Classes on social media will be offered at the National Press Club Wednesday, August 17, and Thursday, August 18. Each class is one hour and 15 minutes.
You are welcome to sign up for one or multiple classes. The fee is $50 per class for non-members or $25 per class for National Press Club members. The classes will be held in the 13th floor, Bloomberg Center for Electronic Journalism, next to the library. The club is located at 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045.
- 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. - Social Media Tools
- 11 a.m. to 12:15p.m. - Advanced Google Search Techniques
- 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. - Twittering Away
- 3 to 4:15 p.m. - Reporting from Facebook
- 9:30 to 10:45 am - Basics of Blogging
- 11 a.m. to 12:15p.m. - Foursquare and Location-based Tools
Register online at http://bit.ly/6f1yyA or by contacting Beth Shankle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-662-7509.
Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops for any of the sessions, but computers will also be provided.
- "Social Media Tools" provides an overview of the latest online tools and how they can help you manage everything from the news you read to the way you contact people. Resources covered include Storify, Quora, Chrome, Flickr, Meebo, Plugins, iCal, YouTube, Skype and Wikis.
- The "Advanced Google Search Techniques" class will help users refine search results from millions of hits to a handful of targeted sites. Scenarios where Google's specialized search services -- including News, Scholar and Books -- can be more useful than a traditional search are also examined.
- "Twittering Away" is a class for those who are interested in using Twitter to communicate with colleagues and audiences, research stories, contact sources and drive traffic to web sites. Participants can set up their own accounts, connect their accounts with their cell phones and Facebook pages, and -- if they have administrative access -- add a Twitter badge to their website or blog.
- "Reporting from Facebook" will examine online social networks and explore the differences among several of the most popular sites, including Facebook and LinkedIn. The class includes an in-depth look at Facebook - navigating the site, using it to research stories, using it to identify and contact sources and using it to connect with your audience.
- In "Basics of Blogging," participants will set up a blog using Blogger and learn how to format their posts, add videos and pictures, easily include ads and monitor the blog statistics using FeedBurner.
- "Foursquare & Location-based Tools" will examine location-based tools, such as Foursquare, Gowalla and Facebook Places. It will demonstrate how they work and how they can be used to gather information, identify sources, and promote individuals and organization.
The classes are underwritten by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.