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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: Registration is just $85. 

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 Oct. 9. 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 Apply online; also, email a current résumé and up to three work samples (published or unpublished) to UNM Professor Mike Marcotte.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

Registration is only $85.

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 Oct. 9.

The host committee has also announced $100 travel reimbursements for attendees traveling distances. Learn more here.

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. Trainer Aaron Mendelson is the data reporter at KPCC, the NPR affiliate in Los Angeles.

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. Trainer Dana Amihere is the data editor at KPCC, a Los Angeles area NPR affiliate, where she leads the station's data visualization and digital storytelling efforts.

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. Trainer P. Kim Bui is the director of audience innovation at the Arizona Republic.

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. Trainer Jean Hodges is senior director of content for GateHouse Media.

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. Trainer Summer Moore is a digital project manager for GateHouse media's news side.

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. Trainer P. Kim Bui is the director of audience innovation at the Arizona Republic.

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. This session is led by Sarah Gustavus, who is the mountain west region manager for the Solutions Journalism Network, and Michael V. Marcotte is a professor of practice in journalism at the University of New Mexico.

Your accomplished trainers include:

Dana Amihere is the data editor at KPCC, a Los Angeles area NPR affiliate, where she leads the station's data visualization and digital storytelling efforts. Previously, she worked as an interactive editor at The Dallas Morning News, as a web developer for Pew Research Center’s digital team and as an interactive designer for The Baltimore Sun. @write_this_way

P. Kim Bui is the director of audience innovation at the Arizona Republic. She’s focused her career on leading real-time news initiatives and creating new storytelling forms for digital, print and broadcast companies catering to local, national and global audiences. Prior, she was editor-at-large for NowThis News, focusing on original, social reporting and breaking news. She was also deputy managing editor for reported.ly, a digital media startup specializing in social journalism. She’s been a speaker, trainer and teacher on digital and social journalism at universities, conferences and gatherings worldwide. She writes a syndicated newsletter for emerging leaders and managers, The Middles: themiddl.es @kimbui

Sarah Gustavus is the mountain west region manager for the Solutions Journalism Network. She also currently manages the New Mexico Local News Fund, an organization founded in 2018 to support innovation and investment in local news across the state. Gustavus previously worked in public radio and television for nearly 15 years in New Mexico and Washington state. She was a 2017 national fellow with the Center for Reporting on Health and a 2011 immigration reporting fellow with the Institute for Justice and Journalism. She earned a master's degree from City University London and a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. @sarahgustavus

Jean Hodges is senior director of content for GateHouse Media, where she’s worked with newsrooms for the past 12 years on digital change and audience growth, design thinking, newsroom structure and workflow, ethics and leadership. She started her journalism career many years ago as a reporter in Clovis, New Mexico, and has held pretty much every job in a newsroom. In addition to New Mexico, she’s worked in England, Texas and the Chicago area, where she currently resides. She’s a UC-Berkeley Knight digital fellow, and in spite of all odds, she’s an optimist. @jeanhodges.

Michael V. Marcotte is a professor of practice in journalism at the University of New Mexico. He teaches advanced reporting, supervises an internship program and founded New Mexico News Port, an online student news lab. Marcotte is a 2011 Stanford Knight Journalism Fellow, whose career included news management at KPBS in San Diego and KPLU (now KNKX) in Seattle-Tacoma. Marrcotte earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at University of Georgia. He currently serves as treasurer of the SPJ Rio Grande Chapter, sits on the CABQ Cable Franchise Board, and chairs the host committee for Albuquerque NewsTrain. @michvinmar

Aaron Mendelson is the data reporter at KPCC, the NPR affiliate in Los Angeles. He has been with the station since 2014, and joined its investigative team in 2017. He has worked to infuse KPCC's reporting with data analysis and public records, both over the airwaves and digitally. His stories have spanned beats, and included award-winning work on police militarization, the lottery, firearms sales, the Lakers, and the avalanche of money in local politics. He teaches data journalism at the University of Southern California. @a_mendelson

Summer Moore is a digital project manager for GateHouse media's news side. She runs engagement strategy, including newsletters and events. A big part of her role is to coach newsrooms toward digital subscriber growth. Before GateHouse, Summer was a digital and audience engagement editor for The Times of Northwest Indiana where she helped start a community movement around civil discourse that was internationally recognized. Always down to chat about newsletters, social media strategy, events, media ethics and the future of journalism. @summerbmoore

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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