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Train in social, mobile, data, video and data viz at Denton, Texas, NewsTrain on Sept. 22, 2018
Denton NewsTrain will offer a full day of digital training on Sept. 22, 2018, at the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in the University Union, Room 333, 1155 Union Circle. It is 41 miles north of Dallas and 38 miles north of Fort Worth.
Training Sessions Include:
Early-bird registration is $75 through Aug. 22; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 23. Competitive diversity scholarships are available for journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds; see the information to the right for how to apply.
You Will Learn How To:
The blue and green tracks on the agenda allow for smaller class sizes. All attendees receive the same instruction, just at different times.
Data-driven enterprise off your beat. How do you fit 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. Learn how to find and analyze data, enabling you to spot the enterprise stories in the numbers, whether your beat is sports, health, business, education, local government or cops and courts. Bring your laptop for the exercises. Tawnell D. Hobbs from the Wall Street Journal will lead this session.
Shooting smarter video with your smartphone. Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism studied what makes for successful news video and recommended that reporters shoot fast, raw clips posted instantly from the field, leaving in-depth, more sophisticated video stories to highly trained video journalists. This session teaches reporters how to produce those clips of under one minute with minimal editing. Learn how to use a tripod and external microphone and sequence your best five shots to create shareable video – without getting in the way of your reporting. Bring your smartphone for the exercises. Saul Garza, social media and media relations manager of the city of Garland and former senior reporter for KDFW, shares the ways to do it right.
Getting your story read: maximizing 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. Learn 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. Hannah Wise, audience engagement editor at The Dallas Morning News, will lead the way in this session. @hwise29
Use data visualization 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. Dallas Morning News Interactive Editor Dana Amihere will lead this session. @write_this_way
Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices. More than 8 in 10 U.S. adults now get news on a mobile device. We need a new storytelling tool kit to attract and better serve our audience on mobile. On a small screen, what’s the best way to tell a particular story: digest, explainer, bulleted live updates or what-we-know lists, photo, video, graphic, audio, games, curation, or some combination? And what are the tools to make that happen as efficiently as possible? KERA / KXT Digital Coordinator Christy Robinson will lead you through some practical tips and tools. @christyrobinson
Your Accomplished Trainers
Dana Amihere recently joined KPCC, Southern California's NPR affiliate, as data editor, where she will help lead 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 on The Baltimore Sun’s data desk. @write_this_way
Saul Garza is an UNT alum and has been a journalist for 26 years, most recently as the senior reporter for KDFW Fox 4’s Good Day, the highest-rated newscast in North Texas. He’s been nominated for a Lone Star Emmy for his work on the popular franchise. After 19 years at KDFW, Garza decided to hang up the mic in May, and he is now the social media and media relations manager of the city of Garland. Garza is on the executive board at UNT’s Radio-TV-Film Department. He’s also the former president of Hispanic Communicators DFW, the local chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. @SaulGarzaMedia
Tawnell D. Hobbs joined The Wall Street Journal in July 2016 as the national K-12 education reporter. Before that, she was an education reporter at The Dallas Morning News for 16 years. Hobbs started her journalism career at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where she covered education and other beats. She teaches computer-assisted reporting at Texas Christian University and uses the method often to find stories or to strengthen them. As she tells her students, “The stories are in the data.” Hobbs has won numerous awards, including sharing a 2016 National Headliner Award for education writing with a team of reporters. Before her journalism career, she served in the U.S. Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard for a combined 10 years. @tawnell.
Christy Robinson is the digital coordinator at public media station KERA in North Texas. Before that, she worked in digital for Computer Task Group and The Dallas Morning News. Robinson specializes in growing audiences, improving user experience, communicating analytics, coaching colleagues, organic and paid social media strategy, web copy writing and editing, testing and conversion and SEO. @christyrobinson
NewsTrain's recent donors include The Associated Press, The APME Foundation, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Scripps Howard Foundation, GateHouse Media LLC, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP, the Park 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.