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Enter your work and join us at the state convention

It’s not too early to plan for OSMA’s 2018 state convention, hosted at Kent State University, Friday and Saturday, April 6 – 7, 2018. Registration is available now. Friday sessions start at noon and include Day-of contests, Swap Shops and sessions about everything from grammar demons to improving your web presence. Whether your staff is interested in better reporting and writing, using social media ethically and effectively or shooting video that works for broadcast or on a website — OSMA has it all.

Join us for the awards banquet Friday night and discover ways to update your media.

Joshua Hatch

Anyone who thinks journalists don’t do numbers is not aware of what’s going on in the media today. According to the Data Journalism Handbook, there are “new possibilities that open up when you combine the traditional ‘nose for news’ and ability to tell a compelling story, with the sheer scale and range of digital information now available.”

The keynoter for OSMA Awards Banquet April 6 knows how this works and can help you see how to use data to be better reporters, too. Joshua Hatch is a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT on leave from the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Chronicle of Philanthropy where he works as assistant managing editor for data and interactives. He served on the board of the Online News Association since 2011 and as president since 2016. Previously interactives director at USA Today, Josh teaches online and data journalism in the graduate journalism program at American University.

Of course then you can cheer on your media as we present this year’s awards and critiques.

Then, Saturday we have a new format. What does YOUR STAFF need to improve its product and the process you use to create it? Sign up in advance and let us know the challenges you have — and an expert facilitator will work with your staff on whatever you choose. Besides learning and solving problems, you’ll have a special team building experience to set you up for next year.

Time to submit for contests and critiques

Enter by Friday, Jan. 26 with your overall publication/website/broadcast program or submit for feedback in more than 50 individual categories. Check those out here, and get all the details for submitting your work!

 

 

 

Questions? Contact Candace Bowen at cbowen@kent.edu.

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