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You’re running out of time to Build a Better Journalist


This Saturday is the third annual Building a Better Journalist conference, a one-day event held at the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. If you’re still looking for a reason to go, here it is: There’s some pretty interesting looking sessions dedicated to new media.

Topics at the conference range from watchdog journalism to business reporting to how to transition from a print to a digital career. The new media sessions are equally diverse, says Libby Tucker, tech chair for the Society of Professional Journalists Oregon and SW Washington Chapter, which puts on the conference.

Picture 1 “We have a track for video — you’ll be producing and editing,” she says. “But in that same track we have a session on business models where you’ll get to talk about where the industry is headed.”

The names of some of the speakers will be familiar to anyone who attended Digital Journalism Camp this summer: Kenneth Aaron, Mark Briggs, Marshall Kirkpatrick. But you’ll also hear from people like David Wolman, a contributing editor at Wired; Orest Pilskalns, CEO and founder of MapWith.Us; and Ed Bisquera, a video blogger and social media business consultant.

You’re going to learn about “how to use your cell phone when you’re out in the field, [and] uploading a photo using geolocation,” Tucker says. “The focus is really how to cover communities using these tools.”

Check out the full list of speakers and panelists here, and sign up here. Registration is $25 for SPJ members, $35 for non-members, and $10 for students.


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