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Workshop Application Now Open

Stan Simpson and Sona Patel looking at a Sony PD-150 video cameraWe are now accepting applications for our free multimedia and technology training workshops. These fellowships are geared toward mid-career journalists seeking to advance their skills in the new media realm. These are fully funded by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

We offer two types of workshops; one in hands-on multimedia training and the other on technology skills related to the Web.

For more information, or to apply, please visit: http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/training/

Or just see below for the official writeup.

TECHNOLOGY TOOLS TRAINING FOR JOURNALISTS WORKSHOP:

December 16-19, 2008; and February 17-20, 2009
The Knight Digital Media Center at the University of California, Berkeley is accepting applications for 20 fellowships per workshop for editors and reporters to attend these training sessions that combine practical instruction in current and emerging technologies that impact news gathering and reporting with in-depth exploration of issues in online publishing.

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR BOTH SEMINARS: OCTOBER 17, 2008

Workshop Description: Readers increasingly hit the web for breaking news. Sites at the top of Google News, DIGG or the Drudge Report get thousands of new unique viewers and the corresponding revenue. The Technology Tools Workshop trains fellows to use the latest hardware and software for competitive advantage. This Tech Tools Workshop presents the progression of media used in fast-changing stories—starting with quick text posts and moving through photos and video and finally ending with a full Flash feature presentation. The workshop provides hands-on training using Twitter for reporting, GPS-coded photos for generating news maps, dynamically updating a blog for breaking news, publishing photo galleries and audio slideshows, and generating video blog posts using Google Video and YouTube. The workshop will showcase successful examples incorporating user-generated content. The workshop will also train fellows to use Facebook, and MySpace widgets for news distribution, and present the specific essential technical elements for ensuring that Google finds and indexes the story.

During four days of intense, hands-on instruction the fellows selected for for the Technology Tools Workshop will:
• Blog breaking news using Twitter, YouTube and Google Video. 
• Code photographs with GPS information and post the photos in interactive news maps. 
• Produce and publish photo galleries and audio slideshows. 
• Use templates and production automation to rapidly publish Flash stories. 
• Incorporate user-generated content in breaking news stories. 
• Use Facebook and MySpace widgets for news distribution.
• Learn technical specifics for optimizing breaking news rankings in Google.

WHO SHOULD APPLY: 
Professional print and broadcast journalists who want to develop technology skills to support their publication’s Internet publishing effort.

COST:
The fellowship covers all lodging, meals and instruction costs. Cost of travel to the workshop must be paid by the applicant’s news organization.

HOW TO APPLY:
An online application form and instructions are available at: http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/training If you have any questions, please contact Alisha Diego Klatt, program specialist, at kdmcinfo@journalism.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-3892.

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MULTIMEDIA REPORTING AND CONVERGENCE WORKSHOP:

January 11-16, 2009 and March 22-27, 2009
The Knight Digital Media Center at the University of California, Berkeley is now accepting applications for week-long training sessions for mid-career journalists wishing to advance their multimedia skills. The workshops combine instruction in multimedia storytelling and hands-on multimedia news production.
 
There are a total of 40 fellowship positions available (20 per workshop) for the sessions being offered in January and March 2008. Applicants may apply to one or both workshops. Because we receive far more applications than we can accommodate, applicants are encouraged to apply for multiple workshops to increase their chances of being accepted into one of them.

COMPLETED APPLICATIONS FOR BOTH WORKSHOPS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NOVEMBER 14, 2008

The Multimedia Reporting and Convergence Workshop offers intensive, short course multimedia training that covers all aspects of multimedia news production; from basic storyboarding to hands-on instruction with hardware and software for production of multimedia stories. Participants will be organized into teams to report on a pre-arranged story in the Bay Area, and then construct a multimedia presentation based on that coverage. 
 
Participants are taught skills they need to produce quality multimedia stories including:
• Video recording and editing 
• Photography and audio slideshows
• Audio recording and editing
• Voice coaching for narration or stand-ups
• Photoshop and Web design concepts 
• Producing Adobe Flash Web site packages
 
Software currently included in the curriculum includes Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, SoundTrack Pro and SoundSlides Pro. All work will be done on Apple iMac computers.
 
WHO SHOULD APPLY:
Professional print and broadcast journalists who want to develop multimedia skills to support their publication’s Internet publishing effort.

COST:
The fellowship covers all lodging, meals and instruction costs. Cost of travel to the workshop must be paid by the applicant’s news organization. * 

HOW TO APPLY: 
An online application form and instructions are available at: http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/training Applicants need to register with the site to begin an application (valid e-mail address required). Applications can be saved and completed in several sessions. If you have any questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions at http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/training/faq/ or contact Alisha Diego Klatt, program specialist, at kdmcinfo@journalism.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-3892.
 
*A commitment to organizational investment in applicant's training required as a part of the application.