Monday, April 12, 2010

NewsTrain comes to Chicago

Monday, April 12, 2010

Want to learn new media skills from the top journalists?

The Associated Press Managing Editors' (APME) NewsTrain came to The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, Illinois, on March 26-27. The two-day, traveling, training workshops are designed to help editors become more effective in their newsrooms by keeping abreast the latest technology trends.

This particular NewsTrain event awarded McCormick Educator scholarships to 20 Chicago-based journalism educators who are fostering the next generation of journalists.

The workshops featured two tracks: “The Nimble Leader” and “The Evolving Journalist” and featured courses on:
  • News Ethics and Values – Breaking News Without Breaking Trust / Mitch Pugh
  • The Skeptical Editor / Kathy Schenck
  • Creating a Constructive Culture / Bob Zaltsberg
  • Content Planning for Multiple Media and Multiple Deadlines / Jane Hirt
  • Your Data Strategy – What info to collect and what you can do with it / Derek Willis
  • Alternative distribution – Putting links, RSS and social networking to work / Mark Briggs
  • Covering communities in new ways / Mark Briggs
  • Knowing Your Audiences / Mark Briggs

Derek Willis, Web developer at The New York Times, led a workshop about data strategy that was particularly timely, given the proliferation of free and nominal-cost tools available today for enhancing reporting. Willis passed on some words of wisdom when designing user-friendly interfaces that "appeals to Bart Simpson's simplicity and Lisa Simpson's depth and curiosity."

Read more about data strategy on Willis’ handouts.

We hope that you can attend the next NewsTrain in Nashville, Tennessee from Sept. 23-24, 2010. Click here to get more information on how you can attend. Journalism educators can click here to apply for a McCormick Award that will pay for your workshop expenses up to $400.

Check out the photos posted to McCormick Journalism Facebook Page.

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