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Join us in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for digital training at NewsTrain on Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2016
Come to Murfreesboro, Tennessee -- just 39 miles south of Nashville -- for two full days of digital training on Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2016. This event has already happened; registration is closed.
Training Sessions Include
Early-bird registration is just $75 and includes two full days of training, plus light breakfasts and lunches and an optional reception. Registration increases on Sept. 2 to $85 for everyone except students, for whom it remains $75.
What You Will Learn
You will learn how to:
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 Instructors
Emma Carew Grovum is a digital journalist based in New York. She can be found exploring the intersection of content, technology and audience in her role as assistant managing editor at The Daily Beast. Previously, she led social media for The New York Times Opinion section and oversaw editorial products (including the content-management system, newsletters and home page) at Foreign Policy magazine. She is a co-founder and co-curator of The Journalism Diversity Project, which began in 2011 and works to identify and elevate journalists of color working in the digital space as both job candidates and event speakers. Carew Grovum trains fellow journalists on topics including data visualization, social media reporting and analytics, media diversity and project management. @emmacarew
John Duchneskie is the assistant managing editor for design and graphics at The Philadelphia Inquirer. He joined The Inquirer in 1985 as an editorial assistant in the business department after graduating from Temple University. He became a business news researcher and began creating increasingly complex financial graphics. He moved to the news art department as a graphics artist and was promoted to presentation editor and graphics editor before assuming his current position. In spring 2007, he took a leave of absence to become the first Harte Information Graphics Teaching Fellow at the University of Missouri, where he also served as graphics editor for the Columbia Missourian. @jduchneskie
Tony Gonzalez has been a reporter in Nashville since 2011, working for four years at The Tennessean and then joining Nashville Public Radio in June 2015. At WPLN, he covers city news, features inspiring people, and seeks out offbeat stories. His investigative work in newspapers and his feature storytelling in radio have won national awards. Gonzalez recently became the president of the local SPJ chapter, and he's an alum of the Chips Quinn Scholars program, where he returns annually to coach collegiate journalists. @TGonzalez
Val Hoeppner is the director of the Center for Innovation in Media at Middle Tennessee State University. As CEO of Val Hoeppner Media & Consulting LLC, she trains journalists in mobile, social, video and multi-platform storytelling. She has been an instructor with the Poynter Institute, the Newseum Institute, Chips Quinn Scholars, Native American Journalism Fellowship, Innovation J-Camp and APME's NewsTrain. Hoeppner was multimedia director at The Indianapolis Star and later worked at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville as the director of education for the Diversity Institute, where she led digital journalism programs for professional and student journalists. She serves on the board of Teripix, a mobile app that accelerates how users capture and publish photographs. @vhoeppner
Digital storytelling: making smart choices What’s the best way to tell a particular story: text, photos, video, audio, curation, interactive graphic or some combination. Trainer Emma Carew Grovum discusses: What are the strengths of different digital formats? What’s the time involved to produce them? What works best on which platform and for which audiences?
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. Join trainer Emma Carew Grovum to learn 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.
Writing for mobile With mobile traffic approaching or surpassing desktop traffic at many news organizations, writing specifically for mobile audiences has become crucial. Writing for mobile is like writing for online on steroids. Learn from Tony Gonzalez the best practices for writing content for mobile readers, with special emphasis on creating engaging headlines for both readers and search engines.
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. This session teaches reporters how to produce those clips of under one minute with minimal editing. Learn from Val Hoeppner how to use a tripod and external microphone and sequence your best five shots to create shareable video – without getting in the way of your reporting.
Growing audiences with Facebook Live, Periscope, Snapchat and Instagram Instagram has 400 million active monthly users, greater than Twitter’s 320 million. Snapchat has 200 million. The audience on both skews younger. Facebook, with its 1.55 billion users, has made a major push into live video with Facebook Live, as has Twitter with Periscope. What’s worth your time in using these social platforms to build audiences? Find out from Val Hoeppner who’s doing it well, and what the best practices are for your news organization.
Mobile newsgathering: better reporting with your smartphone A smartphone, stocked with the right apps, is a powerful multimedia reporting tool. Learn from Tony Gonzalez how to use it to shoot photos, record interviews, take notes and edit videos.
How to edit your own writing When filing from the field, you may not have an editor to polish your copy. What techniques can you use to edit yourself for accuracy, meaning and better writing? Emma Carew Grovum offers useful tools and tips.
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 from instructor John Duchneskie 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.
Create your own simple graphics for mobile Sometimes the best way to tell the story on mobile is with a graphic. Learn from instructor John Duchneskie how to make your own simple graphics using free tools.
NewsTrain's 2016 donors include The Associated Press, The APME Foundation, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Scripps Howard Foundation, GateHouse Media LLC, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP and APME past and present board members.