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SPJ JournCamp and
Region 5 Spring Conference

April 8, 2017  |  Indianapolis

Register Online  |  Schedule  |  Meet the Trainers
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When: Saturday, April 8

Where: NCAA Hall of Champions
700 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, Ind., 46204

Directions and parking: Link

Nearby hotels: Click here to search for available hotel rooms near the Hall of Champions.

Is this event restricted to SPJ Region 5 members? Not at all. It's open to the public and anyone can register!

Registration: Click here to register online. Space is limited. Registration closes on Monday, April 3 or when JournCamp fills up, whichever comes first.

Rates* (includes all-day program, continental breakfast, Mark of Excellence Awards lunch and evening reception with drinks):
– Professional SPJ member: $40
– Student SPJ member: $20
– Professional non-member: $60
– Student non-member: $40

*Members of NAHJ, NABJ, NAJA, AAJA, SAJA, and NLGJA receive the SPJ member rate with special coupon code. ICPA students who can attend for a half day receive $10 admission with special coupon code.

JournCamp is funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

In Indianapolis, SPJ combines its traveling skills program, JournCamp, with the annual regional conference to give you a day of in-depth training and networking to help your career.

In this daylong workshop, you'll get practical, skills-based professional development that will help you be a better journalist.


8:15-9 a.m.: Registration
and check-in

Continental breakfast available.

8:30 a.m.: SPJ Region 5 meeting (for any SPJ members from the region who wish to attend)

Hear an update from SPJ Region 5 director Michele Day about events and issues in the Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky region.

9 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction to JournCamp/Regional Conference

9:15-10:15 a.m.: Opening General Session

How To Really (And Substantively) Talk With Your Audience

Journalists of all types, working in all kinds of media, are talking with members of the public in comments, on social media, and in online communities. How can you make these conversations as productive and engaging as possible? We'll share pitfalls and best practices and learn from each other.

Trainer: Ellen Mayer (@EllenRebeccaM), engagement consultant, Hearken, and former public media reporter for WBEZ’s Curious City and WNYV’s Studio 360

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Breakout Sessions

(Choose one to attend per time slot on site)

Smarter Video with Smartphones

Take advantage of the journalistic firepower in your pocket. What are the best apps, gadgets and techniques for using your smartphone to gather, edit and share stories from the field? During this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to produce better stories using your smartphone. Participants will be exposed to basic techniques on gathering quality sound bites and shooting compelling B-roll. Bring your smartphone for the exercise. If you have a tripod and mount adapter for your smartphone, bring that, too. Ditto if you have MiFi or another mobile WiFi device.

Trainer: Victoria Lim (@VictoriaLim), multimedia journalist and trainer

(Free) Google Storytelling and Research Tools for All Journalists

This session is part of a training partnership with SPJ and Google News Lab.

Think you know it all when it comes to using Google tools? Guess what: There are many features and tools you may have never seen or realize how they’re useful for journalists. In this hands-on session you'll take a deeper dive into tools to tell stories in new ways, verify news, build maps and more. Tools covered include Google Trends, Google News, Google Public Data, Google Earth, Google MyMaps and Google Images.

NOTE: Participants should have a free Google/Gmail account set up in advance and bring their laptop to the session. They also should have the free Cardboard Camera app downloaded to their phones.

Trainer: Lara Salahi (@LaraSalahi), multimedia journalist, health communicator and SPJ-Google News Lab trainer

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

1:30-3:30 p.m. p.m.: Breakout Session

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

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

3:45-5:15 p.m.: Networking reception and presentation of the Region 5 Mark of Excellence Awards for excellence in collegiate journalism

Relax, have a drink, swap more training tips (and business cards/Twitter handles) and unwind after a long day cramming your head with new information. We'll also honor some of Region 5's best collegiate journalism of 2016.

Meet the Trainers

Bios coming soon.

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