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Lexington, Kentucky, NewsTrain, Jan. 21, 2016


The Particulars
When: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016.
Where: Lexington Convention Center, 430 W. Vine St. The workshop precedes the Kentucky Press Association Winter Convention.
Cost: $75. Includes a full day of training, continental breakfast and lunch.
Is this workshop for you?This workshop is for reporters, editors and other journalists from print, digital and broadcast newsrooms of all sizes, as well as journalism educators and students, who are interested in improving their skills in social media, video storytelling and data-driven enterprise stories. You do not have to be a member of APME to attend.
Diversity scholarships A limited number of diversity scholarships to cover the $75 registration fee are available to professional journalists, journalism educators and journalism students from diverse backgrounds To apply, (1) supply the information requested here, and (2) email a resume and up to three work samples to David Thompson, executive director of the Kentucky Press Association, by Dec. 21, 2015. Please copy Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director, at on that email.
Hotel: As of Jan. 8,  a few rooms remained at $109 a night at the Hyatt Regency Lexington. Reserve a room for $109 a night at the Hyatt Regency Lexington, 401 W. High St. It connects to the workshop venue, the Lexington Convention Center. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to and from Lexington's Bluegrass Airport. Call 859-253-1234. This map locates the hotel. Additional rooms are available at the Hilton Lexington Downtown for $129 a night plus tax, across Vine Street from the Hyatt. Call 800-445-8667 and reference group code KPA120. It is connected by a pedway across Vine and then across Broadway to the Hyatt.
Parking: NewsTrain attendees and Hyatt Regency guests park for free in the High Street Lot, across the street from the Hyatt Regency entrance at 401 W. High St. Here is a map locating the High Street Lot.
What to bring: Your laptop and smartphone for the hands-on exercises.

Informal, optional, pre- and post-NewsTrain gatherings: An area will be reserved in the Hyatt Regency Lexington lobby bar, 401 W. High St., for NewsTrain attendees starting at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20 and again at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 21.

Registration for groups: Email Beth Grace, NewsTrain program assistant.
Sponsor:Associated Press Media Editors (APME). Please see the complete list of donors who support NewsTrain below.

Hosts: Kentucky Press Association; Lexington Herald-Leader (McClatchy Newspapers); Landmark Community Newspapers; AP bureau, Kentucky-Tennessee; Paxton Media Group; Kentucky Broadcasters Association; CNHI Newspapers; Schurz Communications; Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association; Kentucky News Photographers Association; Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters Association; Society of Professional Journalists
Questions: Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director, at

Please join us in Lexington, Kentucky, for a daylong NewsTrain on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Sessions include maximizing your use of social media, improving your video storytelling, and generating better data-driven enterprise stories.

Registration is now closed and includes a full day of training, plus continental breakfast and lunch.

SPECIAL OFFER: Those who sign up by Jan. 11 will be entered in a drawing for one of five 16-by-20 prints of an iconic AP photo of your choice, suitable for framing. This offer -- a $101 retail value -- is courtesy of Adam Yeomans, AP's regional director - South.

Your instructors include:

  • Linda J. Johnsonformer computer-assisted reporting coordinator at the Lexington Herald-Leader.
  • Kathy Kieliszewski, visuals director at the Detroit Free Press and four-time Emmy Award winning journalist.
  • Daniel Victor, senior staff editor at The New York Times.

What You Will Learn

You will learn how to:

  • Maximize your use of social media for reporting, as well as for personal branding and community engagement.
  • Tell video stories more efficiently in ways other than the traditional TV-news segment.
  • Shoot video effectively on your smartphone.
  • Spot enterprise stories in data, whether your beat is government, sports, the arts, business or education.

Registration closed.


(Download a PDF of the agenda.)

Your Instructors

Linda J. Johnsonformer computer-assisted reporting coordinator for the Lexington Herald-Leader, spent the better part of 17 years analyzing data for stories and presenting them online. She started with the Herald-Leader as an education reporter. Before that, she was the health and environment reporter for The Vindicator in Youngstown, Ohio. Previously, she covered cops and courts and governments and was city editor at newspapers in Virginia and Texas. Johnson graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor's degree in journalism. @lpalmateer33

Kathy Kieliszewski made her first piece of multimedia with an eight-track player, a cassette tape, a vinyl record and a bunch of still pictures cut out of teen magazines. It was 1986, and she knew then she wanted to tell stories for a living. More than 25 years later, she's still telling stories as the visuals director at the Detroit Free Press and a four-time National Emmy Award-winning journalist. She oversees the video and photographic efforts of a staff of 12 photographers and editors. Kathy's most recent endeavor includes co-founding the Freep Film Festival, a new Free Press documentary film festival, to showcase films about or relevant to Detroit and Michigan. She is the producer of a feature-length documentary, Packard, The Last Shift, about one of Detroit's most notorious abandoned factories.‚Äč @KKieliszewski

Daniel Victor is a senior staff editor at The New York Times, where he spent his first two years as a social media editor. He now reports for the Times' Express Team, a breaking-news desk that covers news readers are searching for and talking about online. Prior to arriving at The Times in 2012, he ran social media and crowdsourcing for ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom for investigative journalism. Before that he launched a hyperlocal site for and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He was a community host for TBD, a website/TV station that covered local news and sports in Washington. He began his career with four years as a reporter for The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News, where he had almost every beat at the paper: cops and courts, local government, state government, national politics, features and just about everything in between. He wrote for the Centre Daily Times while attending Penn State and enjoyed a summer internship at The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle. @bydanielvictor

Note: John Cheves, investigative reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader, was scheduled to train on data-driven enterprise, but has withdrawn. The data session will instead be taught by Linda J. Johnson, former computer-assisted reporting coordinator for the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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Session Specifics

Am I Doing Social Media Right? Maximizing Your Use of Social Media for Personal Branding and Audience Engagement 
So, you're a journalist on social media, but you're not sure you're taking the right approach. Instructor Daniel Victor offers tactics and tips to improve your comfort on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.

Using Social Media as a Powerful Reporting Tool Social media platforms contain powerful reporting tools that can be valuable whether you're facing a big breaking news story or an enterprise project. Instructor Daniel Victor explains how to use social media platforms and complementary websites to locate expert and "real people" sources, crowdsource using Google forms, and curate social media content to augment your own content. Bring your laptop or smartphone for the exercise.

Data-Driven Enterprise off Your Beat How do you Swiss-cheese enterprise stories around the many other demands you face as a beat reporter to write dailies, file Web updates, tweet and shoot video? One way is to take advantage of the plethora of local data available online to spot and develop unique stories for your news outlet. All you need is either you or someone else in your newsroom who can download and sort databases in a spreadsheet program, such as Excel. Instructor Linda J. Johnson will help you find and analyze data, enabling you to spot the enterprise stories in the numbers, whether your beat is government, sports, the arts, business or education. Bring your laptop for the exercise.

Efficient Video Story Forms for Digital Platforms Many newsrooms start out shooting video for digital platforms that look like TV-news segments. But there are other video story forms, including some that are quicker to produce and others that will have a longer shelf life. Instructor Kathy Kieliszewski gives examples of video story forms and standards for each. She also discusses how newsrooms can improve planning and execution of the different video story forms. Bring your smartphone for the exercise.

Shooting Effective Video on Your Smartphone Shooting video effectively and efficiently on your smartphone makes it much easier to quickly edit and post high-quality video. Instructor Kathy Kieliszewski offers a model for anticipating and capturing the visuals and sound needed for good video. She includes simple standards for framing, lighting and sound, plus advice on how to use a shot list. Bring your smartphone for the exercise.

Our Donors

NewsTrain's 2015 donors included Advance Local, The Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Associated Press, The APME FoundationScripps Howard Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, GateHouse Media, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation and APME past and present board members.

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