than 10,000 journalists, lawyers, bankers, diplomats, management
consultants, PR pros, university and high school students,
UN officials and others have taken this workshop in eight
countries: the US, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Slovakia,
Austria, Bermuda and Panama.
"Very valuable. Quick, easy, fun, informative.
Several priceless navigational tips." SIG
GISSLER, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes
most successful Lunch & Learn
presentation ever for the staff recently took place at
Asia Society when Sree Sreeivasan presented 'Smarter Surfing.'
The presentation was informative and humorous. Although
the Human Resources Department received lots of praise
for setting it up, Sree deserves all the credit."
director - Human Resources, Asia Society.
is my Internet guru. Just one tip has saved me hours
his knowledge of the Internet is mind-boggling."
BAMBE LEVINE, owner/founder,
Bambe Levine Public Relations, Inc., New York
found Sree's presentation extremely helpful. He does a terrific
job. In fact, I'd like to attend again." MERVIN
BLOCK, author, "Writing Broadcast News: Shorter, Sharper,
Stronger" and writing coach
can surf the Web. But to get something worthwhile from the
effort -- that takes navigation skill and knowledge of the
terrain, plus a healthy measure of skepticism. Sree imparts
all of that in a session that's tight, entertaining and tailored
to the participants."
REINGOLD, contributor to American Heritage, Air & Space/Smithsonian,
The Washington Post, DiscoveryChannel.com.
a fantastic presenter! Sree Sreenivasan's 'Smarter Surfing'
seminar was excellent. The list of useful web sites Sree provided
to our students and faculty is a great resource. The fast-paced
format kept the presentation interesting. All agreed that
the seminar's end came too quickly." - LOREN
KATSAKOS, teacher, Morris Hills High School, New Jersey.
schedule a workshop or share your tips/feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org
(See Frequently Asked Questions below)
Smarter Surfing Links
like most Web users, you waste a lot of time when you look for information,
especially when you need something on deadline.
goal of this two-hour workshop is to improve your searches,
your research, and your online experience.
In a hands-on session exploring the pros and cons of various sites--some
extremely popular ones, some you may not have heard of--we explore
ways to make your Web time more efficient. We will learn to look
at sites critically, always asking the crucial questions,
"Can I trust this information?" and "Who's the money
behind this site?"
This workshop is designed for all levels of Web experience -- from
10 days to 10 years.
tailored sessions on specific subjects, and ranging in time from
60 minutes to 4-5 hours can be set up.
the problems tackled:
pop-up windows, viruses and other annoyances
you didn't know Google does
many search results
few search results
of useful statistics
much techno jargon
keep track of new sites
the issues covered:
Which search engine is best for each search
sources/info on deadline
with and digesting data and stats
to conduct online interviews
Figuring Out Blogs, Podcasting, Wikis and Whatever's Next
to use--gasp!--the library, instead of the Web
tells a class, "Have I got a site for you!"
INSTRUCTOR: Sreenath "Sree" Sreenivasan,
"Tech Guru" - he can be seen Thursday mornings at
6:20 a.m. and Saturday mornings at 7:45 a.m. on Channel 7 in the
NYC area and 7online.com. He's also an online journalism professor
at Columbia University, where is also dean of students. He serves as the "Web
Geek" for Popular Science magazine. His work explaining technology
to lay readers has appeared in The New York Times, Business Week
and Rolling Stone. He was founding administrator of the Online Journalism
Awards, the largest international new media news contest. He is co-founder and past president of SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association. He writes a WebTips column, with Jon Dube, for Poynter.org, which is read by 10,000 media professionals. (see
schedule a workshop: email@example.com
212-854-5979 / www.sree.net/sked
I have been using the Web for a few years now; won't this be a waste
It is meant to improve your existing skill level, so unless you
keep up with the latest sites and techniques for journalism research/search,
this should be useful. This class has been been taught at dot-com
offices and even folks there found it useful. Of course, there's
never a guarantee that anything is not a waste of
What kind of facilities do you need to teach this workshop?
Ideally, a single PC or Mac with a Web browser, an Internet connection
and projection (ie, LCD projector onto a screen or a white wall).
Theater-style seating for the students works well, as does gathering
everyone around a conference table and sticking me and the projector
at one end. If you want to have a special hands-on session, then
you need to arrange for several computers and more time.
See Admin section for more details
What do you charge for this workshop?
A: My fees are flexible and I can work within your budget. For small nonprofits who cannot afford to pay, I will do the session pro bono - but I do charge those with deeper pockets.
I am in interested in having a workshop scheduled for my colleagues
at the office. What next?
Get in touch and we can work out the details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you tailor the workshop to suit a particular set of "students?"
Can you increase/decrease the length of the session(s)?
Yes. Let me know what you need. I have taught various versions of
this to journalists and non-journalists, too. Groups have included
lawyers, doctors, management consultants, tech professionals, high
school students and more.
How many students can you teach at one session?
I have taught groups as small as eight and as large as 450. We can
scale up or down, depending on the facilities.
Are you willing to do a session outside NYC?
I regularly teach this workshop for various organizations in the
US and abroad. Depends on the place and time. Short
answer, yes. Long answer: Am available any time to teach
in Bali or Fiji; other places, we need to negotiate.
Do I get Columbia university credit for this workshop?
This is an optional workshop with no university credit points. However,
you do get several karma points.
What if I can't make any of your sessions and I want a solo lesson?
Individual tutoring is tough to schedule. Still, contact me and
we can see what we can work out. I can also refer you to others.
What is your favorite comic strip?
Calvin & Hobbes.
(OK, I haven't been asked that question in reference to this workshop,
but you never know when I might be.)
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organizations where this workshop has been taught (NYC unless
- The Nation
Journal, Washington, DC
- New Voices
national Jewish magazine
Out New York
- Los Angeles
Job Fair, Newark
- The New York
Wall Street Journal news staff
Wall Street Journal Editorial Page
- Czech News
- Jewish Telegraphic
- Thomson Financial
- Czech National
Public Radio, St. Paul
Public Radio, DC - Morning Edition Staff
- Public Radio
- Internet.com & AtNewYork.com
Society of Journalists & Authors, NYC/2002, 2003, 2004,
Jewish Press Association, NYC/2002, 2004
- Asian American
Journalists Assn, NYC/2000
- Canada Media
Marketplace, Los Angeles/2002
- Educational Seminar for Tourism
Organizations, Boston, 2004
Press Association, NY, 2002, 2003, 2004
- Inter American
Press Association, Panama City, 2005
- IRE, Investigative
Reporters & Editors, San Fran/2002
Hadassah Convention, NY/2003
Writers Workshop, Hartford/2002, Ft. Lauderdale/2004
Society of American Business Editors and Writers, Phoenix/2002
- SATW, Society
of American Travel Writers, Bermuda/2001, Orlando/2003, Las Vegas/2005
- SPJ, Society
of Professional Journalists, NYC/2004, Las Vegas/2005
Women's Economic Development
- Asia Society
Business Women's Circle, Long Island
at the New York Center for Community and Coalition Building
Day New York, the largest one-day philanthropy event in the
- Jewish Comunity
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
- Metro Labor Relations Council
Harlem Technology Center
- Seeds of
Peace, Prague delegates summit
- Sister Fund
NJ Employment Center, New Brunswick
- American Family Insurance, Madison, WI
- General Motors
Partners management consultants
Press Institute, Reston, VA (several years)
for Communication, New York
for Independent Journalism, Bratislava
for Independent Journalism, Budapest
for Independent Journalism, Prague
Press Association, NYC
- Poynter Institute,
St. Petersburg, FL (several years)
American Jewish Press Association
Society of Journalists & Authors, DC
Society of Magazine Editors, NY (annual presentation for several
- Asian American
Assn of Journalists, Budapest
- Kansas Association
of Broadcasters, Topeka
- New York
Assn of Black Journalists
Writers Alliance of Mercer County
Asian Journalists Association, DC
of Professional Journalists, Indianapolis Pro Chapter
- Women's Freelancers
- Beta Phi
Chapter of Delta Pi Epsilon, New Jersey
- Morris Hills
High School, Morris Hills, New Jersey
- Nutley High
- P.S. 8, Jersey
- Roosevelt Intermediate School, Westfield, NJ (700 kids)
- Roslyn Middle
School (900 kids)
- Roslyn School
District, Long Island - three years
- Union High
School, New Jersey
- Emerson College,
- Indian Institute
of Journalism & New Media, Bangalore
Community College, Queens
- Long Island
University, Brooklyn campus
- Maynard Institute
for Journalism Education
State University, NJ
- NYU School
of Continuing and Professional Studies
- Tufts University
College of Citizenship & Public Service
School of Business, Philadelphia
- Public Relations
Society of America
Seminar for Tourism Organizations, Boston 2005
Governor's Conference on Tourism, 2005, 2006
- SATW, Society
of American Travel Writers, Bermuda/2001, Orlando/2003, Las Vega/2005
- Travel Industry
Association of America
Windsor Library, Princeton Jct, NJ
Talks section for upcoming sessions