Never Stop Learning

Whether you’re currently a student or a seasoned professional looking for a few tips or something new, there are a lot of options out there, ranging from online courses to intensive training sessions. News University offers online journalism training. Courses cover a broad range of topics, including leadership and management; reporting, writing and editing; broadcast; online; ethics; visual journalism; and journalism education. Many of their courses are free and self-directed. News University is a joint project between the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Poynter Institute. Speaking of Poynter- if you’d rather attend a “live” course, the Poynter Institute has seminars in St. Petersburg, FL, throughout the year covering many of those same topics. Classes are kept small and focused, with both Poynter faculty and working journalists coming in to teach. If you’re free in September, they have a course coming up on Multimedia Reporting in Teams: New Tools…

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Taking a Stand- Stories that Connect has a new episode up today- looking at the life of a man following his dream and working for himself. Po is a hot dog stand owner/operator in Madison, WI. He opened up his first roadside hot dog stand over a decade ago, and is still working hard. “I like doing it, I like working for myself. I used to work here for other people, I know how it is, sometimes I work here in America for other people. Sometimes they treat you ok, sometimes they don’t treat you too good. And they don’t pay you too good either,” Po says. If you haven't seen it yet, is the new online home for a couple of TV news vets, who decided they wanted to do things their way. We first heard of it via Lost Remote, who reports, "WISC news anchor Katy Sai and photographer Jay Olsen were tired of…

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Media that Matters

The Seventh Annual Media That Matters Festival is now up. Sixteen short films have been selected by a jury, with topics ranging from Egypt's garbage collectors to rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina to transgendered youth. The films are available online, at screenings throughout the country, and on DVD.

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NPPA Multimedia Immersion Program and Photojournalism Summit- Now Underway

The NPPA Multimedia Immersion Summit in Portland, OR, is underway! You can follow it from home, see what's happening behind the scenes, and find some great tips, including a section on Gathering Quality Audio, put together by Josh Meltzer from the Roanoke Times and Scott Sharpe from the News and Observer. The Multimedia Immersion portion of the Summit began yesterday, and the Photojournalism Summit takes place on June 1 and 2 (walk-in registration is still available for this portion, if you're in the area.) Check their site throughout the weekend for more updates.

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American Diversity Project

12 photographers recently spent a week documenting Clarksdale, MS, as a part of the American Diversity Project. The Project aims to support documentary photography, by exploring the culture of small-town life throughout the country through still photography, also incorporating video and audio. One of the photographers (this year, it's David Degner), will spend an additional 4 weeks continuing to document the area.

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