Get a Jump Start at Convention

Boost your career by staying ahead of the curve: Sign up for one of several pre-convention workshops scheduled for Wednesday, August 21.

AAJA will offer immersive training in partnership with several industry leaders. Space is limited in these pre-convention workshops, so get your ticket 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.

AAJA members receive $10 off on select workshops. Check your inbox for the promo code or email us.

IRE’s Watchdog Workshop

PrintInvestigative 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. Reporters, editors and producers return to their newsrooms with hard-hitting story ideas, websites and online resources to explore, lists of key documents to obtain, techniques for more effective reporting, ways to use the web and social media to find information, insight into the latest technology for news gathering and much more.

Presented by the Gannett Foundation.


Get more information and save your spot for IRE’s Watchdog Workshop.

Covering Your Local Economy

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presented by the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business Journalism
This half-day workshop will teach attendees how to cover the economic angle to any beat, find and use data to develop local stories, and find fresh angles on unemployment and housing trends. Expect to walk away with 10 local economic story ideas you can start next week — whether business is a part of your beat or not.

Get more information and save your spot for Covering your Local Economy.

Building a Successful Freelance Career

This all-day workshop to help develop the connections, skills and strategies you need to build a successful freelance career. Hear from other freelancers about how they’ve made it work. Meet top editors from the New York Times, Working Mother, Quartz, Fortune and more and learn about the pitches they like to receive. Check out this session on tumblr.

Get more information and save your spot for Building a Successful Freelance Career.

NYU Business Bootcamp for Journalists

This all-day workshop will help journalists understand the business side of journalism in order to be better managers and entrepreneurs. Attendees will learn business basics including business strategy, biggest trends, marketing, entrepreneurial skills and intelligent risk-taking, as well as an opportunity to connect with others who have gone down the entrepreneurial path.

Get more information and save your spot for NYU Digital Bootcamp for Journalists.

NPR’s Audio Storytelling Workshop THIS SESSION IS FULL

What makes a good audio story? Whether your goal is to do a full-blown radio story, use audio clips in your blog, accompany photos on the web, or create a podcast, this one-day workshop will show you how to understand audio’s storytelling strengths, select the best sound, write for the ear, and write to sound. You’ll also get an opportunity to use audio recording equipment to record interviews, sounds and scenes and to do digital audio editing. 

One Story, Many Platforms


Presented in Collaboration with Columbia Journalism School and Its Continuing Education Program

This half-day session will show you how to plan and to execute stories across a spectrum of platforms, from text to video to interactive graphics. Learn innovative ways to use all of your available tools to tell a captivating story while keeping the story grounded in solid reporting. Led by Anup Kaphle, digital foreign editor for The Washington Post.

Get more information and save your spot for One Story, Many Platforms.

Practical HTML & CSS for Journalists

Learn how to format text and add content to a web page using HTML; and how to change the basic layout, typography and colors of your stories using CSS. Plus, get a better understanding of how websites (like your news organization’s) are made. This hands-on tutorial is for journalists without HTML or CSS experience, and will help you tell smarter, more engaging stories online. This session will be led by Sisi Wei of ProPublica and Tom Giratikanon of the New York Times.
Get more information and save your spot for Practical HTML & CSS for Journalists.

Google Hangout On Air — THIS  SESSION  IS FULL


It’s no secret that data-gathering and journalism go hand in hand—but then what? Whether it’s refining your advanced search capabilities, improving audience engagement through Google+ or learning how to visualize big data through Google Maps, this workshop is intended to guide you through gathering and visualizing your data, and engaging with your audience.

Hangouts On Air (HOA) brings all types of people together—from President Obama chatting with potential voters, to star-gazing enthusiasts sharing their view of the cosmos. Anyone can use HOA, but it’s important to set the scale of your Hangout and plan accordingly. If your goal is to host a grand “event” style Hangout that focuses on maximizing views, you should approach Hangouts On Air differently than someone who hosts a weekly HOA to slowly grow their community.

In this session, we will dive deep into HOAs, discuss strategies for conducting an effective HOA, and get hands on with some third party gear that will allow you to integrate professional studio cameras into your Hangouts and weave Hangouts into your studio’s current work flow, or take your HOA mobile.

Reserve your spot in this workshop. SESSION FULL.

Building Custom Dataviz Maps with Google — THIS SESSION IS FULL


Looking to tell a visual story with your data? In this interactive workshop, we’ll teach you how to get started with Google Maps Engine Lite and Fusion Tables, two tools to help you host, visualize and publish your data as maps. The session will start with a brief overview of Google Maps Engine Lite and Fusion Tables, as well as related tools, then dive into some hands-on examples to get you familiar with how easily your data can be turned into a visualization with impact.

Reserve your spot in this workshop. SESSION FULL.

AAJA members receive $10 off on these workshops. Check your inbox for the promo code or email us.