News Train Coming To Illinois April 1

Posted February 7, 2022 by Bill Wheelhouse
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Register by March 1 for just $75 for highly rated journalism training at Illinois NewsTrain

The News Leaders Association’s NewsTrain is bringing affordable training in digital journalism and news leadership to Central Illinois on April 1 at Heartland Community College in Normal.

Register by March 1 to get the early-bird rate of $75 for a full day of training. Digital skills to be taught include data, mobile and verification; other skills include writing short and building trust. A news-leadership track will include how to do more enterprise reporting and stave off staff burnout.

The agenda includes descriptions of these interactive sessions, which were requested by a host committee of journalists led by the Illinois Press Foundation and the Illinois Broadcasters Association. These sessions will be taught by marquee journalists:
• How to do more enterprise reporting while still feeding the daily beast, with Chris Coates, Central Illinois editor for Lee Enterprises.
• Staving off staff burnout and what to do when it happens.
• Developing a data mindset to improve stories every day, with Brant Houston, Knight Chair in investigative reporting at the University of Illinois.
• Storytelling on small screens: making smart choices for mobile audiences, with digital strategist Meena Thiruvengadam.
• Becoming a verification ninja.
• Writing short AND well, with educator and journalist Rosland Briggs-Gammon.
• Following “fault lines” to improve accuracy and build trust.
Experience NewsTrain’s highly rated training; attendees regularly judge sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly useful and highly effective.

Along with the early-bird rate of $75 ‒ a $20 savings ‒ the News Leaders Association (NLA) will offer these incentives to NewsTrain registrants:
• For a group of 10 or more from one organization, $70 registration for each person through March 1. Email for details.
• For students, free membership in NLA, and for professional journalists, half-price membership in NLA, for one year.
• For NLA members, $75 registration after March 1.
Competitive scholarships will be offered to journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds. Apply by Feb. 13.
Discounted hotel rooms are available at $129, plus tax, a night.

To safeguard NewsTrain participants, everyone will be required to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 and to wear a mask indoors.