Deep-Dive Workshops

Additional Training Opportunities: Breakout Sessions
Sept. 27-29
Free with EIJ registration


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

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. 26, Thursday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 29.


Wednesday, Sept. 26

ACES’ Editing Boot Camp

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $150 for ACES members, $200 general registration (Register)

For experienced editors seeking to move their work to a new level. You'll hone your skills and edit strategically, going beyond editing for style, grammar and punctuation. When you're done, you will have expertise in substantive editing and have learned how to use critical thinking skills across multiple platforms and disciplines.

Presenters: Sara Ziegler, copy editor, FiveThirtyEight; Nick Jungman, director of student media, University of Oklahoma

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Sara Ziegler, copy editor, FiveThirtyEight
Sara Ziegler (@SaraMZiegler) is the president of ACES: The Society for Editing and a copy editor at data journalism site FiveThirtyEight, with prior stints at Law360 and the Omaha World-Herald. She is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and is an alumna of Iowa State University. She and her husband live in Brooklyn with their two cats.

Nick Jungman, director of student media, University of Oklahoma
Nick Jungman (@nickjungman) is director of student media at the University of Oklahoma and treasurer of ACES: The Society for Editing. He has worked for two decades at newspapers and journalism schools, including positions as copy desk chief and interactive editor. He has made successful appearances on two television game shows.


Telling Local Climate Change Stories that Matter: Science, Impacts, and Solutions

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free (Register)

Please note: You must register for the full EIJ18 conference in order to attend a free workshop.

Climate change is more than an “environmental” story. It affects your audience’s health, safety, food, and wallets. This deep dive into localized climate reporting will cover the wide variety of impacts on our health, economy, security, agriculture, and more. Hear the latest research on the science, communication, impacts, and solutions. Get your questions answered. See exemplary work by peers. Practice creating stories using localized reporting resources; and receive feedback that will make your climate reporting more engaging and accessible.

Trainers: Bernadette Woods Placky, director, Climate Central's Climate Matters program; Edward Maibach, director, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication; Susan Hassol, author and climate change analyst

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Bernadette Woods Placky, director, Climate Central's Climate Matters program
Bernadette Woods Placky is an Emmy Award-winning meteorologist and director of Climate Central's Climate Matters program. Before coming to Climate Central, Bernadette spent 11 years as a TV weather forecaster. Her most recent station was WJZ in Baltimore, where she earned an Emmy for “Best Weathercaster.” Bernadette has a B.S. in Meteorology and a minor in French from Penn State University, where she is a steering committee member for MAPS (Meteorology Alumni of Penn State) and currently serves on the Graduates of Earth and Mineral Sciences (GEMS) Board. She carries the American Meteorological Society certification and currently serving on several AMS Committees.

Edward Maibach, director, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication
Edward Maibach, PhD is a Distinguished University Professor at George Mason University, and Director of Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication. Ed’s research — funded by NSF, NASA, and private foundations — focuses on public engagement in climate change. He was a member of the federal committee that conducted the 3rd National Climate Assessment (released in 2014), and he co-chaired the committee’s Engagement & Communication Working Group. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Ed earned his PhD in communication science at Stanford University, his MPH at San Diego State University, and his BA at University of California, San Diego. Previously, he has served as Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute, Worldwide Director of Social Marketing at Porter Novelli, and Board Chairman for Kidsave International.

Susan Hassol, author and climate change analyst
Susan Hassol is a climate change communicator, analyst and author known for her ability to translate science into English, making complex issues accessible to a wide variety of audiences for three decades. She helps scientists communicate more effectively and provides clear information on climate change to journalists and others. Susan has written and edited numerous high-level reports, including the first three U.S. National Climate Assessments. She has testified before the U.S. Senate, written an HBO documentary, provides advice internationally, addresses influential audiences and writes popular articles. Susan was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012 for her “exceptional contributions to the communication of climate change science to policymakers and the public.” See climatecommunication.org.


Watchdog Journalism for Digital Storytelling

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free (Register)

Please note: You must register for the full EIJ18 conference in order to attend a free workshop.

Sharpen your watchdog teeth in a special Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) workshop focused on digital reporting and storytelling. Broadcast, print and online journalists alike will leave the workshop armed with new tools and tactics for staying ahead of the competition and producing enterprise stories with impact. Sessions will include Digital Sleuthing on Deadline, Prying Loose Public Records, the Art of the Interview, Turning Data into TV and Online Gold, and 30 Stories in 60 Minutes (quick-hit enterprise ideas).

Trainers: Doug Haddix, executive director, Investigative Reporters and Editors; Jill Riepenhoff, investigative producer, Raycom Media; Tisha Thompson, investigative reporter, ESPN; Wendy Saltzman, owner, Philly Power Media

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Doug Haddix, executive director, Investigative Reporters and Editors
Doug Haddix (@DougHaddix) is executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He oversees training, conferences and services for more than 5,500 members worldwide. Previously, Haddix worked as an IRE training director, an assistant vice president at Ohio State University and director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism. Haddix led investigations and computer-assisted reporting at The Columbus Dispatch for a decade. Before that, he worked as city editor of The Scranton Times in Pennsylvania; city editor of The Commercial- News in Danville, Illinois; and as a reporter for the Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun and United Press International (Indianapolis).

Jill Riepenhoff, investigative producer, Raycom Media
Jill Riepenhoff (@JRiep) joined Raycom Media’s national investigative team in July 2017 as a producer. Prior to that, she worked at The Columbus Dispatch since 1985. She has investigated issues ranging from naughty teachers to naughty mortgage brokers to naughty landlords and naughty guardians — those charged with caring for mentally-incompetent adults. She also enjoys digging into sports and has written extensively about the dark sides of youth, high school and college athletics. She has served on the Investigative Reporters and Editors board of directors since 2014. For the past two years, she has chaired IRE’s contest committee.

Tisha Thompson, investigative reporter, ESPN
Tisha Thompson (@TishaESPN) is an investigative reporter for ESPN, appearing on a variety of platforms like Outside the Lines, E:60, SportsCenter, espnW, ESPN FC and espn.com. She previously worked at NBC4 and FOX5 in her hometown of Washington, D.C., with earlier stints in Baltimore, Kentucky and Missouri. She joined IRE when she was 16 years old and credits it with providing her the skills and techniques she used to garner the more than 100 awards and honors she has received.

Wendy Saltzman, owner, Philly Power Media
Wendy Saltzman (@WendySaltzman) is a three-time Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist. She spent more than two decades working on camera in television news. Most recently, she was the investigative reporter at 6abc in Philadelphia, where she was recruited to start their investigative team in 2012. Saltzman recently launched her own media company to coach high-level corporate management, business owners, and individuals to prepare them for interviews and public speaking. In addition, she is using her expertise as a storyteller to help individuals brand themselves and their corporations. Her services include coaching, video production, crafting strategic branded content and social media marketing.


Thursday, Sept. 27

Google News Initiative: Fundamental Tools for Journalism

Thursday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-Noon
Cost: Free (Register)

Please note: You must register for the full EIJ18 conference in order to attend a free workshop.

Attend this workshop to learn about Google tools to make finding, analyzing, and visualizing data more accessible for more journalists. Among the free tools we’ll cover include Google Search, Google Trends, Google Public Data and Google Data GIF Maker. This workshop will help you unlock the powerful world of data journalism to tell deep, insightful stories and inform your audience in compelling new ways. Learn more about Google tools here.

Trainer: Samaruddin “Sam” Stewart, program manager, SPJ Training Program in partnership with the Google News Initiative

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Samaruddin “Sam” Stewart, program manager, SPJ Training Program in partnership with the Google News Initiative
Samaruddin “Sam” Stewart is a journalist and media technologist based in California. He serves as a program manager for the SPJ Training Program in partnership with the Google News Initiative which has trained over 16,000 US journalists in the past two years across 48 US states. Prior, he was awarded a Knight Foundation Prototype Grant for his innovative work in verification of visual content for journalism and was also selected as a Stanford University John S. Knight Journalism Fellow where his research focused on countering misinformation through technology. His prior work includes senior managing and editing roles at Aol News, Agence France-Presse, The Arizona Republic, and he was also selected as the US Department of State’s 189th Franklin Fellow focusing on media outreach and audience engagement.


It’s Just Video, Until a Storyteller Creates an Experience

Thursday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-Noon
Cost: Free (Register)

Please note: You must register for the full EIJ18 conference in order to attend a free workshop.

We live in an age of endless video, much of it just visual noise. This session will be loaded with tips for maximizing the impact of video. You'll learn strategies for producing focused stories that will connect with viewers on an emotional level. These are the techniques that helped Boyd Huppert earn an unprecedented 16 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, as well as multiple Sigma Delta Chi Awards. Whatever your medium - television, radio, print or digital - this three hour investment, will change the way you tell stories.

Trainer: TBA


Saturday, Sept. 29

Mobile and Data Viz Reporting Tools Training

Saturday, Sept. 29, 1:30-4 p.m.
Cost: Free (Register)

Please note: You must register for the full EIJ18 conference in order to attend a free workshop.

During this hands-on training session, 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 to the session.

Trainer: TBA


Mobile Journalism: Story Creation in Your Pocket

Saturday, Sept. 29, 1:30-4 p.m.
Cost: Free (Register)

Please note: You must register for the full EIJ18 conference in order to attend a free workshop.

As smartphones and video apps become more sophisticated, the ability to create both digital and broadcast stories with a simple kit that fits in your pocket is now a reality. This hands-on session will leave you with the ability to shoot, edit, produce, feedback, and go live all with your smartphone and a small amount of add-on equipment. Learn how to both create stories and distribute them to multiple platforms with gear you can always carry with you.

Trainer: Geoffrey Roth, news director, KREX/KFQX

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Geoffrey Roth, news director, KREX/KFQX
Geoffrey Roth is the News Director at KREX/KFQX in Grand Junction, CO. He has become a leader in the transition to mobile journalism workflows in newsrooms around the country. He recently completed a year long project converting a foreign-language news department in San Francisco to an all- mobile multi-platform news organization. Before that he built IP-based mobile news workflows for two Fox O&O stations.




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