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$99 Digital Content Workshop - The Toronto Star (May 17-19, 2010)

The Toronto Star

Monday, May 17, 2010 at 10:00 AM - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

$99 Digital Content Workshop - The Toronto Star (May...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Multi-day Pass   more info Ended CA$250.00 CA$0.00
Visual reporting and data visualization - Monday, May 17   more info Ended CA$99.00 CA$0.00
Mobile reporting - Tuesday, May 18   more info Ended CA$99.00 CA$0.00
Web Reporting - Wednesday, May. 19   more info Ended CA$99.00 CA$0.00
Bulk rate discount (10 multi-day passes)   more info Ended CA$2,000.00 CA$15.00

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Event Details

Learn the culture and best practices for creating digital content. 

Join us May 17-19, 2010 at The Toronto Star for three days of hands-on instruction on Web reporting, video reporting and visual multimedia techniques.



Students will learn how to incorporate visual media into online reports and blogs using free Web services and tools.

  • Go beyond MapQuest by creating richly reported and illustrated interactive maps
  • Discover new sources for statistics and embeddable graphics
  • Visualize information from databases 
  • Quickly create interactive graphics using Web tools
  • Learn timesaving techniques for quickly producing screen-ready visuals

MOBILE REPORTING - Tuesday, May 18

Learn how to use small cameras and audio recorders to produce rich multimedia at low cost.

Students will film, interview, edit and produce engaging multimedia. 

  • How to use the camera and the 3:6:9 rule to create strong visual sequences
  • Gather audio and conduct sound interviews 
  • Produce slideshows that include photo, video, text, audio and Web links 
  • Use mobile Apps for live reporting and producing multimedia assets

(Requirements: Laptop, digital camera, smartphone, digital audio recorder and USB cables.)

WEB REPORTING - Wednesday, May 19

Improve digital reporting techniques and audience engagement with social media tools and methods. 

Learn how to write for the Web, use RSS to save you time, clear your bookmarks bar to gather better research and use online tools to run surveys and conduct interviews.

  • Learn the journalistic uses of RSS (the engine of Web 2.0) 

  • Learn social bookmarking techniques to write tighter copy, incorporate SEO metadata, strengthen research and develop new sources
  • Create online polls and illustrated online surveys  
  • Live coverage tips and document management techniques 

Pay only for the training you need

Attend any one-day class for $99 or buy the multi-day pass for $250 to reserve your seat in the classroom.  

This event sold out when it was offered before at the Toronto Star.

Register early to hold your spot.

Proceeds and donations benefit Visual Editors - a non-profit charity that promotes digital journalism literacy. 

Who is this designed for?

Freelance writers, journalists, communication directors, field correspondents, reporters, journalism educators, web producers, and publication editors.

Participants will bring their own laptop to the classroom. 

Students must bring a laptop, smartphone, audio recorder and digital still camera for the visual reporting workshop. (USB cables too!)

The instructors

Sessions will be taught by a team of top digital journalists. 

Workshop leader Robb Montgomery will team up with top Toronto journalists and professors to provide a diverse classroom experience.

Angela Pacienza is the Director of Online News at The Canadian Press, the country's largest provider of online news. Pacienza helped launch the online video service in 2006. In that role she oversees video coverage plans and gives direction to reporters shooting in the field. She also provides training on other aspects of online reporting including social media. Previous to her current position, she covered the Ontario legislature. From 2001-2005 she was an entertainment and consumer tech beat reporter.

Bill Dunphy has worked at community papers and big city dailies in a broad range of editorials roles, including investigative reporting and weather columnist. He's been blogging since 2003 and has been part of pioneering digital education and innovation initiatives (live blogging, video blogs, podcasting, live streaming etc.). In 2007 he launched and ran WebU, a year-long web and digital training initiative that pulled together 29 teachers and 500 students from across the Metroland West newspaper chain. 

He is currently working as part of a small team that’s building and installing a new unified content management system across the Toronto Star newspaper chain.


Ellin Bessner is a full time professor at Centennial College. She handles the journalism school's videography, podcasting, TV news studio and radio news studio courses in Centennial's multiplatform journalism stream. She also teaches students in the joint program with the University of Toronto Scarborough journalism degree.
She worked at CTV in Toronto and has covered big stories and interviews in her career: Including the Dalai Lama, Pope John Paul ll, World Cup Soccer, and even a Space Shuttle disaster.


Shauna Rempel is training editor at the Toronto Star. A graduate of Carleton’s MJ program, she came to the Star in 2005 as an intern and has worked as an editor with thestar.com as well as in the Entertainment and Living departments. Now she develops training programs for newsroom staff while serving as a craft champion and moderator ofStar style.  


Lauren O'Neil is a multi-platform journalist, social media evangelist and dedicated connoisseur of internet culture. She has been blogging for approximately 52% of her life. 

A recent graduate of the Master of Arts Journalism program at the University of Western Ontario, she currently produces digital media content for outlets like MuchMusic.com, CanadianLiving.com, Rabble.ca, TheTyee.ca, Western News and The Toronto Star's intern blog. 


Robb Montgomery is the CEO and founder of Visual Editors and principal in Robb Montgomery Consulting. He works with top media houses in Europe, North America and the Middle East to develop enterprise-wide digital strategies and cross media projects.
Montgomery has worked as an editor for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune and since 2006 has been producing a documentary film ("Breaking the News") that reports on the disruptions affecting journalism from more than a dozen locations around the globe.

Come to Toronto to learn:

-- Fundamentals of building digital stories 

-- Social media techniques that get results

-- Improve your mobile journalism productions 

-- How to get more out of your small digital camera

-- Write scripts, plan your multimedia and master editing techniques

-- Multimedia story expertise is a must-have skill in the new digital media world. 


The workshop classes run 9:30- 4 p.m. each day and registration / check-in is at 9:00.

For schools and others that require invoice processing
Contact us if you need an invoice sent to you.

Phone: (331) 472-7880

Mail: info [ a t ] visualeditors.org

Mail checks to:

Visual Editors, NFP

931 W. 75th Street

Room 221

Naperville, IL 60565

Note: Payment for early-bird rates must be postmarked before the close of the early-bird deadline.

FUNDS MUST BE DRAWN FROM A U.S. BANK or a $25 fee for currency conversion and wire transfer will be included.



Visual Editors is a public charity.
Contributions and donations may be tax deductible. The non-profit's tax ID is: 34-2015808

Terms and conditions

  • All travel, accommodation and incidental costs are the responsibility of the participants. 
  • In the event the minimum number to start the class is not attained, Visual Editors reserves the right to cancel the workshop.  All course fees will be refunded if this occurs.
  • Registered participants can be substituted; Registrant may request a refund up to 14 days in advance of the event start date. Refunds will be made minus a $50 processing fee.
  • Neither Visual Editors or their hosts are responsible for lost or damaged equipment. 
  • Cancellations within 14 days of the event start date are not eligible for refunds.    
  • Currency conversion and ticket purchase fees may be incurred by your financial institution. 
  • Visual Editors, NFP reserves the right to change the venue, cancel, alter in character, substitute instructors, shorten or extend the duration of this course at any time without incurring any liability whatsoever to the participant due to circumstances outside Visual Editor's control including but not limited to war, embargo, civil unrest, legal proceedings or government regulations that make it impossible or impractical, for Visual Editors, in their absolute discretion, to hold this course.
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When & Where

Toronto Star
1 Yonge Street
Editorial Department
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1E6

Monday, May 17, 2010 at 10:00 AM - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

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The Toronto Star

Three days of new media workshops.

The Toronto Star
1 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5E 1E6

Roger Gillespie
Senior editor, training and development

(416) 869-4891
















































































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