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SPJ Training Program
in partnership with the
Facebook Journalism Project

Tools Training for Journalists

About the Program   •  Meet the Trainers
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About the program

In 2018, the Facebook Journalism Project partnered with SPJ to train a network of professionals to teach Facebook tools for journalists at conferences, workshops and newsrooms around the country. SPJ and the Facebook Journalism Project are committed to creating opportunities for journalists everywhere to learn about the ways Facebook tools can help create and share incredible works of journalism, as well as engaging the public in the stories about their communities.

What is required of training hosts?
Why is Facebook providing this training to journalists?
Who are the trainers?
What topics will the trainings cover?
How do I request a training?
Can anyone request a training?



Meet the SPJ trainers

Hannah Gaber (@HannahSGS) is a multimedia journalist who formerly worked at the Arizona Republic and the Arizona Daily Star. She also is a Fulbright Scholar.

Stephanie Haberman (@stephlauren) is a seasoned social media journalist who is currently the head of audience development at Ladders News, a recently-launched media platform covering the culture and future of the workplace. Before venturing into startup land, Steph ran the social media departments at Vocativ and Sports Illustrated, led social for primetime news programing at NBC News, and was one of the very first social media hires at the then-fledgling Mashable.

Ben Meyerson (@bmeyerson) is news editor for Blue Sky Innovation at the Chicago Tribune. He also is an executive board member of the Chicago Headline Club.

Brady McCollough (@BradyMcCollough) is a freelance journalist based in San Francisco and a former enterprise/sports reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is a 2017 Nieman Fellow.

Raymond Ruiz (@EGMNRay) is executive director and founder of El Gato Media Network, a nonprofit that provides career services to college students and young media professionals from multicultural backgrounds. He is based in Houston.

Kerwin Speight is a visiting lecturer at North Carolina A&T State University and a consultant. He previously worked as an executive producer in Washington, D.C., Raleigh, N.C., and Pittsburgh.

Faith Sidlow (@FaithSidlow) is an assistant professor of media, communications and journalism at California State University in Fresno, Calif. She worked for more than two decades as an anchor and reporter for KSEE-NBC in Fresno.

Amy Wimmer Schwarb (@awschwarb) is an editor, writer and content strategist for the NCAA, where she oversees Champions magazine. She previously worked at Indianapolis Monthly and the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times). She is based in Indianapolis.

Lynn Walsh (@lwalsh) is project manager at Trusting News Project and a past president of the Society of Professional Journalists. She previously worked as an investigative executive producer at KNSD-NBC in San Diego, where she still resides.

What is required of training hosts?

– Audience: A minimum of 25 participants.
– Marketing: The host organization is responsible for all necessary marketing for the event. Logos can be provided.
– Local Logistics: The host organization will provide all coordination and a suitable room that includes WiFi for participants. The trainer will require a fast internet connection (WiFi or ethernet), a way to project a presentation (large television or projector/screen), room sound, and power.
– Feedback: The host organization will encourage audience completion of a post-training online survey and the local point of contact will participate in one post-event follow up call/email as needed. Feedback and audience responses help us evolve our outreach efforts and provide us insight to hold more free workshops.


Why is Facebook providing this training to journalists?

Providing tools and training for journalists is a key pillar of the Facebook Journalism Project, and Facebook is excited to partner with SPJ, an organization that has a long history and deep expertise in helping journalists learn new skills.


Who are the trainers?

The trainers come from a variety of backgrounds, but all have worked as professional journalists. Many have displayed a passion for teaching and have experience in educating fellow journalists about digital media tools.


What topics will the trainings cover?

The SPJ trainers will share products and tools — including Live, Groups, Creators app and CrowdTangle — that help journalists leverage Facebook and Instagram for news gathering, storytelling and connecting with their followers.


How do I request a training?

You may request a training via this form.


Can anyone request a training?

These trainings are aimed at professional and aspiring journalists; and newsrooms, journalistic organizations and academic institutions are welcome to request one.


About the Society of Professional Journalists: SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists, and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. Become a member, give to the Legal Defense Fund, or give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

About the Facebook Journalism Project: The Facebook Journalism Project was created in January 2017 to ensure that quality news thrives on Facebook. FJP focuses on three pillars: collaborative development of new products; tools and trainings for newsrooms; and tools and trainings for people.


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