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April 05, 2010

Trade press editors report severe digital training lag

When it comes to updating their skill sets, editors in the trade press (business-to-business publications) mostly must fend for themselves. This is according to a recent survey of 273 trade press editors conducted by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) and the Medill School/Media Management Center at Northwestern University…

About 80% of respondents reported getting one day or less of company-sponsored digital training in 2009. Over one third reported receiving no digital training whatsoever from their employers. Two thirds of respondents reported the training they did received was inadequate. And 27% of respondents rated their person digital-media skills as “behind” or “way behind” the rate at which their publications’ brands are transitioning to digital media.

Download the full survey results

August 31, 2010

Bay Area: Multimedia workshops for ethnic & community media, nonprofits

If you’re a member of the ethnic or community media or are with a nonprofit, mark your calendar for an Oct. 1-2 Bay Area multimedia training conference that features more than a half-dozen workshops, plus an all-day intensive boot camp…

The Renaissance Journalism Center’s LearningLab event offers sessions on video and audio storytelling for the web, training in WordPress and social media, plus an introduction to micro-volunteering and crowdsourcing.

The second day features two multimedia production bootcamps—including one in Spanish, facilitated by Oakland Local and Nuestra Voz.

The fee is $30 per day, with registration limited to 16 for each of the Day 2 bootcamps. Register now. For more info, see visit the Facebook event page.

October 05, 2010

Investigative reporting training for placebloggers: fellowships available

Investigative journalism training isn’t just for professional journalists. That’s why on Oct. 16, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting is offering a daylong training seminar: Watchdog Reporting for Bloggers, Citizen Journalists, and Activists.

Lisa Williams, founder of Placeblogger (the leading aggregator of blogs that cover the lived experience of a place such as a neighborhood, city, state, or other region) announced today that the Placeblogger Angel Fund is offering five scholarships to cover the $200 cost for the NECIR training session…

Scholarships are for registration only. Winners must cover their own travel and other expenses. This event will be held Saturday Oct. 16, 9am-5pm, at the Boston University College of Communication.

To apply for a scholarship: e-mail Lisa Williams.

November 15, 2010

News Entrepreneur Boot Camp 2011: Apply now

The Knight Digital Media Center at USC is now accepting applications for its 2011 News Entrepreneur Boot Camp—May 15-20 in Los Angeles.

This intense event includes one week of on-site classes and interaction, plus a six-week online learning/mentoring program. It’s designed for 20 competitively selected digital entrepreneurs who have great ideas for community news and information initiatives in the public interest…

Topics to be covered included:

  • Identifying the best business model for sustained success.
  • Developing a feasibility plan.
  • Audience development and customer acquisition.
  • Developing and implementing revenue and advertising strategies.
  • Successful social networking models.
  • Understanding and using analytics.

The cost of lodging, meals and instruction/coaching plus a subsidy for partial travel are included.

Deadline: January 14, 2011

December 02, 2010

IRE webinar: Understanding, using new US Census data

Later this month the US Census will publish the first detailed demographic data at the neighborhood level since 2000—and Investigative Reporters and Editors is ready to help journalists interpret and apply this valuable data.

IRE is offering for download a 25-minute webinar on using the new American Community Survey data…

The American Community Survey gathers information every year from 2 million households. The December release will mark the first time that five-year ACS data will be available for census tracts and other places with fewer than 20,000 residents. Journalists will be able to examine dozens of topics at the neighborhood level, as well as for every US city, town, school district and county.

Topics include: household income, citizenship status, educational attainment, commuting, health insurance, ancestry, disability, mortgage payment, utility costs, military service and type of employer. Results can be tallied for any level of geography—as well as by gender, race, age and ethnicity.

The IRE webinar explores story ideas, explains the nuts-and-bolts of ACS, and simplifies the confusing data release schedules.

Download the webinar
$5 for IRE members, $10 for nonmembers.

December 16, 2010

California Editors Offered Training for Online Community Health News

If you cover community health issues with a California-based online news project, get set for a booster shot. USC Annenberg is launching a training seminar series starting next spring, as part of its California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships.

The Annenberg school will pick ten fellows to participate in trainings running April 28-May 1 and June 23-25. The programs will use a combination of workshops and discussion to help fellows with storytelling and tools, as well as strategies for engaging community and involving community contributors.

All program expenses are covered, and each fellow also gets $2,000 to complete a health news-related project. Not only that - the program is offering fellows free individual coaching and technical assistance for six months.

Annenberg says it defines health broadly, including such considerations as environmental hazards, education, social capital, crime and urban infrastructure. And applicants don’t need a health background, just an interest in covering the issue for a community, and a blog or website with an established audience.

Not eligible are those funded solely by a corporation, foundation, university, mainstream media outlet or advocacy group, as well as students working on an academic project.

Deadline to apply is Feb. 7, 2011. Find out more about how to the application process here. And for questions or to discuss project ideas, email Martha Shirk at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

January 07, 2011

Watchdog reporting training scholarships from Placeblogger Angel Fund

People who run startup local news sites often must learn on their own how to do challenging types of reporting. So here’s a unique training opportunity: The angel fund of Placeblogger (the largest searchable index of local weblogs) is offering five scholarships to the Watchdog Reporting Workshop held at the City University of New York on Jan. 29…

Apply now. Winners will be announced via Placeblogger on Twitter before the Jan. 22 workshop application deadline.

Scholarships cover the workshop cost ($275) but not travel, lodging, or other expenses. The workshop is held in New York City, but local site operators from outside that region are welcome to apply.

January 10, 2011

IRE computer-assisted reporting conference: Raleigh, Feb. 24-27

It may sound quaint to refer to any act of journalism as “computer assisted” in this age of pervasive digital media—but this year’s CAR conference from Investigative Reporters and Editors offers a wealth of useful digital resources for beginners as well as advanced practitioners…

According to IRE, the Feb. 24-27 conference in Raleigh, NC will cover everything “from the latest technological advances to the basics on using spreadsheets, databases, and online mapping. Learn from the best in the business in panel discussions and during hands-on training sessions. Bypass the budget issues in your newsroom by taking classes in free software. Or get a look at what the biggest names in data-driven reporting are using to make a major impact online.”

Register now. Early bird registration ends Feb. 14.

The conference includes a special daylong NewsCamp workshop on Feb. 24 that involves several small-group, hands-on training sessions.

And before the CAR conference (on Feb 23 in Raleigh) the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is offering a one-day workshop on investigating private companies and nonprofits.

January 25, 2011

Digital journalism workshops aim for better business coverage

A series of free digital journalism workshops, on offer around the country and online in the coming months, will train reporters on how to use various online tools to improve their business news coverage.

Sponsored by the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the programs will cover topics such as using the internet to investigate companies, covering business news using audio slideshows, and using social media for business reporting.

One investigative workshop, Beyond Google: Mining the web for company intelligence, offered online on May 17-18, will show how to tap social media for company info and to cull sources through business networks like LinkedIn. The workshop will be run by Sean Campbell and Scott Swigart of Portland, OR-based technology market research firm Cascade Insights.

Another workshop, offered free to attendees of the annual Society of American Business Editors and Writers Conference, is scheduled for Dallas April 8 and focuses on telling business stories with Soundslides. It will be taught by Jeremy Caplan, the director of education for CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.

Among other free online programs are:

The workshop series also covers a range of other topics, including computer-assisted reporting, census-based reporting, the green economy, and more, with programs in Philadephia, Raleigh, N.C., Los Angeles and Dallas. Find out about additional programs later this spring and summer. Or go ahead and register for any of the free programs. You can also learn more by contacting the Reynolds Center’s Executive Director Linda Austin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 602-496-9187.

February 15, 2012

Mobile Monday: April 2 at ASNE 2012 convention

The 2012 convention of the American Society of News Editors (April 2-4, Washington D.C.) will start with a special afternoon workshop on using mobile technology for reporting, and publishing to mobile devices…

The two-hour Mobile Monday workshop on April 2 at ASNE 2012 will be led by Val Hoeppner, director of education at the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute. He will cover:

  • How reporters can use smartphone apps for multimedia, editing, notetaking, location and livestreaming.
  • The impact of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices on news reporting and publishing.

This session will open with a report on the latest research on the public’s use of online digital media presented by Roger Fidler, director, Digital Publishing Alliance at the University of Missouri.

Register before March 15 to receive a $50 registration discount.

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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