Google Tools is a hit!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Mike Reilly’s training session on the new toys in Google Tools! Despite the ravages of weather and flu season, we had a great crowd and learned a lot of exciting new skills.

For those who had to miss it: Google has an online training site you can access here, and you can check out SPJ’s general training and webinar resources at the Journalist’s Toolbox.

Did I mention many more online resources are available to SPJ members? And if you join in February, you get a much-reduced rate? $50 for professionals, $25 for students and retirees, which is about the best rate you’ll ever see. Go to SPJ’s site and you’ll find a bunch of links with more information and details on how to join SPJ!

Once again, thank you to Mike for his excellent training, to our partner organizations for sharing the word, and to St. Louis Public Radio for once again hosting us at their lovely site.

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ONA to hold jobs seminar for students and new journalists

Our friends at the Online News Association are holding a seminar this Saturday for students and new grads on how to land a job! Here’s the details from their site:

Come join ONA St. Louis on Saturday, Feb 15, as we host a workshop at Saint Louis University on landing a job and making it in the journalism industry. While this event is focused on providing resources for students, all who are interested in learning more about careers in journalism are welcome to attend.

This month’s presenters include Stephanie Zeilenga, a St. Louis-based freelance writer and editor, Matt Sorrell, a St. Louis-based freelance writer, and Cara Anthony, Midwest correspondent for Kaiser Health News.

What You Can Expect
Per usual, we’ll have free food, soda and other nonalcoholic beverages. We’ll be ordering this month from the U.R.B. The event will take place at Boileau Hall at Saint Louis University, located at 38 Vandeventer Ave. Free parking is available in Boileau Hall’s lot and metered street parking is available along Vandeventer.

Please note: This event starts promptly at noon, so please arrive on time.

11:30 a.m. to noon
We typically give people about a half hour to arrive at the venue. Take your time to sign in, grab some food and drinks, and mingle.

Noon – 12:15 p.m.
At the start of every event, we give a quick update the group on any upcoming events, initiatives in the works, etc. We will also introduce our speakers and break up into small groups.

12:15 – 12:35 p.m.
First table discussion

12:35 – 12:55 p.m.
Second table discussion

12:55 – 1:05 p.m.

1:05 – 1:25 p.m.
Third table discussion

1:30 – 2 p.m.
We’ll take questions from attendees for a brief Q&A with our speakers. You can also submit questions in advance to [masked].

For those who have never attended an Online News Association event before, we are part of the world’s largest association of digital journalists. Our mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public.

You do not have to be a member to attend one of our meetups. We do ask that you RSVP well in advance, however, to help us better gauge how much food we will need to order.

Click here to register for the FREE seminar!

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Google Tools training in February!

Time to learn new tools from Google! SPJ is sending us a trainer for an in-depth training session in Google Tools via the Newslab. We’ve had these trainings in the past, but it’s been four years since the last one and things have advanced significantly!

Our SPJ trainer is Mike Reilley, a lecturer at the University of Illinois-Chicago in digital and data journalism as well as founder of the Red Line Project and co-founder of MediaShift Training Network and Penny Press Digital Consulting. Mike will introduce us to some new Google Earth and verification tools with search shortcuts, as well as data scraping tools, visualizations with Google Flourish, Google Dataset Search, Public Data Explorer and new techniques with MyMaps. These tools can help supplement and support your data collection and help you find new ways to draw audience.

SPJ and the Google News Initiative teamed up in 2015 to provide free training to journalists around the U.S. looking to apply these tools in their news gathering, reporting and storytelling. The programs are provided by talented, personable, knowledgeable SPJ members who have been trained by the Google News Initiative. They are journalists, not Google employees.

Funding for this program is provided through the national Society of Professional Journalists and Google News Initiative. Many thanks go to our friends at St. Louis Public Radio for agreeing to host us for this seminar.

This training is FREE to St. Louis journalists, whether or not you are a member of SPJ! (Though we are always glad to help you join; click here for more information or email St. Louis Pro President Elizabeth Donald.)

Please RSVP at EventBrite! Clicking “interested” on the Facebook event does not reserve you a spot.

Hope to see you in February!

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Enrollment for student journalists is up, despite challenges in profession

Student enrollment in journalism programs is up, and jobs are available but far more varied than they were in decades past, according to this piece from the Associated Press. Student newspapers are also facing some of the same trials as their professional counterparts, but are finding ways to stay alive with sufficient support from students and faculty.

A “Trump bump” is an unexpected positive. Undergraduate enrollment in journalism programs went up nearly 6 percent between 2015 and 2018, the AEJMC said. Journalism is the most popular major for Bellisario’s incoming class at Penn State, after having been surpassed by advertising and PR four years ago…

“When Trump starts calling journalists the enemy of the people and fake news, these kids get ticked off,” Dalglish said.

Years ago, graduates beat a familiar path into low-level reporter jobs at newspapers or television stations. That still happens, but when Kelly Barnett, head of the Newhouse school’s career counseling program, scrolls down the list of jobs taken by recent alumni, she sees titles like digital editorial assistant, social media producer, video streamer, social media specialist.

Also: Quoting our own vice president, Tammy Merrett of the Alestle at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville!


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