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NewsTrain: Great training in your town

APME's NewsTrain is a national touring workshop that has served more than 7,000 journalists in 80+ cities since 2003. Programs are designed to provide affordable, high-quality training in the digital skills, knowledge and information journalists need in a rapidly changing media world.


Upcoming NewsTrain workshops in 2017

NewsTrain is evaluating applications from committees of local journalists to host NewsTrains in 2017. We will let you know the sites for next year's workshops as soon as they become available.

Past NewsTrain workshops in 2016

Registration is closed for these completed workshops:

  • Lexington, KentuckyJan. 21 at the Hyatt Regency downtown. Sessions included maximizing social media for branding and reporting, getting started with data-driven enterprise reporting, and shooting compelling smartphone video. Trainers included Daniel Victor, senior staff editor of The New York Times; Kathy Kieliszewski, visuals director of the Detroit Free Press; and Linda J. Johnson, former computer-assisted reporting coordinator for the Lexington Lexington Herald-Leader. 
  • Lincoln, Nebraska: April 9 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sessions included maximizing your social media for personal branding and audience engagement, making smart choices in digital storytelling, planning for breaking news in the digital age, writing for mobile, and producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat. Instructors included Theodore Kim, assistant news editor at The New York Times; Daniel Victor, senior staff editor at The New York Times; and Matt Wynn, developer and watchdog reporter at the Omaha World-Herald. 
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia: May 6-7 at the University of King's College. Sessions included maximizing your social media for personal branding and audience engagement, using social media for sourcing and verifying user-generated content, making smart choices in digital storytelling, planning for breaking news on multiple platforms, writing for mobile, using audience analytics to get your stories read, and shooting compelling news video and photos with your smartphone. Instructors included Matt Frehner, senior editor for mobile and interactive news for The Globe and Mail; Kathy Kieliszewski, visuals director of the Detroit Free Press; Jennifer MacMillan, social media editor for CBC Nova Scotia; and Daniel Victor, senior staff editor for The New York Times. 
  •  Murfreesboro, Tennessee: Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Middle Tennessee State University. Sessions included making smart choices in digital storytelling; growing audiences with Facebook Live, Periscope, Snapchat and Instagram; using social media as powerful reporting tools; shooting shareable smartphone video; maximizing your smartphone for mobile newsgathering; writing news for mobile; creating simple graphics for mobile; editing your own writing; and producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat. Trainers included Emma Carew Grovum, assistant managing editor at The Daily Beast; John Duchneskie, assistant managing editor for design and graphics at The Philadelphia Inquirer; Tony Gonzalez, enterprise reporter for Nashville Public Radio; and Val Hoeppner, director of the Center for Innovation in Media at Middle Tennessee State University. 

NewsTrain programs are aimed at newsroom editors and managers, reporters, copy editors, visual journalists and online producers working on multiple platforms. College journalism educators and student journalists have found NewsTrain valuable. Public relations specialists and public information officers also have benefited.

NewsTrain workshops can include sessions on producing and editing multimedia content, organizational development and management, innovations in digital media, and other skills and knowledge needed at all levels of today’s news operations. Trainers at the one- or two-day workshops are experienced journalists and journalism professors.


Trainers' slides and handouts from NewsTrains in recent years are at the bottom of this post.


NewsTrain delivers training throughout the United States and Canada. A workshop begins when a committee of local journalism leaders requests a NewsTrain in their city. NewsTrain staff work with the host committee to plan and deliver a workshop tailored to the needs of local journalists. You can find more information on hosting a NewsTrain here.


NewsTrain's low tuition - $75 for early birds - is made possible by generous contributions from donors, large and small. You can help by contributing here.


NewsTrain's 2016 donors include The Associated Press, The APME FoundationScripps Howard Foundation, GateHouse Media LLC, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP and APME past and present board members.


Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.


Trainers' slides and handouts from NewsTrains in recent years are here:

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