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SPJ Journalism Training Program

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Wanted: Newsroom Training that Works!

Does your newsroom, or group, need better writers, mobile newsgathering training and an expertise in FOI? Then we have an offer for you! The Society of Professional Journalists is offering a traveling Journalism Training Program that combines high ideals with hands-on application.

We hope you’ll be interested in bringing this training program to your colleagues. For just $500 per day, we’ll bring everything to you! Most sessions have a minimum attendance requirement of 20-25 people. For more information, contact Chris Vachon, at 317-927-8000 ext. 207 or

Upcoming training events

No programs scheduled at the moment. Please check back regularly for updates to this page and new program announcements!

Previously scheduled events and locations

Click to expand and see a list a past events dating back to 2004. April 24, 2015
Journalism Interactive Conference
Columbia, Mo.

March 11, 2015
Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference
Lansing, Mich.

September 8, 2014
Hartford, Conn.

April 4, 2014
Journalism Interactive Conference
College Park, Md.

April 16, 2014
The Gaston Gazette
Gastonia, N.C.

January 17, 2014
Univision 14
San Francisco, Calif.

January 7-8, 2014
The Comanche Nation News
Lawton, Okla.

September 14, 2013
Willamette University

September 12-13, 2013
University of Georgia

March 13, 2013
MAB's Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference, Lansing, Mich.

February 23, 2013
Cleveland Pro Chapter, Cleveland, Ohio

Feb. 8-9, 2013
Journalism Interactive Conference, Gainesville, Fla.

November 17, 2012
AAN Writers Workshop, Washington, DC

November 12, 2012
Grand Forks Herald

August 1-4, 2012
UNITY Conference, Las Vegas

June 14-17, 2012
IRE Conference, Boston

December 15-16, 2011
Hampton University, Hampton, Va.

November 10, 2011
Sun Advocate & Uintah Basin Standard, Price, Utah

October 28-29, 2011
Journalism Interactive Conference, College Park, Md.

August 27, 2011
NLGJA Conference, Philadelphia, Pa.

May 11, 2011
The Fresno Bee, Fresno, Calif.

April 2, 2011
Community Media Workshop, Chicago, Ill.

April 2, 2011
Illinois Press Association, Chicago, Ill.

December 2-3, 2010
Dow Jones, New York, N.Y.

November 8-9, 2010
Michigan Public Radio, Ann Arbor, Mich.

September 21, 2010
Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wisc.

September 13, 2010
Dow Jones Newspapers, Washington, D.C.

June 5, 2010
Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Cheyenne, Wyo.

May 1, 2010
Central Ohio Pro Chapter

April 30, 2010
The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City

March 16, 2010
The Times Daily, Florence, Ala.

March 9, 2010
Community Media Workshop, Chicago

February 25, 2010
Bloomington Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind.

February 20, 2010
Community Media Workshop, Chicago

October 15, 2009
The Gazette Newspapers, Schenectady, N.Y.

May 1, 2009
ABA Journal, Chicago

April 29, 2009
Evansville Courier & Press, Evansville, Ind.

April 28, 2009
Camp Atterbury, Edinburgh, Ind.

April 25, 2009
KOAA-TV, Colorado Springs

March 23-25, 2009
The Sacramento Bee

March 7, 2009
Great Falls Tribune, Montana

December 6, 2008
WOAI-TV, San Antonio, Tex.

December 4-6, 2008
Fargo Forum, Fargo, N.D.

October 25, 2008
Cincinnati Pro Chapter, Cincinnati, Ohio

October 18, 2008
KSWT-TV, Yuma, Arizona

Oct 14-15, 2008
Cox Newspapers, Ohio

September 15, 2008
Cox Newspapers, Waco, Texas

September 17-18, 2008
Cox Newspaper, Longview, Texas

July 30, 2008
News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.

July 29, 2008
News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.

July 19, 2008
KKTV News, Colorado Springs, Colo.

July 8 & 9, 2008
Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minn.

June 4-5, 2008
Cox Newspapers, Greenville, N.C.

May 17, 2008
WMAZ-TV, Macon, Ga.

May 14, 2008
The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio

May 7, 2008
Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, Ga.

April 19, 2008
Daily Journal, Park Hills, Mo.

April 12, 2008
Cleveland Chapter, Cleveland, Ohio

April 11, 2008
Sun News, Cleveland, Ohio

April 5, 2008
KXLN-TV, Houston, Tex.

May 16, 2007
The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK

April 30, 2007
KALB-TV & NALB-TV, Alexandria, LA

March 31, 2007
Central Ohio Chapter, Columbus, OH

January 11, 2007
The Herald-Times, Bloomington, IN

December 5-6, 2006
Eagle Tribune Publishing Co, Beverly, MA and North Andover, MA

September 30, 2006
Wyoming Chapter, Cheyenne, Wyo.

August 11, 2006
Native American Journalists Association Convention, Tulsa, Okla.

July 22, 2006
Univision, Dallas, TX

July 15, 2006
Univision, Chicago, IL

May 17 & 18, 2006
Cox Communications, Longview, TX

April 1, 2006
WLOS, Ashville, NC

March 4, 2006
Western Washington Chapter Program, Tacoma, WA

March 3, 2006
News Tribune, Tacoma, WA

February 8, 2006
Springfield News Leader, Springfield, MO

February 7, 2006
Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN

February 6, 2006
CLTV News, Oakbrook, IL

January 26, 2006
Bloomington Herald Times, Bloomington, IN

December 1, 2005
Cox Newspapers, Greenville, NC

November 16, 2005
Cox Newspapers, Dayton, OH

September 30, 2005
Utah News Summit, Provo, UT

September 29, 2005
Deseret Morning News, Salt Lake City, UT

August 27, 2005
Long Island Business News, Long Island, NY

July 15, 2005
The Las Vegas Review Journal, Las Vegas, NV

June 11, 2005
Oregon Pro Chapter Program, Portland, OR

June 10, 2005
The Statesman Journal, Salem, OR

June 9, 2005
The Register-Guard, Eugene, OR

May 19, 2005
Journal-Advocate, Sterling, CO

May 18, 2005
Greeley Tribune, Greeley, CO

April 9, 2005
Region 1 Post-Conference Program, Stamford, CT

April 2, 2005
KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ

April 1, 2005
East Valley Tribune, Mesa, AZ

March 11, 2005
American Bar Association Journal, Chicago, IL

March 10, 2005
The Northwest Herald, Crystal Lake, IL

February 12, 2005
Central Ohio Chapter Program, Columbus, OH

February 8, 2005
Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville, TN

January 29, 2005
Kansas Pro Chapter Program, Kansas City, KS

January 12, 2005
Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, IN

December 7, 2004
WCSC-TV, Charleston, SC

Available Programs

Participating newsrooms can choose from the following sessions:

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Mobile Newsgathering
Social Media Series
Multimedia Series

Mobile Newsgathering

Mobile Newsgathering: Making the most of your smartphone

You'll learn the basics of how to use hand-held devices as a journalistic tool. With the help of social media, apps and some gear, you'll immerse yourself in the best practices for reporting, editing and sharing stories to any media platform with your smart phone.

Social Media Series

Get Active: Listening, Communicating and Using SocMed Tools to Your Advantage

This session will show news professionals at any level how to leverage the latest social tools to research stories, connect with sources, engage their audience and share their content with the world.

Social tools can pave the way to smarter, richer features. These tools can also deliver a more complete view of your community and your beat. Further, today's news outlets face the challenge of time management and new media.

What tools are going to give you the most return for your time investment? In addition, we'll examine what reporters, editors, on-air staff and management should know about social tools — at a minimum? And how do you decide if someone's using these tools in the best interest of your outlet?

We'll cover all of the above and have time for questions in this fast-paced informative training. We'll use Twitter and Facebook as our foundation and then dive deeper into techniques and tools you might not have realized could help you do your job.

Finally, this session will provide you with a 10-minute tip that keeps you from getting lost in the morass of the social media rabbit hole, so you can still do your job.

Follow the Noise: Social Media Listening Tools for Journalists

The focus of this program is to make journalists better listeners and give them the newest tools to do so. Applicable for all levels, participants will learn about the newest search engines, the latest social media communication tools, the reasons for using certain tools in specific situations, and techniques for letting technology do some of the work. Participants will complete interactive exercises and see firsthand how efficiency and reach can be increased with just a few mouse clicks.

Connect and Communicate: Social Media Conversation Tools for Journalists

With the use of the right tools and techniques, journalists can now go anywhere on the planet to talk to a source, interview a subject or collaborate with a fellow reporter. In this session, participants will hear about the latest tools being used to break stories and communicate with the audience.

Personal Branding Boot Camp: Using Social Tools to Promote Yourself

With the changing face of media, all journalists need to focus on how they are positioned electronically. Make it easier for audiences and sources to find you and your work. Participants will examine their digital footprints and learn how to establish, reinforce and benefit from an appropriate online brand.

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Multimedia Series

Multimedia Storytelling

In an effort to help newsrooms take advantage of the opportunities created in a multimedia world, SPJ offers a complete multimedia storytelling training package. If you have a full-day, we recommend that your staff participate in all three of our new media workshops. Choose from our mobile or social media offerings, or select one or more of the modules below. For those with more limited time or special needs, each of these workshops can be delivered alone and customized to get your newsroom moving into a successful multimedia future.

Writing that Works Online

Writing for the Web is different than writing for any other medium. To be effective online, it helps to understand how people use the Web and why search engine optimization is critical. Learn how to drive clicks with better Web headlines and user-friendly story structures. Take away tips and tools that will enhance your work online.

Video for the Web

We know the audience wants more video online and this module can help you give it to them. Learn the basics of video storytelling in this hands-on workshop. Explore the gear, the terminology, how to get the video you need and the basics of on-camera interviewing. Video for the Web teaches the skills you need to shoot a solid video story. This session is limited to 15 participants.

Audio & Images for the Web

Helping you add compelling sound to your stories online is the goal of this workshop. Whether itís a standalone audio clip or a fully-produced audio slide show, youíll learn how to gather crisp interviews and natural sound, how to use a simple audio editing program and how to combine still pictures and sound to do effective online storytelling. This session is limited to 15 participants.

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Delivering on Deadline: How to Write Better Stories Faster

The focus of the program is on making stories tighter and more powerful while shaving minutes off the writing process. Applicable for newbies or veterans, the session synthesizes the best of deadline journalism training into a process approach. Participants evaluate award-winning deadline writing and try hands-on exercises to overcome barriers that inhibit speed, clarity and creativity.

Better Broadcast Writing: Doing it Daily

Write to video — keep it conversational, grab and hold their attention — you've heard it all before, right? Well, now it's time to take your writing to the next level. Whether you're banging out teases or crafting a package, you'll learn how to take even the dullest content and turn it into more compelling copy. This module reinforces the basics, including how attention to writing details can help avoid legal and ethical trouble. Plus, participants will see the work of some of the best writers in the business and take away tips and tools for telling better stories.

Targeting New Audiences

As America grows more diverse, the demographics of the news audience are changing. This training session is designed to help practicing journalists discover how to more effectively cover emerging population groups and how to include more diverse perspectives in their everyday reporting. Participants will learn how to use U.S. Census Bureau data to uncover and enhance important local stories. Participants also will examine "best practice" diversity coverage and discuss newsroom "models" for ensuring excellence in reaching today's news consumers.

New Media Ethics

From blogs to online comments to the use of video — this case study-based training allows journalists to walk through some of the issues raised by multimedia storytelling and the use of new media tools. Trainers will guide participants as they develop stronger ethical decision-making skills. The session uses small and large group discussion to explore real-world examples of common ethical dilemmas facing newsrooms today.

Creating a Data and Document-Driven Newsroom

This session teaches journalists how to effectively integrate public data and documents into their reporting and organization websites. Participants walk away with dozens of ideas for document-based stories, an understanding of state and federal freedom of information laws, and strategies for acquiring records, overcoming illegal denials and lowering outrageous copy fees. The session is useful for beginners and FOI veterans.

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