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SPJ JournCamp
December 2, 2016 | Las Vegas

Schedule | Meet the Trainers

Presentation materials and notes: Download them here

If you attend the Las Vegas JournCamp and want to review what you learned, or if you simply would like a glimpse at what was discussed and learned, you will be able to find all handouts and presentation materials here shortly after the program concludes.


When: Friday, December 2

Where: Renaissance Las Vegas
3400 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nev., 89169

Parking: Free public parking is available on site (no reservation needed). Private parking is available and costs $15/day. See more parking information here.

Upon arrival: Follow signs to the Renaissance II Foyer on the 1st floor.

What To Bring
Aside from an appetite to learn, you’ll want:
– Note-taking materials (however you prefer to do that).
– Laptop with fully charged battery if attending the Google Tools, social media or data journalism sessions. Setting up a free Gmail/Google account is important, too. For the Google session, a laptop is needed to get the full training experience. Some applications won’t work with tablets.
– Business cards (yeah, they’re still a thing). Remember the networking reception at the end of the day.

Rates* (includes all-day program, continental breakfast, lunch and evening reception with drinks):
– Professional SPJ member: $40
– Student SPJ member: $20
– Professional non-member: $60
– Student non-member: $40

*Members of NAHJ, NABJ, NAJA, AAJA, SAJA, and NLGJA receive the SPJ member rate with special coupon code.

Registration: Online registration is closed for this program.

JournCamp is funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

SPJ is committed to bringing you training and tools in all areas of journalism. In this daylong workshop, you'll get practical, skills-based professional development that will help you be a better journalist.


A complete schedule and details about program sessions are coming soon. For an idea of what might be in store, check out the schedule, session descriptions and trainer bios from the programs we recently hosted in Denver.

8:15-9 a.m.: Registration and check-in

Continental breakfast available.

9 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction to JournCamp

9:15-10:15 a.m.: Opening General Session

Learning to Embrace the Rapidly Changing News Media Landscape

Shifting consumer behaviors, multi-screen content strategies, mobile news trends, emerging tech such as VR, 360 videos, drones, wearables, and more. Now is the time for journalists and news organizations to start thinking not about how can they program to the devices that exist today, but what do they do to prepare themselves for two to seven years down the road. Normal ways of telling stories, the established ways of gathering content to tell stories, will be radically different. News innovation strategist Victor Hernandez promises to stubbornly put down his smartphone for a short while in order to pick up the crystal ball and lend some tempered vision to where the important trends of tomorrow are headed.

Trainer: Victor Hernandez (@tothevictor), director of media innovation, Banjo

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Breakout Sessions

(Choose one to attend per time slot on site)

Narrative Storytelling: Dump the Inverted Pyramid, No Matter Your Medium of Choice

Step out of the inverted pyramid, just-the-facts model that drives so much daily reporting and into the world of narrative storytelling. You'll learn what narrative storytelling is and how to do it well. You'll discover how to choose a story that's ripe for a narrative approach, and how to get it done on deadline. The goal of this session is to provide strategies and resources to help journalists promote narrative storytelling within their individual newsrooms — changing the way you and your colleagues think about, report and tell stories. Journalists working in all media — broadcast, online, print and everything in between — will benefit from thinking about crafting compelling stories.

Trainers: Boyd Huppert (@boydhuppert), reporter, KARE-TV

(Free) Google Tools for All Journalists

This session is part of a training partnership with SPJ and Google News Lab.

Think you know it all when it comes to using Google tools? Guess what: There are many features and tools you may have never seen or realize how they’re useful for journalists. In this hands-on session you'll take a deeper dive into tools to tell stories in new ways, verify news, build maps and more. Tools covered include Google Trends, Google Earth, Google MyMaps, Google Reverse Image Lookup, Google Cardboard and Cardboard Camera app. Session materials can be found at Participants should download the free Google Earth Pro desktop version prior to the session here.

NOTE: Participants should have a free Google/Gmail account set up in advance and bring their laptop to the session. They also should have the free Cardboard Camera app downloaded to their phones.

Trainer: Mike Reilley (@journtoolbox), SPJ-Google News Lab trainer

12:30-1:15 p.m.: Lunch (provided)

1:30-3:30 p.m.: Breakout Sessions

(Choose one to attend per time slot on site)

Supercharge Your Social Media Sleuthing and Sourcing Skills

We’ll take your social media sourcing and reporting knowledge from mundane to high octane by showing you ways to source, verify and build community on social media. We’ll look at monitoring tools like, Facebook Signal and IFTTT, as well as publishing tools. A deep dive into verification strategies will also take place, looking at how to authenticate images and video found online using geolocation tools and a few cool Chrome extensions. You will also take a peek at key community-driving strategies to use whether you represent a newsroom or are an independent freelancer.

Trainer: P. Kim Bui (@kimbui), deputy managing editor, and co-founder of #WJCHAT

Data Reporting for All Journalists

Come learn about best practices and strategies for data reporting on the web, no matter your media or job role. From handling and requesting data to writing about data and using free web tools to create embeddable interactive graphics, journalists working at all levels in all type of newsrooms will benefit from this session — including students, freelancers and newsroom managers. After this training you'll be familiar with a popular core workflow for data reporting.

NOTE: Attendees should bring their own laptops (no tablets) and have a free Google/Gmail account set up.

Trainer: Frank Bi (@frankiebi), editorial engineer, The Verge/Vox Media

3:45-5 p.m.: Networking Reception

Relax, have a drink, swap more training tips (and business cards/Twitter handles) and unwind after a long day cramming your head with new information.

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Meet the Trainers

Bios coming soon.

Frank Bi, editorial engineer, The Verge/Vox Media

Frank Bi (@frankiebi) is a data journalist and editorial engineer at The Verge, a technology news website operated by Vox Media that covers the intersection of technology, science, art and culture. At The Verge, Bi builds news apps, interactives and data visualizations. He lives in New York City and grew up in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

P. Kim Bui, deputy managing editor,

Kim Bui (@kimbui) is a digital journalist with a bent for emerging media. Her career is focused on storytelling on the Web and how journalism can learn from technology outside of the field. She was most recently deputy managing editor of the social media reporting project from First Look Media. Prior to that, she was part of Digital First Media’s Thunderdome working on the breaking news team. She’s also an adjunct instructor at the University of Southern California. Previously, she worked on mobile projects for KPCC, bridging the gap between the editorial side and the technologists. She’s also managed KPCC’s social media and engagement efforts. She began her career as a reporter for the Kansas City Star and the San Luis Obispo Tribune before moving to online after the creation of a personal blog sparked a passion. Since then she has focused on new storytelling techniques and technologies that allow readers, users, listeners and audience members to converse.

Victor Hernandez, director of media innovation, Banjo, and Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow

Victor Hernandez (@tothevictor) is director of media innovation for news app Banjo, a news futurist and journalism innovator, previously with CNN. In this role Hernandez was charged with shaping critical vision and strategies around emerging technologies against CNN’s journalistic endeavors. He previously served as CNN’s Director of National Coverage where he oversaw domestic newsgathering operations including the handling of strategic response to breaking news and in-depth coverage. He was a distinguished member of Poynter Ethics Fellows 2008-09, and is associated with the Society of Professional Journalists, Online News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Hernandez was recently named to SPJ’s 20 Journalists/Industry Thinkers You Should Know list, 50 People in Media You Should Subscribe to on Facebook and Poynter’s 35 most influential people in social media.

Boyd Huppert, Reporter, KARE-TV

Boyd Huppert (@boydhuppert) has earned a national reputation as both a practitioner and teacher of visual storytelling. As a reporter at KARE-TV in Minneapolis, Huppert has been honored with some of journalism's top honors, including 14 national Edward R. Murrow Awards for writing and feature reporting. Huppert is also the recipient of three national Sigma Delta Chi Awards from SPJ, the National Headliner Grand Award and the 2006 national Emmy for feature reporting. As a teacher and trainer, he has presented more than 100 visual storytelling sessions at venues including Poynter Institute, TV-New Zealand, NRK in Oslo, Norway and DR and TV2 in Denmark. He is a longtime member of the faculty at the NPPA's Advanced Storytelling Workshop held each spring at Texas State University-San Marcos.

Mike Reilley, MediaShift, SPJ-Google News Lab Trainer

Mike Reilley (@journtoolbox) works in business development for A former reporter at the LA Times and web editor at the Chicago Tribune, Mike has been a faculty member at Northwestern University, Arizona State University and DePaul University, training thousands of young journalists on web development. His students’ projects have won first-place awards from ONA, Editor & Publisher (EPPY), SPJ’s National Mark of Excellence and four Peter Lisagor awards from the Chicago Headline Club. He is actively involved in SPJ and ONA. He holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He founded and updates the research site The Journalist’s Toolbox for SPJ.

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