Digital summit, Sierra Leone, new website: All in a year’s work

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Journalists can’t help themselves. The calendar begins to turn and we feel the need to reminisce about the year that was.

At the Kiplinger Program, we couldn’t resist telling you about what we accomplished in 2014. We put our heads together this week and thought about our achievements, and well, even though we were elbow deep in all this work, we allowed ourselves a moment to realize what we accomplished and enjoy what we think is an impressive list.

“These are great. This shows great progress in the program,” director Doug Haddix said.

Of course, nothing on this list is accomplishable without the contributions of so many journalists who worked with us as supporters, trainers, advisers, fellows and participants. So, the program’s successes are linked to the great people we work with from January to December.

In no special order, here are our Top 10 Moments for Kiplinger in 2014:

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 2.55.28 PMNew logo and website for Kip program

It started with a change in the logo in late winter and ended with a new website in the fall, a complete makeover of the Kiplinger image. Fresh, vibrant and reflective of our program mission, the new Kip is a Ferrari that we enjoy driving and showing off.

Record number of journalists trained

Kiplinger is so much more than just a Fellowship. During the year we travel the country to bring quality training sessions to hundreds of journalists and students via national conventions. In 2014 we finished with a record number of conferences and participants, more than 1,400 received Kiplinger training. We got in front of journalists at conferences and conventions hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and EditorsNational Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Science Writers and American Agricultural Editors Association.

Record applications for 2015 fellowship

Just when we thought the number of applications couldn’t get any larger we recorded 623 total worldwide applications for the 2015 Fellowship at Ohio State in late April, a new record over the 617 of the previous year. The majority of those were foreign applications, with Pakistan and Nigeria leading the list of countries with foreign applicants.

20140406180639__MG_4241-15nsdixLargest Fellowship class in 2014

After more than 600 applicants for the 2014 Fellowship, Kiplinger elected to host its largest class, showcasing 28 journalists from around the U.S. and globe. Journalists represented Britain, Sweden, Indonesia, Greece, Ukraine, China and Canada. U.S. Fellows came from one coast to the other, representing places like New York, Seattle, Louisville, Miami, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

New program coordinator joins staff

In February, Kiplinger expanded its staff by adding former journalist Robin Chenoweth as program coordinator. Robin works part time and is an indispensable member of the Kip family who handles a lot of the administrative grind each day and helps plan the big events we do.

SPJ logo, newKip partners with SPJ to support Journcamps

In an effort to expand its training outreach Kip entered into a partnership with the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s largest journalism group, to help conduct twice-a-year Journcamps across the country. In 2014, Kip worked with SPJ to host camps in San Diego and Miami. The partnership extends into 2015. Kip has similar working arrangement with IRE.

global-reach-photoKip expands reach with trip to Sierra Leone

Kiplinger stepped offshore in 2014, when a unique opportunity to present programming in Africa was offered by the U.S. Department of State. Deputy Director Kevin Smith spent six days in Sierra Leone helping journalists shape an ethics code. He also helped them develop a plan to fight a criminal libel law and shore up the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists with some management and membership improvement ideas.

StorifyKipMainDigital Media Summit held

In November, the Kip Program hosted a two-day digital and social media summit at Ohio State University’s Fawcett Center, attracting more than 80 people from the region; one journalist came from Nigeria by way of Atlanta. It was bitter cold for two days, but the trainers and participants managed the weather to get great training from journalists from the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC, Slate, LinkedIn and the Columbus Dispatch.

OSU honors benefactor Austin Kiplinger with video

Early in the year, Ohio State’s Office of Advancement released a video honoring Kiplinger Program benefactor Austin Kiplinger. Kiplinger is the son of OSU graduate and former Lantern editor W.M. “Kip” Kiplinger, for whom the program is named. The video depicts 95-year-old Austin’s work at the newsletter and magazine company started by his father and now managed by his son, Knight.

Digital Dirty Dozen collects more than 3,000 downloads

Haddix and Smith teamed up at the SPJ national convention, EIJ14, to offer a journalist’s “Dirty Dozen” a 12-point program to improve journalism. The dozen included mobile apps, online sites and programs that were “musts” for today’s digital journalist. After the session, the PowerPoint was offered online and surpassed 3,000 downloads in less than a month, making it the most popular program for Kip. The two repeated the program at the November summit.

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