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Bio (click to expand) picture Rebecca J. “Becky” Tallent is an award-winning journalist and public relations specialist with more than 12 years experience as an energy/environmental and financial journalist plus an additional 16 years experience as a public relations specialist and five years as an educator. She is currently an associate professor of journalism and mass media at the University of Idaho.

Becky’s experience as a reporter and editor inside Oklahoma was with the Daily Oklahoman, the Tulsa World, Oklahoma Business News Co. (where she was reporter and editor of the Oklahoma Energy/Environment Report) and as editor of the Oklahoma Banker. She has also covered energy and environmental issues for McGraw-Hills News, Inc. of New York (Platt’s Oilgram News, Engineering Week and Green Markets); Reuter’s U.S. Financial, Inc. based in New York; and the Washington, D.C.-based Oil Daily.

As a public relations specialist, Becky has represented the University Hospitals, the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board and Epworth Villa (a not-for profit retirement community). From 2002-2006, she was a public relations specialist with Evergreen Productions, Inc. of Oklahoma City where she represented the City of Lawton (OK), Tidal School Vineyards and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Her expertise in public relations is writing/publications, working with the news media and crisis communications.

Before Idaho, Becky taught journalism at Bishop McGuinness High School, Southwestern College, the University of Phoenix, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Some of Becky’s most recent awards include: 2003 Faculty Member of the Year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; first place, 2001, American Marketer’s Association, Oklahoma City Chapter, Marketing Campaign for Epworth Villa; second place, 2001, Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma Chapter, not-for-profit publications (Epworth Villa); first place, 2000, Society of Professional Journalists, not-for-profit publications (The Oklahoma Banker); and the 1999 Award of Merit from the Oklahoma Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators for the Oklahoma Banker.

Becky has been a member of SPJ since 1972 when she joined the University of Central Oklahoma student chapter. She joined the Oklahoma Professional Chapter in 1977 and became a member of the Snake River Chapter in 2006. She has served on numerous local and national committees for SPJ. Becky’s dedication to the Society lies in her belief that service in SPJ is a way to contribute something back to the profession.

Becky earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (1975) and her Master of Education in Journalism (1977) from the University of Central Oklahoma. She earned her Doctorate of Education in Classroom Teaching/Mass Communications from Oklahoma State University in 1995.

June Nicholson, vice chair
Director of Graduate Studies
School of Mass Communications
Virginia Commonwealth University
901 W. Main Street
Room 1108 Temple Building
Richmond, VA 23284-2034
(804) 827-0251 (office)
Fax: (804) 828-9175
Bio (click to expand) picture June O. Nicholson, an associate professor in the School of Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., has chaired national SPJ’s Journalism Education Committee since 2000. She has been a member of several other national SPJ committees over the past two decades. She is co-developer of the SPJ newsroom training module on covering diverse communities. Nicholson also is a former president of the Virginia professional chapter of SPJ.

At VCU, Nicholson teaches government, enterprise and project reporting and coverage of specialized beats such as science, health, education, urban affairs and the environment. She also teaches a course on International Media Coverage: The Middle East. Before joining the VCU faculty, she was a reporter and editor for some 15 years in North Carolina and Virginia. She is a former acting director, associate director and assistant director of the VCU School of Mass Communications. Nicholson holds a master’s degree in public affairs journalism from The American University in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“I am a member of SPJ because I believe the organization plays a vital role in protecting the First Amendment, free speech and freedom of information in this country.”

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SPJ JournCamp
November 2, 2013 | Minneapolis, Minn.

Register online | Detailed Schedule | Meet the Trainers


When: Saturday, November 2

Where: University of Minnesota,
Blegen Hall

269 19th Avenue S
Minneapolis, Minn., 55455
Interactive campus map

Option 1: 19th Ave Parking Ramp (3rd St S & 19th Ave S)
Option 2: 21st Ave Parking Ramp (between 20th Ave S and 21st Ave S & 4th St S)

Cost: $6 for the day
Allow 20 min to walk from parking ramp to Blegen Hall
Parking map

Cost: $35 for SPJ members, $55 for non-members. Registration fee includes continental breakfast and boxed lunch.

Registration: Online registration is closed for this program, but you may still register in person. On-site registration will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 2 at Blegen Hall.

Sponsored by the Minnesota Journalism Center.

Funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and the Gannett Foundation.

Presentation materials and notes: Download them here

If you attend the Minneapolis JournCamp and want to review what you learned, or if you simply would like a glimpse at what was discussed and learned, you will be able to find all handouts and presentation materials here.

SPJ is committed to bringing you training and tools in all areas of journalism. In this daylong workshop, you'll get practical, skills-based professional development that will help you be a better journalist.

Detailed Schedule

8-9 a.m.: Registration and check-in

Location: Blegen Hall, Room 10 Auditorium

Continental breakfast available.

9-10 a.m.: Opening General Session: Informing the Self-Informing Public

Location: Blegen Hall, Room 10 Auditorium

Thanks to a revolution in digital publishing, the relationship between journalist and audience has changed for good. As more and more people get, share and even create information on their own terms, how do journalists best inform a self-informing public? Breaking and developing news situations such as with the Boston Marathon bombing show that it's not only the big news outlets — or even traditional journalists — who report and share news and information. How can and should journalists engage with the public in an age where anyone on any platform can spread information.

Trainer: Mónica Guzmán (@moniguzman), tech journalist and columnist, GeekWire and The Seattle Times

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Breakout Sessions

(Choose one to attend per time slot on site)

Introduction to Data Visualization, Javascript and Coding for Journalists and Media Professionals

Location: Blegen Hall, Room 10 Auditorium

Please Note: Participants in this session should bring their own laptop to follow along with the hands-on demonstrations.

Ever had a basic spreadsheet, or maybe a few lines of data, and you wanted to find a way to get it into your news outlet's website in a pretty way? Learn how to use free tools, such as Google Docs, tabletop.js and the Chrome web browser to create an easy table on your website, as well as some basic Javascript fundamentals.

Trainer: Andy Boyle (@andymboyle), developer, Chicago Tribune

Narrative Storytelling: Dump the Inverted Pyramid, No Matter Your Medium of Choice

Location: Blegen Hall, Room 5 Auditorium

Step out of the inverted pyramid, just-the-facts model that drives so much daily reporting and into the world of narrative storytelling. You'll learn what narrative storytelling is and how to do it well. You'll discover how to choose a story that's ripe for a narrative approach, and how to get it done on deadline. The goal of this session is to provide strategies and resources to help journalists promote narrative storytelling within their individual newsrooms — changing the way you and your colleagues think about, report and tell stories. Journalists working in all media — broadcast, online, print and everything in between — will benefit from thinking about crafting compelling stories. Leading the session will be Minnesota's own storytelling aficionado who has a tendency to rack up awards for his very excellent reporting.

Trainer: Boyd Huppert (@boydhuppert), reporter, KARE-TV

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Lunch (provided)

Location: Coffman Memorial Union, Mississippi Room

Please note: Short walk required. (Walk across bridge from Blegen Hall, West Bank of campus, to East Bank.) See a map here.

2-4 p.m.: Breakout Sessions

(Choose one to attend per time slot on site)

Beyond Twitter and Facebook: Digital Media Apps and Tools You Can Use Now

Location: Blegen Hall, Room 10 Auditorium

Yeah, we get it: Twitter and Facebook (and other social media) have dramatically changed news gathering and sharing. But there's much more out there for journalists. Learn to leverage free digital tools, mobile applications and emerging technologies to help you be a more connected, engaged and well-rounded multiplatform reporter. You'll learn how to take advantage of tools like Google Advanced Search, Storify and Google + hangouts to strengthen your reporting. You'll also get a sense of how Vine, Report-IT and other free and cheap mobile apps can make you a better, more well-rounded digital journalist, no matter what your primary media platform or where you work.

Trainer: Jeff Cutler (@jeffcutler), journalist, content specialist and social media trainer

Copyright Law for the Copycat Age

Location: Blegen Hall, Room 5 Auditorium

Fair use. Copyright. Creative Commons. Trademarks. They're words we hear all the time, but what do they really mean? Get tools and advice to navigate the sometimes complicated legal world of publishing, broadcasting, reporting, and blogging in today's digitally-focused journalism landscape. What do all journalists — editors, publishers, reporters, entrepreneurs launching community reporting blogs — need to know to protect themselves and their intellectual property?

Trainer: Amy Kristin Sanders (@amy_k_sanders), professor, University of Minnesota

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Meet the Trainers

Mónica Guzmán, tech journalist and columnist

Mónica Guzmán is a columnist for The Seattle Times and Northwest tech news site GeekWire. She emcees Ignite Seattle, a grab-bag community fueled speaker series, appears regularly on NPR station KUOW’s “The Conversation” and dissects media tech trends on PBS MediaShift’s Mediatwits podcast.

She was previously a reporter at The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and, its online-only successor, where she ran the experimental and award-winning Big Blog and drew a community of readers with online conversation and weekly meetups. After that, she spent a year helping Seattle-based startup Intersect launch and develop an innovative storytelling platform. Guzmán joined the National Advisory Board at the Poynter Institute in January 2012 and was selected as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community later that year. She serves on the board for the University of Washington Information School’s Masters in Science and Information Management program and is an advisor to mobile photography community We Are Juxt and the globally oriented Seattle news site Seattle Globalist. She’s been named one of the Top 100 Women in Seattle Tech, one of the Poynter Institute’s 35 social media influencers and one of SPJ's Quill magazine’s 20 journalists to follow.

Andy Boyle, developer, Chicago Tribune

Andy Boyle is a News Applications Developer at the Chicago Tribune. He's previously worked at the Boston Globe, The New York Times Regional Media Group and the St. Petersburg Times. He built Web applications and contributed to coverage that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. In his free time, he attempts stand-up and improv comedy. A 2009 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Andy holds a news-editorial degree and is three credits shy of his broadcasting degree. He lives in Chicago with his cat, Tiberius Kirk.

Amy Kristin Sanders, journalism and professor, University of Minnesota

Amy Kristin Sanders is an award-winning journalist and licensed attorney. Her research focuses on the intersection of law and new technology. Dr. Sanders researches in the areas of online defamation, social media, and telecommunication regulation. Dr. Sanders regularly speaks about cyberspace law to journalism and civic groups. She also contributed a chapter on obscenity, sexting and cyberbullying to the edited volume Social Media and the Law: A Guidebook for Communication Students and Professionals. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Sanders worked as a copy editor and page designer for the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, a New York Times Co. newspaper. She holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication Law from the University of Florida. She obtained her MA in Professional Journalism and Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa.

Boyd Huppert, reporter, KARE-TV

Boyd Huppert has earned a national reputation as a both a practitioner and teacher of visual storytelling. As a reporter at KARE-TV in Minneapolis, Huppert has been honored with some of journalism's top honors, including two 2013 national Edward R. Murrow Awards for writing and feature reporting — his ninth and tenth national Murrows. Huppert is also the recipient of three national Sigma Delta Chi Awards from SPJ, the National Headliner Grand Award and the 2006 national Emmy for feature reporting. As a teacher and trainer, he has presented more than 100 visual storytelling sessions at venues including Poynter Institute, TV-New Zealand, NRK in Oslo, Norway and DR and TV2 in Denmark. He is a longtime member of the faculty at the NPPA's Advanced Storytelling Workshop held each spring at Texas State University-San Marcos.

Jeff Cutler, journalist, content specialist and social media trainer

Jeff Cutler is a skilled communicator in traditional and new media. He's a recognized marketing expert and has been tapped to train large and small organizations in the use of social media tools. His latest social media and content specialist roles have been for the SPJ as a session presenter; a speaker at the #140Conf in Boston; FutureM panelist at NERD in Cambridge; presenter at National Association of Broadcasters and RTDNA in Las Vegas and many more guest-speaking roles. (See more at Cutler trains both small and large businesses in the art and craft of using social media to connect with all of their audiences. He's skilled in using Twitter, Facebook and the myriad other tools that help individuals and businesses and journalists communicate their content to various audiences.

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