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Train in engaging readers, product management, podcasting, data-driven enterprise and data reporting/analyzing at Austin NewsTrain on April 18, 2020

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The Particulars

When: 8:30 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2020

Where: University of Texas Belo Center for New Media, 300 W. Dean Keeton St., Austin, Texas, 78712. Here is a map.

Cost: Early-bird registration is just $75. The early-bird rate ends March 18, with registration increasing to $85 on March 19.

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.

Diversity scholarships: The deadline to apply for a competitive diversity scholarship for Austinn NewsTrain is March 5. 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 Apply online; also, email a current résumé and up to three work samples (published or unpublished) to Andy Alford, managing editor at the Austin American StatesmanJournalism educators need not submit work samples.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 scholarships or groups: Email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain project co-director.

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

Ground transportation at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS): Please see the airport's website.

Local donors: GateHouse Media, Austin American-Statesman, University of Texas Belo Center, The Associated Press

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

Hosts: Representatives from the following local organizations are serving on the host committee for Austin NewsTrain: GateHouse Media, University of Texas, Community Impact, Texas Tribune, San Antonio Express-News, Victoria Advocate and The Associated Press

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

Join us for a full day of affordable digital training at Austin NewsTrain on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at University of Texas Belo Center for New Media.

Training Sessions Include:

  • Product management for newsrooms,
  • How, when and why to engage with readers,
  • Data-driven enterprise off your beat,
  • What works and what doesn't when it comes to creating a podcast that will draw in an audience., 
  • Introduction to data reporting and analyzing data using spreadsheets,

Early-bird registration is $75 through March 18; the rate increases to $85 on March 19.

For Austin 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 March 5.

Your Trainers

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

Mara Corbett is the creative operations editor for the Gannett Regional Investigations Team and is based out of Austin. She works with the investigative teams in Texas, Ohio and Florida to tell stories with impact. Corbett balances big-picture questions about reaching audiences in new ways, creative storytelling and also tracking workflows and deadlines. As a trained designer, she has an eye for the details it takes to bring a cohesive project together. Corbett also have very specific opinions about the spacing between letters. @maracorbett

Emily Le Coz is the national data and investigative editor for Gannett and oversees a team of journalists dedicated to data-driven investigations. Among them: the award-winning “In the Shadow of Wind Farms” about how energy companies con private landowners into giving up their property rights for generations. Previously, Le Coz served as the deputy investigations editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where she and her team won numerous national awards – including the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Journalism Award and the ASNE Batten Medal in Public Service Journalism – for a series called “Bias on the bench,” about racial discrimination in criminal sentencing. Before joining the Herald-Tribune in 2015, Emily worked as an investigative reporter for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. @emily_lecoz

Summer Moore is a digital project manager for Gannett 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 Gannett/GateHouse, Moore 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

Robert Quigley is an associate professor of practice at the University of Texas School of Journalism. He’s the school's innovation director, focusing on digital media. He is a 16-year veteran of the print journalism industry. In the last few years of his newspaper career, he helped the Austin American-Statesman reach national prominence with its use of digital media. In 2019, he started The Drag, a podcasting production house within the University of Texas School of Journalism. The Drag gives students and professional journalists an opportunity to create long-form narrative podcasts in partnership with news organizations. @robquig

Haley Butler is the senior producer of The Drag, Moody College of Communication’s new podcast production house. She manages podcasting operations for several different projects at University of Texas and is one of the hosts and reporters for an upcoming true crime podcast, The Orange Tree. Butler spent most of her college career working in radio newsrooms like KUT, Austin’s NPR Station. During her senior year at UT, she placed in the National Hearst Radio Awards.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Identify a good idea for a podcast and develop that idea into a pitch.
  • How are you reaching new readers/listeners/watchers? Current subscribers? How are you choosing new products? Getting buy-in from colleagues and higher ups? How to use design thinking in your newsroom.
  • From newsletters to events to forms, how should we be talking to our audiences for newsrooms of all sizes.
  • Take advantage of the plethora of local data available online to spot and develop quick-turnaround stories. Learn how to develop a data state of mind, find newsworthy data and begin to analyze data sets.
  • Go as far as you can in spreadsheets so when you get the data for your beat from the previous session, you know how to begin analyzing it.

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, sometimes just at different times.

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Session Specifics

 

Product management for newsrooms: We are officially  in the era of no longer being able to just create a story and call it good. How are you reaching new readers/listeners/watchers? Current subscribers? How are you choosing new products? Getting buy-in from colleagues and higher ups? How to use design thinking in your newsroom. (Mara Corbett, Gannett)

 

How, when and why to engage with readers: From newsletters to events to forms, how should we be talking to our audiences for newsrooms of all sizes. (Summer Moore, Gannett)

 

Do you have a good idea for a podcast? Bring your ideas and learn from the best about what works and what doesn't when it comes to creating a podcast that will draw in an audience. What sells? What works? What does well and why? How can you test/flesh out your idea? (Robert Quigley, University of Texas, and Haley Butler, The Drag)

 

Data-driven enterprise off your beat: How do you fit enterprise stories around the many other demands you face to write dailies, file web updates, tweet and shoot video? This session focuses on taking advantage of the plethora of local data available online to spot and develop quick-turnaround stories. Learn how to develop a data state of mind, find newsworthy data and begin to analyze data sets. Spot the enterprise stories in the numbers.


Introduction to data reporting and analyzing data using spreadsheets: Go as far as you can in spreadsheets so when you get the data for your beat from the previous session, you know how to begin analyzing it. All hands-on exercises with spreadsheet coaches. (Emily Le Coz, Gannett)

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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