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DeKalb, Illinois, NewsTrain, Oct. 29-30, 2015

Please join us in DeKalb, Illinois -- about 65 miles west of Chicago -- for a two-day NewsTrain workshop on Thursday, Oct. 29, and Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. You will learn how to:

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The Particulars
When: 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. Optional cash mixer at 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at O'Leary's Irish Pub & Grill, 260 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, Illinois 60115.

Where: Northern Illinois University, where visitor parking is at 200 Carroll Ave., DeKalb, Illinois  60115. The workshop sessions will be in the university's Holmes Student Center, 340 Carroll Ave., in the Heritage and Lincoln rooms on the Second Floor. This map (PDF) shows visitor parking ($5 a day if not staying in the Holmes Student Center Hotel) in relation to the Holmes Student Center. Enter Holmes Student Center by the South Entrance. Take the stairs just inside the South Entrance to the Second Floor. Registration will be outside the Heritage Room on the Second Floor.

Cost: $75. Includes two days of training, Continental breakfasts and lunches.

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 freelancers, journalism educators and journalism students.The sessions in video and data journalism presume no previous experience in either. You do not have to be a member of APME to attend.

Diversity scholarships: A limited number of scholarships to cover the $75 registration fee are available to professional journalists, journalism educators and journalism students from diverse backgrounds. Apply by (1) providing the information requested here, and (2) emailing a resume and up to three work samples to Bob Heisse, editor of The Times of Northwest Indiana. The deadline to apply is Sept. 29, 2015.

Hotel: Northern Illinois University's Holmes Student Center Hotel, 340 Carroll Ave., offers a discounted nightly rate of $88.99, including tax, WiFi and light Continental breakfast. Call 815-753-1444 and mention NewsTrain and the Northern Star student newspaper to get the reduced rate. Parking is available for unloading at the hotel and then guests will receive a pass for visitor parking at 200 Carroll Ave.

What to bring: Your laptop and smartphone for the hands-on exercises.

Parking: Visitor parking for $5 a day is at 200 Carroll Ave., DeKalb, Illinois 60115. Maps and directions to campus are here. 

Airport transport: If flying into Chicago O'Hare, you may want to check out Electric Limousine, which will pick you up in a Tesla and transport you to DeKalb for $109 one way, including gratuity, airport tax and tolls. To reserve, go to https://book.mylimobiz.com/v3/electlimo or call 630-674-4244. Yelp offers a $20 for $40 coupon.

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: Northern Illinois University, NIU's Northern Star student newspaper, The State Journal-Register, The Peoria Journal Star, The Times of Northwest Indiana, The Rockford Register Star, The Quad City Times, The Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Illinois), the Mid-America Press Institute and the Illinois Associated Press.

Questions: Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director, at laustin.newstrain@gmail.com

 

  • produce enterprise stories efficiently,
  • get started with data journalism,
  • maximize your use of social media for reporting, as well as for personal branding and community engagement,
  • shoot engaging smartphone video,
  • use audience analytics to get your stories read,
  • take creative approaches to local features coverage, and
  • unleash your watchdog with beat mapping.

Registration is just $75 and includes two full days of training, plus Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks each day.

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Your instructors include:

  • Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director and a former top editor in three local newsrooms.
  • Michael J. Berens, investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune and Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Betsey Guzior, online engagement editor at bizwomen.com, former features editor at The State in Columbia, South Carolina, and past president of the Society for Features Journalism
  • Kathy Kieliszewski, visuals director for the Detroit Free Press and four-time National Emmy Award-winning journalist.
  • Charlie Meyerson, vice president of news for Rivet Radio Inc. and principal at Meyerson Strategy, a Chicago-area content-strategy consultancy.
  • Karen Workman, senior staff editor and former social strategy editor at The New York Times who was named to Editor & Publisher's "25 Under 35" list.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify and pursue powerful enterprise stories efficiently from everyday records.
  • Use time-saving techniques to drill through mountains of information -- from paper records to electronic databases -- and extract the critical information that turns routine stories into must-read enterprise.
  • Improve your comfort on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.
  • 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.
  • Identify the best video story form to tell your story and shoot higher-quality smartphone video to tell it.
  • Use a proven technique -- beat mapping -- to find the time to do more watchdog reporting.
  • Take creative, cost-effective approaches to local features coverage.
  • Use audience analytics to write better headlines and get your stories read.

Download the complete agenda (PDF).

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Your Instructors
Linda Austin
is the project director for NewsTrain. Previously, she organized more than 150 workshops, webinars and other training events that served more than 10,500 journalists globally during her five years as executive director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University. She is a former managing editor of the Greensboro News & Record in North Carolina; executive editor of The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky. @LindaAustin_

 

Michael J. Berens is an investigative projects reporter for the Chicago Tribune and a winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He previously worked for The Seattle Times and The Columbus Dispatch, where he began as a copy boy in 1981. Berens’ work has received dozens of national awards, including multiple honors from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the National Press Club, the White House Correspondents Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and Associated Press Media Editors. Additionally, his work in recent years was recognized with a Gerald Loeb Award; Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism; Selden Ring Award for Investigative Journalism; and Barlett & Steele Award for Investigative Business Journalism. He is a frequent journalism trainer for various media-related organizations and is a former adjunct professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. @MJBerens1

 

Betsey Guzior is the online engagement editor for bizwomen.com. She was the features editor at The State Media Co. in Columbia, South Carolina, from 2005 to 2015, editing weekly sections specializing in lifestyle, arts and entertainment news. She also edited a weekly entertainment tab and drove specialized content offerings on thestate.com. Guzior, who joined The State in 2001, worked in newspapers starting in 1982, when she graduated from Eastern Illinois University. She also did graduate work at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She is past president of the Society for Features Journalism, a national organization of writers, editors and producers of lifestyle, arts and entertainment content. In 2010, she served as a multimedia fellow with the Knight Digital Media Center at the University of California at Berkeley. @BetseyGuzior

 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 13 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.​ @KKieliszewski

 

Charlie Meyerson, vice president of news for Rivet Radio Inc., has devoted a career to connecting great journalism with growing audiences at the intersection of communication and technology -- online, on air, in print. He's held managerial roles at the Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, Tribune Co., WGN Radio and WNUA-FM. He's been an award-winning Internet/broadcast reporter at FM News Chicago, WXRT-FM 93.1; and a contributor to Chicago Public Media, WBEZ-FM 91.5; and Crain's Chicago Business. He's also been an adjunct professor of journalism at Roosevelt and Northwestern universities and Columbia College Chicago. @meyerson


Karen Workman is a senior staff editor on the news desk at The New York Times. She was a social strategy editor at The Times. She previously served as deputy breaking news editor at Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome and has roots in local journalism. She began her career in 2004 at The Oakland Press in Pontiac, Mich. She worked as both a reporter and community engagement editor before moving to New York City in 2012. She was named to Editor & Publisher's "25 Under 35" in 2013, and has taken an active role in training initiatives throughout her career. @KarenWorkman

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Session Specifics

Producing enterprise stories efficiently Learn how to identify and pursue powerful enterprise stories from everyday records. Chicago Tribune reporter Michael J. Berens shares investigative techniques and strategies to distill high-impact enterprise from daily beats and shows you how to create authoritative work on multiple platforms. The goal is not to wait for news, but to make it happen efficiently. Bring your laptop for the exercise.

Data journalism 101 Once a potential enterprise story is identified, discover time-saving techniques to access and drill through mountains of information -- from paper records to electronic databases -- and extract the critical information that turns routine stories into must-read enterprise. Chicago Tribune reporter Michael J. Berens provides simple methods and innovative reporting tools to find what data an agency keeps and mold that raw data into hard-hitting stories. Bring your laptop for the exercise.

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. New York Times editor Karen Workman 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 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. New York Times editor Karen Workman 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.

Using audience analytics to get your stories read The digital distribution of news has given us more data on what our audiences access than ever before. Find out from content strategist Charlie Meyerson what the key metrics are that journalists should watch to better understand their audiences, and how can they use that data to write better headlines and get their stories read.

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 have a longer shelf life. Detroit Free Press Visuals Director Kathy Kieliszewski includes examples of video story forms and advice on when to pursue each, as well as advice on 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. Detroit Free Press Visuals Director Kathy Kieliszewski offers a model for anticipating and capturing the visuals and sound needed for good video. It includes simple standards for framing, lighting and sound, plus advice on essential equipment. Bring your smartphone for the exercise.

Creative approaches to local features coverage With staffs shrinking, how can features staffs continue to produce high-quality local coverage? Betsey Guzior, past president of the Society for Features Journalism, highlights best practices from small- to medium-sized newsrooms, including making better use of user-generated content.

Unleash your watchdog with beat mapping Watchdog reporting is our highest calling, the journalism that many of us got into this business to do and a proven way to distinguish your coverage from competitors and drive audience. Yet, making time for watchdog reporting is one of the hardest things to do in newsrooms, where demands increase while resources rarely do. NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin offers a proven technique -- beat mapping -- to define the topics and issues that mean the most to your audience and to set clear expectations and priorities for watchdog reporting, including source development, to cover those issues.

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Our Donors

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

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APME is a professional network, a resource for helping editors and broadcasters improve their news coverage and newsroom operations.

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