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Train in social, video, mobile and data at New England NewsTrain on Oct. 14, 2017 


The Particulars

When: 9 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.

Where: Judge Science Center (LSB)Endicott College, 376 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915. A campus map and directions are here. Beverly is 26 miles north of Boston. Beverly is a 35-minute train ride from the North Station in Boston, leaving at 8:30 a.m. on the Newburyport/Rockport Line. A campus shuttle will meet the train at Beverly station.

Cost: Early-bird registration is just $75. The early-bird rate ends Sept. 14, increasing to $85 on Sept. 15. 

Meals: Your registration includes light breakfast and lunch. 

Special offer: Be among the first 20 to register and be entered in a drawing for one of five free, yearlong subscriptions to the AP Stylebook online.

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 New England NewsTrain is Sept. 6, 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 Rony Camille with CBS Boston. Journalism educators need not send work samples.

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

Parking: Free

Lodging: The Wylie Inn & Conference Center, adjacent to Endicott College, is offering a discounted rate of $194.65 a night, plus taxes of $22.78, for a total of $217.43. To book, enter the corporate code NEGECT, or call toll-free 866.333.0859 and indicate you are participating in a conference at Endicott.

Other nearby options include:

Airport transportation: North Shore Shuttle offers shared-van service between Boston's Logan Airport and Beverly for $119 round-trip. Reserve online, or call toll-free 1-800-233-7483. Uber and Lyft also pick up at Logan.

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

Hosts: Endicott College School of Communication, CBS Boston, WBUR, Metro US (Boston), Boston Herald, Nashoba Valley Voice, WBZ NewsRadio 1030, Boston group of the Online News Association and The Associated Press Boston bureau.

Questions: Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

Come to Beverly, Massachusetts -- just 26 miles north of Boston -- for a full day of digital training on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.

Training Sessions Include:

  • 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.

Early-bird registration is just $75 and includes a full day of training, plus light breakfast and lunch. The early-bird rate ends Sept. 14, increasing to $85 on Sept. 15.

Your Trainers

  • Theodore Kim, innovation and workshops editor at The New York Times and former mobile editor at The Washington Post
  • Cindy E. Rodríguez, senior journalist-in-residence at Emerson College in Boston
  • Todd Wallack, data journalist on The Boston Globe's Spotlight investigative team

We will be naming additional trainers soon. If you'd like to recommend a trainer, please email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.

If you'd like to be notified when the trainers are set, please provide your email address.

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.

  • Shoot short, shareable smartphone video using a tripod and external microphone, and sequence the best five shots in sharp focus with high-quality audio.

  • 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.

 Register here.



(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

As the innovation and workshops editor at The New York Times, Theodore Kim  creates best practices for emerging story forms and then scales that training to the newsroom. Previously, he was a Times assistant news editor, guiding the nightly digital report. Prior to coming to The Times, he was mobile editor at The Washington Post. He also worked as a reporter for the Dallas Morning News, USA Today and the Indianapolis Star. He is a former national secretary of the Asian American Journalists Association. He has a master's degree in journalism from American University. @TheoTypes

Cindy E. Rodríguez is a senior journalist-in-residence at Emerson College in Boston. She has 20+ years experience as a reporter and has taught journalism for 15+ years. She has worked for, The Boston Globe and The Denver Post and has been published in The New York Times, The Village Voice and Latina magazine. She’s a mobile journalist, meaning she knows how to produce video and audio packages for the web using mobile devices and apps. She's also adept at using social media. She is a former vice president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She has a master's degree in digital media from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.  @CindyERodriguez

Todd Wallack  is a reporter for the Boston Globe Spotlight team, where he specializes in data journalism. He won national awards  from the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalists in 2016 for his work on public records and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three times. Prior to joining the Globe in 2007, he worked for the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Herald, Dayton Daily News and other publications. He has a bachelor's and master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. @TWallack

Session Specifics

Getting your story read: maximizing social media for branding and audience engagement This session 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 how to use social media platforms and complementary websites to locate expert and “real people” sources, crowdsource using Google forms, and curate social media responsibly to augment your own content. 

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. Learn from Cindy Rodríguez how to produce those clips of under one minute with minimal editing. 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. 

Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices Forty-four of the 50 largest newspapers get the majority of their digital traffic on mobile. Trainer Theodore Kim introduces 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?

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 trainer Todd Wallack 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.

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.

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