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Home > Journalism Training > SPJ JournCamp

SPJ JournCamp and
Region 5 Spring Conference

April 8, 2017  |  Indianapolis

Schedule  |  Meet the Trainers

Presentation materials and notes: Download them here

Find all notes, handouts, slides and other materials provided by presenters right here.


When: Saturday, April 8, 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.

Where: NCAA Headquarters Building
700 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, Ind., 46204

Important update: Due to a local race taking place, between 8 and 8:30 a.m., it will take longer to get onto the street where the parking garage is located.

Directions: Link

Parking: Allow about 15 minutes from the time you find the garage until the time you arrive at the conference registration desk.

The recommended parking location is the underground parking garage for the Indiana State Museum and for the Eiteljorg Museum. This parking garage is located on W Washington St across from the JW Marriott/Courtyard/Fairfield Inn hotels.

Parking is $5 for the day if validated in the NCAA building.

When exiting the parking garage, look for the bridge over the canal (to the East of the garage), cross the bridge to get to the NCAA building.

What to bring: Aside from an appetite to learn, you’ll want:
- Note-taking materials (however you prefer to do that).
- Laptop with fully charged battery if attending the Google Tools sessions. Setting up a free Gmail/Google account is important, too. For this session, a laptop is needed to get the full training experience. Some applications won’t work with tablets.
- Business cards (yeah, they’re still a thing). Remember the networking reception at the end of the day.

Nearby hotels: Click here to search for available hotel rooms nearby.

Is this event restricted to SPJ Region 5 members? Not at all. It's open to the public and anyone can register!

Registration: Online registration is closed. Call Abbi Booth at 317-920-4791 if you will still like to register.

Rates* (includes all-day program, continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon reception):
– Professional SPJ member: $40
– Student SPJ member: $20
– Professional non-member: $60
– Student non-member: $40

– ICPA students $10 for the afternoon (after lunch) only

JournCamp is funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

In Indianapolis, SPJ combines its traveling skills program, JournCamp, with the annual regional conference to give you a day of in-depth training and networking to help your career.

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


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

Continental breakfast available.

9-10:15 a.m.

How (And Why) To Harness Your Public’s Civic Curiosity

People are hungry for a sense of place, and they're curious about the world around them. How come some neighborhoods get murals and some don't? What's the history behind our street names? Whatever happened to our local accent? These kinds of questions have usually lead to answers with real historical, cultural, or political weight. But they don't typically get answered in the daily news. In this session, we'll discuss why that is and why it needs to change. We'll talk about strategies for engaging and fostering your audience's civic curiosity, and how doing so can transform your journalism in exciting ways.

Trainer: Ellen Mayer (@EllenRebeccaM), engagement consultant, Hearken, and former public media reporter for WBEZ’s Curious City and WNYV’s Studio 360

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

Smarter Video with Smartphones

Take advantage of the journalistic firepower in your pocket. What are the best apps, gadgets and techniques for using your smartphone to gather, edit and share stories from the field? During this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to produce better stories using your smartphone. Participants will be exposed to basic techniques on gathering quality sound bites and shooting compelling B-roll. Bring your smartphone for the exercise. If you have a tripod and mount adapter for your smartphone, bring that, too. Ditto if you have MiFi or another mobile WiFi device.

Trainer: Victoria Lim (@VictoriaLim), multimedia journalist and trainer

(Free) Google Storytelling and Research Tools for All Journalists

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 to tell stories in new ways, verify news, build maps and more. Tools covered include Google Trends, Google News, Google Public Data, Google Earth, Google MyMaps and Google Images.

NOTE: Participants should have a free Google/Gmail account set up in advance and bring their laptop to the session. They also should have the free Cardboard Camera app downloaded to their phones.

Trainer: Lara Salahi (@BostonLara), multimedia journalist, health communicator and SPJ trainer

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Region 5 Meeting & Lunch (provided)

Hear an update from SPJ Region 5 director Michele Day about events and issues in the Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky region.

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

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

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: Boyd Huppert (@boydhuppert), reporter, KARE-TV

3:30-5:15 p.m.: Networking Reception & Mark of Excellence Awards

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. We'll also honor some of Region 5's best collegiate journalism of 2016.

Meet the Trainers

Bios coming soon.

Boyd Huppert, Reporter, KARE-TV

Boyd Huppert (@boydhuppert) has earned a national reputation as a both a practitioner and teacher of visual storytelling. As a reporter at KARE-TV in Minneapolis, Huppert has been honored with some of journalism's top honors, including over 10 national Edward R. Murrow Awards for writing and feature reporting. Huppert is also the recipient of three national Sigma Delta Chi Awards from SPJ, the National Headliner Grand Award and the 2006 national Emmy for feature reporting. As a teacher and trainer, he has presented more than 100 visual storytelling sessions at venues including Poynter Institute, TV-New Zealand, NRK in Oslo, Norway and DR and TV2 in Denmark. He is a longtime member of the faculty at the NPPA's Advanced Storytelling Workshop held each spring at Texas State University-San Marcos.

Victoria Lim, Multimedia Journalism Convergence Trainer

Victoria Lim (@victorialim) is a journalist who set herself apart from the industry norm almost two decades ago by maximizing video, audio, broadcast, print, online and social media platforms. Nicknamed the “Queen of Convergence” by the Poynter Institute, Victoria is a prototype 21st-century storyteller, creatively utilizing every traditional and new media format to reach viewers and readers. As a reporter/anchor for Bright House Sports Network (a regional sports network based in Central Florida), Lim's work garnered an Emmy nomination for her multi- platform project, “A Goal for Haiti: Pascal Millien’s story." As the consumer investigative reporter for WFLA-TV, the Tampa Tribune and tbo.com, Victoria won an Emmy and Associated Press honors. When Victoria is not breaking news, she trains other journalists on multi-platform news gathering, social media, broadcast news writing, ethics, and diversity reporting. An active member of the Asian American Journalists Association, she has served as a national board representative, and has held the president and vice president positions as well.

Ellen Mayer, Engagement Consultant, Hearken

Ellen Mayer (@ellenrebeccam) is an engagement consultant at the journalism tech startup Hearken. She started her career in public radio, first at WNYC's Studio 360 and then at WBEZ's Curious City — a local newsgathering experiment which incubated a new model for public-powered journalism. Hearken grew out of Curious City as a way to take that public-powered model to as many newsrooms as possible. Ellen became one of the starting team members at Hearken in 2015. She works with newsrooms around the world, training them on the public-powered model, and helping them develop powerful engagement strategies. In past lives she has worked in non-profit development and social impact documentary film. Ellen is also a writer, occasional podcaster, and recovering music journalist.

Lara Salahi, Regional Field Producer, ABC News & Endicott College professor

Lara Salahi (@BostonLara) is an assistant professor of broadcast and digital journalism at Endicott College in Massachusetts. She is also a New England regional field producer for ABC News. Lara previously worked with ABC News' Medical Unit, where she produced digital and on-air health stories. Lara has traveled extensively and is fluent in Armenian, Arabic, and French. She began her career as an on-air reporter. Lara is a member of SPJ, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, New England Science Writers, the Online News Association, the Association of Health Care Journalists, and the Military Reporters and Editors Association. She is a trainer for SPJ’s training program in partnership with Google News Lab.

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