2017 Training Schedule

The Center for Cooperative Media provides ongoing opportunities for professional development and training for Center partners and for members of its flagship project, the NJ News Commons. 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. To make sure you know about the latest professional development activities and training seminars we have planned, be sure you get our daily newsletter.

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.


March 17: Learn how to create a Flash Briefing for you publication
This training stems from a Medium post written by CCM 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 for small or independent publishers to replicate. Attendees will learn how to create the RSS-based audio skill for the Amazon Echo from scratch and for free.

Price: $5
Location: Room 143, Morehead Hall,1 Normal Avenue, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07042
Parking: Red Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)


April 28: Learn basic data skills for local journalists
At this training, led by Miguel Paz, you will learn how to improve your reporting overall 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: $25
Location: Room 143, Morehead Hall, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07042
Parking: Red Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)


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)
At this training, investigative reporter S.P. Sullivan and local government researcher Marc Pfeiffer will walk you through the process from start to finish and give you some tips and tricks on how to mitigate the inevitable frustration you’ll face along the way.

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


June 7: Webinar: Telling Innovative Mobile Stories With Evrybit
In this webinar, you’ll learn how to use Evrybit to tell innovative, mobile multimedia stories. We will show why thinking mobile first makes sense for local news coverage and how media organizations can benefit from promoting collaboration and encouraging community participation in news production.

Price: Free
Location: https://zoom.us/j/491182107


June 13: Solutions Journalism Network training in Atlantic City
We’ll spend the morning digging deep into the tenets of solutions journalism and discuss examples from around the country. After a break for lunch, we’ll brainstorm different potential collaborative story ideas for solutions-oriented journalism that we could tackle in New Jersey. We hope to generate a meaningful, impactful story idea that we could pitch for funding support.

Price: Free
Location: Stockton University, Carnegie Center, 35 S Dr Martin Luther King Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401


June 14: Webinar: Telling Innovative Mobile Stories With Evrybit
In this webinar, you’ll learn how to use Evrybit to tell innovative, mobile multimedia stories. We will show why thinking mobile first makes sense for local news coverage and how media organizations can benefit from promoting collaboration and encouraging community participation in news production.

Price: Free
Location: https://zoom.us/j/491182107


June 27: Training: WordPress tools, tips, and tricks for local publishers with Marty Halo
As a site owner you will always pay money to a developer to do things that you are untrained to do yourself. This list below is typically the first $500 – $750 you would spend after site launch (or after you site got hacked): optimization, automation, performance, data collection and security! The training will take place in Room 221 of the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University on June 27, 2017 from 11am to 3pm.

Price: $5
Location: Montclair State University, Feliciano School of Business, Room 221, Montclair, NJ 07043


July 19: Webinar: Syndicating your content with iCopyright’s repubHub portal
The NJ News Commons enjoys a special relationship with repubHub, a unique content licensing and syndication portal. Numerous NJ News Commons members contribute their content for others to license for republication, expanding their reach and generating new page views and revenue. Learn how to join this network during this webinar.

Price: Free
Location: https://zoom.us/j/491182107

 

Stay tuned for our fall 2017 training schedule – coming soon!

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