Register now for deep dive workshops at EIJ16

July 13, 2016 01:30

Excellence in Journalism 2016 (#EIJ16), produced by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) runs September 18-20, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana, featuring cutting-edge industry training sessions to build your knowledge and advance your career, with more being added every week on the conference website.

Early bird registration is now open for the premier gathering for news directors, producers, reporters, J-students and digital journalists. RTDNA members receive a registration discount, so don’t forget to renew your membership today.

Along with all of our great sessions during the conference, each year we offer several specialized deep dive workshops. These are sessions for a half day or whole day, which require pre-registration and and additional fee. Our attendees rave about them and they usually fill up quickly.

Here's a look at this year's deep dive workshops:
News Directors New Media Bootcamp
Saturday, Sept. 17
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Presented by the Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism, this leadership bootcamp will tackle: News leadership in a 24-hour world, building a newsroom culture as a community thought leader, building a positive and engaged newsroom, and maintaining ethical leadership across platforms.
The cost to register is $50.
The workshop is limited to current newsroom managers, including news directors, assistant news directors, executive producers, directors of digital content or similar executive roles.

Turbocharge Your Social Media
Saturday, Sept. 17
9 a.m. - Noon
This workshop presented by the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University will show participants how to automate, aggregate and measure work with hands-on lessons about three key tools: If This, Then That (IFTTT), Google Forms and Twitter analytics.
The cost to register is $25.
Participants should bring their own laptops and have a free
Google/Gmail account set up in advance.

NPR Audio Storytelling Workshop
Saturday, Sept. 17
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
This full-day, hands-on training workshop will help participants better understand the storytelling strengths of audio, select the best sound and write for the ear. Recording and producing on a small budget using mobile phone technology and free app will also be discussed.
Registration for this workshop is free.
Applicants will be competitively selected for 10 available spaces with preference given to mid-career professional journalists or freelancers.
Go here and find the NPR workshop information for instructions on how to apply for the workshop.
Participants must be registered for the EIJ16 conference in order to participate in the workshop.

Data Journalism: Easy-To-Learn, Friendly, Non-Scary Tools for All Journalists to Improve Your Storytelling
Saturday, Sept. 17
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
This hands-on workshop will explore examples of how journalists are using data and code to produce groundbreaking stories, as well as finding, analyzing and visualizing data. It will cover tutorials on basic Excel, Illustrator and a bit of HTML/CSS. No prior coding experience necessary.
Registration cost is $25.
Participants should come with a laptop.

Free Digital Storytelling Tools from Google
Tuesday, Sept. 20
9 a.m. - Noon
This session will cover it all from data visualization to verification and research techniques to using Google Tools to tell stories that capture and hold viewers' attention. Presented by Google News Lab in partnership with SPJ and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, participants will discover the wide range of Google Tools available to help tell immersive, investigative and data-rich stories.
Participants will be introduced to the Google News Lab training platform, which can be used to implement training with a newsroom or classroom in addition to self-paced learning.
Participation is free and registration is required.

Boning Up on Business Journalism Skills
Tuesday, Sept. 20
9 a.m. - Noon
Presented by the Society of American Business Writers and Editors.
This session will cover business journalism basics and why journalists should go into business journalism. Participants will learn about number crunching, companies, jobs in business journalism and following the money.
Registration cost is $25.

Narrative Storytelling: Out of Eden, Into the Story
Tuesday, Sept. 20
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tips on using techniques of slow journalism to counteract the hyperactivity of today's media and refresh or build your multimedia reporting repertoire, and more in this session. Participants will explore New Orleans and report on small but meaningful daily narratives using multimedia to share with the group.
Techniques are inspired by the Out of Eden Walk by Paul Salopek, a National Geographic Fellow and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner.
Registration cost is $25.

And of course, we have our full slate of training sessions during the conference, in these areas:
Conference highlights include:
  • Opening night reception
  • Journalism expo
  • RTDNA Paul White/John F. Hogan Awards ceremony and reception
  • SPJ president's installation banquet
  • EIJ16 Dance
  • The Student Union - Student and educator networking
  • Video critiques
  • Career profile critiques
  • And more!

This year's conference is being held at the Sheraton New Orleans. The schedule at a glance has been posted, along with helpful information about the conference hotel and travel details, plus information for sponsors and exhibitors.

To see the latest details about Excellence in Journalism 2016, check out the conference website. Talk to us on Twitter @RTDNA using the hashtag #EIJ16 and we'll see you in New Orleans for the nation's premier gathering of electronic journalists!