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SPJ JournCamp: Next stop: San Diego

Our next installment of JournCamp will take place May 16 in San Diego. Find more details and register here.

SPJ is committed to bringing you training and tools in all areas of journalism.

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

Our next installment of JournCamp will take place May 16 in San Diego. Registration is open now, and you can find more details — including scheduled sessions and speaker bios — here.

Journcamp Recaps:
Minneapolis, November 2013
Washington, D.C., June 2013
Chicago, January 2012

Webinar: Visualizing Data

Download, analyze, visualize. For journalists, those are the three main steps in using data for news stories. We'll show you how.

Download, analyze, visualize. For journalists, those are the three main steps in using data for news stories. Join SPJ and Jeff South for a one-hour webinar to walk you through the process 14 using recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other government agencies. We'll show you how to find and download the data from the agency's website; how to do some calculations, sorting and filtering with Excel; and then how to create an interactive chart (using a free tool called Datawrapper) for your news organization's website.

Watch now: Flash | HTML5

This webinar is available to all SPJ members at any time and is included, along with our collection of On Demand training sessions, as part of your SPJ membership.

(Not a member? Why not? Become one here!)

For Journalism: Data Journalism for All

The SDX Foundation has partnered with For Journalism to offer online classes on topics like data visualization, data science, mapping and web coding.

The SDX Foundation has partnered with For Journalism to offer online classes on various topics, including data visualization, data science/statistics, mapping and web coding. The topics that For Journalism has initially proposed are meant to address technical skills that journalists need to have in an increasingly digital and Web-first industry.

Ultimately, this type of training is available from different sources, but what differentiates For Journalism from others is its comprehensive scope. The courses aren't meant to be one-time events such as webinars, but rather long-term classes that take participants from beginning to end. Lessons will include e-textbooks and virtual study groups with peers. In this sense, courses will be more like a semester-long college class than a one-hour lunchtime webinar.

Visit forjournalism.com and start learning today!

IRE, SPJ, NECIR Training

SPJ is working with IRE and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting to offer a two-day Watchdog Reporting Workshop for journalists from your region.

Details: Chicago | Fort Worth

Do you have reporters or editors on your staff who would benefit from training to help them produce enterprise and investigative stories?

Thanks to a grant from Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the Society for Professional Journalists is working with Investigative Reporters and Editors and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting to offer a two-day Watchdog Reporting Workshop for journalists from your region.

We're looking for two reporters, editors or producers from your newsroom who you believe have the desire and the potential to do in-depth investigative stories. No previous investigative reporting experience necessary. This workshop will teach the basics including how to mine the internet for information that leads to compelling stories, how to crunch data, how to conduct an investigative interview and how to investigate businesses and nonprofits.

Get more details here.

SPJ Journalism Training Program

Does your newsroom need better writers, more ethics training and some expertise in FOI? Then we have an offer for you!

Does your newsroom need better writers, more ethics training and some expertise in FOI? Then we have an offer for you! The Society of Professional Journalists is offering a traveling newsroom training program that combines high ideals with hands-on application.

Upcoming events:
— January 7-8, 2014: The Comanche Nation News, Lawton, Okla.
— January 17, 2014: Univision 14, San Francisco

The Journalist's Toolbox

This free site from the Society of Professional Journalists contains thousands of links helpful for reporters, editors, educators or anyone else doing research.

This free site from the Society of Professional Journalists contains thousands of links helpful for reporters, editors, educators or anyone else doing research. Edited by former Los Angeles Times reporter and DePaul instructor Mike Reilley, the site is organized by beats and industry topics such as Public Records, Crime, Legal Issues, Science, Environment, Journalism Jobs, Sports and more. The Toolbox is updated twice weekly and several times a day during prominent global breaking news events.

Reporter’s Guide to FERPA

Ever have a tough time getting public records from schools or universities? We feel your pain and are here to help you.

Ever have a tough time getting public records from schools or universities? We feel your pain and are here to help you. The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act has been twisted beyond recognition, keeping school lunch menus, graduation honors and athletic travel records secret. Take back your right to information with this guide, produced by the Society of Professional Journalists in conjunction with the Georgia First Amendment Foundation.


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Knowledgewebb
Requires an annual membership fee
SPJ partners with other organizations to bring members even more in-depth training and services. Members of SPJ receive a 30 percent discount on annual online training and seminars with Knowledgewebb.
Web: knowledgewebb.net

Knight Citizen News Network
Free service
The Knight Citizen News Network is a self-help portal that guides both ordinary citizens and traditional journalists in launching and responsibly operating community news and information sites.
Web: kcnn.org

Lynda.com
Requires subscription fee
If you need technical computer software training that fits your schedule, this may be a good place for you. Prices vary for month-by-month or yearly subscriptions with varying levels of service, including optional exercises.
Web: lynda.com

Media Bistro
Prices based on a course-by-course basis
Courses vary in topic and length, from one-hour Webinars on social media branding to five-week sessions on TV script writing.
Web: Link

Media College
Free service
This free site offers training and tutorials for all forms of electronic media — including video, audio, photography, graphics and Web design. Did we mention it’s free?
Web: mediacollege.com

Poynter News University
Prices based on a course-by-course basis
Meant to accommodate the diverse needs of the entire journalism world, NewsU is a primary resource for students, working journalists, educators and all with an interest in sharpening and continually building their skill set.
Web: newsu.org

Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism
Free service
More than 10,000 journalists have benefited from free training from the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism since 2003. The center is here to help journalists cover business better and thereby improve the quality of American business journalism.
Web: businessjournalism.org

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