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Train in social, mobile, data and open records at Seattle NewsTrain on Nov. 11, 2017 


The Particulars

When: 9 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

WhereUniversity of Washington Communications Building (CMU)4109 E. Stevens Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98195

Cost: Early-bird registration is just $75. The early-bird rate ends Oct. 11, increasing to $85 on Oct. 12. 

Meals: Your registration includes light breakfast and lunch. 

Special offer: Be among the first 20 to register and receive a free AP Stylebook -- a $22.95 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 Seattle NewsTrain is Oct. 4, 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 NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin. Journalism educators need not send work samples.

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

Parking: The Padelford Garage is the nearest parking to the workshop site in the Communications Building (CMU). Parking is free because of the Veterans Day holiday.

Ground transportation: If arriving in Seattle by bus, plane or train, please see this information on ground transportation to the University of Washington campus.

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

Hosts: University of Washington Department of Communication, The Associated Press, Q13 Fox News, The Herald of Everett, Western Washington Pro Chapter of SPJ, The Olympian, Spokesman Review, Seattle University, The Seattle Times, Washington State University, The Seattle Globalist, SPJ Oregon Territory Chapter and the Tacoma News Tribune.

Questions: Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

Polish your skills in social-media branding and reporting, mobile storytelling, data-driven enterprise and open-records sleuthing. Come to Seattle for a full Saturday of digital-journalism training on Nov. 11, 2017, at the University of Washington.

Training Sessions Include:

  • Maximizing social media to get your story read,
  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools,
  • Making smart choices in mobile storytelling,
  • Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat, and 
  • Using state and federal open-records laws effectively.

Early-bird registration is just $75 and includes a full day of training, plus light breakfast and lunch. The early-bird rate ends Oct. 11, increasing to $85 on Oct. 12.

Your Trainers

  • Steve Doig, a professor of journalism, specializing in data reporting, at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Additional trainers will be named soon.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Use social media as a reporting tool and verify user-generated content.

  • Develop an engaging voice in writing news posts for Twitter and Facebook that will help get your stories read.

  • 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 some combination.
  • Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.
  • Respond effectively to common obstacles to obtaining records, including when an agency has not responded to a records request or has indicated a long time or high cost to produce documents.

 Register here.



(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

Stephen K. Doig is a professor of journalism, specializing in data reporting, at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Before joining ASU in 1996 as Knight Chair in Journalism, he was associate editor/research at The Miami Herald. Projects on which he worked at The Herald and at ASU have won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Award, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the George Polk Award, and other recognition. He regularly does data training for IRE and other organizations, and has held dozens of data workshops in more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. @sdoig

We will be naming additional trainers soon. 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

Getting your story read: maximizing social media for branding and audience engagement This session offers tactics and tips to improve your writing 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. Learn how to use social media platforms and complementary websites to locate expert and “real people” sources, crowdsource using Google forms, and contact a source on social media responsibly and create a social dossier on a person in the news.

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 some combination? 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 from Steve Doig 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.

10 habits of highly effective open-records users What do savvy users of the state and federal open-records laws know, and how can you apply their techniques to your coverage? 

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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·         Canadian Association of Journalists

·         Brunswick News

·         TC Media

·         University of King’s College School of Journalism

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