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Tickets to Special Events

RTDNA Paul White Award Reception | Monday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
The Paul White Award is RTDNA’s highest individual honor, recognizing lifetime achievement in electronic journalism. Open to all.

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SPJ President's Installation Banquet | Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
National leaders for the Society take office and the Society's highest awards are presented. Open to all.

Quantity x $80 ea

NAJA National Native Media Awards Banquet | Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.
The Native American Journalists Association honors excellence in journalism and coverage of Indian Country through its annual awards ceremony and banquet.

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Deep-Dive Workshops (optional)

Workshops will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 and Tuesday, Sept. 20. Limited space is available. Get more details about each workshop here.

Please note: You cannot select two workshops whose scheduled times conflict each other.

Also available: NPR Audio Storytelling Workshop

Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

In the new and expansive multi-platform “digital space,” NPR leads the way when it comes to innovative and compelling audio storytelling. So what makes a good audio story? Where does one start? Whether your goal is to do a full-blown radio story, use audio clips in your blog, accompany photos on the web, or create a podcast, this full-day hands-on training workshop will help you better understand audio’s storytelling strengths, select the best sound and write for the ear. You’ll also get an opportunity to use NPR’s audio recording equipment and digital editing software to put together a brief audio story. In this session we also discuss recording and producing on a shoe-string budget, using mobile phone technology and free apps.

For more details, including how to apply for this workshop, go here (link opens in a new window/tab, so you won't lose your place here).

   News Directors New Media Bootcamp | Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | $50
The Kneeland Project brings back its popular news leadership bootcamp to the EIJ16 conference. Learn real-life systems for effective leadership, growing audience, developing original content and driving engagement via multiple platforms, all while building a newsroom culture of exclusive, ethical, community-based journalism. The role of a television news director has always been challenging, but over the last decade, budget cuts, staff reductions and multiple platforms have made the job even more stressful as the world accesses more content than ever before in history. News directors, assistant news directors and directors of digital content will learn systems on today that they can begin using right away.

   Turbocharge Your Social Media | Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-Noon | $25
In this three-hour workshop, we’ll take your social media knowledge from mundane to high octane by showing you ways to automate, aggregate and measure your work. It's hands-on, so prepare to get a little digital dirt under your nails learning three key tools. NOTE: Participants should bring their own laptops and have a free Google/Gmail account set up in advance.

   Data Journalism: Easy-To-Learn, Friendly, Non-Scary Tools For All Journalists to Improve Your Storytelling | Saturday, Sept. 17, 1-4 p.m. | $25
What makes a great data story? What are the skills you need in order to tell one? In this hands-on workshop, we’ll look at examples of how journalists are using data and code to produce stories never before possible. We’ll learn how to find, analyze and visualize data, working through tutorials on basic Excel, Illustrator, and even a little bit of HTML/CSS. No data or coding experience necessary, but if you’d like to get the most out of this training session come with a laptop and lots of questions!

   Free Digital Storytelling Tools from Google | Tuesday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-Noon | Free
Come discover the wide range of Google tools at your disposal to tell immersive, investigative and data-rich stories. From data visualization with Google Maps, Earth and Trends, to verification and research techniques with Search, to using Google Street View, satellite imagery and 360 video to tell stories that capture and holds your viewer's attention — you’ll get it all. Participants will be introduced to the Google News Lab training platform (g.co/newslab), which you can use to implement training within your newsroom or classroom, or take advantage of self-paced learning on your own time to build your digital skills.

   Boning Up on Business Journalism Skills | Tuesday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-Noon | $25
In this three-hour session, we'll cover the essential basics for any business journalist, plus talk about where the jobs are and why you'll want to go into business journalism if you aren't in it already. Come prepared to learn about:
— Following the money: how to find great business-journalism stories
— Number crunching: covering markets and the economy
— Companies: find stories hiding in plain sight, with a few quick tips
— Jobs, jobs, jobs: why business journalism is one of the highest-paid and most-secure parts of the business.

   Narrative Storytelling: Out of Eden, Into the Story | Tuesday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | $25
This in-depth workshop will teach the practical value of slowing down to counteract the hyperactivity of today’s media environment. It will also offer tips on using the techniques of slow journalism to build upon, and refresh, your multimedia reporting repertoire. Led by Don Belt of the University of Richmond and Jeff South of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), participants will explore the streets of New Orleans in small teams to report on the small but meaningful dramas of life in the Crescent City and build simple multimedia narratives to share with the group.

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Radio and Television Digital News Foundation: Make a tax-deductible contribution to the foundation of RTDNA, the Radio and Television Digital News Foundation. RTDNF’s programs are supported entirely by charitable contributions.

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Society of Professional Journalists: Make a tax-deductible contribution to the foundation of SPJ, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. The SDX Foundation provides educational programs to the journalism community.

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Native American Journalists Association: Make a tax-deductible donation to the general fund of NAJA to support missions of the organization.

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Additional Events

Get more details about these tours here (link opens in new window).

Please note: Some tours that previously were available have since sold out and are no longer listed here.

x VIP City Tours (Katrina areas included) Saturday, Sept. 17, 12:15-3 p.m. | $45 each
x Le Musée de f.p.c. (free people of color) Saturday, Sept. 17, 1:30-3 p.m. | $27 each
x Steamboat Natchez Tuesday, Sept. 20, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | $41 each
x VIP City Tours (Katrina areas included) Tuesday, Sept. 20, 12:15-3 p.m. | $45 each
x Le Musée de f.p.c. (free people of color) Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. | $27 each

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