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Train in social, mobile, data and open records at Seattle NewsTrain on Nov. 11, 2017 


The Particulars

When: 9 a.m. to 6:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

WhereUniversity of Washington Haggett Hall (HGT) and Communications Building (CMU)4109 E. Stevens Way NE, Seattle, Washington

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

Special offer: Be among the first 20 to register and receive a free AP Stylebook -- a $22.95 value.

$10 off registration for SPJ Western Washington members: Members in good standing should email the chapter board for a promo code to get $10 off their registration. Offer limited to the first 25 members to register.

Meals: Your registration includes light breakfast and lunch. 

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-Earl, NewsTrain program assistant.

Diversity scholarships: The deadline to apply for a competitive diversity scholarship for Seattle NewsTrain is Oct. 4, 2017. 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. In addition to completing the online application, applicants should email a resume and up to three work samples to Lecturer Caley Cook at the University of WashingtonJournalism educators need not send work samples.

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

Parking: The Padelford Garage is the nearest parking to the workshop sites in Haggett Hall (HGT) and the Communications Building (CMU). Parking is free because of the Veterans Day holiday, but please park in unrestricted spaces.

Lodging: The Residence Inn in the Seattle University District is offering a group rate of $139, plus tax, per night. Book by Oct. 11 at to get the group rate. The rate includes free WiFi and breakfastThe Residence Inn, at 4501 12th Ave. NE, is a 15-minute walk to the workshop sites.

Ground transportation: If arriving in Seattle by bus, plane or train, please see this information on ground transportation to the University of Washington campus.

Local donors: The Associated Press, Q13 Fox, The Seattle Times, Seattle University, The Spokesman-Review, Washington Journalism Education Association and Washington State University's Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

SponsorAssociated Press Media Editors (APME). Please see the complete list of donors who support NewsTrain at the bottom of this page.

Hosts: University of Washington Department of Communication, The Associated Press, Q13 Fox News, The Herald of Everett, Western Washington Pro Chapter of SPJ, The Olympian, Spokesman Review, Seattle University, The Seattle Times, Washington State University, The Seattle Globalist, SPJ Oregon Territory Chapter and the Tacoma News Tribune.

Questions: Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

Seattle NewsTrain on Nov. 11, 2017, is sold out. Please join the waiting list. We will contact you if spaces open up. Thanks for your interest in NewsTrain!

Polish your skills in social-media branding and reporting, mobile storytelling, data-driven enterprise and open-records sleuthing. Come to Seattle for a full Saturday of digital-journalism training on Nov. 11, 2017, at the University of Washington.

Training Sessions Include:

  • Maximizing social media to get your story read,
  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools,
  • Making smart choices in mobile storytelling,
  • Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat, and 
  • Using state and federal open-records laws effectively.

Early-bird registration is just $75 and includes a full day of training, plus light breakfast and lunch. The early-bird rate ends Oct. 11, increasing to $85 on Oct. 12.

Your Trainers

  • P. Kim Buieditor-at-large for NowThis News and former deputy managing editor for

  • Laura E. Davisdigital news director of the Annenberg Media Center at the University of Southern California and a former mobile editor at BuzzFeed.

  • Steve Doig, professor of journalism, specializing in data reporting, at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

  • Mike Fancher, former executive editor of The Seattle Times and founding director of the University of Oregon Agora Center for Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement.

  • Angela Galloway, a Seattle lawyer and former journalist who has practiced media, open government, intellectual property, privacy and other areas of law.

Fancher will give a keynote speech at lunchtime on ways to bolster your newsroom's credibility called, "True Journalism: The Paradox of Tradition and Transformation." 


You Will Learn How To:

  • Use social media as a reporting tool and verify user-generated content.

  • Develop an engaging voice in writing news posts for Twitter and Facebook that will help get your stories read.

  • Identify the best way to tell a particular story on a small screen: digest, explainer, bulleted live updates or what-we-know lists, photo, video, graphic, audio, games, curation, or some combination.
  • Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.
  • Respond effectively to common obstacles to obtaining records, including when an agency has not responded to a records request or has indicated a long time or high cost to produce documents.

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(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.


More on Your Trainers

P. Kim Bui is the editor-at-large for NowThis News, focusing on original, social reporting and breaking news. Before NowThis, she was deputy managing editor for, a digital media startup that was on the forefront of social journalism. She specializes in storytelling on the web and has spearheaded breaking news initiatives across digital, print and broadcast companies for local, national and global audiences. She’s also an instructor at the University of Southern California and co-founder of #wjchat, one of the longest running weekly Twitter chats for journalists. @kimbui

Laura E. Davis is an assistant professor of professional practice and the digital news director of the Annenberg Media Center at the University of Southern California. She has worked as a reporter at The Associated Press; a home page, social media and politics editor at Yahoo News; the deputy mobile editor at the Los Angeles Times; and a mobile editor at BuzzFeed, where she helped develop and launch the award-winning BuzzFeed News app. @lauraelizdavis

Stephen K. Doig is a professor of journalism, specializing in data reporting, at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Before joining ASU in 1996 as Knight Chair in Journalism, he was associate editor/research at The Miami Herald. Projects on which he worked at The Herald and at ASU have won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Award, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the George Polk Award, and other recognition. He regularly does data training for IRE and other organizations, and has held dozens of data workshops in more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. @sdoig

Mike Fancher retired from The Seattle Times in 2008, after 20 years as executive editor and almost 40 years as a professional journalist. Since retirement, he has been involved in several roles in journalism education. He was a Donald W. Reynolds Fellow at the Missouri School of Journalism in 2008-2009 and Reynolds Chair in Ethics at the University of Nevada in 2011-2012. He was founding director of the University of Oregon’s Agora Center for Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement during 2015-2016. Fancher is a board member for Journalism That Matters and the Washington Coalition for Open Government. @MikeFancher


Angela Galloway is a Seattle lawyer and former journalist who has practiced media, open government, intellectual property, privacy and other areas of law. Her media practice has included counseling and representing clients in First Amendment, defamation, copyright, trademark and other matters. She has practiced at the Seattle firms of MacDonald Hoague & Bayless and Davis Wright Tremaine. Prior to law school at the University of Washington, she spent about 15 years as a newspaper reporter in Seattle, Philadelphia, New Jersey and elsewhere. She mostly covered government, politics and social and health issues. She is a board member of the Washington Coalition for Open Government. 

Session Specifics

Getting your story read: maximizing social media for branding and audience engagement Instructor P. Kim Bui offers tactics and tips to improve your writing on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.

Using social media as powerful reporting tools Social media can be used as powerful reporting tools, which are valuable whether you're facing a big breaking news story or an enterprise project. Learn from instructor P. Kim Bui how to use social media platforms and complementary websites to locate expert and “real people” sources, crowdsource using Google forms, and contact a source on social media responsibly and create a social dossier on a person in the news.

Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices Forty-four of the 50 largest newspapers get the majority of their digital traffic on mobile. We need a new storytelling tool kit to attract and better serve our audience on mobile. On a small screen, learn from instructor Laura E. Davis 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?

Data-driven enterprise off your 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 Steve Doig how to find and analyze data, enabling you to 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.

10 habits of highly effective open-records users What do savvy users of the state and federal open-records laws know, and how can you apply their techniques to your coverage? Find out from open-government lawyer Angela Galloway.

Our Donors

NewsTrain's 2016 donors include The Associated Press, The APME Foundation, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Scripps Howard FoundationGateHouse Media LLC, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP and APME past and present board members.

Donors in 2017 include the Park, Samuel I. Newhouse and Sigma Delta Chi foundations, as well as APME board members.

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