FREE: January Workshops in Social Media for All Academics at MediaCamp

MediaCamp, a partnership between the GC’s JustPublics@365 and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (CUNY J-School) is offering five free January workshops for all academics (students and faculty) wishing to acquire skills in various areas of digital media. The three-hour workshops are free but registration is required. They will take place at the CUNY J-School, 219 West 40th Street, New York City.

Framing Research for Public Audiences. Register here.

3 hours, 1–4 pm, Tuesday, January 8
Maximum number of participants: 30

The workshop will focus on reaching the public via op-eds, essays, and interviews with reporters. It will cover the idea of news pegs, the art of pitching a piece to editors, the difference between journalistic and academic writing, the editing process, and techniques for talking to journalists who contact you about your work. As part of this discussion, an editor (or two) and a reporter will talk about what they’re looking for when it comes to describing—and demystifying—research or study results.

Instructor: Deborah Stead, a journalist with twenty-five years’ experience, was an editor at the New York Times, BusinessWeek, and Oxygen Media. Her reporting included work overseas, chiefly in London and Moscow. She served as the CUNY J-School’s director of career services from 2010 to July 2012.

Big Media for Academics. Register here.

3 hours, 1–4 pm, Tuesday, January 15
Maximum number of participants: 30

Do you want to share your research and knowledge with the widest possible audience? This hands-on workshop will prepare you to share your academic research with a wider audience through the media. You will learn what kinds of stories appeal to journalists, how to get your stories to the attention of editors, how best to formulate your ideas in print, and how to be interviewed on camera.

Instructors: Susan Farkas spent seven years as chief of radio and television at the United Nations, and served NBC News for seventeen years as senior producer for Dateline and Broadcast Standards and executive producer of Documentaries. The winner of six National Emmys, she now has her own production company, Farkas Media. Fred Kaufman, a contributing editor at Harper’s whose nonfiction has appeared in major publications such as the New York Times Sunday Magazine, New York magazine, the New Yorker, Foreign Policy, and Gourmet, has been interviewed on NBC, CNBC, Fox Business News, Bloomberg TV, BBC, NPR, and WNYC, among others.

Social Media for Research Impact. Register here.

3 hours, 9 am–12 noon, Tuesday, January 22
Maximum number of participants: 30

The theory of social media for academics. Why might academics bother learning social media? Conceptual, theoretic.

Instructors: TBA

Social Media for Academics (intro/intermediate level). Register here.

3 hours, 1–4 pm, Tuesday, January 22
Maximum number of participants: 15

This is a hands-on workshop for academics interested in taking the social media plunge. Instructors will cover setting up a WordPress blog and some basics of using Twitter.

Instructor: Sandeep Junnarkar, former New York bureau chief of CNET, helped to create online editions of the New York Times, working as breaking-news editor, writer, and Web producer when the paper went live on the Internet as the New York Times on the Web. He has given talks or led discussions about social media and online journalism at the Council on Foreign Relations, Columbia University’s Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, and the Online News Association. Junnarkar is founder and editorial director of, a multimedia website that features stories on underreported issues.

Beyond Bullet Points for Academics. Register here.

3 hours, 1–4 pm, Thursday, January 24
Maximum number of participants: 15

Participants create visually compelling slide decks for academic research presentations that retain intellectual sophistication.

Instructors: TBA

More classes here: January Academy (2013) at the CUNY J-School