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April 15, 2017: Deadline to apply to host a NewsTrain workshop
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Oct. 14, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Beverly, Massachusetts

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Nov. 11, 2017: NewsTrain workshop in Seattle

NewsTrain director wins RJI Fellowship to develop mobile learning for journalists

NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin has been awarded a 2017-18 nonresidential fellowship from the Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Her project is to develop a digital-journalism course delivered in bite-size lessons on a smartphone.

The idea for the project came from a NewsTrain attendee who asked for a guide to lead her through the next series of digital skills she needed to learn.

“I thought why not put that guide on something every journalist carries – their phone –and also extend its usefulness to those who haven’t been able to attend a NewsTrain,” said Austin, a former editor who has a master’s degree in educational technology.

She is forming a group of potential users to advise her on the creation of the course. “If you or someone on your staff would like to join the advisory group, please email me.”
Austin’s project is one of six selected by RJI for fellowships in its 11th class, which attracted nearly 300 applicants. Other projects deal with filter bubbles and business-side analytics.

Each year, RJI seeks innovative ideas for its fellowships from anyone who wants to help journalism sustain itself or thrive as an important pillar of democracy.

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Faces of the Region • The Times of Northwest Indiana, Munster, Indiana

After the success of the Facebook page Humans of New York, we decided to launch a local version called Faces of the Region. We created a Facebook page that has photos and quotes from everyday Northwest Indiana people that took off. Then we expanded further and started Faces of the Region galleries, where we took large galleries of people mugging for the camera at events. It has added millions of pageviews to our site.

— Summer Moore

April 15 is the deadline to bring APME’s NewsTrain to your newsroom in 2018

If you’re looking to bring affordable, digital training to your newsroom in 2018, consider hosting one of APME’s NewsTrain workshops.

To experience the learning, morale boost and fun of a NewsTrain workshop in your town, the first steps are to put together a tentative host committee of representatives from local journalism organizations, and apply by April 15 at

Successful host committees work hand-in-glove with the NewsTrain staff over six months to plan and promote the workshops. The skills taught are customized to the needs of journalists in your region and designed to be used immediately.

The host committee’s financial obligation includes supplying food for either a one-day or two-day workshop attracting 100. It should seek local sponsors to cover that cost, which can run $1,500 to $3,000. The host committee also markets the workshop regionally, makes copies and secures a venue, usually a university site.

The payback is smarter, more engaged and enthusiastic journalists, journalism students and journalism educators in your region.

“Hosting a NewsTrain gives you the opportunity to tailor high-quality training that will be accessible and affordable for your staff,” said Angie Muhs, executive editor of The State Journal-Register, and chair of the host committee for NewsTrain in DeKalb, Illinois, in 2015. “It’s worth the investment of your time and effort.”

Questions? Visit, or email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin at

Train in social, video, mobile and data at New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14

The agenda is out for New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14 in Beverly, Massachusetts — 26 miles north of Boston — and here are the sessions:

• Maximizing social media to get your story read,
• Using social media as powerful reporting tools,
• Shooting short, shareable smartphone video,
• Making smart choices in mobile storytelling, and
• Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Please register by Sept. 14 to get the early-bird rate of $75 for a full day of training, including light breakfast and lunch.

Don't delay: NewsTrains often sell out. Plus, the first 20 to register will be entered in a drawing to receive one of five free, yearlong subscriptions to the AP Stylebook online.



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