New Media Training Workshop 2003
Two days of online skills -- learning, thinking and doing
A chance to retool your career
at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
March 8 & March 9, 2003 (Sat & Sun)

This page:
http://www.sree.net/teaching/newmedia

Columbia page with student work:
http://www.jrn.columbia.edu/programs/training

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updated March 9, 2003

What: New media skills have gone from being something only "Web people" need 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 two packed days (Saturday, March 8 & Sunday, March 9, 2003), Columbia new media professor & WABC tech reporter Sreenath Sreenivasan will lead a series of hands-on sessions and group discussions to master technique and theory in a fast-changing business. Students will build a personal Web page, learn to the basics of Photoshop and Dreamweaver and learn to think about new media in a whole new way. No Web skills required to attend.

Who: Reporters, writers, editors, producers, managers in print and broadcast who want to acquire new media skills. Non-journalists interested in the media are also welcome to apply. We will select 15 students to participate in this workshop.

Why: A must-attend class for all media folks interested in retooling their careers. Leave with an online resume, life-long skills and a Columbia Journalism School certificate. It's been offered for three years now and dozens of students have learned new skills.

Fees: $500 per student. The fee covers all instruction, teaching materials, a Zip disk, breakfast both mornings and Saturday lunch. Students are responsible for travel and hotel costs. There is a $50 discount for Columbia alumni.

How: To apply for a slot, write to Stephanie Gray, program assistant at sg846@columbia.edu. The 15 slots will be fii lled in a first-come, first served basis, so apply early. [feel free to cc: Prof. Sreenivasan at workshop@sree.net when you write to Ms. Gray]

DEADLINE: Monday, Feb. 17, 2003

Our adjunct instructors: Joe Marren & Jeremy Caplan


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

SATURDAY, MARCH 8

8:30-9 am: Room 607B
Registration & coffee
Collect name tags and welcome packages

9-10 am:
Gree
tings and Workshop Overview
Led by Prof. Sreenath Sreenivasan
http://www.sree.net
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, writer, editor, producer or teacher).

10 am - 12 pm
Introduction to Dreamweaver
The basics of Dreamweaver, a Web production software package.
Dreamweaver help:
http://www.sree.net/teaching/dreamweaver.html


Noon-1:30 pm:
Lunch on your own in the neighborhood

1:30-3:30 pm
Writing outline for "About Pages"
Collecting material for portfolio

3:45-5 pm
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: http://www.sree.net/teaching/photoshop.html

5-5:30 pm
Discussion: Photojournalism ethics
http://www.sree.net/teaching/photoethics.html
Photoshop continues

Evening: On your own

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SUNDAY, MARCH 9

9-9:30 am: Room 607B
Coffee & pastries served

9:30 am - noon:
Dreamweaver continued
Creation of personal "About pages"
Introduction to digital cameras
http://www.sree.net/tips/cameras.html

Noon-2 pm:
Working lunch / Box lunches served
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.
Description: http://www.sree.net/web
Links: http://www.sree.net/tips/web.html

2-2:30 pm:
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.
http://home.earthlink.net/~brianakennedy/writingtips.html

2:30-5:30 pm:
About pages, continued

Checklist
: Essay, photo, bullets, links, drop caps, dingbat
Formatting & uploading

-fin-

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Feedback from attendees of previous workshops:

"The workshop was challenging and intense, but the effort worthwhile. I think anyone interested in the Web and its application to journalism would benefit from it because it broadens horizons and builds confidence. You won't come out of it a "techie," but you will have a better understanding of what works, why and what can be done." — Joe Marren, associate editor, Business First Buffalo

"It was informative, thought-provoking and loads of fun. I learned an enormous amount - and I'm sure the information will prove invaluable. I hope you continue the program and expand it in the years ahead. Journalists - and journalism - will surely be better for it." — Shankar Vedantam, reporter, The Washington Post

"Before I attended the workshop, I was a technophobe, but as a young journalist I knew that with the speed that technology is growing I had to be more familiar with this medium in order to stay competitive in my profession. I learned a great deal in two days. First of all I never magined that I could ever build a website, and was amazed when I did. I also learned a great deal about all of the resources available on the Internet that has subsequently helped me as a journalist. It is the best learning experience I have had in a long time."
Amy Wu, reporter, Monterey County Herald, California

See the Web pages created by previous workshop students

Pages made by last year's participants

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Handouts

Hosting a personal Web site

Photoshop:
Sree Tips
sample photo


Smita Paul Tips

Dreamweaver:
Sree Tips
Smita Paul Tips

Photojournalism Ethics

Smarter Surfing Links

Online Writing Tips:
Brian Kennedy
Jon Dube
Roberta Beach Jacobson

Resources:
Sree's Tips on Images


Logo Generator



Button Maker

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Faculty:
Sreenath Sreenivasan, associate 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.

WEATHER FORECAST:
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/10027

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:
http://www.nycvisit.com/

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ADVANCE WORK:
Please glance through the following sites...

* Online Journalism Awards www.onlinejournalismawards.org

* NYC24.com
www.nyc24.com

* Cyberjournalist.net
www.cyberjournalist.net

* Feedroom
www.feedroom.com

* The New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com

* Jim Romenesko's Media News www.poynter.org/medianews

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