and wonder how to tie government contracts to campaign-donor lists, come hone your skills at this workshop taught by investigative reporter John Cheves. The workshop will be held at the Hyatt Regency, 401 W. High St., Lexington, Ky.

  • Investigative Reporters and Editors and National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) will hold their 2014 Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference in Baltimore, Md., Feb. 27, 2014 – March 2, 2014. Join IRE and NICAR for our annual conference devoted to computer-assisted reporting. Come and learn about tools you need to dig deeper into stories and give readers and viewers the information they want.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free workshop, “Perfecting Personality Profiles,” Feb. 5-6 at noon or 4:00 p.m. ET. To make your beat coverage more accessible and engaging, you need to focus on people – those in positions of power or influence, and those who consume goods and services, work for wages and pay taxes. In the first hour of this lively two-part webinar, Pulitzer winner Jacqui Banaszynski will explore the characteristics of memorable and accurate profiles, as well as offer a range of profile approaches that can suit your purpose, publication and audience. In the second hour, on Feb. 6, she’ll dive more deeply into the reporting and writing techniques that can help any beat reporter pursue sparkling profiles.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free workshop, “Social Media ROI for Journalists,” March 4 at noon or 4:00 p.m. In 2013, more and more newsrooms will revisit their social media strategy and ask, “What’s our return on investment?” How do we know if our newsroom is doing social “correctly”? What does this mean for our organization’s bottom line? This free, one-hour webinar will help you answer those questions on March 4.

  • The best in the business will gather for more than 100 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations about covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment and other key beats at the 2014 IRE conference June 26-29, 2014 in San Francisco. Speakers will share strategies for locating documents and gaining access to public records, finding the best stories and managing investigations. Join the discussion about how to practice investigative journalism in print, broadcast, Web and alternative newsroom models.

 

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Posted in Education, multimedia journalist, Social Media

Friday Fast Five – Your Guide to New Media

By Benét J. Wilson, immediate past chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/eNewsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

  1. IJNET – What massive open online courses, or MOOCs, mean for journalism
  2. Brothatech – 4 Back to School Uses for Evernote
  3. Poynter – 5 ways to increase engagement with Facebook’s new page Insights
  4. ReadWriteQuip Is Bringing The Word-Processing Era To Its End
  5. Lifehacker – This Graphic Shows How to Keep Your Browsing, Email, and Chats Private

 

Posted in journalism, Social Media

“Retwact” Allows Users To Retract Wrong Tweets

By, Denise Sawyer

We’ve all, at some point, tweeted out the wrong information during breaking news in a rush to be the first to post on Twitter. But in the wake of a social media meltdown, after misinformation regarding the shooting at Washington’s Navy Yard Monday morning went viral, journalists might find the new Twitter tool “Retwact” helpful.

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Here’s how it works. “Retwact” lets you share a corrected tweet with anyone who retweeted the initial tweet with misinformation.

But to do so, you have to log into your Twitter account, select one of your five most recent retweets – which would look something like what’s below- then you would write what the tweet should have said.

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Screen-Shot-2013-09-16-at-5.14.52-PM-1024x614Sounds like a great tool, right? But you can’t search pass the five most recent tweets, and for the sake of saving characters — some may find the “via @retwact,” which can not be deleted, hard to squeeze in. Nonetheless, it is a tool worth trying during heated moments in the breaking newsroom.