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Columbus, Ohio, NewsTrain, Sept. 20, 2014

 The Particulars
When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
Where: The Columbus Dispatch, 34 S. 3rd St., Columbus, Ohio 43215
Cost: $75. Includes a day of training, breakfast, lunch and snacks.
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, who are interested in improving their skills in social media, video storytelling and data-driven enterprise stories. You do not have to be a member of APME to attend.
Diversity scholarships A limited number of diversity scholarships to cover the $75 registration fee are available to professional journalists, journalism educators and journalism students of color. Apply by (1) providing the information requested here, and (2) emailing a resume and up to three work samples to Jim Bebbington, senior editor at the Dayton Daily News.
Hotel: Call (614) 365-4500 by Aug. 28 to reserve a room for $125 a night, plus tax, at the  Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square. The hotel is at 75 E. State St., across the street from the workshop at The Columbus Dispatch. Ask for The Dispatch group rate. Or reserve here.
Parking: Access the Ohio Statehouse parking garage from Broad, State or Third streets in downtown Columbus.
What to bring: Your laptop and smartphone for the hands-on exercises.
Registration for groups Email Teresa Cooper, NewsTrain program assistant.
SponsorAssociated Press Media Editors (APME)Please see the complete list of donors who support NewsTrain below. 
HostOhio Associated Press Media Editors Board, which includes The (Findlay) Courier, WKSU-FM, Kent; Cox Media Group-Ohio, Dayton; Akron Beacon Journal; The (Elyria) Chronicle Telegram; Troy Daily News; WYSO-FM/Ohio Public Radio/TV, Columbus; WTVG, Toledo; WHKO-FM, Dayton; WJER-AM, Dover-New Philadelphia
Questions: Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director, at

Please join us in Columbus, Ohio, for a daylong NewsTrain on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Sessions include maximizing your use of social media, improving your video storytelling, and generating better data-driven enterprise stories.

Registration is just $75 and includes a full day of training, plus breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Online registration is now closed.

Please email Teresa Cooper at to join the waiting list.

Your instructors are:

What You Will Learn

You will learn how to:

  • Maximize your use of social media for reporting, as well as for personal branding and community engagement.
  • Tell video stories more efficiently in ways other than the traditional TV-news segment.
  • Shoot video effectively on your smartphone.
  • Spot enterprise stories in data, whether your beat is government, sports, the arts, business or education.


8-8:30 a.m.: Continental breakfast and registration

8:30-8:40 a.m.: Welcome, introductions and agenda

8:40-9:55 a.m.: Am I Doing Social Media Right? Maximizing Your Use of Social Media for Personal Branding and Audience Engagement
So, you're a journalist on social media, but you're not sure you're taking the right approach. Instructor Mandy Jenkins offers tactics and tips to improve your comfort on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.

9:55-10:05 a.m. Break

10:05-11:20 a.m.: Using Social Media as a Powerful Reporting Tool Social media platforms contain powerful reporting tools that can be valuable whether you're facing a big breaking news story or an enterprise project. Instructor Mandy Jenkins explains how to use social media platforms and complementary websites to locate expert and "real people" sources, crowdsource using Google forms, and curate social media content to augment your own content. Bring your laptop or smartphone for the exercise.

11:20-11:55 a.m. Lunch (provided)

11:55 a.m.-1:10 p.m.: Data-Driven Enterprise off Your Beat How do you Swiss-cheese 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. Instructor Jill Riepenhoff will help you find and analyze data, enabling you to spot the enterprise stories in the numbers, whether your beat is government, sports, the arts, business or education. Bring your laptop for the exercise.

1:10-1:20 p.m. Break

1:20-2:35 p.m.: Efficient Video Story Forms for Digital Platforms Many newsrooms start out shooting video for digital platforms that look like TV-news segments. But there are other video story forms, including some that are quicker to produce and others that will have a longer shelf life. Instructor Kathy Kieliszewski gives examples of video story forms and standards for each. She also discusses how newsrooms can improve planning and execution of the different video story forms. Bring your smartphone for the exercise.

2:35-2:45 p.m.: Break

2:45-4 p.m.: Shooting Effective Video on Your Smartphone Shooting video effectively and efficiently on your smartphone makes it much easier to quickly edit and post high-quality video. Instructor Kathy Kieliszewski offers a model for anticipating and capturing the visuals and sound needed for good video. She includes simple standards for framing, lighting and sound, plus advice on how to use a shot list. Bring your smartphone for the exercise.

Your Instructors

Mandy Jenkins is the editor of the open newsroom at Storyful and former managing editor of Digital First Media's Project Thunderdome, where she oversaw the national video and data journalism teams and worked with local newspapers on special projects and social media strategy. Jenkins was previously social news editor for politics at The Huffington Post and coordinated the company's citizen journalism program, OfftheBus. She also worked as the social media editor for Washington, D.C., local news startup TBD and served in several roles involving social media and online news for the Cincinnati Enquirer and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She is a board member of the Online News Association and a journalism instructor at Georgetown University in Washington. @mjenkins

Kathy Kieliszewski made her first piece of multimedia with an eight-track player, a cassette tape, a vinyl record and a bunch of still pictures cut out of teen magazines. It was 1986, and she knew then she wanted to tell stories for a living. More than 25 years later, she's still telling stories as the director of photography and video at the Detroit Free Press and a four-time National Emmy Award-winning journalist. She oversees the video and photographic efforts of a staff of 15 photographers and editors. Kathy's most recent endeavor includes co-founding the Freep Film Festival, a new Free Press documentary film festival, to showcase films about or relevant to Detroit and Michigan. She is the producer of a feature-length documentary, Packard, The Last Shift, about one of Detroit's most notorious abandoned factories. @kkieliszewski

Jill Riepenhoff has worked at The Columbus Dispatch since 1985 and as a projects reporter since 2004. She has investigated issues ranging from naughty teachers to naughty mortgage brokers to naughty landlords and, most recently, naughty guardians - those charged with caring for mentally incompetent adults. She also enjoys digging into sports and has written extensively about the dark sides of youth, high school and college athletics. @JRiep

Our Donors

NewsTrain's 2014 donors include The Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Associated Press, The APME FoundationThe McClatchy Co., The Gannett Foundation, Scripps Howard Foundation, GateHouse Media, APME past and present board member donations and The Seattle Times.

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