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Need Ideas For Your NABJ 2013 Convention Workshop Proposal? Here’s 13!

As the Oct. 17 deadline to submit workshop proposals and speakers for next year’s Annual Convention and Career Fair in Orlando, I thought I’d share some workshops that could be in the mix.

Our tracks are:

The Fundamentals – No matter how technology changes, the basics of journalism remain the same. This track covers the fundamental skills every journalist needs to know. From the art of the live shot to the art of storytelling, these sessions will cover the nuts and bolts of how to be a better journalist.


On The Beat – In today’s fast-paced newsroom, beat reporting moves fast. Journalists must cover everything from politics to energy to business. This track is designed to break down reporting beats. Whether you want to be a better photojournalist, move into sports, hone your business acumen or explore politics in this election year, these sessions will dig deep into specific beat reporting. NABJ Task Forces are strongly encouraged to submit proposals for this track.


Technology Tool Box – With tools including Storify, Rebel Mouse, Tumblr, API, Bundlr, Open Source, or HTML5, it’s hard to stay on the cutting edge of technology. These sessions will highlight new and emerging technology that helps journalists perfect their craft.


Moving into Management – If you’re looking to move up into the management ranks, this track is for you. Presenters will offer workshops that will help take your career to the next level.


Communication Station – The industry is changing and so are job titles. Communication is at the heart of what we do, but it’s not always in a newsroom. This track is designed to educate and train members in communication fields. From academia to public relations to entrepreneurship, sessions will cover innovative and creative programming for those in communication and non-traditional journalism professions.


Deep Dive Learning LabsOur day-long and half-day Deep Dive Sessions give members the chance to learn at a more relaxed pace.  Past sessions have covered topics including entrepreneurship, mobile reporting, Final Cut Pro, career transformation and branding.


"I Feel Lucky” - Do you have a great proposal idea that doesn’t fit into one of our standard tracks?  If so, you can submit your proposal in this section. Please note that priority will be given to sessions that fit within our standard tracks; however, we are open to proposals that may go beyond that criteria. Make sure you have an innovative or interesting idea because proposals selected from this option will be very competitive.


Presenters Only:

Are you a subject matter expert interested in presenting? We are accepting applications for conference presenters. This option is for individuals who do not wish to propose a workshop session, but want to be considered as a possible panelist.  The NABJ Program Committee will review each presenter submitted. Due to the anticipated volume of presenters, NABJ will only contact presenters that fit in line with our final programming.

So, based on those criteria, below are some suggestions for workshops in New Orleans.  And remember — the deadline to submit is Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. ET  Good luck!

  • Media Ethics in a Web 3.0 World
  • Job Search Tips & Techniques
  • Adding a Dash of Data to your Journalism
  • Make Your Web Stories Clickalicious
  • Monetizing My Blog
  • WordPress 101
  • How Crowdsourcing Can Be am Effective Newsgathering Tool
  • Incorporating the Latest Social Media Tools in your Stories
  • How to break into INSERT BEAT HERE
  • How to Develop Effective Multiplatform Stories
  • Multimedia training for seasoned journalists
  • How to Survive and Thrive as a Freelance Journalist
  • Copy editing in a 21st Century Newsroom

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