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Train in data, video, social, mobile and verification at Lincoln NewsTrain on April 4, 2020
Join us for a full day of affordable digital training at Lincoln NewsTrain on April 4, 2020, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Training Sessions Include:
Early-bird registration is $75 through March 4; the rate increases to $85 on March 5.
For Lincoln 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. 19.
Added free bonus!
Join us before NewsTrain from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Friday April 3, for a FREE half-day Google Training Tools session with SPJ trainer Mike Reilley in the MediaShift Training Network and
the founder of Penny Press Digital LLC, a consulting and training
If you are unable to attend Lincoln NewsTrain, you can still sign up for the Google Tools Training here.
Your NewsTrain Trainers
Stay tuned please. We will be announcing soon additional accomplished journalists who will be your trainers for Lincoln 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, just at different times.
More on Your Trainers
Geoff Roth is the news director at KMTV, the Scripps-owned CBS affiliate in Omaha, Nebraska. He built the first iPhone-based TV newsroom in the country at WJZY in Charlotte, North Carolina. Since then, he has converted other TV newsrooms and trained their staff to use mobile-journalism kits to shoot, edit and transmit stories, as well as go live on location. At KTSF in San Francisco, his iPhone-based newsroom created the nation's only local morning newscast in Cantonese. He began his career as part of the original team that started CNN. In 2010, the graduating class at Hofstra University selected him as Teacher of the Year in journalism, media studies and public relations. He describes himself as a #MobileJournalism evangelist at @GeoffMojo.
is an Society of Professional Journalists digital trainer who has
taught Google News Initiative tools to more than 5,100 journalists and
educators in the past three years. He also is co-founder of and trainer
in the MediaShift Training Network and the founder of Penny Press
Digital LLC, a consulting and training company. When he’s not on the
road doing trainings, he teaches data and multimedia journalism at the
University of Illinois-Chicago, where he is an assistant professor. A
former reporter at the LA Times and web editor at the Chicago Tribune,
Reilley served for 13 years as a faculty member at Northwestern, Arizona
State University and DePaul University, teaching digital journalism to
hundreds of students and professional journalists. He holds journalism
degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (undergrad) and
Northwestern University (masters). Reilley founded and updates the
research site The Journalist’s Toolbox (journaliststoolbox.org) for SPJ and runs the Chicago data site, The Red Line Project (redlineproject.org). Twitter: @journtoolbox
As a senior reporter at USA Today, Matt Wynn works on data-driven projects, both serious and frivolous. He is a former developer and watchdog reporter at the Omaha World-Herald and a former director of investigative and enterprise at MedPage Today, a news site for physicians. He previously worked on data projects at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix and the Springfield News-Leader in Missouri. He is a former adjunct instructor in precision journalism at Arizona State University and data analyst for Investigative Reporters & Editors. He graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism. @mattwynn
We'll be adding more accomplished trainers soon.
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 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? The good news is that mobile-storytelling techniques also translate well to other digital platforms, and some text-based strategies even 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. Mike Reilley is co-founder of and trainer in the MediaShift Training Network and the founder of Penny Press Digital LLC, a consulting and training company. @journtoolbox
Edit smarter video on your smartphone Join Geoff Roth to learn how to use an app on your smartphone to edit video clips into a news story of one minute or less. Use a storyboard to sequence shots. Learn to splice, delete and connect clips. Create lower-thirds to identify speakers.
Mining data for enterprise 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 Matt Wynn 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.
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.