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Tawnell Hobbs (left) of The Wall Street Journal teaches data-driven enterprise at Denton, Texas, NewsTrain in 2018. Photo by Hatch Visuals.
Train in social, data, video, mobile and verification at Denver NewsTrain on April 11-12, 2019
Denver NewsTrain will offer a day and a half of digital training on April 11 and 12, 2019, in conjunction with the Colorado Press Association Convention and hosted by Colorado State University.
Training Sessions Include:
Early-bird registration is $75 through March 11; the rate increases to $85 on March 12.
Registrants for the Colorado Press Association (CPA) Convention can attend Denver NewsTrain at no additional charge and do not need to register on this page. To register for the CPA Convention, which includes NewsTrain, plus an additional day of programming on April 13, please go here.
For Denver 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.
Additional trainers will be named soon.
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.
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Burt Hubbard is a data journalist who has worked with the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain PBS and 9News on investigative projects and documentaries. His numerous awards include two prestigious Best of The West awards, a national education award for investigative reporting, and Reporter of the Year in Colorado. Burt has taught computer-assisted reporting and internet research to graduate students for 20 years at the University of Colorado.
Additional trainers will be named soon.
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. 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.
Using social media as powerful reporting tools 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, crowdsource using Google Forms and callouts, and create a social dossier on a person in the news.
Mining data for enterprise stories off any 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 from Burt Hubbard how to develop a data state of mind, find newsworthy data and begin to analyze data sets. 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. No previous data experience is required.
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.
Editing smarter video on your smartphone Use an app on your smartphone to edit a video using the clips you shot in the previous session.
Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices More than eight 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? How is writing for mobile scanners different?
Becoming a verification ninja The wealth of content available on social networks and video platforms means that we all have to be verification ninjas with a procedure to identify accurate content and debunk hoaxes. Learn how to set up your toolbox to verify user-generated content (UCG) on deadline.
NewsTrain's recent donors include The Associated Press, The 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.