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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

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The Particulars

When: 11:45 a.m. to 4:35 p.m. Thursday, April 11, and 9:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2019

Where: Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center, 13200 E. 14th Place, Aurora, Colorado 80011 

Cost: Early-bird registration is just $75. The early-bird rate ends March 11, with registration increasing to $85 on March 12.

Special deal for Colorado Press Association Convention registrants: 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.

Special offer for the first 20 NewsTrain registrants: The first 20 registrants will receive a free copy of the AP Stylebook a $22.95 value courtesy of The Associated Press.

Meals: Your registration includes a light lunch on Friday. 

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.

Registration for groups: Email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain project assistant.

Diversity scholarships: The deadline to apply for a competitive diversity scholarship for Denver NewsTrain is Feb. 25, 2019. 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 Apply online; also, email a current résumé and up to three work samples (published or unpublished) to NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin. Journalism educators need not submit work samples.

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

Airport transportation: "Hyatt Regency Aurora/Denver Conference Center is conveniently located between Denver International Airport (DEN) and downtown Denver. Take the A-Line Light Rail from the airport to Peoria Street Station where our hotel courtesy shuttle can bring you to the front door (based on availability/day-of reservations only)." This info and more are at the workshop venue's website.

Local donors: Colorado Press Association, Colorado State University and The Associated Press

SponsorAssociated 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 Denver NewsTrain: Colorado State University, Colorado Press Association, ONA Rocky Mountain, KUSA-TV, Colorado Sun, University of Colorado at Boulder, The Associated Press, Rocky Mountain PBS, Colorado Springs Gazette, SPJ Colorado, Marijuana Business Daily, Colorado Public Radio, Metropolitan State University, Denver Post and National Association of Hispanic Journalists – Colorado.

Questions: Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director, or Laura Sellers, NewsTrain project assistant.

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:

  • Getting your story read: maximizing and measuring social media for branding and audience engagement
  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools
  • Mining data for enterprise stories off any beat
  • Shooting smarter video with your smartphone
  • Editing smarter video with your smartphone
  • Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices
  • Becoming a verification ninja. 

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.

Your Trainers

  • Burt Hubbard, a data journalist who has worked with the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain PBS and 9News.

Additional trainers will be named soon.

 

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 callouts, and create a social dossier on a person in the news.
  • Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.
  • Shoot and edit video clips of under one minute using your smartphone.
  • Identify the best way to tell a particular story on a small screen.
  • Set up the key tools you’ll need on your computer and establish a process to verify user-generated content from social media.

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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More on Your Trainers

 

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.

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Session Specifics

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.  

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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