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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.

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IMPORTANT: This page is a living document that will be updated and edited throughout the year as new information and new events become available. If you have a question about this page, our events, or anything else regarding CCM and NJ News Commons activities, please send an email to info@njnewscommons.org

You can also click here to see our entire training and events schedule, or you can click here to subscribe to our daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on all CCM and NJ News Commons events and activities.


Recent events and trainings:

JANUARY

JAN. 23: Webinar: Help Reveal investigate abusive rehab centers in New Jersey
The Center for Cooperative Media will host an informational webinar about the Rehab Reporting Network on Jan. 23, 2019 at 1pm ET with Byard Duncan of Reveal. During this session, Byard will talk more about the Rehab Reporting Network and how to join, and will give everyone a quick rundown of the tips we have now.

Here is a rough outline of what will be covered during the webinar:

  • Intro to the topic of work-based rehabs
  • What we’ve found in our reporting so far (Oklahoma, NC, etc.)
  • Why we decided to start the network (We had so many tips coming in)
  • The tips we have in NJ, and how to get more (i.e. callouts in NJ partners’ own newsletters and on social)
  • How to join the network and what you get from us: Access to tips, Slack channel, reporting tips, etc.

Price: Free
Date/time: Jan. 23, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET
Location: https://zoom.us/j/491182107


FEBRUARY

FEB. 8: Excellence in Local News awards from NJ News Commons
Join us for the second annual NJ News Commons Excellence in Local News awards ceremony and banquet! Awards will be given out in the following categories: the Engage Local award, the Collaborate Local award, the Sustain Local award, the Innovate Local award, the Investigate Local award, the Campus Watchdog award, and the NJ News Commons Partner of the Year.

Price: Free for NJ News Commons members
Date/time: Feb. 8, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. ET
Location
: Capital Craft, 171 U.S. 22, Green Brook Township, NJ 08812
Parking: Free, on-site lot

FEB 19: Intro to telling stories in 360° and virtual reality
Learn how to tell a visual story from a first person point of view and connect with your audiences in a new way with 360 photo and video. In this hands-on workshop you’ll work with Matthew MacVey and use affordable 360 cameras to capture and share immersive stories. Questions? Email Matthew MacVey at matthew.macvey@journalism.cuny.edu.

Price: $10
Date/time: Feb. 19, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET
Location: Center for Cooperative Media, School of Communication and Media building, Room #2109, Montclair State University
Parking: Red Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)

FEB 27: Introducing a new toolkit for newsletters from the Lenfest Institute
Joseph Lichterman will walk us through the ins and outs of Lenfest’s latest newsletter toolkit for local publishers. This workshop will give our partners an inside look at the latest in newsletter knowledge sharing and lessons learned, and is based on more than a year of work by Lichterman and the rest of the Lenfest Institute. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Price: $10
Date: Feb. 27, 2019 from 1-3pm
Location: School of Communication and Media building, Suite #2109, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
Parking: Red Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)


MAY

May 16-17: 2019 Collaborative Journalism Summit
We hope you’ll join us and other journalists, media executives, technologists and entrepreneurs from around the world for the 2019 Collaborative Journalism Summit. This year’s conference builds on the successes of our 2017 and 2018 summits, which focused on case studies of successful collaborative projects and featured keynote speakers representing CrossCheck, ethnic media collaborations, The Panama Papers, Solutions Journalism Network, Electionland and much more. Full speaker and panel schedule TBA.

Price: $50
Date/time: May 16-17, 2019 starting at 4 p.m. ET
Location: WHYY Studios, 150 N. Sixth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Events we’re planning or considering:

JUNE – DECEMBER

Data journalism 201: Getting into the weeds of data reporting
Following up on our Data Journalism 101 workshop for ONA New Jersey, this session will go a little deeper into the weeds of data journalism. This training will be led by Steve Stirling and other members of the NJ Advance Media data team. It will focus on finding and identifying stories within a dataset, as well as other skills choosing the proper visualization and collaborating to help take your data reporting to the next level.

Price: Free
Date: TBA
Location: TBA
Parking: TBA

Using social media to build your local news brand
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: $10
Date: TBA
Location: TBA (Montclair State University)
ParkingRed Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)

Podcasting 201: Turn your newsletter into an audio news briefing
Joe Amditis will walk you through the process of turning your daily (or weekly) newsletter into an audio news product that can be published as a standalone podcast or as a Flash Briefing skill for the Amazon Echo.

Price: Free
Date: TBA
Location: TBA (but it will be at Montclair State University)
ParkingRed Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)

WordPress tools, tips, and tricks for local publishers
As a site owner you will always pay money to a developer to do things that you are untrained to do yourself. This list 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. Marty Halo will lead this session.

Price: $10
Date: TBA
Location: TBA (but it will be at Montclair State University)
ParkingRed Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)

Using automation so you can get back to reporting the news
Joe Amditis will give you an overview and a crash course in using online tools like Zapier and IFTTT to automate some of your daily tasks so you can spend more time reporting. These tools can be useful for everything from new employee on-boarding processes, to customer relationship management, to making sure you remember to turn on your phone’s wifi when you get home every day.

Price: Free
Date: TBA
Location: TBA (but it will be at Montclair State University)
ParkingRed Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)

Learn basic multimedia and graphic design skills
Joe Amditis will lead this session on basic graphic design and multimedia skills. Using (mostly) free software and online tools, we will go over some basic tips and tricks for creating and incorporating simple graphic design and other multimedia elements into your digital content. More details TK.

Price: Free
Date: TBA
Location: TBA (but it will be at Montclair State University)
ParkingRed Hawk Parking Deck (validation provided)

Facebook ads: An open Q&A session with Toya Wilson
To help ensure your paid social marketing campaigns go off without a hitch, digital marketing strategist Toya Wilson-Smith is hosting the next in a series of open Q&A webinars for INN, LION, Detroit Journalism Cooperative and NJ News Commons members.

Price: Free
Date: TBA
Location: TBA
Parking: TBA


NOTE: This page will continue to be updated as more details about our trainings and events become available, so don’t forget to check back for updates. You can also click here to see our entire training and events calendar, or you can click here to subscribe to our daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on all CCM and NJ News Commons events and activities.