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Philadelphia NewsTrain, Nov. 13-14, 2015
The NewsTrain workshop in Philadelphia on Nov. 13-14, 2015, will be a digital-storytelling boot camp: two full days of training that will help you make smart decisions about the best way to tell a story.
This workshop will introduce you to:
Registration is just $75 and includes two full days of training, plus Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks each day.Register here.
You Will Learn How To:
Paul Cheung is the director of interactive and digital news production for The Associated Press. He manages a global team of visual journalists, data journalists and researchers who produce multimedia stories and informational graphics for print, online and mobile. Previously, he was The Miami Herald’s deputy multimedia presentation editor and a senior graphics editor at The Wall Street Journal. His term as president of the Asian American Journalists Association began in 2013 and continues to 2016. He has taught as an adjunct instructor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Jhttp://www.conwellinn.com/directions-locationournalism. @pcheung630
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
Theodore Kim is a senior staff editor at The New York Times, where he edits and produces the home page and flagship apps. Before that, he was mobile editor at The Washington Post, helping oversee daily production for the mobile and tablet apps. Previously, he worked as a reporter for the Dallas Morning News, USA Today and the Indianapolis Star. He is a former secretary of the Asian American Journalists Association. @TheoTypes
Ron Nixon is a Washington correspondent for The New York Times who covers the federal regulatory agencies. He is a visiting associate for journalism and media studies at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a former adjunct professor at Howard University. A former training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors, he has taught investigative reporting and data journalism to reporters nationwide and abroad. @NixonRon
Carla Zanoni is the executive emerging media editor at The Wall Street Journal. She develops state-of-the-art news delivery and storytelling, including new social media and texting platforms. She also leads its audience development strategy, including social media, SEO and audience analytics. She works with editors, designers, producers and reporters around the world to increase reader engagement with the publication's digital content. Previously, she led national digital and social strategy for the local news site DNAinfo.com, which serves New York and Chicago. She also worked as a metro reporter for more than a decade in New York City, where she received numerous awards for her reporting. Born in Argentina and raised in New Jersey, Zanoni graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and helped plan its Social Media Weekend continuing-education program. She is at work on her first book. @CarlaZanoni
Digital storytelling: making smart choices Join Paul Cheung, director of interactive and digital news production for The Associated Press, to learn the best ways to tell a particular story. What are the strengths of different digital formats: text, photos, video, audio, curation, interactive graphic? What's the time involved to produce them? And what works best on which platform and for which audiences?
Producing data-driven enterprise stories efficiently 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. Ron Nixon, Washington correspondent for The New York Times, will help you find and analyze data, enabling you to spot the enterprise stories in the numbers, whether your beat is sports, health, business, local government or cops and courts. 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. Ron Nixon, Washington correspondent for The New York Times, 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.
Getting your stories read: 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. Carla Zanoni, global director of audience development for The Wall Street Journal, 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. Carla Zanoni, global director of audience development for The Wall Street Journal, 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.
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
Taking powerful news photos with your smartphone The best camera you have is the one in your pocket, the saying goes. Join Detroit Free Press Visuals Director Kathy Kieliszewski to learn the capabilities of your smartphone’s camera. Be able to apply the basics of good composition and lighting to portraits and action shots. Bring your smartphone for the exercise.
Writing news 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. Theodore Kim, former mobile editor for Washington Post, presents the best practices for writing content for mobile readers, with special emphasis on creating engaging headlines for both readers and search engines.
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.