Building on the partnership established last year with Poynter's NewsU, AAN is offering several discounted webinars to members in the coming weeks and months. Up to 25 AAN members will be able to register for these workshop for just $15, using a special AAN discount code.
These trainings, and others, will be available for members to consider and plan for on AltWeeklies.com new training page, which will highlight both AAN and other journalism organizations' webinars and conferences.
Please note that all webinars on the NewsU schedule below are at 2 pm EST, but registering also allows you access to the archived session for later review. For more information on any of these trainings, please check out www.newsu.org.
If there are other NewsU webinars you are interested in, please contact AAN Editorial Chair Julia Goldberg (editor[at]sfreporter.com):
Jan. 21, 2 pm EST: Programming for Non-Geeks: Easy Interactivity
Have you ever wanted to create simple animations for your content, add slick rollover effects or put other interactive elements on your site? jQuery is the easiest way to make your content more engaging and interactive and to enhance the interface of your site.
Even if you've never written a line of code, you can learn how to use jQuery to create slideshows, add a news ticker or interactive centerpiece, embed Google maps and more. jQuery lets you do all of this and not worry about whether it works on mobile devices or certain browsers.
This Webinar is not designed for programmers or others who have already worked in jQuery. It's for those who are looking to get started in jQuery. You'll learn how it works and get specific ways to enhance your content, with either custom code or pre-made plugins.
Feb. 16, 2 pm EST: 100 Ways to Make Your Journalism Better
More than 15 presenters will discuss tips and techniques, including:
- Business trends journalists need to know, with Rick Edmonds
- Techniques to attract teen audiences, with Wendy Wallace
- Ways to avoid mistakes in your own copy, with Vicki Krueger
- Social media ideas you might have missed, with Ellyn Angelotti
- Strategies to save time so you can do better journalism, with Butch Ward
- Relationship management, with Stephen Buckley
- Ideas for making better photo portraits, with Kenny Irby
- How to use social media to make money, with Bill Mitchell
March 2, 2 pm EST: Understanding Internet Basics for a Better Online News Operation
Understanding how your content moves across the Internet will help you better manage and optimize your digital news operation. Learn how your content is sent, received and split into pieces. This Webinar will introduce technical terms and concepts such as Web addresses and protocols, which will help you solve problems and give you new confidence when talking with your technical team.
March 9, 2 pm EST: Short Narrative Bursts: Social Media Writing
Conquer the challenge of telling a lively, fair and contextualized story through social media platforms. There's an art to writing briefly and thoroughly in a small space. But you can have a voice, communicate important information and successfully write to an audience who read blips of information at a time. This Webinar will help you apply traditional writing strategies to social media platforms.