Apr 15-18 2008 Technology Training for Reporters

North Gate Hall, UC Berkeley

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Technology Training for Reporters

Many news organizations are using databases and map mashups as a new form of digital storytelling that provides highly personalized and geographically specific data to better serve communities.

New applications make these technologies something every reporter can add to their online toolkit for both breaking news stories and feature and investigative packages.

The Knight Digital Media Center has developed a Technology Training Workshop for reporters who want hands-on experience using or producing map mashups, databases, geographic information systems and GPS devices.

During the four-day, intensive workshop reporters will produce online maps that dynamically link to databases, work with GPS devices to output data for a map mashup, and learn how to use GIS applications to collect and publish data to a web site. You’ll hear from news publications that are using these new tools to better engage the public and get a glimpse of the new GIS technologies reporters will be able to utilize in the future.

Who should apply:

Reporters interested in using databases and maps for information delivery to a web site and GIS systems and GPS devices as a tool for reporting and storytelling.

Application deadline was Feb 8, 2008 11:59 p.m.


Some presentations from this workshop were webcast live.
Archived webcasts may be viewed below.

Databases, the Information Angle, and Programmers

Visual Urban Data: Crimespotting in Oakland

Community Journalism - Annoyance or Opportunity?

100 Megabits Across the Digital Divide, New Market Opportunities

Databases and the News: An Industry Survey Report

Strategies for Hyper-local News

Managing Change in the Newsroom


The following presentations were provided to workshop participants but not publicly webcast.

Databases, the Information Angle, and Programmers: A Reality Check

Intro to the Newsroom/Mac Training/Setup Blog

"I know I asked for ice, but this is ridiculous: thriving amidst media chaos

Database Sessions

Map Mashups

Caspio Bridge


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