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Saluting Best Workplaces Finds New Revenue from New Business Categories
Aug 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Two news publishers: The Colorado Springs Gazette and The Lancaster (Penn.) LNP Media Group have found new revenue from new business categories by deploying a “Best Workplaces” multimedia marketing program.

Using technology provided by DataJoe, a Colorado based company that develops technology products for media companies and trade journals, both the Gazette and LNP asked local businesses to allow their employees to participate in a free survey to evaluate their workplace. Then using the platform developed by DataJoe the publishers were able to tabulate the results and salute the “Best Workplaces” of their individual communities. In both cases the winning companies were honored at live events and featured in local print and online platforms.

Attendees of this FREE 1-hour, “E&P Reports” Sponsored Webinar will learn how to:

Engage with businesses that are outside normal advertising categories
Tap into new HR marketing budgets
Build new revenue from unique sponsorship opportunities
Provide a valuable service to the local business community

You Are Here: What has journalism cost you?
Aug 6 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Journalism takes us places we might not otherwise see, leads us to people we might not otherwise meet, and prompts us to capture experiences we might not otherwise document. And journalists often carry those stories with them long after they are published. Whether you travel across the country or across the street for work, “You Are Here” is here for you. This virtual meetup is for journalists to explore where their personal and professional lives intersect.

“You Are Here” is a new series of community conversations designed as a safe space for journalists to meet virtually and explore topics that family and friends who aren’t in the field may not quite understand. Come as you are — from wherever you are — for camaraderie, clarity, and connection with fellow journalists.

The first gathering will be Friday, August 6 at 11:30 a.m. ET. The topic will be, “What has journalism cost you?” Journalism may have cost you relationships, your emotional wellbeing, your safety or financial stability. Join us to connect with others whose lives and work have intersected in similar ways.

Among the topics we’ll cover this year are:
– What’s bringing you joy in journalism right now? (Sept. 10)
– How do I know when it’s time to go? (Oct. 1)

Meetings will be from 11:30 to noon ET the first Friday of each month, hosted and facilitated by the National Press Club Journalism Institute staff with a guest navigator joining some meetings.

How journalists can detect deep bias & avoid hidden traps
Aug 11 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Numbers, like those in polling and survey audiences, population samples, and research cohorts, are not inherently objective or neutral. They are a sample of real humans and the product of myriad factors. And just because big data is big does not mean that it, or algorithms that stem from large data sets, are representative or unbiased.

How do journalists fairly use numbers in reporting? What does it really mean for a sample to be representative? In what ways can reporters vet numbers quickly and reliably for potential bias?

Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the National Association of Science Writers for a program that will answer these questions and leave participants with new tactics to:

  • Detect deep bias in numbers before they use them
  • Surface hidden traps and avoid them
  • Accurately represent the people and lives reflected in the data

Registration is open for this program, which will take place on Wednesday, August 11 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

  • Fernand Amandi, managing partner of Bendixen & Amandi, the nation’s leading multilingual and multiethnic public opinion research and strategic communications consulting firm
  • Caroline Chen, health care reporter at ProPublica, and 2019 winner of the June L. Biedler Cancer Prize for Cancer Journalism for her series with Riley Wong on racial disparities in clinical trials
  • Dr. Kyler J. Sherman-Wilkins, assistant professor in the Sociology and Anthropology department at Missouri State University and a Mellon Emerging Faculty Leader for 2021

If you have questions about this program, please email Julie Moos, Institute executive director, at jmoos@press.org.

NENPA U: How to Use Light and Composition to Make Compelling Photos
Aug 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
NENPA U: How to Use Light and Composition to Make Compelling Photos

This is an Online Media Campus NENPA U webinar. Members, please contact Tara Cleary at t.cleary@nenpa.com for the free registration code.

In this webinar:
Have you mastered the settings on your camera? Are you ready for the next step in advancing your photojournalism skills? No matter the device, a DSLR or iPhone, anyone can make a good photo with the right technique. This webinar will take an in-depth look at how to combine storytelling, light and composition to create compelling images.

About Kelsey Kremer:
Kelsey Kremer is an Emmy award winning photojournalist and life-long Iowan. Kremer has been making photos and videos for the state’s largest newspaper, the Des Moines Register, since 2013. In her time at the Register she’s traveled all over the state and half-way around the world sharing stories about Iowans. In 2017, she was the recipient of a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grant for a two-week reporting trip to China to document Iowa’s role in U.S., China relations. She is a graduate of Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication.

How op-eds can amplify original voices & engage new communities
Sep 24 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

There is no shortage of opinions online, so how do news organizations choose the voices they feature on their platforms? How do they differentiate their op-eds from the noisy crowd? Who are these op-eds and guest essays intended to serve? Is their purpose to persuade or to preach to the choir, and how often do they reach the audiences they hope to inform?

Join the National Press Club Journalism Institute and a distinguished panel for a discussion of these questions and to learn tips for broadening the voices you feature and the audiences they reach.

Panelists include:

Registration is now open for this program, which will take place on September 24 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

The Institute is offering this program at no cost thanks to a generous grant from the Gannett Foundation.

Journalists will leave this program better able to:

  • Choose voices to feature in ways that differentiate your op-eds from the noisy crowd
  • Clarify each op-ed’s purpose, and use persuasive strategies that are most effective
  • Identify specific audiences for op-eds and ways to know whether you’ve reached them

If you have questions about this program, please email Julie Moos, Institute executive director, at jmoos@press.org.

2021 New England Newspaper Convention Sponsors

New England Job Post Of The Week

Features Editor

The Greenfield Recorder has an opening for a full-time features editor. Be part of a hardworking team focused on covering Franklin County and the North Quabbin area. The features editor will oversee coverage of the region’s arts, entertainment, food, home and garden, outdoors and its interesting people.
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