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Lexington, Kentucky, NewsTrain, Jan. 21, 2016
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.
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.
What You Will Learn
You will learn how to:
Linda J. Johnson, former 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. @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 Philly.com 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.
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.
NewsTrain's 2015 donors included Advance Local, The Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Associated Press, The APME Foundation, Scripps Howard Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, GateHouse Media, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation and APME past and present board members.