Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Facebook training succeeds despite wintry forecast

A great crowd braved the scary forecast to hear from Ben Meyerson of the Chicago Tribune on the various ways we can use Facebook for reporting and disseminating our work.

Many thanks to our partner organizations for spreading the word, to St. Louis Public Radio for hosting our seminar, to the participants who came out in spite of threatened snowpocalypse, to the Society of Professional Journalists for approving us for the Facebook Journalism Project, and of course to Ben, for sharing his knowledge with us.

If you attended, please go to fb.me/postspjtraining and fill out the post-training survey. It is immensely helpful to SPJ and to us to better plan our programming. Thank you for your time!

Response to this program was so strong that we are seriously considering repeating it later in the year, if there is sufficient interest. If you did not get a chance to attend and would like to see it repeated, please contact us at stlouisspj@gmail.com and we will be sure that you get an invitation.

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January Newsletter

Happy new year!

  • Facebook training this Saturday
  • Contest season
  • ONA hosts SEO training session
  • Former SPJ board member raises money for father’s immigration
  • On the move, jobs board, congratulations and more!

Check out the newsletter here! And while you’re at it, sign up to receive our announcements. Don’t worry: we are way too busy to spam you…

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Last call for Facebook Training!

We are happy to report 45 people have registered for our upcoming Facebook training program, so if you were thinking about attending, you might want to reserve your spot!

This training program is offered through the national Society of Professional Journalists and the Facebook Journalism Project. This program will allow journalists to learn more about ways to use Facebook for engaging the public, creating and sharing works of journalism, using specialty products like Live, Groups, Creators and CrowdTangle; and more.

The trainers are all current or former professional journalists. Our trainer will be Ben Meyerson, news editor for Blue Sky Innovation, the technology and innovation section at the Chicago Tribune, and a digital editor and columnist for RedEye Chicago. He also is an executive board member of the Chicago Headline Club, the largest chapter of the Society of Professional journalists.

In the evolving world of social media and journalism, this is an opportunity to learn more about how to manage our social media presence and better serve our readers, wherever they may find us.

Please RSVP! This FREE training opportunity is aimed at working journalists and educators looking to update their skills, but you do NOT have to be a member of SPJ to participate. (But we certainly won’t mind if you join!) Thank you to St. Louis Public Radio for hosting our training session, and to our partner organizations for helping us to share the word!

About the Society of Professional Journalists: SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know: Become a member, give to the Legal Defense Fund, or give to the SPJ Foundation!

About the Facebook Journalism Project: The Facebook Journalism Project was created in January 2017 to ensure that quality news thrives on Facebook. FJP focuses on three pillars: collaborative development of new products, tools and trainings for newsrooms, and tools and trainings for people.

Questions? Contact St. Louis SPJ President Elizabeth Donald at stlouisspj@gmail.com. See you in January!

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