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Train in data, data viz, social, mobile and ethics at Albuquerque NewsTrain on Oct. 25-26, 2019

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The Particulars

When: 1 to 4:25 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, and 8:30 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019

Where: Marriott Albuquerque, 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110 

Cost: Early-bird registration is just $75. The early-bird rate ends Oct. 4, with registration increasing to $85 on Oct. 5.

Rates for New Mexico Press Association Convention registrants: Registrants for the New Mexico Press Association (NMPA) Convention should not register for  Albuquerque NewsTrain on this page. If your news organization is an an NMPA member, register for NewsTrain and the New Mexico Press Association Convention here. (Check to see whether your news organization is a member of NMPA.)

Meals: Your registration includes a light breakfast and lunch on Saturday. 

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.

Diversity scholarships: The deadline to apply for a competitive diversity scholarship for Albuquerque, NewsTrain is Sept. 25. 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 Apply online; also, email a current résumé and up to three work samples (published or unpublished) to UNM Professor Mike Marcotte. Journalism educators need not submit work samples.

Travel scholarships for Chips Quinn Scholars alumni: The Freedom Forum Institute offers travel scholarships to Chips Quinn Scholars alumni who are working as journalists or teaching journalism full-time and who are interested in attending NewsTrain. The scholarship will cover up to $1,000 for travel expenses. Interested alums, who are asked to submit a piece about their workshop experience for the Chips Quinn Scholars website, should email Karen Catone, director of the Chips Quinn Scholars Program. They should also apply for a diversity scholarship to cover registration, funded by the APME Foundation, here.

Registration for groups: Email Laura Sellers-Earl, NewsTrain project co-director.

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

Parking: Free

Lodging: The workshop is at the Marriott Albuquerque.

Directions and airport transportation: Please see the Marriott's website.

Local donors: University of New Mexico, New Mexico Press Association

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

Hosts: Journalists from the following local organizations are serving on the host committee for Albuquerque NewsTrain: Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande and New Mexico Local News Fund with help from NAHJ, University of New Mexico Communication & Journalism Dept., New Mexico State University, University of Texas at El Paso and the New Mexico AP Bureau.

Questions: Email  Laura Sellers-Earl, NewsTrain project co-director.

Albuquerque NewsTrain will offer a day and a half of digital training on Oct. 25 and 26, 2019, in conjunction with the New Mexico Press Association Convention and hosted by the University of New Mexico.

Training Sessions Include:

  • Getting your story read: maximizing and measuring social media for branding and audience engagement
  • Driving daily enterprise coverage with documents and data
  • Creating data visualizations to tell better stories
  • Mobile newsgathering: better storytelling with your smartphone
  • Turbocharge your reporting using online tools
  • Promoting ethics, trust and transparency in your daily work
  • Paradigm shifts in New Mexico journalism

Early-bird registration is $75 through Oct. 4; the rate increases to $85 on Oct. 5.

Members of the New Mexico Press Association (NMPA) should not register on this page. If your news organization is a member of NMPA, register for NewsTrain and the New Mexico Press Association Convention here.

For Albuquerque NewsTrain, competitive diversity scholarships are available for journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds; please see the information to the right for how to apply by Sept. 18.

Your Trainers

Stay tuned please. We will be announcing soon the accomplished journalists who will be your trainers for Albuquerque NewsTrain.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Improve your writing on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.
  • Use social media to locate diverse expert and “real people” sources, listen to your community and identify news stories, crowdsource using Google Forms and call-outs, and create a social dossier on a person in the news.
  • Use data and documents to bring an enterprising mindset to daily work.
  • Create simple data visualizations such as charts and maps.
  • Promote ethical behavior and transparency as a way to increase audience trust.
  • Stock your smartphone with the right apps to shoot better news photos, record interviews, dictate stories and create on-the-go images-with-text for social media.
  • Coordinate with other news organizations to create more powerful journalism.

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

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

Driving daily enterprise coverage with documents and data A session that challenges professional and student journalists to dig deeper, deliver more accountability and bring an enterprising/investigative mindset to their work. Training will include examples of using records, documents, data and experiments to bring more impactful reporting. No matter what the size of your team, your journalism can go deeper. Bring your laptop for the exercises. No previous data experience is required.

Creating data visualizations to tell better stories Use data visualization and graphics 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.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019

Getting your story read: maximizing and measuring 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. Social media is a prime driver of information discovery and consumption. Learn how 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.

Mobile newsgathering: better storytelling with your smartphone A smartphone, stocked with the right apps, is a powerful multimedia reporting and storytelling tool. This session teaches how to use your phone to shoot photos, record interviews, dictate stories, create on-the-go images with text for social media (or use Facebook Live) – and get it all to editors and readers as quickly and cleanly as possible.

Promoting ethics, trust and transparency in your daily work Audience trust of media is at low ebb. How do you live and show your ethics? How does your audience know your journalistic purpose in a story they find negative or in which they have a stake? We’ll talk about ethics in the new light of audience expectations.

Turbocharge your reporting using online tools Turbocharge your journalism by employing online tools and resources for better and faster backgrounding of people and organizations. Social media can be used as powerful reporting tools, whether you're facing a big breaking news story or an enterprise project. This session explains how to use social media platforms and complementary websites to locate diverse expert and “real people” sources, listen to your community and identify news stories, verify user-generated content, crowdsource using Google Forms and call-outs, and create a social dossier on a person in the news.

Paradigm shifts in New Mexico journalism Myriad resources are available when news organizations and others join forces. A shift is coming in New Mexico journalism. Learn how to coordinate with other newsrooms and work with other entities to create more powerful journalism. Explore alternative funding and different ways to engage audience members. Hear about successful models and bring your project ideas to flesh out.

Our Donors

NewsTrain's recent donors include The Associated PressThe APME Foundation, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, GateHouse Media LLC, the Park, Gannett 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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