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NJ News Commons trainings and events schedule (2018)

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.


January 26: Local news podcasting workshop
We will be joined by local news entrepreneur and long-time radio reporter, Bernie Wagenblast, to discuss the ins and outs of podcasting for local news. We’ll discuss why audio reporting and content can be valuable to local communities, how local publishers can add audio to their daily or weekly reporting, and why collaboration can be a valuable tool when local publishers want to add audio reporting and information to the local news offerings. We’ll also go over the basics of how to create, record, edit, and distribute your own local news podcast.

Price: Free
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Location: Suite #2109, School of Communication and Media building
Parking: Red Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)


February 16: Push notifications for local news publishers (WEBINAR)
Joe Amditis will go through the process for setting up push notifications using the OneSignal plugin for WordPress. We will also go over some of the best practices and lessons-learned when it comes to things like the content, style, and frequency of your push notification strategy.

Price: Free
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Location: Zoom Conference webinar


March 7: Media and public information law for the modern journalist
Walter Luers will lead a workshop on New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). Walter M. Luers is an attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey. Walter works on civil and commercial litigation, with a concentration in the Open Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act. He advises and successfully represents individuals and corporations in lawsuits and administrative actions against public agencies that have violated these laws. The session will also cover topics such as privacy, takedown notices, fair use, copyright, and New Jersey’s Shield Law. Click here to register.

Price: $20
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Location: Room 143, Morehead Hall, Montclair State University
ParkingRed Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)


March 23: Using the Story Exchange to reach new audiences (WEBINAR)
Andrew Elston, CEO of repubHub, will explain how the NJ News Commons Story Exchange, powered by iCopyright, can help local publishers increase the distribution of their stories, reach new audiences, and even help populate their own websites with relevant content from neighboring publications – all while increasing the potential revenue derived from those stories.

Price: Free
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Location: Zoom conference webinar


March/April 2018 (EXACT DATE TBA): Social media for local media publishers
Jennifer Tripucka of Hoboken Girl will go over various tactics, tips and tricks for increasing your publication’s visibility and influence on various social media platforms. More information about this training will be released as we confirm the details with Jennifer. Stay tuned!

Price: Free
Time: TBA
Location: Suite #2109, School of Communication and Media building
Parking: Red Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)


May 10-11: Collaborative Journalism Summit
The second annual Collaborative Journalism Summit will 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. Full speaker and panel schedule TBA.

Price: TBA
Time: TBA
Location: Suite #2109, School of Communication and Media building (subject to change)
Parking: Red Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)


June 15: Using free (or cheap) online tools to create infographics and multimedia content
Joe Amditis will lead the group through the process of creating simple infographics and other multimedia using free tools like Canva, Infogr.am, and the various suite of tools created by the Knight Digital Media Lab.

Price: Free
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Location: Suite #2109, School of Communication and Media building
Parking: Red Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)

 

Stay tuned for more trainings and events, as well as our fall 2018 training schedule!

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