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SPJ JournCamp
July 22 | Denver

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Presentation materials and notes: Download them here

If you attended the Denver 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: Friday, July 22

Where: Denver Marriott City Center - Lower Level 1
1701 California Street
Denver, Co., 80202

Parking: Parking details [PDF]

Rates* (includes all-day program, continental breakfast, lunch and evening reception with drinks):
– Professional SPJ member: $40
– Student SPJ member: $30
– 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.

Registration: Follow this link to register online. The deadline to register is Monday, July 18 or when JournCamp fills up, whichever comes first.


JournCamp is funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and 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.


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

Continental breakfast available.

Lower Level 1

9 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction to JournCamp

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

The Future of Reporting in a Real-Time World

There are tools that have forever changed the face of reporting, and some constants and processes that stay the same regardless of time and tech. We’ll look at how strategies for source-building and storytelling have changed, and what hasn’t — with an emphasis on what is next. We’ll look at how different newsrooms are adopting technologies, apps and strategies to fit various needs in today’s modern news environment. You’ll leave with ideas of how you can bring fresh ideas to your newsroom.

Trainer: P. Kim Bui (@kimbui), deputy managing editor, Reportedly and co-founder of #WJCHAT

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

(Choose one to attend per time slot on site)

Data Reporting for All Journalists

With data you can uncover new story ideas, add depth to the beats that you cover, and move beyond he-said she-said anecdotes. Get into the data state of mind in this session, where for the first portion you'll learn why data is useful and where to find it. In the second part, you'll gain experience using Excel Pivot Tables, a powerful tool to unlock insights in the numbers and turn a spreadsheet into a story.

This session is targeted towards journalists new to the world of data journalism. Have a phobia of math and numbers? We extend a special invitation to you! We don't bite. Promise.

Trainers: Anna Boiko-Weyrauch (@AnnBoikoW), reporter, Rocky Mountain PBS News; Jordan Wirfs-Brock (@JordanWB), data journalist, Inside Energy

Turbocharge Your Social Media

Now that you’ve mastered the basics of Facebook and Twitter, it’s time to discover new ways to use social media for deep reporting that keeps you ahead of the competition. Learn how to unlock the power of social media to develop story ideas, find sources and track breaking news in real time. In this interactive, fast-paced session, you’ll explore tools and apps that let you scan social media posts by location; connect and automate several of your social channels; and connect the dots among sources. We’ll explore tools such as Banjo Discovery, Facebook Graph Search, If This Then That (IFTTT), Social Searcher, Twitter advanced search and Yomapic.

Trainer: Doug Haddix (@DougHaddix), director, Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State University

12:30-1:15 p.m.: Lunch (provided)

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

(Choose one to attend per time slot on site)

Smarter Video News Packages with Smartphones

Move over, backpack journalism. Make way for back-pocket journalism. During this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to produce a video news package using your iPhone or Android smartphone. Participants will learn basic techniques on gathering quality sound bites and shooting compelling B-roll and "selfie stand-ups." You will learn to edit those assets into a short video package that can easily and immediately be shared online — beating journos using big rigs. Bring a charged smartphone and your earbuds. If you have a tripod and mount adapter for your smartphone, bring it. Ditto if you have MiFi or another mobile WiFi device.

NOTE: Participants must download the free Videolicious app for iPhone or Android devices prior to the workshop. Please register your free account beforehand on the app or by going to

Trainer: Cindy E. Rodríguez (@cindyerodriguez), senior journalist in residence, Emerson College

Making Google Tools Work for You

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 and workflows that can help you produce better stories, generate ideas for your beat, and more. Come with your laptop and leave with some new skills.

Note: Participants should have a free Google/Gmail account set up in advance.

Trainer: Dan Petty (@danielpetty), director of audience development, Denver Post and SPJ-Google News Lab trainer

3:45-5 p.m.: Networking Reception

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.

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