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SPJ JournCamp
February 10, 2017 | Dallas

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Presentation materials and notes: Download them here

If you attend the Dallas 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, February 10

Where: Dallas Marriott City Center
650 North Pearl Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
Driving directions

Hotel parking: Valet parking is available for $18. Self-parking is not available on site.

Nearby garage parking options (prices subject to change):
– 472 N. Pearl St (adjacent to Marriott between Bryan & Olive Streets): $10
– 600 N. Pearl Street (attached to Marriott): $18
– 2124 Pacific Avenue: $8
– 1941 Live Oak Street: $8

Where do I go when I arrive?
The meeting room you are looking for is called Cambridge.

If you enter through the Marriott hotel, proceed through the lobby and into the Plaza of Americas. The registration table is located on the same level, near the elevators, in the plaza area. The registration area is not in the hotel.

If you enter through any of the doors for the Plaza of Americas, look for the elevators and the registration area is located on the second floor near the elevators.

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.

Tweet about it: If you'd like, spread the good word and what you learn on Twitter with hashtag #JournCamp.

JournCamp is funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

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.


A complete schedule and details about program sessions are coming soon.

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

Continental breakfast available.

9 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction to JournCamp

9:15-11 a.m.: Breakout Sessions

(Choose one to attend per time slot on site)

Supercharge Your Social Media Sleuthing and Sourcing Skills

We’ll take your social media sourcing and reporting knowledge from mundane to high octane by showing you ways to source, verify and build community on social media. We’ll look at monitoring tools like, Facebook Signal and IFTTT, as well as publishing tools. A deep dive into verification strategies will also take place, looking at how to authenticate images and video found online using geolocation tools and a few cool Chrome extensions. You will also take a peek at key community-driving strategies to use whether you represent a newsroom or are an independent freelancer.

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

(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: Dan Petty (@danielpetty), senior editor/audience engagement, Denver Post, SPJ-Google News Lab trainer

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: General Session

Learning to Embrace the Rapidly Changing News Media Landscape

Shifting consumer behaviors, multi-screen content strategies, mobile news trends, emerging tech such as VR, 360 videos, drones, wearables, and more. Now is the time for journalists and news organizations to start thinking not about how can they program to the devices that exist today, but what do they do to prepare themselves for two to seven years down the road. Normal ways of telling stories, the established ways of gathering content to tell stories, will be radically different. News innovation strategist Victor Hernandez promises to stubbornly put down his smartphone for a short while in order to pick up the crystal ball and lend some tempered vision to where the important trends of tomorrow are headed.

Trainer: Victor Hernandez (@tothevictor), director of media innovation, Banjo

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)

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

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: Deb Wenger (@dhwenger), broadcast and new media professor, University of Mississippi, 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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Meet the Trainers

Bios coming soon.

P. Kim Bui, deputy managing editor,

Kim Bui (@kimbui) is a digital journalist with a bent for emerging media. Her career is focused on storytelling on the Web and how journalism can learn from technology outside of the field. She was most recently deputy managing editor of the social media reporting project from First Look Media. Prior to that, she was part of Digital First Media’s Thunderdome working on the breaking news team. She’s also an adjunct instructor at the University of Southern California. Previously, she worked on mobile projects for KPCC, bridging the gap between the editorial side and the technologists. She’s also managed KPCC’s social media and engagement efforts. She began her career as a reporter for the Kansas City Star and the San Luis Obispo Tribune before moving to online after the creation of a personal blog sparked a passion. Since then she has focused on new storytelling techniques and technologies that allow readers, users, listeners and audience members to converse.

Victor Hernandez, director of media innovation, Banjo, and Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow

Victor Hernandez (@tothevictor) is director of media innovation for news app Banjo, a news futurist and journalism innovator, previously with CNN. In this role Hernandez was charged with shaping critical vision and strategies around emerging technologies against CNN’s journalistic endeavors. He previously served as CNN’s Director of National Coverage where he oversaw domestic newsgathering operations including the handling of strategic response to breaking news and in-depth coverage. He was a distinguished member of Poynter Ethics Fellows 2008-09, and is associated with the Society of Professional Journalists, Online News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Hernandez was recently named to SPJ’s 20 Journalists/Industry Thinkers You Should Know list, 50 People in Media You Should Subscribe to on Facebook and Poynter’s 35 most influential people in social media.

Boyd Huppert, Reporter, KARE-TV

Boyd Huppert (@boydhuppert) has earned a national reputation as 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 14 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.

Dan Petty, Senior Editor/Audience Engagement, Denver Post

Dan Petty (@danielpetty) is the Post’s senior editor on the Now team. He previously served as The Post's social media director, sports director and has a background in multimedia journalism. He regularly writes stories and shoots and edits his own photos and videos to accompany those stories and sets digital strategy within the newsroom. His passions are running and cycling, and he covers both subjects regularly for The Post. He is a regular trainer for the SPJ-Google News Lab trainer network.

Deb Wenger, broadcast and new media professor, University of Mississippi

Deb Halpern Wenger (@dhwenger), a 17-year broadcast news veteran, is associate professor of journalism and head of the journalism department at the University of Mississippi. Prior to her academic appointments, Deb was assistant news director at WFLA-TV in Tampa, Fla. Wenger conducts multimedia training in newsrooms around the country and is co-author of the broadcast, online and multimedia journalism curricula for the SPJ’s Newsroom Training Program. She is co-author of a journalism textbook, “Advancing the Story: Broadcast Journalism in a Multimedia World” and produces a multimedia blog:

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