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SkillsFest 2019 is Feb. 2 at NJIT

Editor’s note: We’re sorry to announce that Skills Fest 2019 has been cancelled for lack of interest. Please drop us a line at njspj.feedback@gmail.com to let us know what kinds of Skills Fest activities you’d like to see in the future.

Learn from the pros

Want to learn how to shoot and edit a perfect video? Or capture a fleeting moment with nothing more than your smart phone?

Or perhaps you want to learn how to tell an audio story? Or craft a compelling podcast?

All of these skills will be taught at SkillsFest 2019 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark on Saturday, Feb. 2. (Room locations to be announced.)

SkillsFest is a day-long set of training workshops co-sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists New Jersey chapter and the staff of The Vector, NJIT’s student newspaper.

Our workshops are aimed at giving journalists – both students and professionals – the tools they need to better do their job.

The cost is $85 for professionals and $45 for students. Besides the training, that fee 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.

Seating is limited. Attendees must bring their own smart phone and laptop.

We start with coffee and registration from 9-10 a.m., and then we proceed to:

10-11 a.m. Crafting the perfect video

Michael Karas, a photo and video journalist for The Record and NorthJersey.com, will show you how to frame and gather your video clips and weave them into a short compelling narrative.



11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Catching the moment

Amy Newman, a photojournalist at the Record and NorthJersey.com, will show you how to anticipate capturing the image you’re looking for and how patience plays a role in documenting a fleeting moment.



1-2:15 p.m.  Create your own podcast

Steve Lubetkin, a professional podcaster and managing partner of Lubetkin Media Companies in Cherry Hill, N.J., will show you the basics of how to record and craft a podcast. Steve is co-author of “The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional.” Copies of the book will be available at the discounted price of $20.


2:30-3:45 p.m. How to edit your audio story

John Ensslin, a multimedia reporter for The Record and NorthJersey.com, will show you how to use a free software program called Audacity to craft a compelling audio story following a hands-on exercise. Alternative editing programs and promoting your podcast will also be discussed.…

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You’re still invited, but film open house postponed due to storm forecast; RSVPs due Friday, Jan. 3

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We normally wouldn’t take note of the opening of a film screening gallery in  Newark Liberty Airport. Except this one is being inaugurated with a 6-minute, 3D black-and-white art film celebrating the city of Newark that was created by a pair of  Emmy-nominated Newark filmmakers with a knack for mining local stories.

“New Work: Newark in 3-D,’’ by husband-and wife filmmakers Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, was inspired by Manhatta, America’s first avant-garde film, and will be exhibited through Jan. 10 to international travelers  in Terminal B. In addition, the film’s trailer is being shown on the Welcome Center Monitors in all terminals.

An open house for the exhibit is set for Friday, Jan. 3 Jan 10 at 2 p.m. in the Terminal B gallery. If you’re interested in attending, you’ll need to undergo a security screening and you must submit your name and birthdate by Friday, Jan. 3  today – Friday, Dec. 27 — to bonpix@verizon.net.

“New Work: Newark in 3D” was originally commissioned and acquired by the Newark Museum for its 2009 centennial celebration. It is the first art film to be shown at the airport. To learn more about the making of the film, click here.

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Let’s talk about inner city schools

How to make a difference in the fate of urban areas like Newark? “The Rule,” the latest documentary by Newark filmmakers Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno and Jerome Bongiorno takes a close look at the story behind the success of the Benedictine monks at Newark Abbey and their all boy’s high school school, St. Benedict’s Prep in order to  make the case that the St. Benedict’s model  should be replicated in urban areas around the country.  Sure to spark a conversation about urban education and what it takes to break the cycle of poverty, the film argues that much of St. Benedict’s success lies in its ability to go the extra mile by offering on-site counseling and things such as a residence program for students who lack a stable home environment.

The Bongiornos are hosting a sneak preview of ”The Rule” at 6 p.m. May 29 in the St. Benedict’s Prep Conlin Auditorim, 520 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Newark. The event is free, but reservations are required. A discussion with the filmmakers and various scholars who were consulted in the making of the film will follow.

No strangers to provocative urban issues, the Bongiornos –a husband and wife team — are the creators of the 2007 award-winning documentary, “Revolution ’67,’’  which detailed the causes and aftermath of the Newark riots of 1967.…

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