Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST
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New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ 
323 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102

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John Ensslin 
New Jersey Chapter Society of Professional Journalists 

SkillsFest is our day-long set of training sessions aimed at giving journalists – both students and professionals - the tools they need to better do their job.

The next SkillsFest will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27 starting with sign-in and coffee at 9 a.m.; and sessions beginning at 10 a.m. in room 116 of the Central King Building at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

The event is co-sponsored with The Vector, NJIT's student newspaper. Cost for NJIT students is $10 (covers the cost of lunch), with the option of purchasing an SPJ student membership.

Presenters are: David Bergeland, an award-winning photojournalist who teaches multimedia skills at Rutgers-Newark; Renee Ernst, a producer for the social publishing unit of CNN; Carla Astudillo, a data journalist for the Star-Ledger and NJ.com; and David Sheingold, the data and computer-assisted reporting specialist for The Record. 

Here's the schedule: 

  • 9-10 a.m.: coffee and registration
  • SESSION 1 (10 to 11:15 a.m.):  Multimedia skills with Dave Bergeland
  • SESSION 2: (11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.): Data visualization with Carla Astudillo
  • LUNCH (12:30 to 1:30 p.m.): Possible brainstorming and newspaper swap of student newspapers
  • SESSION 3 (1:30 to 2:45 p.m.): Useful social media skills with Renee Ernst
  • COFFEE BREAK (2:45 to 3 p.m.) 
  • SESSION 4 (3 to 4:15 p.m): How to use Microsoft Excel spreadsheets as a reporting tool with David Sheingold.
  • WRAP UP: (4:15 p.m.): Presentation of certificates; fill in evaluation forms