Register for MN SPJ’s Continuing Ed Series

The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists is proud to offer a four-part continuing education series this spring. Each unique session will focus on improving a specific skill set in your journalistic arsenal; come prepared to learn new things and hone your reporting skills.

MN SPJ is pleased to announce that FREE registration is now available for the Continuing Education Series. Thanks for signing up!

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Session #1: Google 101 for Journalists
Google has become an essential tool for journalists digging for more information. In this session, you’ll learn how to get the most from Search and other free Google tools. Whether you’re in print, broadcast, or digital journalism, this session will introduce ways you can search smarter, keep better tabs on your beat, see what’s hot and what’s not, add a visual edge to your online content, and use Google on the go when you’re reporting in the field. Walk away with tips and tricks and an online resource — for GoogleSearch, Hot Trends, Insights, Reader, News, Maps, and more.
Presenter: Jake Parrillo, Google
Date: Wednesday, March 16 | Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Brit’s Pub, Downtown Minneapolis

Session #2: Digging into Census Data – How to Find It, Interpret It, and Get a Story Out of It
Over the next year, census data will be released that journalists can use for stories and show how communities have changed over the past decade. This session will show you how to find census data, what categories are covered, how to mine the data and find stories for your paper, station, or website.
Presenter: Katie Gedarek, Minnesota Population Center
Date: Saturday, March 19th | Time: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Location:  Suite 512, International Market Square, Minneapolis

Session #3: Cracking Tough Communities—How to Dig Deep and Cultivate Sources
For this workshop, which will be team-taught by a handful of journalists with investigative expertise, you’ll learn how to cultivate sources and track down information when it seems like the odds are against it. The teachers, who will individually present certain real-life case studies, will talk about everything from uncovering misdeeds on the now-disbanded Metro Gang Strike Force to building trust within the Somali community. You’ll walk away with practical tips for reporting on tough subjects. Come with questions about obstacles you may be encountering on current stories.
Presenters: Randy Furst, Star Tribune; Chris Ison, University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication; Laura Yuen, MPR; Mark Albert, KSTP-TV
Date: Saturday, March 26th | Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location:  Suite 512, International Market Square, Minneapolis

Session #4: Rockin’ in the Free(lance) World
In this two-hour in-depth class, you’ll learn advanced freelancing strategies, including approaching national editors, advanced research and interviewing, time management and business strategies, and pacing your writing business over the long-term. Presenter Frank Bures has written for Bicycling, Mother Jones, Harpers, Scientific American, Esquire, Outside, Virginia Quarterly Review, Wired, Poets & Writers, Audubon, and The Atlantic, among many other national and regional publications. This class is designed for seasoned print journalists who are interested in freelancing and full-time print freelancers who are interested in nabbing better assignments.
Presenter: Frank Bures, freelance writer
Date: Saturday, April 2 | Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location:  Suite 512, International Market Square, Minneapolis

Session 1 will be held in The Clubhouse at Brit’s Pub in Downtown Minneapolis.  Free wi-fi is available.  Map and directions to Brit’s Pub.

Sessions 2-4 will be held in Suite 512 at International Market Square in Minneapolis. Free parking and wi-fi are available.  Map and directions to International Market Square.

Individual Costs for Sessions 2, 3, and 4:
$20 for SPJ members
$40 for non-members
Registration is now FREE!

Register for all three sessions and save!
$40 for SPJ members
$80 for non-members

Special student rate:
MN SPJ is pleased to offer FREE registration for students attending any or all of the Continuing Education series.

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