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Scripps Howard New Media Workshop
Jan. 4-7, 2002

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Thanks to the generous support of the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism is able to offer mid-career journalists introductory training in new media for the second year in a row. The Scripps Howard grant
covers hotel, cost of the instruction, breakfast and lunch each day. Participants are responsible for travel costs.

Who: Reporters, editors, managers in print and broadcast who want to acquire new media skills. We will select 20 journalists in small- and medium-sized outlets to participate in this workshop.

What & Why: New media skills have gone from being something only "Web people" had to have, to something that every journalist needs. "Convergence" is no longer a vague notion -- it has arrived in leading newsrooms. Over the course of 3.5 days (Friday, Jan. 4-Monday, Jan. 7, 2002), Columbia new media professor Sreenath Sreenivasan will lead a series of hands-on sessions and group discussions to master technique and theory in a fast-changing business. Attendees acquire basic skills such as writing for the Web, using Photoshop and Web production software, using digital cameras and learning to think across platforms. Each student will make his or her own home page.

How: To apply for a slot, download an application here (Pdf format) or write to Stephanie Gray, program assistant at The Scripps Howard grant covers hotel, cost of the instruction, breakfast and lunch each day. Participants are responsible for travel costs. Deadline: Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001.

Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
The World Room, 3rd floor
116th and Broadway, New York, New York 10027


11-noon: World Room
Registration and Reception
Collect name tags and welcome packages

Noon-2 pm: World Room
Greetings and
Workshop Overview
Led by Prof. Sreenath Sreenivasan
Adjuct prof. Brian Kennedy
Program assistant Stephanie Gray
We will lay out the agenda and have introductions. Each participant will be asked to tell us about his or her favorite story (worked on as a reporter, editor, producer or teacher).

2-4 pm: Room 607b
Lecture and Discussion: "The New Media Landscape"

This session will cover where the industry started in new media and where it is heading. Participants will hear about the charms and challenges of cross-media storytelling.
Powerpoint presentation:

4:15-4:30 Group photo
Fill in evaluation forms

5-7 pm: Dinner at Sylvia's Restaurant
Group dinner at this world famous Harlem institution. Be prepared for a wonderful experience with the "Queen of Soul Food."

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8:30 am: World Room
Continental Breakfast

9-11 am: Room 607c (PC lab)
Introduction to Photoshop
The basics of Photoshop, the industry-standard software program for photo editing and graphics production. Learning the program is essential to learning to think visually and producing quality Web work.
Photoshop help:

11:30-1:30: World Room
Working lunch
Presentation: "Smarter Surfing for Journalists"
Better use of your Web time, reporting and research on deadline.
This session is adapted from a session that has been taught to more than 3,000 journalists in seven countries. It is designed to make finding useful information online easier and more efficient.

1:45-3 pm: Room 607c
Discussion: Photojournalism ethics
Photoshop continues

3-3:45 pm: Room 607c
Writing outline for "About Pages"
Fill in evaluation forms

Evening: On your own; optional trip to Ground Zero
We will have various suggestions for restaurants in the neighborhood and around town. We encourage the students to go in groups as the bonding experience is as importance as the learning experience.

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9-9:30 am: World Room

9:30 am - noon: Room 607c
Introduction to Dreamweaver
The basics of Dreamweaver, a Web production software package.
Dreamweaver help:

Noon-2 pm: World Room
Working lunch
Talk: "New Media: Where We Come From, Where We're Headed"
By Hoag Levins
editor,; founding editor,; founding editor, (E&P online)
In 30+ years in journalism, Levins has been a newspaper reporter and editor, a photographer and, more recently, one of the most influential shapers of new media. He will discuss the evolution of Net journalism and his views on the future of journalism.

2-5:30 pm: 607c
Dreamweaver continued
Creation of personal "About pages"
Introduction to digital cameras

Fill in evaluation forms

Evening: On your own

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8:30 - 9 am: World Room

9 am - 11:30: Room 607b
Writing for the Web
Editing and ethics for cross-media storytelling
We will learn how to write for the Web and how to handle newsroom ethics in using the Web as a presentation force in real time.

11:30 - 12:30 pm: 607b
About pages, continued
: Essay, photo, bullets, links, drop caps, dingbat

12:30 - 1:30 pm: World Room
Box luches, Wrap Up, evaluations, presentation of certificates

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See the Web pages created by 2002 students

Elizabeth Berntson
Lia Chang
Mauricio Cifuentes
Keisha Clark
Suleman Din
Maureen Googoo
Andre Jackson
Joe Marren
Paolo Mastrolilli
Raj Rangarajan
Louise Reid Ritchie
Edith Tucker
Shankar Vedantam
Amy Wu



Hosting a personal Web site

Sree Tips
Smita Paul Tips

Sree Tips
Smita Paul Tips

Photojournalism Ethics

Smarter Surfing Links

Online Writing Tips:
Brian Kennedy
Jon Dube
Roberta Beach Jacobson

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See the Web pages created by 2001 students

Sreenath Sreenivasan, associate professor, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
Brian A. Kennedy, adjunct professor, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

Program Staff:
Arlene Morgan, director of executive education, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
Stephanie Gray, program assistant

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On-site Notes...

NAME TAGS: Please wear your name tag prominently whenever you are in the building

ATTIRE: Casual throughout. The labs can get cold, so you may want to have a light sweater handy.


COMPUTER ACCESS: We will be in a PC lab throughout the weekend, so you will be able to check your e-mail and such. If you are a "Macintosh person," please see if you can familiarize yourself with a PC, any PC, before you arrive -- if you cannot, don't worry.

PHONE ACCESS: There will be plenty of phones for local calls; if you wish to make long-distance calls, please bring a phone card with you.

Official New York visitors' site:

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(please read through these)

* Sreenath Sreenivasan

* Brian Kennedy

* Hoag Levins

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Please glance through the following sites...

* Online Journalism Awards



* Feedroom

* The New Yorker

* Jim Romenesko's Media News

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