No advance sign-up required. All workshops will be held on Saturday, June 18.

Workshop 1: 10:30am - noon, Room 568 Lerner Hall
Business and Finance Reporting: A Crash Course in Covering How Big Money is Made, Spent and Sometimes Stolen
Interested in honing your business reporting skills? Learn from senior editors and reporters from SABEW at the SAJA convention in New York City.

Among the speakers is Kevin Noblet, managing editor, wealth management, at Dow Jones & Co. He was business editor at The Associated Press and is a former overseas correspondent who held a variety of posts in Latin America for AP. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Scripps-Howard Visiting Professional at Ohio University’s E.E. Scripps School of Journalism. He is president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

Joanna Ossinger is a stock-markets editor at Bloomberg News in New York, focusing on U.S. and Canada equities, as well as global options coverage. She was previously an editor and reporter at the Wall Street Journal, a managing editor at and senior editor in charge of the website at Fox Business Network. Joanna has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's from Georgetown, and serves on the Board of Governors for the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. She grew up in Colorado.

Also speaking at the SABEW workshop is Walden Siew, a top news editor for Reuters, based in New York. He joined Reuters in August 2006 to cover credit markets and was a 2008 Gerald Loeb and National Journalism awards nominee for his reports on the global credit crisis. He is a board member of the Society of American Business Editors & Writers and member of the Asian American Journalists Association. Previously, he worked for news organizations including Bloomberg, Gannett and various U.S. newspapers. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and Boston University.

Workshop 2A : 12:30-2pm in Room 568 Lerner Hall
Social Media Skills for Journalists: Practical Tips for a Changing Media Landscape with Prof. Sree Sreenivasan of Columbia Journalism School

*Don’t have a Twitter account and don’t know how to set one up? 
*Ever wondered how Facebook could help boost your career? 
*Meet an expert at the SAJA convention in New York and figure out how best to use these tools during two workshops on June 18. 

Part 1: Basics of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn Room: 503 Lerner Hall
Part 2: Intermediate/Advanced of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare Room: 503 Lerner Hall

For three years now, Prof. Sreenivasan has helped set the standards for teaching social-media use to journalism students and in newsrooms around the country via his Social Media Skills for Journalists course. You will learn how to use it in four important ways: to get new sources, ideas and trends; to connect better with audiences; to bring more attention and eyeballs to your work; to build and enhance your online brand. In these 
fun, fast-paced sessions, you will leave with plenty of practical, timely, actionable tips and resources. The full syllabus of his regular course is at Be sure to follow @sree if you are already on Twitter (otherwise, you will be by the end of the sessions).

Workshop 2B: 12:30-2pm in Room 569 Lerner Hall
Video Journalism Abroad: How to Get the Most Out of Your Local Journalist/Assistant

Ever wondered how video journalists navigate unfamiliar countries and unknown languages to break news amid political turmoil and other disasters? Meet senior journalists who have done just that at a SAJA workshop designed for those with intermediate to advanced knowledge of filming and editing. Room: 568 Lerner Hall
Jigar Mehta, 2011 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and SAJA’s president, will run a workshop with Adam B. Ellick, video journalist at The New York Times and winner of last year’s Daniel Pearl Award, who most recently filed stories from Egypt.

The session will focus on working in the field with translators, shooting and editing in the field, best practices and tools of the trade.

Workshop 4: 3:45-4:45pm in Room 503 Lerner Hall
Long-form Writing with Professor Amitava Kumar

Long-form writing is to daily reporting what the Kama Sutra is to the pick-up line. Like other statements involving sex, there is a great deal of exaggeration and inaccuracy in the preceding sentence; but it is true that magazine-style stories can pack more ambition and scope, not to mention character and voice, than the more basic news story. This session will be devoted to a discussion of writers as varied as V.S. Naipaul and the New Journalists, Susan Sontag and Susan Orlean, Truman Capote and Suketu Mehta. (The imperative to be topical also means that we will discuss briefly the best long-form stories about Osama Bin Laden and how they differ from news dispatches.)

Amitava Kumar is a writer, journalist, and professor of English at Vassar College. His most recent book, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm A Tiny Bomb, was described in The New York Times as a "perceptive and soulful ... meditation on the global war on terror and its cultural and human repercussions." 

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