Media Training Workshop 2003
Columbia page with student work:
updated March 9, 2003
What: New media skills have gone from being something only "Web people" need to have, to something that every journalist needs. "Convergence" is no longer a vague notion -- it has arrived in leading newsrooms. Over the course of two packed days (Saturday, March 8 & Sunday, March 9, 2003), Columbia new media professor & WABC tech reporter Sreenath Sreenivasan will lead a series of hands-on sessions and group discussions to master technique and theory in a fast-changing business. Students will build a personal Web page, learn to the basics of Photoshop and Dreamweaver and learn to think about new media in a whole new way. No Web skills required to attend.
Who: Reporters, writers, editors, producers, managers in print and broadcast who want to acquire new media skills. Non-journalists interested in the media are also welcome to apply. We will select 15 students to participate in this workshop.
Why: A must-attend class for all media folks interested in retooling their careers. Leave with an online resume, life-long skills and a Columbia Journalism School certificate. It's been offered for three years now and dozens of students have learned new skills.
Fees: $500 per student. The fee covers all instruction, teaching materials, a Zip disk, breakfast both mornings and Saturday lunch. Students are responsible for travel and hotel costs. There is a $50 discount for Columbia alumni.
How: To apply for a slot, write to Stephanie Gray, program assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org. The 15 slots will be fii lled in a first-come, first served basis, so apply early. [feel free to cc: Prof. Sreenivasan at email@example.com when you write to Ms. Gray]
DEADLINE: Monday, Feb. 17, 2003
am - 12 pm
Evening: On your own
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Feedback from attendees of previous workshops:
"The workshop was challenging and intense, but the effort worthwhile. I think anyone interested in the Web and its application to journalism would benefit from it because it broadens horizons and builds confidence. You won't come out of it a "techie," but you will have a better understanding of what works, why and what can be done." Joe Marren, associate editor, Business First Buffalo
"It was informative, thought-provoking and loads of fun. I learned an enormous amount - and I'm sure the information will prove invaluable. I hope you continue the program and expand it in the years ahead. Journalists - and journalism - will surely be better for it." Shankar Vedantam, reporter, The Washington Post
"Before I attended
the workshop, I was a technophobe, but as a young journalist I knew that
with the speed that technology is growing I had to be more familiar with
this medium in order to stay competitive in my profession. I learned a
great deal in two days. First of all I never magined that I could ever
build a website, and was amazed when I did. I also learned a great deal
about all of the resources available on the Internet that has subsequently
helped me as a journalist. It is the best learning experience I have had
in a long time."
See the Web pages created by previous workshop students
Pages made by last year's participants
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NAME TAGS: Please wear your name tag prominently whenever you are in the building
ATTIRE: Casual throughout. The labs can get cold, so you may want to have a light sweater handy.
COMPUTER ACCESS: We will be in a PC lab throughout the weekend, so you will be able to check your e-mail and such. If you are a "Macintosh person," please see if you can familiarize yourself with a PC, any PC, before you arrive -- if you cannot, don't worry.
PHONE ACCESS: There will be plenty of phones for local calls; if you wish to make long-distance calls, please bring a phone card with you.
New York visitors' site:
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* Online Journalism Awards www.onlinejournalismawards.org
* The New
* Jim Romenesko's Media News www.poynter.org/medianews
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