Workshops at EIJ15

Additional Training Opportunities

Breakout Sessions
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The Doctor is In

There’s something for everyone at EIJ15, including multiple opportunities for even more in-depth, hands-on, intensive training. Aside from nearly 60 breakout sessions, the conference offers additional opportunities for skills-based workshops. These longer and more intensive programs are yet another way you can improve your journalism skills at EIJ15.

Some have an additional fee, some don’t. Some require an application and selection process, others just require an advance registration on the EIJ registration form. Read on for more information on all the workshops available at the Excellence in Journalism conference.


Friday, Sept. 18, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Cost: No additional cost (EIJ registration required)
Application Deadline: August 21

NBCUniversity is a one-day intensive workshop, geared toward on-air and off-air conference attendees, taught by NBCU “professors” for individuals at all levels of their career. The coursework includes a variety of classes, from scripts to digital reporting. Participants will learn all they need to know to graduate to the next level of their career. Workshop space is limited and requires an application and selection process. Get all the details and apply today right here.

CNN Producer Workshop

Friday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Cost: No additional cost (EIJ registration required)
Application Deadline: August 14

CNN is seeking journalists with the skills to produce compelling content with broad appeal. This daylong workshop is designed to sharpen your producer skills and provide a template on what it takes to maximize your success. It’s designed for the full range of producing talents — Field Producers, Digital Producers and Show/Line Producers. Get all the details and apply today right here.

CNN From Local Reporter to National Correspondent Workshop

Friday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Cost: No additional cost (EIJ registration required)
Application Deadline: August 4

This workshop gives promising local television reporters a look into what it takes to be a successful Network Correspondent. Top network journalists will use interactive training to teach you the different skills, experiences and background you need to make it at the network level. Attendees will hear from network correspondents, producers and executives and get firsthand insight into the reality and rigors of the job. Get all the details and apply today right here.

ASNE Minority Leadership Institute

Thursday, Sept. 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 18, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Cost: No additional cost
Application Deadline: August 7

The institute will provide leadership and management training for up to 16 mid-level editors and news directors from news organizations around the country. Get all the details and apply today right here.

Social Media Deep Dive Workshop, presented by Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism

Friday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m.-Noon
Cost: $25 (EIJ registration also required)
This workshop is full.

In this three-hour workshop, participants will master new skills in an interactive, hands-on lab environment. They’ll leave better equipped to dig deeper with social media on deadline and for enterprise stories. The deep dive will develop three critical news skills:

1. Sleuthing with social search. Use little-known apps, tricks and techniques to find key sources and story ideas via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
2. Storytelling with Storify. Learn the mechanics of building a social media story with the free Storify app. See how to use Storify for private social media research as well as to publish and embed social media stories.
3. Crowdsourcing with Google Forms. Learn how to create a simple Web-based form to gather information and save it in a Google spreadsheet. No programming skills needed. Journalists can use Google Forms to crowdsource data, story tips, polls, and other information from readers and viewers. In addition, Google Forms can be used internally as a collaborative tool to collect information and data from everyone involved in a news story.

Please note (this is important!):
– The session will be run as a hands-on learning lab, so participants will need a laptop or tablet (some features are limited on a mobile device).
– In advance of the workshop, participants need to have accounts for Gmail/Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Storify and HootSuite. All are free.

Trainers: Doug Haddix, director, Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, Ohio State University; Kevin Smith, deputy director, Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, Ohio State University

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Doug Haddix, director, Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, Ohio State University
Doug Haddix has served as director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University for four years. Previously, he worked for three years as national training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors. Doug conducted watchdog reporting workshops and custom training for newspaper, TV and radio newsrooms around the country. More than 3,000 journalists benefited from his presentations and hands-on training during his time at IRE. Doug also served as managing editor of the organization’s quarterly magazine, The IRE Journal.

Prior to joining the IRE staff, Doug worked for 10 years as projects editor at The Columbus Dispatch, where he directed investigations and computer-assisted reporting. Before that, Doug held two other editing jobs: city editor of The Scranton Times in Pennsylvania and city editor of The Commercial-News in Danville, Ill.

Kevin Smith, deputy director, Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, Ohio State University
Kevin Z. Smith brings more than 20 years of newsroom and journalism teaching experience to his role as deputy director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism. He has been a longtime leader in the Society of Professional Journalists, serving as national president in 2009-10. He has served as chairman of the national group’s Ethics Committee since 2010 and as a board member of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation since 2008.

Editing Bootcamp, presented by the American Copy Editors Society

Friday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $95 for ACES, NAHJ, RTDNA and SPJ members, $150 for non-members
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NOTE: Registration for this workshop takes place on the ACES website. Go here to register separately for the full Excellence in Journalism conference.

If you’re an editor or edit as part of your job, this workshop offers a daylong editing bootcamp experience that can help you polish your skills. Each workshop is taught by knowledgeable and experienced presenters. The workshop covers the following topics:

– Why editing is important (and how to convince your bosses)
– Grammar and punctuation basics
– Commonly confused and misused words
– Elements of proofreading
– Clarity: smoothing out dense or garbled prose, streamlining copy
– Accuracy: checking facts and sources, ensuring charts/graphics are correct, identifying and filling in missing information
– Headlines: writing clear, informative display type in print and online (including SEO)
– Style: why you need a style guide

Follow this link to the ACES website to register for this workshop. To register separately for the full EIJ15 conference, go here.

News Directors New Media Leadership Bootcamp, presented by the Carole Kneeland Project

Friday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $50 (EIJ registration also required)
This workshop is full.

NOTE: Attendance at this workshop is restricted to current news directors, asst. news directors, executive producers and directors of digital content (or similar role) working in a news capacity. Participants can be from broadcast, print or online newsrooms.

Learn real-life systems for growing audience, developing original content and driving engagement via multiple platforms, all while building a culture of exclusive community-based journalism. The role of a television news director has always been challenging, but over the last decade, budget cuts, staff reductions and multiple platforms have made the job even more stressful as the world accesses more content than ever before in history. News directors, asst. news directors and directors of digital content will learn systems on Friday that they can begin using on Monday.

Issues that will be tackled in this workshop include:
– Newsroom Leadership in a 24-hour socially networked new media world
– Beyond “Coverage:” Building a newsroom culture as a community thought leader
– Creating engaged newsrooms: Proven systems that work
– Maintaining Ethical leadership on all platforms
– Cultural Competency: Improving relationships in minority communities
– Community action: Finding the right voice
– Hot topics: Issues to cover chosen by you.

For more than 15 years, The Kneeland Project has coached news executives in all fifty states to better manage the evolving newsroom and to improve the quality of local journalism. “Life-changing” and ''Inspirational” — that’s how news directors describe The Kneeland Project.

Trainers: Kevin Benz, former news director, trainer, principal at i-Media Strategies; Stacey Woelfel, director, Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism, University of Missouri; Chip Mahaney, regional general manager, digital division, The E.W. Scripps Company; Christina Karaoli Taylor, executive producer, KWCH, Wichita, Kan.

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Kevin Benz, founder, i-Media Strategies
Kevin Benz’s career in journalism and marketing informs his leadership and editorial coaching. As the founder of i-Media Strategies he works with news leaders developing powerful newsroom systems aimed at producing more engaging journalism on-air and online. Beyond 25 years in the field and in the news director’s chair, Kevin is well-known as an inspiring, engaging professional trainer. He’s presented to thousands of industry leaders and mentored hundreds one-on-one while working with the Carole Kneeland Project for Excellence in Journalism, Poynter, RTDNA and other related organizations. Benz launched two news organization News 8 Austin, a 24-hour local cable news channel where he served as news director for 11 years; and as editor in chief at CultureMap Austin, the most read digital lifestyle magazine of the city. A University of Texas graduate, Benz is also a former Chairman of RTDNA.

Chip Mahaney, E.W. Scripps Company
Chip Mahaney is regional general manager for The E.W. Scripps Company's digital division. He leads digital strategies and operations for the company’s properties in several local markets across the country, and he works to grow the impact and audience for Scripps’ journalism across all digital platforms, including mobile, web and social. He is a former local TV news director and a longtime TV news manager, previously working for stations in the FOX, Raycom and Gannett organizations. He has 30 years of experience covering local news, sports and extreme weather, and managing newsroom technology. Over 25 years, he has trained thousands of journalists how to use new technologies and the leadership skills to implement them. He is a former Murrow and Emmy award winner.

Christina Karaoli Taylor, executive producer, KWCH, Wichita, Kan.
Christina is a veteran journalist, transitioning into journalism education and training. As Executive Producer at KWCH TV in Wichita she has won two Emmy awards and mentored producers and reporters. She recently earned a Masters of Liberal Studies degree at Wichita State University where she developed a journalism curriculum for cultural competency. Through analysis of news coverage that lacks "cultural competency", she helps working journalists understand stereotypes so they can avoid perpetuating them in their work.

Stacey Woelfel, associate professor, Missouri School of Journalism
Stacey Woelfel is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and the director of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the school. He is the former news director for KOMU-TV, the University of Missouri-owned NBC affiliate for central Missouri. The commercial station serves as the teaching laboratory for the Missouri School of Journalism. Woelfel is a frequent instructor in free media practices for journalists worldwide, having instructed working journalists multiple times in China, Croatia, Mexico, Moldova, and Montenegro. His focus is on sharing current trends and best practices to reach audiences more effectively. He is a former national chairman of Radio Television Digital News Foundation, the Radio Television Digital News Association, was a member of the association’s Executive Committee, and has served as the chair of the ethics committee, and a member of the convention planning and education committees. He also serves as the vice president of the board of the Carole Kneeland Project, an organization focused on responsible quality journalism. Woelfel also serves as president of the board of governors of the Mid-America chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Newsroom Leadership Workshop (Presented in Spanish): Administración, liderazgo y desarrollo en una sala de redacción moderna en español

Friday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free (EIJ registration required)
This workshop is full.

En esta sesión de un día de duración, líderes de salas de redacción de Telemundo en todo el país, llevarán a cabo un taller sobre el desarrollo de estrategias, desarrollo de equipos, gestión del talento, desarrollo de una unidad de investigación y desarrollo de una estrategia de medios sociales. Si usted está en una posición de liderazgo en una sala de redacción en español, usted querrá unirse a esta sesión. Aprenda a aumentar la participación, las clasificaciones y construir un equipo de noticias triunfador.

English translation: Management, Leadership and Development in a Modern Spanish Language Newsroom
In this daylong session, newsroom leaders from Telemundo stations around the country will lead a workshop on developing strategy, building teams, managing talent, developing an investigative unit and developing a social media strategy. If you’re in a leadership position at a Spanish-language newsroom you’ll want to join this session. Learn how to increase engagement and ratings and build an award-winning news team.

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