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Train in social, mobile, data, video and data viz at Denton, Texas, NewsTrain on Sept. 22, 2018

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The Particulars

When: 8:30 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018

Where: Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in the University Union, room 333, 1155 Union Circle. Here are a map and directions by car. Here's info on rail travel between Dallas and Denton.

Cost:  Early-bird registration is just $75. The early-bird rate ends Aug. 22, with registration increasing to $85 on Aug. 23.

MealsA light breakfast and lunch are included in your registration.

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, NewsTrain program assistant.

Diversity scholarships: The deadline to apply for a competitive diversity scholarship for Denton, Texas, NewsTrain is Aug. 10, 2018. 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. Apply online; also, email a current résumé and up to three work samples (published or unpublished) to Dorothy Bland, dean and Graduate Institute director at the Mayborn School of Journalism, Journalism educators need not submit work samples.

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

Lodging: Here are two hotel options:

1: Springhill Suites Denton - UNT ResLink, 1434 Centre Place Drive, which is 2 miles from the UNT Union. The NewsTrain rate is $95 a night, and includes free WiFi and breakfast. For reservations, click here or call  940-383-4100. Ask for the UNT corporate rate.

2: The Hilton Garden Inn, 3110 Colorado Blvd., which is 4.5 miles from the UNT Union. The NewsTrain rate is $99 a night and includes free WiFi and a hot breakfast buffet. For reservations, click here or call  940-891-4700 by Sept. 1. Ask for the UNT NewsTrain rate.

3. Embassy Suites, 3100 Town Center Trail, which is a little more than a mile from the UNT Union. The NewsTrain rate is $129 and includes free WiFi, cooked-to-order breakfast and a nightly evening Reception. For reservations, click here or call 940-243-3799 by Aug. 22. Ask for the UNT NewsTrain rate.

Airport transportation: Dallas-Fort Worth Airport provides information on ground transportation, as does Love Field in Dallas.

Local donors: University of North Texas Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism and Southern Methodist University

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

Hosts: University of North Texas Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, The Associated Press, Southern Methodist University, The Dallas Morning News, Texas Community College Journalism Association, Texas Center for Community Journalism based at Texas Christian University

Questions: Email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant, or Linda Austin, project director.

Denton NewsTrain will offer a full day of digital training on Sept. 22, 2018, at the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in the University Union, Room 333, 1155 Union Circle. It is 41 miles north of Dallas and 38 miles north of Fort Worth.

Training Sessions Include:

  • Data-driven enterprise off your beat
  • Shooting smarter video with your smartphone
  • Getting your story read: maximizing social media for branding and audience engagement
  • Use data visualization to tell better stories
  • Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices

Early-bird registration is $75 through Aug. 22; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 23. Competitive diversity scholarships are available for journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds; see the information to the right for how to apply.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify the best way to tell a particular story on a small screen.
  • Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.
  • Improve your writing on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.
  • Sequence your best five shots to produce video news clips of under one minute with minimal editing.
  • Design informational graphics with impact, such as maps and charts, using free and easy-to-use tools.

Agenda

 

(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.

 

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Session Specifics

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 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. Tawnell D. Hobbs from the Wall Street Journal will lead this session.

Shooting smarter video with your smartphone. 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 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. Bring your smartphone for the exercises.

Getting your story read: maximizing social media for branding and audience engagement. If you’re wondering whether what you’re doing on social is working, this session is for you. Learn to use analytics to pay attention to your audience, and construct a personal brand and content strategy that take into account what audience members both want and need to know. Hannah Wise, audience engagement editor at The Dallas Morning News, will lead the way in this session. @hwise29

Use data visualization to tell better stories. Discover free and easy-to-use tools to produce informational graphics with impact, such as maps and charts. Bring your laptop for the exercises. Dallas Morning News Interactive Editor Dana Amihere will lead this session. @write_this_way

Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices. More than 8 in 10 U.S. adults now get news on a mobile device. 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?

Your Accomplished Trainers

Dana Amihere is an interactive editor for The Dallas Morning News, contributing to the newspaper’s digital storytelling and data visualization efforts. Previously, she worked as a web developer for Pew Research Center’s digital team and as an interactive designer on The Baltimore Sun’s data desk. @write_this_way

Tawnell D. Hobbs joined The Wall Street Journal in July 2016 as the national K-12 education reporter. Before that, she was an education reporter at The Dallas Morning News for 16 years. Hobbs started her journalism career at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where she covered education and other beats. She teaches computer-assisted reporting at Texas Christian University and uses the method often to find stories or to strengthen them. As she tells her students, “The stories are in the data.” Hobbs has won numerous awards, including sharing a 2016 National Headliner Award for education writing with a team of reporters. Before her journalism career, she served in the U.S. Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard for a combined 10 years. @tawnell.

Hannah Wise is the engagement editor at The Dallas Morning News. She oversees the newsroom's social media strategy and seeks ways to cultivate conversation around the News' journalism. Wise is the Online News Association Dallas-Fort Worth chapter co-founder and president. She is the stitching maven behind behind the viral Instagram account @sewmanycomments where she doesn't read the comments, but sews them. She is pursuing her master's in journalism at the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. @hwise29

Our Donors

NewsTrain's recent donors include The Associated PressThe APME Foundation, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Scripps Howard FoundationGateHouse Media LLC, Pepper Hamilton LLPLevine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP, the Park and Sigma Delta Chi foundations and APME past and present board members. To join them in supporting NewsTrain, please make your tax-deductible contribution here

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