MediAtlanta: SPJ Region 3 conference heads north in 2016


Cheap, short, small, and deep

SPJ’s Region 3 conference is Saturday, Oct. 29 – and  we’ve built it for pro journalists looking to get their hands dirty. In just a few hours, for just a few bucks, and with just a few classmates, you can learn practical skills you can actually use on the job…

So join the members of the Society of Professional Journalists from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina for the 2016 SPJ Region 3 conference, MediAtlanta, at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency Downtown. The conference is open to all pro journalists.

Check out the skills-based training at the MediAtlanta:

Linnkedin logoLook Inside LinkedIn with Yumi Wilson:  Learn how to use the career-oriented social media network to not only promote yourself for your next job, but also how to use it for sources on your current job. It’s a 2-hour program to help jump start your career or find a new job in the ever-changing industry.

Drone copterDon’t Drone Alone with Brandon Ballenger:  As a journalist, where do drones come in? Find out by taking the controls of a cutting-edge Phantom 2 Quadcopter equipped with an HD camera. This 2-hour session will get your hands on the how to report using a drone.

Unlock PDF artNewsroom Hacks That Don’t Require Coding with Maggie Lee:  Discover some tools that can help you bypass roadblocks and time-sucks on your beat in this 2-hour session. You’ll go back to your newsroom with some ideas about how to track websites, gather data like tweets and Facebook posts, search Google better, sum and subtotal data with Excel and unlock PDFs.

Google logoHow the Google News Lab Can Help You — for Free with Daniel Petty: A Google trainer will walk you through all that Google offers journalists to make their stories better and their lives easier in this 2-hour session. Bring your laptop and your story ideas, and the trainer might actually use you as an example for the rest of the room – and you’ll leave the workshop with a story already underway.

Fannin Focus nameplateFannin Focus Report with Dan Whisenhunt, Dr. Carolyn Carlson and Mark Thomason: Overview of SPJ Georgia’s role in the case where a judge jailed a journalist after he made an open records request. And it is not over yet! SPJ Georgia board member Dan Whisenhunt, along with SPJ Georgia member Dr. Carolyn Carlson, will update the news since this journalist’s arrest and will discuss actions taken such as filing a JQC (Judical Qualifications Committee) complaint. We’ll examine the case from start to finish in this 1-hour panel session along with the journalist who was arrested, Mark Thomason.

LBGT artLBGT Reporting Tips with Dyana Bagby: This one-hour session will provide ten tips for reporting on LGBT issues and what to keep in mind when reporting on LGBT issues, especially on deadline. Advice on resources as well as best practices will be covered. Jessica Fisher will speak on her interview experience for an Atlanta Journal-Constitution cover story on the transgender community and what she feels could have been done differently.

Moon Puerto Rico bookNarrative Nonfiction with Suzanne Van Atten:  A two-hour workshop on narrative nonfiction writing for journalists presented by an award-winning long-form narrative feature writer from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 


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