Technology Training for Editors and Reporters

Traditional news media is struggling to retain readership, and it’s all hands on deck to train working journalists in digital media technologies so they can reach the next generation of news consumers where they live (online). That means doing a lot more than shoveling newspapers onto the web, and the Berkeley J-School – in conjunction with the Knight Digital Media Center – has been at the forefront of multimedia training for journalists.

We’re expanding our popular multimedia training program to include training tracks on a broader ranger of internet technologies – map mash-ups, wikis, RSS, widgets, blogs, podcasting, FaceBook, etc. We’ve got two great new workshops in the queue for March and April – one for editors and one for reporters.

The workshops are free to qualified journalists (with stipulations). Click through for application details.


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A reminder that the deadline is approaching for fellowship applications for:

Technology Training for Editors Workshop
March 25 – 28, 2008

Technology Training for Reporters Workshop
April 15 – 18, 2008

Knight Digital Media Center at
The University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR BOTH SEMINARS: FEBRUARY 8, 2008 

The Knight Digital Media Center Multimedia at the University of California, Berkeley is offering 20 fellowships per workshop for editors (March workshop) and for reporters (April workshop) to attend these training sessions that combine practical instruction in current and emerging technologies that impact news reporting with in-depth exploration of issues in online publishing. 

Technology Training for Editors

Publishers are demanding stories be delivered in multiple formats to a myriad of platforms. Some reporters embrace the new technologies, while others resist them, writing them off as just more work. In between are the editors trying to manage this maelstrom, often lacking a firm understanding of the technologies that now go into the stories they are responsible for delivering.

The Knight Digital Media Center has developed a Technology Training Workshop specifically for such editors. It provides hands-on experience with the digital technologies that newsrooms are adopting and incorporating.

During the four-day intensive workshop editors will produce map-mashups from databases, use GPS data and widgets, produce audio, photos and video, create podcasts and publish to blogs, RSS feeds, YouTube, and Facebook. You’ll also get to hear from media and technology leaders about what’s coming next.

WHO SHOULD APPLY:

Editors, from top executives to line and copy editors, who find themselves trying to manage newsrooms and workflow but lack practical experience in using the digital technologies now driving news gathering and delivery.

HOW TO APPLY:  An online application form and instructions are available at:

http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/training/

To fill out the application, you’ll need to register at the site (and confirm that in an email link). By registering, you’ll be able to save your application and return later to edit, update or complete.

The application includes questions about your contact information and place of employment and your proficiency in various equipment and software, as well as a statement of interest by you, a letter for support from a supervisor and a resume summary of your journalism experience.

If you have any questions, please contact Lanita Pace-Hinton, director of multimedia and technology training, at pacel@berkeley.edu or (510) 643 -7429.

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Technology Training for Reporters

Many news organizations are using databases and map mashups as a new form of digital storytelling that provides highly personalized and geographically specific data to better serve communities. New applications make these technologies something every reporter can add to their online toolkit for both breaking news stories and feature and investigative packages.

The Knight Digital Media Center has developed a Technology Training Workshop for reporters who want hands-on experience using or producing map mashups, databases, geographic information systems and GPS devices.

During the four-day, intensive workshop reporters will produce online maps that dynamically link to databases, work with GPS devices to output data for a map mashup, and learn how to use GIS applications to collect and publish data to a web site. You’ll hear from news publications that are using these new tools to better engage the public and get a glimpse of the new GIS technologies reporters will be able to utilize in the future.

WHO SHOULD APPLY:

Reporters interested in using databases and maps for information delivery to a web site and GIS systems and GPS devices as a tool for reporting and storytelling.

HOW TO APPLY:  An online application form and instructions are available at:

http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/training/

To fill out the application, you’ll need to register at the site (and confirm that in an email link). By registering, you’ll be able to save your application and return later to edit, update or complete.

The application includes questions about your contact information and place of employment and your proficiency in various equipment and software, as well as a statement of interest by you, a letter for support from a supervisor and a resume summary of your journalism experience.

If you have any questions, please contact Lanita Pace-Hinton, director of multimedia and technology training, at pacel@berkeley.edu or (510) 643 -7429.

2 Replies to “Technology Training for Editors and Reporters”

  1. This would have been so usefull for me to have attended. I guess we cant go to all the events though. is there a resource I could use to see the report of the event? If not thats cool.

    Keep up the good work on the blog, im enjoying coming here, its a great resource for me.

  2. You can use the link above to view webcasts from the public portion of the events, and the collection of tutorials there cover a good portion of the technology covered in the workshops.

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