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Train in social, video, mobile, data and beat mapping at the Muncie NewsTrain on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Ball State University
Muncie NewsTrain will be a full Saturday of digital training on March 24, 2018, at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center on the Ball State University campus.
Training Sessions Include:
Early-bird registration is just $75 and includes a full day of training, plus light breakfast and lunch. The early-bird rate ends Feb. 24, with registration increasing to $85 on Feb. 25.
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
Linda Austin is the project director for NewsTrain, a training initiative sponsored by Associated Press Media Editors. She is also a 2017-18 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow at the University of Missouri; her project is to create bite-size lessons in digital journalism delivered via smartphone. Previously, she organized training events that reached more than 10,500 journalists globally as executive director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Before that, Austin led three local newsrooms: Greensboro, North Carolina; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Lexington, Kentucky. She is a former visiting professor in the Global Business Journalism graduate program at Tsinghua University in Beijing and a former Fulbright Scholar, teaching journalism in Myanmar. @LindaAustin_
Amy Bartner became the downtown reporter for The Indianapolis Star in 2016. Before that, she spent five years in digital production and social engagement as The Star’s social media editor and then its engagement manager. She was responsible for ongoing social media education for the staff and is regularly invited to speak to journalists on social media. At The Star, she’s also covered education, police, local government, entertainment, things to do and social issues. The bio on her Twitter account, @AmyBartner, notes she is a “proud @michiganstateu grad,” with a degree in journalism.
John Russell is an investigative reporter at the Indianapolis Business Journal, focusing on health care and energy. He previously worked at the Chicago Tribune and The Indianapolis Star. He has won more than 50 national and statewide awards in the past decade. His investigation into conflicts of interest between Duke Energy and Indiana regulators resulted in indictments, firings, resignations, government hearings and savings of $300 million to customers. His investigation into operators of a proposed $500 million medical complex resulted in the cancellation of the project within weeks. He was named SPJ Indiana Journalist of the Year in 2011. He studied political science and economics at John Carroll University in Cleveland. @johnrussell99
Val Hoeppner is the director of the Center for Innovation in Media at Middle Tennessee State University. As CEO of Val Hoeppner Media & Consulting LLC, she trains journalists in mobile, social, video and multi-platform storytelling. She has been an instructor with the Poynter Institute, the Newseum Institute, Chips Quinn Scholars, Native American Journalism Fellowship, Innovation J-Camp and APME's NewsTrain. Hoeppner was multimedia director at The Indianapolis Star and later worked at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville as the director of education for the Diversity Institute, where she led digital journalism programs for professional and student journalists. She serves on the board of Teripix, a mobile app that accelerates how users capture and publish photographs. @vhoeppner
Better time management with beat mapping Frazzled and pulled in a million different directions? Want to make time for the stories that have the most impact yet that often get put on the back burner? Instructor Linda Austin shows how beat mapping is a proven technique to define the topics and issues that mean the most to your audience and to set clear expectations and priorities for beat reporters, including source development, to cover those issues.
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 Amy Bartner how to use social media platforms and complementary websites to locate expert and “real people” sources, crowdsource using Google forms, verify user-generated content and create a social dossier on a person in the news.
Mobile newsgathering: better reporting with your smartphone A smartphone, stocked with the right apps, is a powerful multimedia reporting tool. Learn from Val Hoeppner how to use it to shoot better photos, record interviews, transcribe dictation and livestream with Facebook. Bring your smartphone for the exercises.
Viral video: shooting shareable smartphone video 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. Val Hoeppner 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.
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 how to develop a data state of mind, find newsworthy data and begin to analyze data sets. Learn from John Russell how to find and 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, Scripps Howard Foundation, GateHouse Media LLC, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP, the Park 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.