Upcoming training: Data reporting, Flash Briefing skill, open records, engagement, sales and more

Get out your calendars and get ready to save some dates!

We’re putting the final touches on several upcoming training events, and wanted to give you peek at what’s on the calendar so far. Take a look at the list below for an outline of upcoming sessions. If you have an idea for a seminar, please let us know, we’d love to try to accommodate what you’re looking for; email info@njnewscommons.org.

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Note that news organizations that are members of the NJ News Commons get a discount on all trainings; email info@njnewscommons.org to get the code.

Upcoming Center for Cooperative Media training events

March 17: Learn how to create a Flash Briefing for you publication
This training stems from a Medium post written by Center associate director Joe Amditis. Over the holiday break last year, Amditis bought an Amazon Echo Dot and sat down to figure out how to create a Flash Briefing skill that small or independent publishers could replicate. Attendees will learn how to create the RSS-based audio skill for the Amazon Echo from scratch and for free.

Price: $10
Location: Room 143, Morehead Hall,1 Normal Avenue, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07042
Parking: Red Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)


April 3: Learn basic data skills for local journalists
At this training, led by Miguel Paz, you will learn how to improve your reporting and find new stories hidden in the data that might have otherwise been overlooked. Miguel Paz is an internationally renowned investigative data journalist from Chile, a former Nieman fellow, the founder of Poderopedia, and a professor of data journalism at the CUNY Graduate School Journalism. Paz will give an introductory course on data journalism for New Jersey journalists, reporters, and publishers.

Price: $50
Location: Room 143, Morehead Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07042
Parking: Red Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)


April 20: Shadow of Liberty immigration event
This event will be held at the Neighborhood House in Morristown and will highlight the work of our Shadow of Liberty grantees over the last year as a result of our crowdfunded collaborative reporting project. The project is focused on New Jersey immigrants, immigrant communities, immigration issues and policies, and the role each plays throughout the Garden State. We will also announce the next round of immigration reporting micro-grants at the end of the event.

Price: Free
Location: Neighborhood House, 12 Flagler St, Morristown, NJ 07960
Parking: Street


May 4-5: Collaborative Journalism Summit
The Collaborative Journalism Summit seeks to bring together journalism organizations from around the world to discuss the role of collaboration in today’s media environment, look at case studies, learn best practices, discuss lessons-learned, and to network with each other. Our kickoff keynote address will be delivered by Martha Hamilton, an editor with the Panama Papers project at The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Other speakers include Scott Klein of ProPublica discussing Electionland, WNYC, New America Media, the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, the NC Newsroom Cooperative, Heather Bryant, a Knight fellow at Stanford studying collaboration, and many more.

Price: $50
Location: 7th Floor, The Conference and Banquet Center at University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07042
Parking: Red Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)


June 6: Navigating the world of open public records (OPRA training)
S.P. Sullivan spends a lot of time requesting and reading public records. But obtaining these vital public documents and data often isn’t as easy or as simple as you might think. Understanding and navigating the world of New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) is a complex and sometimes expensive process. Sullivan, a reporter with NJ Advance Media, has agreed to lead this training. Additional instructors TBA.

Price: $25
Location: Room 143, Morehead Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07042
Parking: Red Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)


June 23: Community collaboration and engagement (#EngagementDay2017)
Mike Rispoli of Free Press, Terry Parris, Jr. of ProPublica, Carrie Brown of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and Chris Satullo of Keystone Civic Ventures will discuss the lessons learned as a result of their extensive experience with community engagement and community/newsroom collaboration. More details TBA.

Price: $10
Location: Room 143, Morehead Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07042
Parking: Red Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)


July 26: Recruiting and hiring salespeople (webinar)
In this webinar, led by business coach Eleanor Cippel, you will learn how to find sales people, as well as the answers to questions like: Where should I look? How can I identify good prospects for hire? Cippel will help you answer those questions and give you some tactical advice on how to find a good salesperson for your business. This webinar will also offer a preview of the 2017 Sales Academy.

Price: Free
Location: https://zoom.us/j/491182107
Parking: N/A


August 2: Developing a quality sales prospect list (webinar)
In this webinar, led by business coach Eleanor Cippel, you will learn how to build a prospect list with a balanced strategy, how to identify key prospects, and how to prioritize them. This webinar will serve as an introduction to what Cippel calls “The Intentional Sales Process” and will offer a preview of the 2017 Sales Academy.

Price: Free
Location: https://zoom.us/j/491182107
Parking: N/A

About the Center for Cooperative Media: The Center is a grant-funded program of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. The Center is supported with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Democracy Fund. Its mission is to grow and strengthen local journalism, and in doing so serve New Jersey residents. For more information, visit CenterforCooperativeMedia.org.

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