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2006

Multimedia Reporting and Convergence Seminar
May 21 - May 27
University of California, Berkeley/Graduate School of Journalism

The Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism in partnership with the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation accepted applications for this expenses-paid seminar that combined practical instruction in multimedia reporting with in-depth exploration of media convergence and other critical issues for online news operations.

Participants got five full days of intense hands-on instruction on how to do multimedia stories for the Web, including:

  • Using digital video cameras, photo cameras and minidisc recorders;
  • Doing storyboards, stand-ups, voiceovers and other broadcast techniques;
  • Digital video, audio and photo editing;
  • Creating photo slide shows in Flash;
  • Web page creation and multimedia Web site design.

Fellows created a multimedia project as part of the seminar.

In addition, there were evening and noontime panels and presentations by online publishing experts on the most pressing issues in online publishing, such as implementing converged newsrooms, working with citizen journalism sites, integrating multimedia into the newsroom and managing multimedia projects, and business issues in online publishing.


Multimedia Reporting and Convergence Seminar
March 26 - March 31
University of California, Berkeley/Graduate School of Journalism

The Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism in partnership with the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation accepted applications for this expenses-paid seminar that combined practical instruction in multimedia reporting with in-depth exploration of media convergence and other critical issues for online news operations.

Participants got five full days of intense hands-on instruction on how to do multimedia stories for the Web, including:

  • Using digital video cameras, photo cameras and minidisc recorders;
  • Doing storyboards, stand-ups, voiceovers and other broadcast techniques;
  • Digital video, audio and photo editing;
  • Creating photo slide shows in Flash;
  • Web page creation and multimedia Web site design.

Fellows created a multimedia project as part of the seminar.

In addition, there were evening and noontime panels and presentations by online publishing experts on the most pressing issues in online publishing, such as implementing converged newsrooms, working with citizen journalism sites, integrating multimedia into the newsroom and managing multimedia projects, and business issues in online publishing.


Education Research and Statistics Bootcamp
March 9 - March 12
University of Southern California/Annenberg School for Communication

In a unique partnership, the Education Writers Association and the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism offered an opportunity for education reporters to explore education research and statistic in-depth. This expenses-paid bootcamp taught reporters how to interpret and manipulate research data and understand findings with a more critical perspective. Since education research reports cross the desks of reporters almost daily, it's difficult to sort out the good research from the bad. And education reporters must use so much data and statistics because of such topics as testing, dropout rates, teacher quality and other issues, it's difficult to determine statistics from lies and damned lies. Successful applicants:

  • Deepened their understanding of the use of statistics, especially when reporting on education. A stronger understanding of statistics will help reporters understand, for instance, when test score increases are statistically significant and when they increase beyond the point of credulity.
  • Learned how to read education research and gauge the good quality research from the bad.
  • Understood how to read test scores and how to report on test scores without exaggerating results or underplaying results.
  • Developed a specific project for publication using data. Reporters will be contacted by facilitators before and after the conference so they can fine-tune their projects and have a solid foundation for the numbers they are using.


 
What fellows have to say about past seminars:
"Vikki was a knowledgeable and extremely accessible source. Her interaction with the fellows added a great deal to the success of the program. She has ensured that we will bring new insights back to our newsrooms... This seminar rivals any executive meeting or conference I've ever attended. From the bios to the seating arrangements - well done. The seminar made it very clear that these huge demographic shifts are not a separate subject matter but affect every other beat."
- Adrienne Sanders, San Francisco Examiner
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