Fifty-five scholarships available for Muncie, IN, NewsTrain on March 24; apply by Feb. 12

APME’s NewsTrain is bringing affordable training in digital-journalism skills to Muncie, Indiana, on March 24.

It has up to 50 general scholarships funded by the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation available to all journalists, journalism students and journalism educators. And there are five diversity scholarships funded by the APME Foundation for journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds. Please apply by Feb. 12.

The scholarships cover the early-bird registration of $75 for a full Saturday of training at Ball State University. Sessions include:

  • Mobile newsgathering: better reporting with your smartphone,
  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools,
  • Shooting short, shareable smartphone video,
  • Better time management with beat mapping, and
  • Producing data-driven enterprise stories off your beat.

Experience NewsTrain’s highly rated training; attendees regularly judge sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly useful and highly effective.

“The training made me excited to bring new strategies to work tomorrow!” said Cheryl Truman, veteran Lexington Herald-Leader reporter who attended Lexington NewsTrain in 2016.

Your accomplished trainers in Muncie include (clockwise from upper left):

  • Mark Nichols, data journalist on the national investigations team for USA Today.
  • Val Hoeppner, director of the Center for Innovation in Media at Middle Tennessee State University.
  • Amy Bartner, downtown reporter for The Indianapolis Star and its former social media editor and engagement manager.
  • Linda Austin, project director for NewsTrain.

Discounted hotel rooms on campus start at $68 a night. Plus, the first 20 registrants receive a free AP Stylebook.

Muncie NewsTrain will be the 89th such workshop organized by Associated Press Media Editors (APME) in collaboration with a host committee of local journalists. The nonprofit organization of newsroom leaders has sponsored NewsTrain since 2003, training more than 7,300 journalists in cities across the United States and Canada.

Questions? Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director.


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