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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:
is a digital journalism associate professor at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She teaches journalism for mobile/emerging platforms, social media, visual journalism, and interactive design, among other courses at USC. Aguilar has written for the Los Angeles Times, CNN and other outlets. She has worked as a designer, visual journalist, reporter, and consultant. She’s conducted social media, data, and digital journalism training for the Associated Press, ABC News, the National Football League, International Center for Journalists, and is a trainer for the Society of Professional Journalists on Google News Lab tools. Aguilar was named a TOW Knight Disruptive Educator for innovation in 2018, MediaShift’s top innovative journalism educator in 2018, a Scripps Howard Foundation-AEJMC visiting social media fellow in 2017, and is an Apple Distinguished Educator. She is completing her doctorate at USC’s Rossier School of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership, where her research focuses on diversity and converged newsrooms. She loves journalism, empowering reporters and diverse communities, and all things tech.
Stan Alcorn is a reporter and producer for Reveal. His radio work at Reveal has won awards including a Peabody Award, several Online Journalism Awards, an NABJ Salute to Excellence Award, and a Best of the West Award, as well as making him a finalist for a Livingston Award for Young Journalists. He previously was a reporter for Marketplace, covering business and economic news – from debit card fees levied on the formerly incarcerated to the economic impact of Beyoncé's hair. He has helped launch new shows at Marketplace, Slate, and WNYC; contributed research to books by journalists at Time and CNBC; and reported for outlets including NPR, PRI's The World, 99% Invisible, WNYC, FiveThirtyEight, Fast Company, High Country News, Narratively, and Digg. @stan_alcorn
Aaron Mendelson is the data reporter at KPCC, the NPR affiliate in Los Angeles. He has been with the station since 2014, and joined its investigative team in 2017. He has worked to infuse KPCC's reporting with data analysis and public records, both over the airwaves and digitally. His stories have spanned beats, and included award-winning work on police militarization, the lottery, firearms sales, the Lakers, and the avalanche of money in local politics. He teaches data journalism at the University of Southern California. @a_mendelson
Sona Patel is a senior audience editor for The New York Times, based in Los Angeles. Prior to moving to LA, she was based in NYC for nearly five years, where she served as a deputy editor of the social media team. Her current role is at the intersection of editorial and analytics, and one of her primary goals is to grow The Times’s California audience. She also leads The Times's efforts around user-generated content, crowdsourcing and reader-sourced reporting. Prior to joining The Times, she worked for The Seattle Times as a social media producer where she was part of the team that won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. She started her journalism career as a general assignment reporter for The (San Luis Obispo) Tribune. Sona graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in Literary Journalism and Spanish and a minor in Information and Computer Science. @sona
Stay tuned please. We will be announcing more of the accomplished journalists who will be your trainers for Fresno NewsTrain.
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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. Stan Alcorn
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. Sona Patel
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? We will take a look at the Stories Format and how it has exploded across platforms from Instagram to WhatsApp. Bring your mobile device loaded with the Instagram or Facebook app ready to go. As a bonus, we’ll look at TikTok and provide an introduction to how media organizations are using this tool to experiment on mobile. Amara Aguilar
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. Sona Patel
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, work with audio, and create GIFs with your mobile device. Bring your smartphone charged and ready to use for the hands-on exercises. Please download the following apps prior to the session: Lightroom, Anchor, GiphyCam, Adobe Spark Post. Amara Aguilar
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. Aaron Mendelson
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?
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