New Media Training Workshop 2003
Two days of online skills -- learning, thinking and doing
A chance to retool your career
at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
March 8 & March 9, 2003 (Sat & Sun)

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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 The 15 slots will be fii lled in a first-come, first served basis, so apply early. [feel free to cc: Prof. Sreenivasan at when you write to Ms. Gray]

DEADLINE: Monday, Feb. 17, 2003

Our adjunct instructors: Joe Marren & Jeremy Caplan

Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
The World Room, 3rd floor
116th and Broadway, New York, New York 10027


8:30-9 am: Room 607B
Registration & coffee
Collect name tags and welcome packages

9-10 am:
tings and Workshop Overview
Led by Prof. Sreenath Sreenivasan
We will lay out the agenda and have introductions. Each participant will be asked to tell us about his or her favorite story (worked on as a reporter, writer, editor, producer or teacher).

10 am - 12 pm
Introduction to Dreamweaver
The basics of Dreamweaver, a Web production software package.
Dreamweaver help:

Noon-1:30 pm:
Lunch on your own in the neighborhood

1:30-3:30 pm
Writing outline for "About Pages"
Collecting material for portfolio

3:45-5 pm
Introduction to Photoshop
The basics of Photoshop, the industry-standard software program for photo editing and graphics production. Learning the program is essential to learning to think visually and producing quality Web work.
Photoshop help:

5-5:30 pm
Discussion: Photojournalism ethics
Photoshop continues

Evening: On your own

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9-9:30 am: Room 607B
Coffee & pastries served

9:30 am - noon:
Dreamweaver continued
Creation of personal "About pages"
Introduction to digital cameras

Noon-2 pm:
Working lunch / Box lunches served
Presentation: "Smarter Surfing for Journalists"
Better use of your Web time, reporting and research on deadline.
This session is adapted from a session that has been taught to more than 3,000 journalists in seven countries. It is designed to make finding useful information online easier and more efficient.

2-2:30 pm:
Writing for the Web
Editing and ethics for cross-media storytelling
We will learn how to write for the Web and how to handle newsroom ethics in using the Web as a presentation force in real time.

2:30-5:30 pm:
About pages, continued

: Essay, photo, bullets, links, drop caps, dingbat
Formatting & uploading

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Student Portfolios


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."
Amy Wu, reporter, Monterey County Herald, California

See the Web pages created by previous workshop students

Pages made by last year's participants



Hosting a personal Web site

Sree Tips
sample photo

Smita Paul Tips

Sree Tips
Smita Paul Tips

Photojournalism Ethics

Smarter Surfing Links

Online Writing Tips:
Brian Kennedy
Jon Dube
Roberta Beach Jacobson

Sree's Tips on Images

Logo Generator

Button Maker

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Sreenath Sreenivasan, associate professor, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

Program Staff:
Arlene Morgan, director of executive education, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
Stephanie Gray, program assistant

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On-site Notes...

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.

Official New York visitors' site:

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Please glance through the following sites...

* Online Journalism Awards



* Feedroom

* The New Yorker

* Jim Romenesko's Media News

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