Boost Your Career: Register for a Pre-convention Bootcamp

Boost your career: Register for a pre-convention Bootcamp

NEW! AAJA is excited to announce newly reduced rates for Wednesday Boot Camps. AAJA members and non-members may register now for $50.

AAJA is offering immersive training in partnership with several industry leaders. Space is limited in these pre-convention workshops on Wednesday, August 13, so register now to save yourself a spot. Information on how to guarantee yourself a space is provided below. Registration for the AAJA National Convention is not required to attend these workshops.

How to register:

  • The cost of each workshop is $50.
  • Students receive a discounted rate of $10.
  • Platinum members can attend a workshop for free.

Platinum members, email us for your promo code. Click the workshop title to link to the event registration page.


PrintIRE’s Watchdog Workshop

Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel / 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Watchdog Workshops offer tips, tools and training that you can use immediately to add depth to your work, from breaking news coverage to quick-turn enterprise and long-term projects. IRE’s Watchdog Workshop will help reporters, editors and producers return to their newsrooms with hard-hitting story ideas, websites and online resources, lists of key documents, techniques for more effective reporting, ways to use the web and social media to find information, and insight into the latest technology for news gathering. Building on last year’s success, this year’s all-day workshop will cover a variety of topics from public records to reporting in minority communities.

The deadline to register for this workshop is 11:59 ET on August 6.


Are You a Journopreneur? Presented by American University

American University / 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Get a taste of the startup life in this one-day immersive workshop that takes you through the process of ideation to business strategy to elevator pitch for the aspiring entrepreneur. Whether you’re starting your own venture, proposing an internal “intrapreneur” project or looking to cover the startup scene, this workshop will give you the knowledge and experience in a unique fast-paced workshop. Understand the world of elevator pitches, branding, angel investors, venture capital, competitive analyses and revenue streams. What makes startups like Vox, Storify, Trove and re/code tick?

WHO: Come join leaders from Washington D.C.’s media startup scene and faculty from American University’s groundbreaking MA degree in Media Entrepreneurship in a daylong immersion into the brave new world of ideation and IPOs. (Fast Company magazine found DC had a higher number of venture-funded startups per capita than any of the 50 US states.) You’ll hear from and network with leaders from a wide range of the hottest new media companies, including ones who’ve been on Shark Tank and received investment from Mark Cuban.

HOW: You’ll get a crash-course on becoming a media entrepreneur and work with fellow participants in a real-world challenge to develop your own startup following our experts’ guideline and template to give your own pitch before the day is done.

A panel of expert judges (a friendly Shark Tank) will offer constructive critiques on your presentation, giving you insights into how investors fund startups and what it takes to pitch them. Join us for a day at American University’s brand-new School of Communication building that will be informative, inspiring and fun.


nprcarouselDay of Data, Hosted by National Public Radio

NPR / 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spend the day diving deep into data topics and demos. You’ll learn what makes a great data story and presentation and walk through tutorials of how to clean, analyze and visualize a data story. Participants will be asked to download datasets ahead of time.


columbia journalism schoolInternational Reporting: Making Your Way Abroad, Presented by Columbia Journalism School

Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel / 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This full-day workshop will provide a basic understanding of what it takes to work abroad as a journalist — how to prepare and the skills that will serve you best, especially in the digital age. In the morning, instructors will discuss: how best to prepare for traveling abroad with a special emphasis on fundamental reporting ability and cultural literacy; how to navigate as a journalist and report safely in a new foreign environment; and cyber security to communicate safely. In the afternoon, you’ll learn what you need to know to work as a digital journalist, including the technology you’ll need to meet the fast-breaking needs of editors worldwide.


sunlightfoundationFollow the Money: Using Political Influence Information to Cover Elections and More, Presented by the Sunlight Foundation

Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel / 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There’s more money to follow in elections than ever before: Super PACs, political nonprofits and now, in the wake of the McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission decision by the Supreme Court, joint fundraising committees that can take in million-dollar checks from well-heeled donors. And campaigns, parties and traditional political action committees are raising and spending more money than ever. By attending this full-day workshop, you will:

  • Get an overview of current campaign finance rules governing campaigns, parties and other political players
  • Dive deeper into tools that can help you unravel networks behind “dark money” groups that don’t disclose their donors
  • Learn how political data can help you cover business, entertainment, sports, education and the environment
  • Discover how lobbyist disclosure forms, used in concert with Sunlight tools like OpenCongress.org, can tell you about not only the legislative priorities of entities you cover, but also their real world concerns
  • Use Docket Wrench and Scout to find out in far more detail what various interest groups and entities object to and support in federal regulations

PrintLearn to Code, Hosted by The Washington Post

The Washington Post / 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Can’t tell a <p> from a <h1>? This day-long session is meant to take journalists with no coding experience and help them feel comfortable reading and writing basic HTML. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how front-end coding affects what you see on a website.

Workshop participants will gain a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS including but not limited to:

1. What is HTML/CSS/JS? How do they work together?
2. How to write a basic HTML document.
3. How to style the fonts and colors on that Web page.
4. How to create basic layouts using the HTML and CSS that you learn.
5. How to poke around on pages using the Inspector and find resources online when you’re stuck.