#AAJA15 Full day Workshops

AAJA is pleased to announce the Wednesday Workshops set to take place on August 12, 2015 as part of the first day of the 2015 AAJA National Convention at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. Pre-registration or pre-application is required for participation in these workshops. See the full details below.

Time: 9am – 3pm, Room Pacific B & C
Cost: $20

Spend the day diving deep into data topics and demos. You’ll learn what makes a great data story and presentation and walk through tutorials of how to clean, analyze and visualize a data story.

9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Introductions, the value of data, how to get and clean data
10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Data viz with charts (with coaching)
12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:30 p.m.- 3 p.m. Data viz with maps (with coaching)
3 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Wrap up, final questions

Speakers: Jaeah Lee, Reporter, Mother Jones, @jaeahjlee; Aaron Williams, Data Visualization Editor, San Francisco Chronicle, @aboutaaron; Lisa Pickoff-White, Senior Interactive Producer, KQED News, @pickoffwhite

Please click here to purchase your ticket.

Wine Education Seminar
Time: 12pm – 5:15pm, at William Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay
Cost: $20

William HillEnjoy a half day wine education seminar at William Hill Estate Winery on Wednesday, August 12. With roots deeply anchored in the Napa Valley, William Hill Estate crafts luxury Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietal wines from the undiscovered vineyards of California’s most celebrated regions. Beginning with William Hill Estate’s 140-acre benchland vineyard near the Silverado Trail, Winemaker Mark Williams turns to the hidden corners of southern Napa, the North Coast and the Central Coast to create a unique collection of rich, expressive wines. The seminar includes lessons on how to evaluate and discuss wine, winemaking and growing techniques, as well as wine tasting and shopping. A bus will depart from the Hyatt Regency San Francisco hotel promptly at noon and will return at 5:15 pm. 

You must be 21 or older to attend. 

Human Centered Design presented by IDEO.org
Time: 9am – 12pm, Room Pacific M
Cost: $25

IDEO-org-logo-square-254Human-centered design is a creative approach to problem solving – one that starts with people and ends with innovative solutions, tailored to meet their needs. During this workshop, you’ll learn about IDEO.org, get a crash course on human-centered design, and work on a mini design challenge that will give you a taste on how to use certain methods to apply human-centered design in your everyday work.

Speakers: Yennie Lee, Impact Manager, IDEO.org, @yennie; Dave Zhou, Experience and Talent Lead, IDEO.org, @davezhou

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Time: 10am – 6pm, at Bentley Reserve (301 Battery Street)


Gain first hand knowledge of what it takes to make it as a national TV correspondent. With the options to consume news, information and entertainment continuously changing, correspondents must be effective and versatile storytellers that suit the medium of choice for consumers. This daylong interactive workshop will provide participants with the necessary tools to build on existing skills in order to go from local reporter to national correspondent. Leaders from the broadcast and cable news industry will join as special guests to provide their insights.

Workshop topics will include: master storytelling, writing with focus, on-air performance, managing your image, interviewing skills, enterprising, journalism ethics, and the age of digital and social media.

20 applicants will be selected for this workshop. To apply, please submit the following items to India Diaz (india.diaz@turner.com) by July 13:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter explaining why you should be selected for the program
  • Reel

Speaker: Ramon Escobar, Vice President, Talent Recruitment & Development, CNN

For more information, please contact India Diaz (india.diaz@turner.com)

Time: 8:45am – 5pm, Room Pacific L
Cost: $10

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Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Watchdog Workshops offer tips, tools and training that you can use immediately to add depth to your work, from breaking news coverage to quick-turn enterprise and long-term projects. IRE’s Watchdog Workshop will help reporters, editors and producers return to their newsrooms with hard-hitting story ideas, websites and online resources, lists of key documents, techniques for more effective reporting, ways to use the web and social media to find information, and insight into the latest technology for newsgathering. For the third year in a row, IRE and AAJA have partnered to host an all-day workshop covering a variety of topics, from finding data stories to investigating inequality. Sponsored by the Gannett Foundation and IRE.

Speakers: Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica, @ryangabrielson; Bernice Yeung, The Center for Investigative Reporting, @bmyeung; Jennifer LaFleur, The Center for Investigative Reporting, @j_la28; Ling Woo Liu, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, @LingWooLiu; Stephen Stock, NBC Bay Area, @StephenStockTV; Frank Bi, Forbes, @FrankieBi; Eric Sagara, The Center for Investigative Reporting, @esagara; Joanna Lin, The Center for Investigative Reporting, @joannalin; Jaimi Dowdell, IRE, @JaimiDowdell

To see the full schedule and to purchase your ticket, please click here.

Please contact AAJA National Office with any questions.