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Train in data, video, social, mobile, podcasting, analytics and verification at Fresno NewsTrain on March 27-28, 2020
Join us for 1.5 days of affordable digital training at Fresno NewsTrain on March 27-28, 2020, at California State University, Fresno.
Training Sessions Include:
Early-bird registration is $75 through Feb. 27; the rate increases to $85 on Feb. 28.
For Fresno 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 Feb. 13.
Stay tuned please. We will be announcing soon the accomplished journalists who will be your trainers for Fresno NewsTrain.
You Will Learn How To:
The blue and green tracks on the agenda allow for smaller class sizes. All attendees receive the same instruction, sometimes just at different times.
So, you think you have an idea for a podcast? Podcasts open the door to telling new stories and reaching new audiences — if you do them well. But what are the conversations that need to happen before going forward, and what’s the balance between innovative podcast storytelling and the investment needed in time, expertise and money. This session identifies the kinds of ideas that make for the best podcasts and establishes the minimum requirements for success. What are the table stakes – besides a good idea – to get into the game? Bring an idea that you think would make a good podcast and prepare to develop it into a pitch.
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.
Storytelling on small screens: making smart choices for mobile audiences 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? The good news is that mobile-storytelling techniques also translate well to other digital platforms, and some text-based strategies also work in print.
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.
Shooting smarter video on 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.
Mobile newsgathering: better reporting with your smartphone A smartphone, stocked with the right apps, is a powerful multimedia reporting tool. Learn how to use it to shoot photos, record interviews and other audio, and dictate stories. Bring your smartphone for the exercises.
Developing a data mindset to improve stories every day For providing context for breaking news or developing enterprise stories off your beat, databases are your friend. 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, whether your beat is breaking news, sports, health, business, education, local government or cops and courts. Bring your laptop for the exercises. No previous data experience is required.
Maximizing audience analytics to produce better journalism Audience analytics provide a powerful tool to track audience engagement, but the amount of data and its interpretation can be overwhelming. It’s time to move beyond pageviews. What are the best practices to move occasional users to regular users and, for some outlets, into either paying subscribers or members? By focusing on audience behavior, how can we best use analytics to create compelling content?
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.