Saturday, March 13, 2010, Emerson College (120 Boylston), Boston

Looking for some affordable multimedia skills training? Want to network with fellow NAHJ members? Do your annual review goals require you attend a training seminar? Are you an aspiring student journalist?

NAHJ Region 2 along with NAHJ New England and Emerson College will be hosting the NAHJ Region 2 Conference and Multimedia Training Sessions

(Directions and parking information:

Cost: $25 for NAHJ member, $30 for UNITY members, $40 for non-members.
$10 for NAHJ or UNITY student members, $20 non-member students


Special for non-members: if you opt to sign up for NAHJ membership on-site, we will credit the $25 conference registration ($10 for students) toward your membership.

Also, funding has been donated so that we can offer registration waivers to 10 student members. Interested students please contact Region 2 Director Maria Burns Ortiz at as soon as possible.

The multimedia sessions are the following. Each session will be repeated in each of the day’s four time slots.

Audio editing

This workshop will train participants in capturing and editing high quality digital audio using Audacity. We will also discuss advanced editing techniques and ethics in editing audio.

Instructors: Russell Contreras is a reporter with the Associated Press in Boston where he covers immigration and minority affairs. He also helps with bureau with multimedia projects including audio stories for broadcast and online video. He also teaches journalism at Emerson College.

Bianca Vasquez Toness is a reporter with NPR’s WBUR where she covers
Latinos and immigration.

Video capturing

This workshop will be an introductory level course in shooting and editing with Flip video and Windows Movie Maker. The focus will be on helping backpack reporters with limited equipment and a limited budget capture and record quality video.

Instructor: Jason Tuohey is a news editor at where he’s in charge of training Boston Globe staff on multimedia news gathering including Flip video capturing.

Ann Silvio is a video reporter with where she produces daily and enterprise video packages for

Video editing.

In this advanced workshop, participants will learn how to edit video using Final Cut Pro with an introduction to lower thirds, fade in and fade out techniques and different standards and practices with video/audio. This workshop is targeted at those who complete the video capturing workshop or who already have some basic knowledge of shooting/editing digital video.

Instructor: Ed Medina is an associated editor of and former assistant
executive producer at AP Digital in New York. He is in charge of the Globe’s video operation. He also teaches advanced multimedia at Emerson College.

Introduction to Soundslides

This workshop will teach participants how to use Soundslides to create audio slideshows. The instructor will also discuss techniques to fade in and fade out audio slides.

Instructor: Derrick Henry is a senior producer at the New York Times where he covers breaking news and oversees multimedia projects including audio stories and slideshow production. He also teaches multimedia journalism at Columbia University.

The conference will also feature panel discussions targeted at both professionals and students.


8:30 a.m. Registration opens.

9:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Workshop: Audio Editing

Workshop: Video Editing

Workshop: Introduction to Soundslides

Workshop: Video Capturing

Panel: Freelancing basics
Panelists: Maria Burns Ortiz, Freelance journalist/ writer; Tanya Pérez-Brennan, Freelance journalist

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Workshop: Audio Editing

Workshop: Video Editing

Workshop: Introduction to Soundslides

Workshop: Video Capturing

Panel: Advice for Aspiring Journalists: What I wish I’d known when I started out
Panel leaders: Eric Ortiz,, Vanessa de la Torre, Hartford Courant; Erin Ailworth, Boston Globe.

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Workshop: Audio Editing

Workshop: Video Editing

Workshop: Introduction to Soundslides

Workshop: Video Capturing

Panel: Covering a Crisis: Lessons learned from Haiti, Katrina and Miracle on the Hudson
Panel leader: Tom Llamas is reporter for WNBC News 4 in New York. An Emmy Award-winner, he has covered numerous major news stories including Hurricane Katrina, the Miracle on the Hudson and, most recently, the earthquake in Haiti.

3:15 p.m.- 4:45 p.m.

Workshop: Audio Editing

Workshop: Video Editing

Workshop: Introduction to Soundslides

Workshop: Video Capturing

Panel: Turning your internship into a job
Panel leaders: Tom Llamas, WNBC, Jessica Grothues, NBC News Manager – Talent Recruitment and Development

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get some hands on training as well as network with fellow journalists.

Advertisements Openings – Red Sox Beat Writer and Production Assistant, New England Sports Network’s Web site, has two openings.

The site is seeking a Red Sox beat writer. They are looking to fill this position quickly. If you are interested, you should apply ASAP.

There is also an opening for a new media production assistant.

If you have any questions about the openings, feel free to contact NAHJ member and editor Eric Ortiz at

Region 2 Update – Events, Job Openings, More

Dear Region 2 Members:

Here’s the latest update on what’s going on around the regions. (Some members have said they didn’t get my last few updates – please let me know the best e-mail to reach you, check your spam, etc.) Going forward, you should receive a biweekly Region 2 update with jobs, events, etc.

In this update:
Renewing your membership
Region 2 Conference
NAHJ Scholarship Reception
Job Openings
Denver Convention
NAHJ’s New Web Site


First of all, thank you to everyone who has renewed your membership for 2010.

If you haven’t, membership dues ($75 Regular/Associate/Academic, $35 Students) help support the scholarships, training and networking opportunities and other events/programs NAHJ puts on each year. As far as personal financial benefits (it’s completely fine to ask, “What’s in it for me?”), if you’re planning on attending the convention – registration pays for itself. And virtually all of our events offer discounted rates to our members.

Membership coordinator Paulo Luizaga makes a great case for renewing that you should check out if you haven’t yet renewed (or if you have and just want to know where the money goes):

Region 2 Conference

The Region 2 Conference is confirmed for March 12-13 at Emerson College in Boston.

The conference will feature sessions for young and experienced journalists and a number of hands-on multimedia training sessions. There will be an opening reception on Friday and then sessions all day on Saturday. A full summary should be available shortly – and will be posted on the Region 2 Facebook page and blog as well as e-mailed out by me.

NAHJ Scholarship Reception

The 2010 Scholarship Reception will be held on March 18 at Time Warner’s Park Café (Time Warner Center) in New York. Individual tickets are $125 for members, $250 for non-members.

The event benefits the Rubén Salazar Scholarship Fund and Educational Programs. Since the fund’s inception in 1986, NAHJ has awarded more than $1.5 million to more than 580 students pursing degrees in journalism

For more information, see:


The Hartford Courant is seeking a City Hall reporter: is seeking a Red Sox beat writer ( and a production assistant ( If you have any questions about the openings, feel free to contact NAHJ member and editor Eric Ortiz at

Diversity Plus Magazine is looking for freelancers. If you’ve got a pitch that would be a fit (pieces on diversity, women and/or minority issues), contact NAHJ member Paul Lachhu at or (973) 202-3405.

Denver Convention

It might seem early to be thinking about the convention in Denver this summer (June 23-26), but NAHJ – with support from the Gannett Foundation – is offering a discounted registration rate of $250 to the first 250 people that register.

I attended the convention planning committee meeting in Denver at the end of January, and it’s on track to be a great convention. We’re taking all of the multimedia sessions and panels that were a hit in Puerto Rico and building on the success we had in San Juan.

Thanks to all the Region 2 members that submitted great workshop ideas.

For more information on the convention or to register, go to:


If you haven’t checked out NAHJ’s new site, it’s worth checking out. Visit to see what’s going on at the national level, post your resume in the career center and

Upcoming Events

Region 2 Conference – Emerson College, Boston – March 12-13
NAHJ Scholarship Reception – Time Warner Center, New York – March 18
NAHJ Annual Convention – Denver – June 23-26

As always, if you have any information you think would be of interest to other members (upcoming events, job openings, internships, stories, blog links, resources, etc.), please send it my way.

If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, anything, please feel free to contact me.

Thanks so much!

Maria Burns Ortiz

Region 2 Director
National Association of Hispanic Journalists

Page 2 Columnist/Soccer Writer


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