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Train in mobile, social, video and data at Columbus, Ohio, NewsTrain on Oct. 21, 2017 

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The Particulars

When: 9 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. This is a bye date for Ohio State University football.

Where: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, 6775 Bobcat Way, Dublin, OH 43016

Cost: Early-bird registration is just $75. The early-bird rate ends Sept. 21, increasing to $85 on Sept. 22. 

Meals: Your registration includes light breakfast and lunch. 

Special offer: Be among the first 20 to register and be entered in a drawing for one of five free, yearlong subscriptions to the AP Stylebook online -- a $26 value.

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. Public information officers and public relations specialists have also benefited from attending NewsTrain. You do not have to be a member of APME to attend.

Registration for groups: Email Laura Sellers-Earl, NewsTrain program assistant.

Diversity scholarships: The deadline to apply for a competitive diversity scholarship for Columbus NewsTrain is Sept. 13, 2017. Applications are open to journalists, journalism educators or journalism students from a diverse background, Successful applicants have their registration fee waived; they must pay their own travel expenses. In addition to completing the online application, applicants should email a resume and up to three work samples to Dr. Hillary Warren at Otterbein University. Journalism educators need not send work samples.

What to bring: A fully charged laptop and smartphone for the exercises.

Parking: Free

Lodging: The hotels nearest the workshop site are below. These prices are a snapshot; prices will vary, depending on when you book:

  •  Red Roof Inn - around $76/night; 5125 Post Road, Dublin; 3.6 miles away
  • Embassy Suites - around $124/night; 5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin; 3.9 miles away
  • Crowne Plaza - around $127/night; 600 Metro Place N., Dublin; 4.7 miles away

Airport shuttle: The workshop site is about 25 miles from John Glenn Columbus International Airport. Airport shuttle services include:

Taxis, Uber and Lyft also serve the airport.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority operates the AirConnect shuttle bus between the airport and 19 downtown Columbus hotels for $2.75 each way, but it does not serve the workshop site in Dublin, Ohio,18 miles north of downtown.

SponsorAssociated Press Media Editors (APME). Please see the complete list of donors who support NewsTrain at the bottom of this page.

Hosts: Ohio State University’s Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Business First, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Otterbein University, Meyer Media LLC, Ohio Department of Administrative Services, WOSU Public Media, The Associated Press, WBNS-10TV in Columbus, Cox Media, Ohio Public Radio, The Blade in Toledo, Chillicothe Gazette, Akron Beacon Journal, Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, Troy Daily News, WHIO Radio in Dayton, WTVG TV in Toledo and WJER Radio in Dover

Questions: Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

Come to suburban Columbus, Ohio, to Dublin -- just 18 miles north of downtown -- for a full day of digital-journalism training on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017.

Training Sessions Include:

  • Maximizing your smartphone for mobile newsgathering,
  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools,
  • Shooting short, shareable smartphone video,
  • Making smart choices in mobile storytelling, and
  • Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Early-bird registration is just $75 and includes a full day of training, plus light breakfast and lunch. The early-bird rate ends Sept. 21, increasing to $85 on Sept. 22.

Your Trainers

  • Doug Haddix, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors
  • Sue Morrowassistant multimedia director at The Sacramento Bee

We will be naming additional trainers shortly. 

You Will Learn How To:

  • Use your smartphone to shoot a well-composed, well-lit and in-focus photo that captures a moment and tells a story; capture high-quality audio; record dictation that can be translated into text; and add text to photos to create on-the-go images with maximum impact for social media.

  • Use social media to locate diverse expert and “real people” sources, listen to your community and identify news stories, verify user-generated content, crowdsource using Google Forms and callouts, contact a source on social media responsibly and create a social dossier on a newsmaker. 

  • Shoot short, shareable smartphone video using a tripod and external microphone, and sequence the best five shots in sharp focus with high-quality audio.
  • Identify the best way to tell a particular story on a small screen: digest, explainer, bulleted live updates or what-we-know lists, photo, video, graphic, audio, games, curation, or something else.

  • Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.

 Register here.

 Agenda

   

(Download a PDF of the agenda.)

 

The blue and green tracks on the agenda allow for smaller class sizes. All attendees receive the same instruction, just at different times.

More on Your Trainers

Doug Haddix is the executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He oversees training, conferences and services for more than 5,500 members worldwide, and for programs including the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) and DocumentCloud. Previously, Haddix worked as an IRE training director, an assistant vice president at Ohio State University and director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism. An IRE member since 1996, Haddix led investigations and computer-assisted reporting at The Columbus Dispatch for a decade. Before that, he worked as city editor of The Scranton Times in Pennsylvania; city editor of The Commercial-News in Danville, Illinois; and as a reporter for the Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun and United Press International (Indianapolis). He earned a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University. @DougHaddix

Starting in August 2017, on sabbatical from her job as assistant multimedia director at The Sacramento Bee, Sue Morrow will be a visiting professional at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. At the Bee, she edited the paper's Pulitzer Prize-winning (2007) and finalist (2013) entries in feature photography. She has also worked as a photo editor and manager at the San Jose Mercury News, Tampa Bay Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Boston Globe. She has taught at Ohio University and lectured at The Poynter Institute, Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar and many National Press Photographer-related seminars. Since 1994, she has been a faculty and board member at The Kalish visual-storytelling workshop and served as its director from 2011-2013. As the Knight Fellow at Ohio University in 2010-11, she earned a master’s degree from the School of Visual Communication. During that time she produced the short documentary, “Born to Die,” about horse rescue. @SueLMorrow

We will be naming additional trainers shortly. If you'd like to recommend trainers, please email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

If you'd like to be notified when the trainers are set, please provide your email address.

Session Specifics

Mobile newsgathering: better reporting with your smartphone A smartphone, stocked with the right apps, is a powerful multimedia reporting tool. Learn how to use it to shoot photos, record interviews, dictate stories and add text to photos for social media. Bring your smartphone for the exercises.

Using social media as powerful reporting tools Social media can be used as powerful reporting tools, which are valuable whether you're facing a big breaking news story or an enterprise project. Learn from trainer Doug Haddix how to use social media platforms and complementary websites to locate expert and “real people” sources, crowdsource using Google forms, contact a source on social media responsibly and create a social dossier on a newsmaker. 

Viral video: shooting shareable smartphone video Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism studied what makes for successful news video and recommended that reporters shoot fast, raw clips posted instantly from the field, leaving in-depth, more sophisticated video stories to highly trained video journalists. Learn from Sue Morrow how to produce those clips of under one minute with minimal editing. Use a tripod and external microphone and sequence your best five shots to create shareable video – without getting in the way of your reporting. Bring your smartphone for the exercises. 

Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices Forty-four of the 50 largest newspapers get the majority of their digital traffic on mobile. We need a new storytelling tool kit to attract and better serve our audience on mobile. On a small screen, what’s the best way to tell a particular story: digest, explainer, bulleted live updates or what-we-know lists, photo, video, graphic, audio, games, curation, or something else? And what are the tools to make that happen as efficiently as possible?

Data-driven enterprise off your beat How do you fit 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. Learn how to find and analyze data, enabling you to spot the enterprise stories in the numbers, whether your beat is sports, health, business, education, local government or cops and courts. Bring your laptop for the exercises.

Our Donors

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

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·         Newspapers Canada

·         Atlantic Journalism Awards

·         Canadian Association of Journalists

·         Brunswick News

·         TC Media

·         University of King’s College School of Journalism

·         Newspapers Atlantic

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