APME’s NewsTrain is coming to CSU Fresno next March 27-28. The two-day, $75 workshop will cover data, video, social, mobile, podcasting, analytics and verification.

Registration is now open.

NewsTrain is a national touring workshop sponsored by APME that has served more than 7,500 journalists in their own cities since 2003. CNPA staff are on the host committee, and the California Press Foundation is among its underwriters.

At the March event, attendees can learn how to:

  • Identify a good idea for a podcast and develop that idea into a pitch.
  • Use social media to locate diverse expert and “real people” sources, listen to your community and identify news stories, crowdsource using Google Forms and call-outs, and create a social dossier on a person in the news.
  • Make smart choices among alternative ways to tell a story on mobile to get the maximum audience impact with the least expenditure of time, energy and effort.
  • Verify user-generated images and other content on social media on deadline,
  • Follow a storyboard to shoot and sequence your best five shots to create a one-minute video,
  • Use your smartphone to shoot a well-composed, well-lit and in-focus photo that captures a moment and tells a story; capture high-quality audio; and record dictation that can be translated into text.
  • Identify five ways to find relevant databases and formulate questions to identify stories in the data. Leave with at least one story idea using data that you can do now.
  • Use audience analytics to create compelling journalism.

Register now