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NABJ Presents: The Basics Bootcamp

Build a solid foundation for any newsroom job at this year's #NABJBasics Bootcamp!

 Export to Your Calendar 2/14/2020 to 2/15/2020
When: February 14-15, 2020
Where: Paul Quinn College
3837 Simpson Stuart Rd.
Dallas, Texas  75241
United States
Contact: Marlon A. Walker, NABJ VP-Print and Vanessa Johnson-Evans, Sr. Program Mgr. (vevans@nabj.org)


Online registration is available until: 2/15/2020
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Build a solid foundation for any newsroom job at this year's #NABJBasics Bootcamp!

 

Learn from industry leaders and influencers!



With the digital takeover, most journalism workshops have concentrated on multimedia inclusion, including analytics, search engine optimization and other ways to attract readers. You’ll hear what’s needed in the evolved newsroom.

 

But what about writing a story? Or producing a competent package? As newsrooms change, the mission -- to do good work -- stays the same. Knowing the basics of journalism still matters!

Panels for the two-day, intense training will discuss balancing writing an article with the increasing demands to tell the story through different forms – visuals, social media and websites, of course.

 

Sessions will include:

  • The new media ecosystem

  • Identifying, cultivating and effectively using sources and social media

  • Digital ethics including copywriting, privacy and trespassing

  • Real-time field reporting and writing

  • Building an online portfolio

  • Constructing content for online audiences

 

This Valentine's Weekend, Treat Yourself to Career Development and Advancement Opportunities!

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

(Schedule subject to change)

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

8:00 a.m.
Registration Opens
8:00  - 11:00 a.m.
Sportswriting 101
Being a sports fan isn’t enough. What does it take to make it in one of the most popular sections of the industry?
Storytelling on Deadline
In the old days, it was simple — you reported and wrote your story, sent it to the editor and moved onto the next one. These days, there are more steps, including video/audio elements, blogging and social media. You’re crushed with a breaking news story and your editor is screaming. How do you get it all done?
More Than A Minute in Public Media
The story length of commercial radio and television news stories is measured in seconds. But in public media, you often have much more than a minute to build a solid story package. What does it take to build a compelling package in public radio and television? What skills can students hone in college to help prepare them for public media careers? What are the advantages of storytelling on public radio and television?

Presentation (Put your best foot forward)

There’s no attire requirement for The Basics Bootcamp, but you’ll see attendees in various levels of dress. As the saying goes, dress for the role you desire. Our trainers will take you through the hit-or-miss nature of dressing for success, and how it all combines for the job of 

your dreams.

Nurturing the Mentor/Mentee Relationship
Mentorship is a two-way street. Longstanding relationships are on display as mentors and mentees discuss why they’ve stayed consistent in each others’ careers -- and lives.
11:30 a.m.
Luncheon
Kelley L. Carter, senior entertainment reporter for The Undefeated, will speak to attendees about the continued importance of the role diversity plays in journalism.
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
(Resume Critiques) 10 Reasons Why You Didn't Get That Interview - Or That Job
You feel like your resume is on point. Or that you really connected with an interviewer for a potential job. But yet, you never hear back from potential employers. It all starts with a good resume, which is your introduction to hiring managers who don’t have a sense of where you could fit in their organization. Hear about those 10 reasons that may be holding you back from that perfect job and how they can be fixed. Professionals will help you tailor your resume to the job you want, and suggest what’s missing that could make you even more marketable!
About Fellowships
Several journalists will talk about fellowships and the role they play in continued development, including the benefits — and drawbacks.
To Click or Not to Click?
It’s the never-ending newsroom debate. Newsrooms are struggling for survival and are rapidly moving toward a more digital presence. Journalists complain their bosses are sacrificing hard-hitting news in favor of getting clicks and page views. This session will delve into ways to balance digital news needs versus solid news coverage.
Point (your phone), and shoot
This session deals with that camera on the back of your phone and how editors now call on reporters to provide a visual component of their stories. Professionals will teach the art of the clip, shooting and editing a video to hand in alongside your story, using the right angles and how to package it all.
Meet the (Black) Press
Representation matters. Black newspaper and magazine publishers grew out of a desperate need when mainstream media was too busy ignoring the issues in black communities, seemingly focused more on black crime and athletes. Panelists discuss covering issues around social justice and shining light on black achievement.
Localizing the National Election
There’s a national election angle yearning to be localized in your local city council meeting. There’s another in the school board session. And another in that row of new businesses or homes. Our resident experts teach how to be on the lookout, and why telling national stories through a local lens brings things into better view for readers.
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
(Resume Critiques Continued) 10 Reasons Why You Didn't Get That Interview - Or That Job
You feel like your resume is on point. Or that you really connected with an interviewer for a potential job. But yet, you never hear back from potential employers. It all starts with a good resume, which is your introduction to hiring managers who don’t have a sense of where you could fit in their organization. Hear about those 10 reasons that may be holding you back from that perfect job and how they can be fixed. Professionals will help you tailor your resume to the job you want, and suggest what’s missing that could make you even more marketable!
Negotiating 101
The salary is only the starting point in the compensation conversation. Trainers will take you through what’s possible as you navigate through job packages — including parachutes for if you’re asked to leave.
The Business Journalism Conversation
What does it mean to cover business and finance? Black consumers spend more than $1 trillion annually, but have little accumulated wealth, so it is crucial to understand how and why corporate, economic and market moves shape our lives. Journalists should also be financially literate — but what does that mean?
Point (your phone), and shoot (Continued)
This session deals with that camera on the back of your phone and how editors now call on reporters to provide a visual component of their stories. Professionals will teach the art of the clip, shooting and editing a video to hand in alongside your story, using the right angles and how to package it all.
Doing More with Less
Newsrooms are continuing to shrink, and the workload keeps piling on for those left behind.
Finding stories
You’re new to the beat, and you have no idea where to start. A group of newbies and industry veterans guide trainees through developing stories and having the stories come to you.
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Business Reporting on Your Beat
So, you’re tasked with covering your local community, and stuck in late night city council and school board meetings. How do you make your reporting stand out? How do you use your current beat to get a job on the business desk? Get insight from veteran business journalists on how to develop skills that form the foundation of being a great business reporter.
Reporting through Controversy
Reporters often are on the frontline observing controversy and gathering information to share with diverse audiences. But how do you cover controversy without becoming part of the story, or even being perceived as being part of the story? Why is it important to cover topics that are obvious points of controversy?
Accuracy in the Digital Age
Good journalists have been taught that accuracy is the cornerstone of the business. But how do you deal with remaining accurate while also breaking news? This session will deal with the daily dilemmas of tweeting breaking news, verifying accuracy of sources and breaking news events. It will also deal with a journalist’s worst nightmare: Getting it wrong.
Narrative
Instructors will talk about the art of letting a story breathe, or just loosening the belt to balance your need to relax with expectations to breaking news.
Let’s Talk about Money
In newsrooms, the statistics hold true: White men are far ahead of any other faction when it comes to pay, with black women often rounding out the demographics. Unions have begun working on ways to combat a history of unequal pay through research and discovery. We’ll talk about why pay disparities exist and what you can do to navigate your way through.
Friday night event: free for registered attendees, $10 for public
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020
8:00 a.m.
Registration Opens
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast - Powered by The Dallas Morning News
9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
(Resume Critiques Continued) 10 Reasons Why You Didn't Get That Interview - Or That Job
You feel like your resume is on point. Or that you really connected with an interviewer for a potential job. But yet, you never hear back from potential employers. It all starts with a good resume, which is your introduction to hiring managers who don’t have a sense of where you could fit in their organization. Hear about those 10 reasons that may be holding you back from that perfect job and how they can be fixed. Professionals will help you tailor your resume to the job you want, and suggest what’s missing that could make you even more marketable!

Writing for Broadcast
You’ve got 30 seconds, and you need to make it stick. Television veterans will talk shop and share hacks for the best way to make your story sing.
Write More Powerfully & Strategically For Public Relations In Traditional And Social Media
Your new client wants to fill up the room. Your boss wants media coverage. This session will empower your writing and editing of news releases, pitches, blogs and social media posts by examining approaches for writing simple, direct, action-focused copy that will be sure to grab attention and deliver the perfect pitch.
Managing the Job
Today may be an extended shift due to breaking news, with few stops between for breakfast and breaks. Journalists talk about how to manage a busy shift without getting overwhelmed.
How Newsrooms Find Diversity
Newsroom leaders will give tips for prospective job candidates to use when trying to position themselves for jobs in newsrooms.
The Educator Conundrum
Fewer journalism instructors these days have worked in newsrooms. Where’s the disconnect? What should educators be doing to ensure their students are getting a well-rounded experience? A team of educators and newsroom leaders will discuss preparation and how it's happening in programs across the country.
11:30 a.m.
Luncheon
Comedian Roy Wood Jr. leads a discussion on storytelling and how he uses it in his daily life.
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Teaching Journalism to a Changing World
Too many admit to getting their news from nontraditional outlets, through social media posts or word of mouth. Newsgathering agencies are putting more emphasis on clicks and quick hits to offset declining ad revenues and waning viewership. We offer professors who give tips on what you should be learning (and where you should be working) before graduation.
How to Investigate
Cary Aspinwall, The Marshall Project
How do you tell if a story is worth digging into? What steps should you take to get started on an investigative story -- whether it's related to breaking news or a big idea? Basic strategies and tips for interrogating your subject matter, requesting records and data, staying organized and pushing past roadblocks.
Building a Career Toward Editing and Managing
Climbing up the ladder into management is a goal for many newsroom professions, and getting there requires setting the right tone and building the right relationships from your first day on the job. Managing your manager is often key to daily success and the foundation of building a bright future. How do you build the newsroom skills necessary for good managerial relationships, collaboration and leadership? How do you build allies and nurture relationships to make such a move possible? Learn how to create the building blocks that form the steps to newsroom leadership from newsroom managers and other industry vets.
Packaging the News
You’ve got the perfect story idea and you’re sure people will love it. But how do you make it sing to your editor? This session will teach ways to create a full package while thinking visually, helping journalists avoid static and setup photos.
You Gotta Know When To Fold ‘Em
With all the change going on in newsrooms, sometimes the job that seemed perfect on paper isn’t so much in real life. Why wasn’t this the job for you? We’ll look at how to spot red flags before that first job interview. We’ll also offer tips on how to negotiate job requirements. By the end of this session, you’ll know how to balance management’s obligations with your own personal mission, all before taking that next job. This session also will deal with the realities of the journalism industry, and finding ways to channel your skills outside a traditional newsroom.
GOOGLE NEWS LAB - ELEX EDITION
Rock Your Stories Using Google News Tools
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
How to Investigate
Entrepreneurship
Oh, you want to be the boss? Here are some industry veterans who have struck out and taken charge of their media destiny.
Selling Your Package
You’ve got the perfect story idea and you’re sure people will love it. But how do you make it sing to your editor? This session will discuss the best ways to create a full package while thinking visually, helping journalists avoid static and setup photos.
GOOGLE NEWS LAB - ELEX EDITION
Rock Your Stories Using Google News Tools
Student Preparation
A blend of educators and newsroom veterans have a discussion on how students are being prepared and what’s missing when they graduate.
After 4:30 p.m.
Where is the industry headed, and is the mission the same?
We’ve assembled a panel of millennials, industry vets and NABJ founders to talk about the state of the industry, why diversity matters more than ever and why recommitting to the mission of telling diverse stories is an imperative.
Closing

 

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By Jan. 17, 2020
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After Jan. 17, 2020
Member $20 $35
Non-Member $30 $45
Student $15 $25
Student Non-Member $25 $35

Registration Cancellation Policy

  • All requests for refunds must be submitted online through the Special Event Refund Request Form. Telephone cancellations will not be accepted.

  • Professional member registration cancellations received on or before the pre-registration deadline, will be eligible for a refund, less $10 administration fee ($5.00 for students).

  • Cancellations/refunds will not be made for requests received after pre-registration deadline. No Exceptions.

  • Refunds will be processed four to six weeks after the event.



HOTEL



Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Duncanville

800 N. Main St. 

Duncanville, Texas 75116

(972) 283-9777 


Click HERE for reservations. Please use the group code NABJ when making your reservation. 

 

Standard Room, Single Occupancy - $100

Standard Room, Double Occupancy - $100

*Plus state and local taxes, fees and assessments, currently at 13%



PARTNERS

 

Thank you to our 2020 NABJ Presents: The Basics Bootcamp Partners



Custom partner opportunities are available. To discuss your options, reach out to JoAnne Lyons Wooten, NABJ Development Director, at jlwooten@nabj.org or 301-405-6986.


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