Deep-Dive Workshops

Additional Training Opportunities

Breakout Sessions
Sept. 7-9
Free with EIJ registration


Browse through the dozens breakout sessions we're offering in Anaheim! All sessions are included as part of your conference registration — no additional fees apply.


2017 CNN Reporter and Producer Workshops
Wednesday, Sept. 6
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free (admittance by application only)


CNN is hosting some of the most enterprising & engaging television reporters along with the best producers and digital journalists at the EIJ Convention in Anaheim on Wednesday, September 6th! Senior managers, on-air coaches and CNN correspondents will teach and challenge attendees on what it takes to make it to the network. During this full-day, small group workshop, reporters and producers will build skills and apply practical techniques. Get complete details (and apply) here.


ACES’ Editing Boot Camp
Wednesday, Sept. 6
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
$100 for ACES members, $175 general registration


This workshop covers editing basics for newer editors and veteran editors seeking a refresher. We'll cover why editing is important (and how to convince your bosses), grammar and punctuation basics, editing for accuracy and clarity, and editing in a digital world. Get complete details (and register) here.


NBCUniversity: The Fourth Estate
Thursday, Sept. 7
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free (admittance by application only)


This one-day intensive workshop, geared toward on-air AND off-air convention attendees, is taught by NBCU “professors” and is designed for individuals at all levels of their career. Get complete details (and apply) here.


2017 CNBC Business News Associate Workshop
Friday, Sept. 8
10-11:30 a.m.
Free (admittance by application only)


CNBC is hosting an invitation-only workshop at EIJ17 designed to educate aspiring journalists about the fundamental values of world-class business journalism and demonstrate the underlying strategies that define and differentiate CNBC in the marketplace. Get complete details here.


ASNE Emerging Leaders Institute
Wednesday and Thursday,
Sept. 6-7
Free (admittance by application only)


The goal of the institute is to train up-and-coming news leaders with diverse backgrounds and help them develop core strategic leadership skills. For two days, the institute will provide leadership and management training for new and mid-level news leaders from organizations across all platforms around the country. It is tailored to address the most pressing issues for leaders and the basic skills needed to lead and drive change. Get complete details here.


NAHJ Student Boot Camp
Wednesday, Sept. 6
Time TBA

This year, NAHJ will add a new feature to the conference for student members — an all-day, pre-conference workshop. The workshop will feature sessions that will take the next generation of journalists from the classroom to the newsroom. Additional details TBA.

There’s something for everyone at Excellence in Journalism. If you’re hungry for more in-depth skills training, check out these deep-dive workshops taking place Wednesday, Sept. 6, Thursday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 9.


Wednesday, Sept. 6

Watchdog Workshop

Presented by Investigative Reporters and Editors

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $50 (Register)

Top-notch investigative journalists from around the country team with IRE trainers to provide a workshop filled with inspiration as well as tangible tips and resources. This workshop will teach the basics including how to mine the internet for information that leads to compelling stories, how to crunch data, how to conduct an investigative interview and how to investigate businesses and nonprofits.

Journalists who attend IRE Watchdog Workshops get their investigative batteries recharged. Reporters, editors and producers return to their newsrooms with:

– Hard-hitting story ideas.
– Databases and documents to explore on their beat.
– Useful websites and strategies for using Internet tools such as wikis, blogs, robots and RSS feeds.
– Techniques for more effective sourcing and interviewing.
– Advice on how to bulletproof stories for accuracy.
– Tips on dealing with freedom of information laws and public records in their state.
– Topic-specific training that changes depending on the news of the day and the needs of local news organizations.


Thursday, Sept. 7

Getting Drone Newsgathering Off the Ground: Navigating the Logistical, Technical and Regulatory Complexities

Thursday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-Noon
Cost: $25 (Register)

To build a successful drone newsgathering program requires a basic understanding of the technology, its operational requirements and the creative doors it opens for hard news and for longer form, nonfiction content. It demands knowledge of the equipment’s capabilities, limitations and storytelling potential, and of the relevant safety requirements, police and fire protocol, civic ordinances and privacy legislation. Learn how you can record aerial footage at a fraction of historical costs and capture sequences you were never able to capture before. Walk away with strategies for developing a drone newsgathering program and for establishing best practices at your organization.

Trainer: Matt Waite, founder, Drone Journalism Lab and professor of practice, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Mickey H. Osterreicher (@nppalawyer), general counsel, National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Sam Stewart (@samsends), SPJ Trainer for Google News Lab partnership


Narrative Storytelling: Dump The Inverted Pyramid No Matter Your Medium Of Choice

Thursday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-Noon
Cost: $25 (Register)

Step out of the inverted pyramid, just-the-facts model that drives so much daily reporting and into the world of narrative storytelling. You'll learn what narrative storytelling is and how to do it well. You'll discover how to choose a story that's ripe for a narrative approach, and how to get it done on deadline. The goal of this workshop is to provide strategies and resources to help journalists promote narrative storytelling within their individual newsrooms — changing the way you and your colleagues think about, report and tell stories. Journalists working in all media — broadcast, online, print and everything in between — will benefit from thinking about crafting compelling stories.

Trainer: Tom Hallman Jr. (@thallmanjr), reporter, The Oregonian, Pulitzer winner in feature writing


I Don't Always Create Videos, But When I Do They're For Social Media... (Getting Started With Social Video)

Thursday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-Noon
Cost: $25 (Register)

Social video on Facebook and other social platforms is booming. Learn how to create social videos that engage people and reach the heart. We will walk through the features of social videos that appeal to your audience, the planning process, tips for script writing, and editing and production of social video in this hands-on workshop. Laptops with Adobe Premiere are preferred. (Adobe offers a free 30 day trial of Premiere for those who do not already own the software.)

Trainer: Amara Aguilar (@amara_media), digital journalism faculty, USC Annenberg School


Google Tools for Journalists

Thursday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-Noon
Cost: Free (EIJ17 registration required) (Register)

Attend this workshop to hone essential skills every journalist needs for reporting in the digital age. You will learn a broad range of practical, free tools that you can use immediately including how to:

– Use Google Search to research with precision - simple tools and tips to help you get better results
– Make customized interactive Google maps to show where stories happen
– Use Google Alerts to stay in the know on breaking stories that are important to you
– Use Google Scholar to bolster your story with academic papers, opinions, and citations
– Use Google Trends to see real-time search data to bring people the stories they’re looking for

Trainer: Nick Whitaker, training and development manager, Google News Lab


Saturday, Sept. 9

Immersive Storytelling Showcase

Saturday, Sept. 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (EIJ17 registration required) (Register)

Recent ethnographic research suggests that Immersive Storytelling has a unique ability to provide an emotional experience that helps the audience gain new perspective and embodiment in a news story. In this workshop, we’ll talk about the recent Storyliving study, and then screen several 360 video pieces and hear from the creators themselves on how they approached telling the immersive story, challenges they faced, and will hear feedback directly from the audience to build a unique feedback loop in real time.

Note: All participants will be provided Google Cardboard and should bring a smartphone to the session.

Trainer: Nick Whitaker, training and development manager, Google News Lab, Sam Stewart, trainer, SPJ Training Program


Mobile Reporting and Data Visualization Tools

Saturday, Sept. 9, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 (Register)

During this hands-on workshop, you'll turn your mobile phone into a reporting tool and experiment with cutting-edge apps. We'll also experiment with desktop data viz tools such as Datawrapper, CartoDB and Google Fusion Tables. Make sure to bring a laptop and smartphone — and prepare to learn new tools and have fun.

Trainer: Mike Reilley (@journtoolbox), founder of Journalist’s Toolbox, SPJ trainer


Narrative Storytelling: Learning From The Land Of 10,000 Stories

Saturday, Sept. 9, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 (Register)

Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes — and for viewers of Boyd Huppert’s much-shared narrative features, the “Land of 10,000 Stories.” Learn from one of the best storytellers not just in TV but in all of journalism how to connect with audiences in deeply personal and human ways. Step out of the inverted pyramid, just-the-facts model that drives so much daily reporting and into the world of narrative storytelling. You'll learn what narrative storytelling is and how to do it well. You'll discover how to choose a story that's ripe for a narrative approach, and how to get it done on deadline. The goal of this workshop is to provide strategies and resources to help journalists promote narrative storytelling within their individual newsrooms — changing the way you and your colleagues think about, report and tell stories. Journalists working in all media — broadcast, online, print and everything in between — will benefit from thinking about crafting compelling stories.

Trainer: Boyd Huppert (@boydhuppert), reporter, KARE-TV, national Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award winner for narrative feature reporting


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