23 Mar

Extra credit opportunities

You might remember that we were willing to offer extra credit for attending professional practice events beyond those required for your portfolio blog entry. We’ve canceled the portfolio blog post, so any events you already attended will now count for extra credit. Note: The most you can do to earn extra credit is five. So if you already went to two events, you can do three online trainings to get the maximum. (Check back to the extra credit sheet for more info about how this works.)

For those of you who might still want to earn some extra credit, you can still do it by spending time doing some additional training. Shout out to Ian and Xinyi, who put together this list of trainings across different skills, from design to social media marketing. These options are about an hour each, which is about the time you’d spend at an event. Also, you can take advantage of your free access to the Adobe Creative Suite and spend time learning some new software. Some of the courses are offered through the Poynter Institute — you will need to create an account to access them, but those I’ve listed are all free.

To receive extra credit, you MUST fill out the Google form verifying you did it along with a 150- to 200-word summary of what you learned. Do all chapters of the training unless otherwise noted.

Writing/Grammar
Passive/active voice — do Chapter 3: Common Problems
Clear strong writing for broadcast journalism
Powerful writing: Leverage your video and sound
The lead lab
How to cover the arts on any beat
Conducting interviews that matter
News sense: The building blocks of news
The interview
Cleaning your copy: Grammar, style and more
Telling stories with sound
The storyteller as an investigator: How to turn a tip into an investigation
Beyond the inverted pyramid: Building alternative story forms

Design
Basics of design — do Chapters 2: Layout and composition; 3: Typography; and 4: Color
Learning graphic design — do Chapter 1: Design essentials
33 laws of typography — do Chapter 1: How to format a document; Chapter 2: How to format large bodies of text; Chapter 5: How to choose typefaces
Introduction to color theory
Planning and design for the big story
Making connections with local audiences through design

Photography/video
Elements of effective photographs
Photoshop for photographers — do Chapter 1: Using camera raw to improve lighting and Chapter 2: Changing the overall mood with adjustments
Video journalism: storytelling techniques

Social media/public relations
Social media marketing: Managing online communities
Public relations foundation
Public relations foundation: Media training
Writing a press release
Launching a product to the press
Social media marketing: ROI
Branding foundations
Digital marketing trends
SEO on social media
Marketing ethics

Journalism ethics
Race reporting guide
Guidelines on LGBTQ+ issues OR LGBTQ+ reporting in Georgia AND Guidelines for Gender Sensitive Reporting
Guide to less extractive reporting
Journalism and trauma
Hands-on fact checking
Fact-check it: Digital tools to verify everything online
Freedom of information and your right to know
Avoiding plagiarism and fabrication
Getting beyond stereotypes: Better disability journalism
Understanding and interpreting polls
Handling race and ethnicity