The Center for Cooperative Media offers trainings and special events throughout the year. Past trainings have focused on social media, investigative reporting, utilizing archives, video for busy news editors and starting a news site. You can find many videos from those past trainings in the section below. For upcoming events, check our events calendar, sign up for our newsletters, regularly visit our website or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay abreast of all opportunities.
Conquer Mobile: Learn How to Create a Mobile App in One Day
Join Amir Husak and the Center for Cooperative Media in re-imagining local news for mobile, and learn the basics of mobile programming.
CJET, or Community Journalism Executive Training, is a special 2 1/2-day workshop being offered by the NJ News Commons to help entrepreneurial news organizations become more business savvy.
Video from the Open Data NJ Summit
Three videos from the Open Data NJ conference, held at Montclair State University on May 15, 2014, are now up and running for those who were unable to attend the conference in person – or those who want to watch it again.
How Journalists Can Engage Communities
Last month, as part of the Innovating Local News summit hosted by the NJ News Commons and the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University, Josh Stearns moderated a panel with Amanda Zamora of ProPublica, Jim Schachter of WNYC and Ken Freedman of WFMU, looking at how their organizations have sought to build community around the news.
The focus of the panel was on moving newsrooms beyond narrow definitions of both “community” and “engagement.” While social media is core to many outreach efforts, this panel focused on how you can move beyond Facebook and Twitter to engage people in deeper ways on and offline.
Here are some takeaways from the panel – with lots of links to tools and examples.
How Newsrooms Can Make the Most of Their Archives
The Internet has made this idea of the past living alongside - and interwoven with - the present more true now than ever. Today, even relatively new newsrooms have vast and quickly growing archives of work to tap into and build upon. These archives hold huge potential to add context to current events, fuel community engagement and even serve as a new revenue stream.
Measuring the Impact of Your News Site
How do we measure how we’re doing as news organizations? In unique visitors, page views — or whether the crooks we write about go to jail?
How to Start a News Site
Dozens of potential independent news publishers descended upon the Multimedia Newswoom at Montclair State University on March 11, 2014 for a day of training on "How to Start a News Site." The event was the first of many in the NJ News Commons' latest round of Grow and Strengthen, a project aimed at seeding and incubating local news sites across New Jersey.
Training for News Entrepreneurs
On July 9, 2014, we hosted a training session for news entrepreneurs at Montclair State University. The all-day session included talks from entrepreneurial journalists, marketing strategists, ad sales representatives, and other professionals from throughout the news ecosystem.
Political Reporting Pro Tips
API's senior research manager Jane Elizabeth, along with PolitiFact editor Angie Holan, trained reporters in the art of political fact checking, sharing resources like Skeptive, a suped-up version of Snopes, and Fiskkit, a crowdsourcing platform for evaluating claims. They also provided a checklist for how to systematically check outrageous political claims and attacks and three categories of deception: Deception by Addition and Subtraction, Deception by Association and Deception by Words.
Because of a generous grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the For Journalism suite is available – FREE – to partners of the NJ News Commons and students, faculty and staff at Montclair State University.