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Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
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New Jersey Institute of Technology 

University Heights

Driving: Take Warren Street to Colden Street to Academy Street to Summit Street to get to the parking garage. (Please study the map carefully due to the one-way routes to the parking garage.) Cross Warren Street and go to Rooms 103 and 120 in the Central King Building, which will be across from Kupfrian Hall.

 Newark, NJ 07102  

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John Ensslin 
New Jersey Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists 



Want to learn how to shoot and edit video? Tell an audio story? Use Instagram and Snapchat in a story? Skills Fest 2017 has what you need and more. Hosted by the NJ Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Skills Fest brings together some of the best professionals in the NY metropolitan area.

You can choose up to three workshops. Among the instructors are:

 Tom Franklin, multimedia journalism instructor at Montclair State University. Tom will teach the basics of how to shoot and edit video with your smart phone. He'll also discuss what makes a good news video.

 Karen Rouse, New Jersey reporter for WNYC-FM. Karen will teach the basics of telling an audio story, whether for radio or the web. She also will talk about recording equipment and audio editing programs.

 Sam Sheffer, staff writer for Media Shift. Sam will talk about the journalism uses of the social media apps Snapchat and Instagram. He will also provide some examples and compare the features of the two apps.

 Frank G. Runyeon, freelance multimedia journalist. Frank will teach the basics of how to shoot a successful Facebook Live video. He will also talk about the video and audio tools you'll need to produce such a video.

 John Ensslin, multimedia journalist for The Record. John will teach the basics of how to script, record and edit a successful news podcast. He also will talk about how to build an audience for your podcast.

Tamika Cody will also share her podcasting skills.  She created a multimedia blog where she keeps tabs on art, culture and trending topics.

Workshops will be taught from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rooms 103 and 120 in the Central King Building at NJIT's Newark campus(MAP)

WiFi will be provided. Bring your own laptop and smart phone. We also suggest you bring a power bar.

The cost for the day is $45 for students and $85 for professionals. This includes a box lunch and a one-year membership (or one-year extension) in SPJ, the nation's oldest and largest journalism advocacy group.

NJIT students pay only $10 for lunch, admission is free and joining SPJ at the student rate is optional.