SkillsFest 2018 schedule & speakers

Hi folks,

SkillsFest 2018 is shaping up! We’d like to share the schedule with you.

SkillsFest will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27 in room 116 of the Central King Building on the campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

Registration ends on Jan. 23; but we have a limited number of seats, so sign up soon!

Our day-long set of training sessions is aimed at giving journalists – both students and professionals – the tools they need to better do their job.

Here’s the plan:

9-10 a.m. coffee and registration

10 to 11:15 a.m. Session 1: Multimedia skills with Dave Bergeland

11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Session 2: Data visualization with Carla Astudillo

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and possible brainstorming and newspaper swap of student newspapers

1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Session 3: Useful social media skills with Renee Ernst

2:45 to 3 p.m. Coffee break

3 to 4:15 p.m. Session 4: How to use Microsoft Excel spreadsheets as a reporting tool with David Sheingold.

4:15 p.m. Presentation of certificates; fill in evaluation forms

Meet our presenters

David Bergeland is an award-winning photojournalist who teaches multimedia skills at the Newark campus of Rutgers University. His specialty is digital media including video, audio slideshows, podcasts, documentary and editorial content for the web. David will talk about the basics of multimedia journalism.

Renee Ernst is a producer for the social publishing unit of CNN. She previously worked as a social media editor at The Huffington Post and The Record. Renee will talk about the social media skills that have been useful in her career.

Carla Astudillo, a data journalist for the Star-Ledger and NJ.com. Carla is a self-described “data chaser and interactive graphics maker” She previously worked for the International Business Times as deputy data visuals editor. Carla will discuss the basics of data visualization.

David Sheingold, the data and computer-assisted reporting specialist for The Record. He will discuss how to use Microsoft Excel spreadsheets as a reporting tool.

Affordable, relevant

Our SkillsFest offers a full day of useful and relevant training that you can use in your own work. And it’s affordable.

The cost is $85 for professionals and $45 for students. Besides the training, that includes a box lunch and a one-year membership in SPJ for new and renewing SPJ members. NJIT students pay $10 to cover the cost of lunch, but have the option of joining as a student member of SPJ.

Click here to register for this event.

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