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.


NAHJ Student Boot Camp
Wednesday, Sept. 6
10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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. Sessions will focus on how to get the most out of the conference, making a good first impression, building your brand through social media, and networking your way into a job.


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.


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.

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.

Trainer: Cody Winchester, training director, IRE


ACES’ Editing Boot Camp

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $100 for ACES members, $175 general registration (Register)

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.


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)

Building 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.

Trainers: Matt Waite, founder, Drone Journalism Lab and professor of practice, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Sam Stewart (@samsends), SPJ Trainer for Google News Lab partnership; Michael Chambliss, business rep and technologist, International Cinematographers Guild; Matthew Lavin, aerial cinematographer, owner, Aerography UAV; Josh Rubenstein, commanding officer, Public Communications Group, Los Angeles Police Department; Chad Daring, aerial cinematographer, drone pilot and founder, Daring Air

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Mike Fortin
Mike Fortin is an aerial cinematographer, licensed pilot, and President and CEO of Cinedrones, an aerial cinematography company based in Los Angeles. FAA Section 333 and Part 107 approved, Cinedrones provides commercial UAV and drone services from preproduction to shot delivery for feature films, TV series, documentaries, commercials, live events and news. Among the company’s clients are: Fox, ABC, NBC, AMC, Ford, Chevy, Bentley, BMW, Subaru, Universal, Honda, MTV, Nickelodeon, HBO, to name a few. Fortin is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild.

Chad Daring
Chad Daring is an aerial cinematographer, licensed pilot, and founder of Daring Air, an FAA Section 333 and Part 107 section approved aerial cinematography company based in Manhattan Beach, CA. Daring Air provides commercial UAV and drone services for feature films, TV series, live broadcast, live events & commercials. Among the company’s clients are: FOX, CBS, NBC, Discovery Channel and McDonald’s, to name a few. Chad is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild.

Matthew Lavin
An Aerial DP, drone pilot and consultant, Matthew’s passion is combining story and technology. His credits include numerous commercials, feature films, and major sport and event coverage. Matthew executed the first live aerial broadcast for Major League Baseball and served as Chancellor of The Monterey Bay UAV Flight School for Cinematography. An ICG member, Matthew’s company, Aerography, holds both the 3/3/3 FAA Exemption and a Part 107 UAS License.

Previous to his work in UAVs, Matthew worked for Disney, Jim Henson Productions and Blue Man Group as a master puppeteer, robotic remote operator, lighting tech and R&D engineer

Samaruddin Stewart
Samaruddin “Sam” Stewart is a journalist and media technologist based in California. He trains US journalists on how to best use digital tools for storytelling with the SPJ Training Program in partnership with the Google News Lab. Prior, he was awarded a Knight Foundation grant for his innovative work in verification of visual content for journalism and was also a Stanford University John S. Knight Journalism Fellow researching countering misinformation and manipulation. His prior work includes managing and editing roles at Aol News, Agence France-Presse, The Arizona Republic, and the US Department of State.

Matt Waite
Matt Waite is a professor of practice in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and founder of the Drone Journalism Lab. Since he joined the faculty in 2011, he and his students have used drones to report news in six countries on three continents. He regularly speaks about the legal and ethical complexities of using drones at conferences around the world and is regularly consulted by media organizations about their potential. He also teaches courses in data journalism, web development and the intersection of storytelling and technology. From 2007-2011, he was a programmer/journalist for the St. Petersburg Times where he developed the Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact. Before that, he was an award-winning investigative reporter for the Times and co-author of Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss.


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; Fernando Hurtado (@fhurtado), multimedia journalist, Circa

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Amara Aguilar
Amara Aguilar is an associate professor of professional practice in digital journalism at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. At USC, her areas of focus include mobile and emerging platforms, social media, design and innovation. Amara has worked as a journalist, designer, multimedia producer, social video producer, freelancer and consultant. She loves journalism, all things tech, Star Wars, her daughter Catalina and two dogs (not in that order).

Fernando Hurtado
Fernando Hurtado is a multimedia journalist covering news for Circa out of the Los Angeles bureau. He covers everything from Coachella to food stamps to driverless vehicles.

Previously, Hurtado was a freelance video and content producer for Fusion, USA Today and the Huffington Post. He's also held internships at LinkedIn, Telemundo, Tribune Publishing, Steve Harvey and Univision. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in broadcast and digital journalism.


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

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Samaruddin Stewart
Samaruddin “Sam” Stewart is a journalist and media technologist based in California. He trains US journalists on how to best use digital tools for storytelling with the SPJ Training Program in partnership with the Google News Lab. Prior, he was awarded a Knight Foundation grant for his innovative work in verification of visual content for journalism and was also a Stanford University John S. Knight Journalism Fellow researching countering misinformation and manipulation. His prior work includes managing and editing roles at Aol News, Agence France-Presse, The Arizona Republic, and the US Department of State.


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.

Trainers: Mike Reilley (@journtoolbox), founder of Journalist’s Toolbox, SPJ trainer; Victor Hernandez (@ToTheVictor), director of media innovation, Banjo


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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Boyd Huppert
During his 33 year career in television news, Boyd Huppert has become widely known for his work as a video storyteller and teacher — in the U.S. and internationally.

Boyd works as a reporter at KARE TV in Minneapolis, where he produces and hosts the station's weekly "Land of 10,000 Stories" segment.

Boyd's work has earned some of journalism's highest honors, including a national Emmy for feature reporting, the Scripps Howard Award, multiple Sigma Delta Chi awards and 15 National Edward R. Murrow awards. Boyd was a 2016 recipient of the Sprague Award, the highest honor bestowed by the National Press Photographers Association.


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