Digital training for journalists sets Kiplinger Program record

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More than 1,800 journalists, educators, communicators and students benefited from Kiplinger Program training during the past year – a record level of impact.

To supplement the weeklong Kiplinger Fellowship on Ohio State’s main campus, the program took its training on the road to reach large audiences at national and regional journalism conferences. In addition, journalists from around the world now learn about new digital tools and tactics from the program’s redesigned website and social media channels.

A total of 1,860 journalists, educators and students received Kiplinger Program training that reached from San Antonio, Texas, and Bennington, Vermont all the way to Kampala, Uganda. Through its partnership with the Society of Professional Journalists, the program co-sponsored and led training at JournCamp workshops in Miami, Florida, and New York City. Kiplinger trainers also presented sessions and hands-on training at national conferences hosted by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Science Writers, American Agriculture Editors Association and SPJ.

In addition, the program hosted a two-day Digital Media Summit at Ohio State last November for nearly 90 participants. Experts from The Washington Post, NPR, Slate, NBC, LinkedIn and other organizations shared their tips during the fast-paced workshop. Attendees came from as far as Florida to attend the summit, evidence of the program’s growing reputation far beyond Ohio. Sessions focused on blogging, social media for reporting and audience engagement, crowdsourcing content, Instagram and other visuals, data analysis and video. One gratified participant tweeted: “Tilt. My brain is full of great social media training from #kipcamp. Must find time to use all the new toys, er, tools.”

For its signature fellowship, the Kiplinger Program selected 24 high-caliber journalists from a record pool of 625 applicants from around the world. Fellows represented newsrooms including the New York Times, NPR, ESPN, Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. International journalists traveled to Ohio from Canada, Colombia, England, Germany, Indonesia, Peru and Portugal. While on campus, they received hands-on training and immersion on digital tools and tactics including audience analytics, social media for deep reporting, data analysis, smartphone video, ethics and emerging legal issues.

“I could not feel more inspired and invigorated after the most extraordinary week at Kip Camp,” said Cristina Men of TSF Ràdio Noticias in Portugal. “Top-notch training from great speakers, highly organized program and a unique opportunity to meet so many colleagues from all over the world.”

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