Kiplinger Program takes digital training on the road

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Kevin Smith, left, and Doug Haddix


With its hallmark Kiplinger Fellowship behind us, the program’s staff now steps into summer and ushers in the season of professional media conferences and conventions.

In the coming months, Director Doug Haddix and Deputy Director Kevin Smith will travel coast to coast and be in front of nearly 1,000 journalists, offering our quality brand of continuing education for professionals.

At the core of this travel is the mission of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism: the professional development of journalists in digital and social media.

While the Kiplinger Fellowship garners the most attention, a large part of the Kiplinger brand is on display at various conferences around the nation. Working one session at a time, Kiplinger can boast by year’s end of being involved in training nearly 1,500 journalists.

Kiplinger will start the summer training series at the Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference, June 4-7, in Philadelphia. Haddix will present sessions on “Twitter Tricks and Analytics” and “Reporting and Tracking with Storify.” He also will unveil a new session, “20 Tools to Fortify Your Social Media.”

The next weekend Smith will offer “The Complete Reporter’s Digital Dirty Dozen” in New York City at the SPJ Journcamp. Kiplinger has partnered with SPJ for these Journcamps for two years.

Smith will later appear on a panel during AEJMC’s national conference in San Francisco from Aug. 6-9. He will talk about the ethics of reporting on sports teams with objectionable mascot images and names. Smith was a faculty member at Miami University (Ohio) during the controversial transition from the name “Redskins” to “Redhawks.”

Haddix and Smith also will attend the Excellence in Journalism national convention in Orlando, Florida, Sept. 18-20, which will bring together the membership of the Society of Professional Journalists, Radio Television and Digital News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, They will offer a pre-conference session, “Social Media Deep Dive,” a three-hour workshop that will allow participants to master new skills in an interactive, hands-on lab environment.

The Kiplinger Program is also available for specialized newsroom training. Media companies can curb costs and train staff quickly and efficiently by inviting our trainers to come to them.

We hope we see you on the road at an upcoming journalism conference.

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