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Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events


  • 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. It can make your newsroom smarter, faster and more responsive and if configured smartly, it can email you when important data becomes available.

  • 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 Knight Science Journalism Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will host a three-day intensive course on energy and climate at MIT’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The course will explore the fact and fiction of climate change and the intersection of science and politics. Selected journalists will receive accommodations, meals and a $750 travel stipend. Deadline to apply is Oct. 11. Click here for more information.
  • Human Rights Watch (HRW) presents the Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship, open to recent graduates in journalism, international relations or law at the master’s level or above. Fellows will work with HRW in New York or Washington for a year, monitoring human rights developments worldwide, conducting on-site investigations and drafting reports, media outreach and more. Fellowships begin September 2014 and offer a salary of $55,000 US  with benefits. Deadline to apply is Oct. 16. Click here for more information.
  • World Press Photo offers Tim Hetherington grant. Photojournalists and visual journalists can apply for a EUR20,000 grant (about $26,520 US) to complete an existing project on a human rights theme. World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch created the grant to honor Tim Hetherington, a photojournalist killed in Libya in 2011. Only those who have participated in a World Press Photo competition between 2008 and 2013 may apply. Deadline to apply is Oct. 17. Click here for more information.
  • 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 Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free online workshop, Data Journalism 101,” Oct. 22-23 at 4:00 p.m. ET (noon PT). 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.
  • 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. The Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association have partnered to prepare nearly 400 practical and professional learning sessions ranging from high-profile keynote speakers  to specific, problem-solving breakouts, hands-on workshops and discussion groups.

  • The Asia Journalism Fellowship seeks candidates with at least five years of experience from any medium, though preference is given to journalists working for Asian media organizations. Proficiency in English required. The fellowship program, supported by Nanyang Technological University, lasts three months from March 17 – June 6 with a stipend of $1,500 US each month. Travel and shared accommodation fees are covered. Each fellow will complete an independent research project and attend workshops, seminars and outside meetings. Fellows are assigned research advisors to guide them with their individual projects. Candidates must submit an application, three letters of recommendation, an employer’s letter of support (not required for freelancers) and three to five work samples. The deadline is Oct. 25. For more information, click here.
  • 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.


  • 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  from 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 Seminars teach 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  4:00 p.m. ET (noon PT).  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  4:00 p.m. ET (noon PT). 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.

  • The Graduate School of Journalism UC is hosting New Media Storytelling, Innovation & Technology Fall 2013 workshop Data Visualization for Storytellers 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. Date: November 8-9, 2013. Tuition: $645. Register by October 21st for a 10 percent discount.
  • The Graduate School of Journalism UC is hosting New Media Storytelling, Innovation & Technology Fall 2013 workshop Smile: You’re On CameraWhen 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. Date: November 16, 2013. Tuition: $365. Register by October 22nd for a 10 percent discount.
  • The Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California-Berkeley is hosting New Media Storytelling, Innovation & Technology Fall 2013 workshop Writing for Infographics. 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. Date: November 19-20, 2013. Tuition: $545. Register by October 29th for a 10 percent discount.
  • The Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University is looking for innovative journalists who want to use social media to build a stronger following, develop new sources and better cover their beats. The Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism also aims to sharpen your digital media public-affairs reporting skills, helping you hold government and institutions accountable. We’ll talk Twitter, Deep Web searches, crowdsourcing, public records, spreadsheets and online data visualization. The fellowship runs from Sunday, April 6, through Friday, April 11, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. Applications are due by Nov. 30, 2013. Apply here.


  • 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  4:00 p.m. ET (noon PT).  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.


  • 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. If 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 4:00 p.m. ET (noon PT). 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  4:00 p.m ET (noon PT). 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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