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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
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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
January 25, 2014 | Nashville, Tenn.

Parking/Arrival Information | Detailed Schedule | Meet the Trainers

Presentation materials and notes: Download them here

If you attended the Nashville 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 shortly after the program concludes.


When: Saturday, January 25

Where: Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tenn., 37214

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, Jan. 25 in Hermitage C Foyer at the Opryland Resort.

Parking: Self-parking is $20 per day. Valet parking is $28 per day.

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

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: Hermitage C Foyer

Continental breakfast available.

9-10 a.m.: Welcome and General Session

Hot or Not? Technology Trends and Their (Potential) Use in Journalism

Location: Hermitage C

New day, new technology that you have to learn, adapt to and incorporate into your workflow. Indeed, it can be a little daunting. And it's also a crapshoot sometimes figuring out what is just the flavor of the month (or week) and what might benefit you as a journalist. Hear about some of the latest trends in technology and how they could be used by journalists.

Trainer: Samaruddin Stewart (@samsends), 2013 Stanford Knight Fellow and past AFP and AOL News editor and photographer

10:15 a.m.-12:15 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: Hermitage A

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: Elise Hu (@elisewho), NPR tech/culture reporter and past reporter for Texas Tribune and KVUE-TV

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

Location: Hermitage B

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.

Trainer: Lane DeGregory (@lanedegregory), Tampa Bay Times reporter and 2009 Pulitzer winner for feature writing

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

Location: Hermitage C

2-4 p.m.: Breakout Sessions

(Choose one to attend per time slot on site)

Everything You Wanted To Know About Photography But Were Afraid To Ask

Location: Hermitage A

With thousands of photos taken every second, photography isn't just for the trained photojournalists anymore. It's an art and a science, and all journalists stand to benefit from strengthening their photo-taking and editing skills. No need to bring a highly technical DSLR camera. Just bring yourself and your own curiosity. You'll learn what you need to know to be photo literate in a day and age when taking good, quality, journalistic photos at the same time as reporting is increasingly necessary. Leave with practical tips, resource tools, and insight on emerging technology that will make you a better visual thinker and storyteller.

Trainer: Samaruddin Stewart (@samsends), 2013 Stanford Knight Fellow and past AFP and AOL News editor and photographer

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

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

Location: Hermitage B

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. Also, ever felt you're clueless about how the Internet actually works and are too scared to ask? Andy will teach you the fundamentals, not to mention he'll show you how you — yes, you! — can learn to display basic data in 10 minutes on a website, using Google Docs, tabletop.js and other free tools. He'll even give you code you can use for free!

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

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Meet the Trainers

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.

Lane DeGregory, Tampa Bay Times reporter and 2009 Pulitzer winner for feature writing

Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times feature writer who prefers writing about people in the shadows. She sweated with a mailman who was mowing strangers' lawns; hung out with a mother who was giving up custody of her adopted son; followed the guy who carries the "THE" flag in a rodeo. For 10 years, she wrote news and feature stories for the Virginian-Pilot. Her stories have appeared in the Best Newspaper Writing editions of 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008. She has been a speaker at the Nieman Narrative Conference at Harvard University and has won more than a dozen national awards, including the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.

Elise Hu, NPR tech/culture reporter and past reporter for Texas Tribune and KVUE-TV

Elise Hu is a cross-platform reporter at NPR who covers the intersection of tech and culture. Previously, she led the digital launch of NPR's state public policy reporting network, StateImpact, and was a founding journalist at the non-profit digital news startup The Texas Tribune. Prior to doing digital launches, Elise worked as a political reporter at TV stations in Texas, South Carolina and Missouri. Her journalism has earned national awards for innovation and multimedia. Outside of work, Elise is an adviser to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where she keeps up with emerging media and technology as a panelist for the Knight News Challenge.

Samaruddin Stewart, 2013 Stanford Knight Fellow and past AFP and AOL News editor and photographer

Samaruddin Stewart was a 2013 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University where he researched image forensics and how media can more safely incorporate user-generated visuals in news reporting. Prior to Stanford, he worked for AOL News, AFP, and the Arizona Republic.

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Parking/Arrival Information for Attendees

Parking Information

Option 1: You can park in the convention center self-parking area for $20. The convention center entrance/parking is in the back of the building so keep driving past the front of the hotel and follow signs that say CONVENTION CENTER/PRESIDENTIAL PORTICO.

**We recommend this option because it much closer to the JournCamp rooms.**

Option 2: You can park at the hotel front entrance and either self-park for $20 or valet park for $28. If you choose this option, allow at least 20 minutes, after arrival, to reach the JournCamp rooms due to the size and complexity of the property.

Option 3: You can park at the Opry Mills Mall at no charge and walk; however, the distance is about 1.5 miles and you will be entering at the hotel's front entrance.

Upon Arrival

If you choose to arrive through the hotel's front entrance, rather than the convention center entrance, we suggest asking hotel staff for assistance in finding the Hermitage rooms. The Hermitage rooms are located on the second floor in the Magnolia section (back of the hotel).

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