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Last stop of 2016: NewsTrain to bring digital training to Tennessee

Saturday, August 6, 2016   (0 Comments)
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By Linda Austin

In its last stop of the year, NewsTrain is bringing its top-notch digital training to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. 

Early-bird registration -- through Sept. 1 -- is just $75 for two full days of cutting-edge training, including meals.
Sessions at Middle Tennessee State University, about 36 miles south of the Nashville airport, will include:

• Making smart choices in digital storytelling,

• Growing audiences with Facebook Live, Periscope, Snapchat and Instagram,

• Using social media as powerful reporting tools,

• Shooting shareable smartphone video,

• Maximizing your smartphone for mobile newsgathering,

• Writing news for mobile,

• Creating simple graphics for mobile,

• Editing your own writing, and

• Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Diversity scholarships and discounted rooms for $109 nightly are available.

More info and register:

Other NewsTrain stops this year were in Lexington, Kentucky; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Slides and handouts from past NewsTrain workshops are at

Apply by Oct. 1 to bring NewsTrain to your town in 2017

You can bring the learning, morale boost and fun of a NewsTrain workshop to your town in 2017. Just put together a tentative host committee of representatives from local journalism organizations, and apply by Oct. 1 at

We are looking for enthusiastic host committees who will aggressively market the workshop to members of their organizations and others. We are also looking for geographic diversity in the sites.

Successful host committees will work hand-in-glove with the NewsTrain staff over six months to plan and promote their workshops. The committee’s financial obligation includes supplying food for either a one-day or two-day workshop attracting 100. It should seek local sponsors to cover that cost, which can run $1,500 to $3,000. The host committee also markets the workshop regionally, makes copies and secures a venue, usually a free or low-cost university site.

The payback is smarter, more engaged and enthusiastic journalists, journalism students and journalism educators in your region.

Donate today and keep NewsTrain helping journalists

NewsTrain’s low tuition – $75 – is made possible by donors, big and small, who in 2016 include The Associated Press, The APME Foundation, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, GateHouse Media LLC, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP, the Scripps Howard Foundation and APME past and present board members.

We’d also welcome your financial support. Since 2003, NewsTrain has conducted 83 workshops in the United States and Canada, training more than 6,000 journalists. To keep NewsTrain on the road, please make a tax-deductible donation at 
Donate $100 or more, and become a NewsTrain Ambassador. You'll be recognized online and in this magazine, as well as at the national conference. Smaller donations are also greatly appreciated; every little bit helps!

Linda Austin is the project director for APME’s NewsTrain. She can be reached at and @LindaAustin_.


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