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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
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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
May 16, 2014 | San Diego, Calif.

Register online | Schedule | Meet the Trainers


When: Friday, May 16

Where: Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, Calif., 92101

Cost: $45 for SPJ members, $65 for non-members. Members of NAHJ, AAJA, NABJ, NAJA and NLGJA also receive the $45 rate with a special promotional code. Registration fee includes continental breakfast and boxed lunch.

Registration: Follow this link to register online. The deadline to register is Wednesday, May 14, so don't delay!

Parking: The hotel offers valet parking. Rates are:
– First 2 hours (or fraction thereof): $12
– Each additional hour: $8
– Daily maximum: $38
– Overnight valet: $38

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.

JournCamp is an SPJ program presented in partnership with the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University.

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.


8:30-9:30 a.m.: Registration and check-in

Location: Harbor Foyer (3rd Floor)

Continental breakfast available.

9:30-10:30 a.m.: Welcome and General Session

Rapidly Changing News Media Landscape: Where the 'Hockey Puck' is Headed

Location: Harbor Room (3rd Floor)

Evolving consumer behaviors, multi-screen content strategies, new mobile news trends, emerging technology spaces such as wearables, etc. The list of factors contributing to the current pace of disruptive change across the news industry continues to transpire at an unprecedented rate. Now is the time for journalists and news organizations to start thinking not about how can they program to the devices that exist today, but what do they do to prepare themselves for two to seven years down the road. Normal ways of telling stories, the normal ways of gathering content in order to tell the stories, will be radically different. Your futurist promises to stubbornly put down his smartphone for a short while in order to pick up the crystal ball and lend some tempered vision to where the hockey puck is headed.

Trainer: Victor Hernandez (@tothevictor), CNN News Futurist

10:45 a.m.-12:45 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: Del Mar (1st Floor)

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 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: P. Kim Bui (@kimbui), digital journalist and co-founder of #wjchat

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

Location: La Jolla (1st Floor)

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: Tom Hallman Jr. (@thallmanjr), Oregonian and OregonLive.Com reporter, 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time finalist for feature writing

12:45-1:45 p.m.: Lunch (provided)

Location: Garden Terrace (4th Floor)

2-4 p.m.: Breakout Sessions

(Choose one to attend per time slot on site)

Photography and the New Visual Experience

Location: Del Mar (1st Floor)

Today cameras are everywhere, which translates to potentially more newsworthy photographs taken now than ever before in history. Come learn tips on taking and recognizing storytelling images (with any camera), how new technologies (e.g. drones and wearables like Google Glass) can be used in visual news gathering, and new tools to help verify user generated visual content.

Trainer: Samaruddin Stewart (@samsends), 2013 Stanford Knight Fellow and past AOL News, AFP, and Arizona Republic visual journalist

New Tricks and Treats for Watchdogs: Online Data and Google Fusion Tables

Location: La Jolla (1st Floor)

NOTE: Participants in this session will need to bring a laptop/tablet and have a free Gmail/Google account set-up.

You don’t need to be an investigative reporter or data wizard to find meat for your stories. Explore key online sites for public records and data nationally, as well as for your state and local community. Discover the power of a retention schedule — a virtual catalog of enterprise story ideas. Learn how to do quick data analysis with Google Fusion Tables (a free online service) and produce charts and maps showing key findings. With its simple interface and intuitive functions, Google Fusion Tables gives journalists a lot of power with a minimal learning curve. With Fusion Tables, you can do quick-and-easy basic analysis, produce charts and tables, link your data to maps for color-coded display, and share your work with others. All you need to get started is a free Gmail/Google account.

Trainer: Doug Haddix (@doughaddix), Director of Ohio State University Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism and former national training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors

4-5 p.m.: Networking Reception

Location: Harbor A (3rd Floor)

Relax, shake hands, schmooze and just chat with your new (and old) journalism friends after a day of learning. We'll provide (a few) drinks and light snacks. You provide the personality.

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Meet the Trainers

Victor Hernandez, CNN News Futurist

Victor Hernandez (@tothevictor) is a news futurist and journalism innovator with CNN Worldwide. In this role Hernandez is charged with shaping critical vision and strategies around emerging technologies against CNN’s journalistic endeavors. Prior to his current role he served as CNN’s Director of National Coverage where he oversaw domestic newsgathering operations including the handling of strategic response to breaking news and in-depth coverage. He serves as a senior member of CNN’s Diversity Council, a distinguished member of Poynter Ethics Fellows 2008-09, and is associated with the Society of Professional Journalists, Online News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Hernandez was recently named to SPJ’s 20 Journalists/Industry Thinkers You Should Know list, 50 People in Media You Should Subscribe to on Facebook and Poynter’s 35 most influential people in social media. He is based at CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta, and lives in San Diego.

P. Kim Bui, digital journalist and co-founder of #wjchat

Kim Bui (@kimbui) is a digital journalist with a bent for emerging media. Her career is focused on storytelling on the Web and how journalism can learn from technology outside of the field. She was recently a part of Digital First Media’s Thunderdome working on the breaking news team. She’s also an adjunct instructor at the University of Southern California. Previously, she worked on mobile projects for KPCC, bridging the gap between the editorial side and the technologists. She’s also managed KPCC’s social media and engagement efforts. She began her career as a reporter for the Kansas City Star and the San Luis Obispo Tribune before moving to online after the creation of a personal blog sparked a passion. Since then she has focused on new storytelling techniques and technologies that allow readers, users, listeners and audience members to converse.

Doug Haddix, Director of Ohio State University Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism and former national training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors

Doug Haddix (@doughaddix) is assistant vice president of editorial communications at Ohio State University, where he oversees content and social media communication for print and digital publications. He also serves as director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, one of the nation’s leading journalism fellowships for social media and digital reporting tools. Previously, he worked as national training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors and for 10 years as projects editor at The Columbus Dispatch, where he directed investigations and computer-assisted reporting. Before that, he worked at UPI-Indianapolis and for newspapers in Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Tom Hallman Jr., Oregonian and OregonLive.Com reporter, 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time finalist for feature writing

Tom Hallman (@thallmanjr) is a senior reporter at The Oregonian, where he's worked for 32 years. He's written numerous stories for Reader’s Digest, and won every major feature writing award, some multiple times. He was twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. But he's also worked at a car wash, a grocery store and a greyhound race track. He once had a stint as a bartender for one week, and was once an answer to a question on "Jeopardy." He coaches journalists on narrative storytelling and writes a regular column for SPJ's magazine, Quill, about incorporating storytelling into daily reporting.

Samaruddin Stewart, 2013 Stanford Knight Fellow and past AOL News, AFP, and Arizona Republic visual journalist

Samaruddin Stewart (@samsends) 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 as a photographer and photography/graphics editor for AOL News, AFP, and the Arizona Republic.

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