JustPublics@365 Announces MediaCamp Workshops for Spring 2013

The Graduate Center’s JustPublics@365 initiative is announcing its latest series of MediaCamp workshops for Spring 2013. These workshops, which bring together academics, community leaders, and journalists, offer intellectuals a way to combine their scholarly research with digital media “for the public good.” MediaCamp is made possible by JustPublics@365, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and the Ford Foundation.

Spring 2013 workshops are free and open to all faculty, graduate students, and staff at the City University of New York and other academics intuitions in the greater metropolitan area. Please note there is no limit to the number of workshops for which one can register. All sessions will be held at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism: 219 W. 40th Street, New York, NY, 10018. To register, please visit JustPublics@365’s MediaCamp webpage.The following MediaCamp sessions will be offered March 28 through April 8:

Smart Photos with Smartphones

Thursday, March 28, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Explore the new universe of photographic possibility for both personal and professional use. Learn to conceptualize and develop an approach to taking photographs with a smart phone; navigate technical issues such as lighting, exposure, and composition; and discover some of the many applications available for smart phone photography.

Op-Ed Pieces and Pitches: Framing Research for Public Audiences

Friday, March 29, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

How do you reach the public via op-eds, essays, and interviews with reporters? Learn about the art of pitching a piece to a publication and more.

Blogging: Social Media Practicum

Wednesday, April 3, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

This workshop takes participants through the basic steps of establishing a blog, via some of the following platforms: WordPress and Tumblr.

Twitter: Social Media Practicum

Thursday, April 4, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

In this hands-on workshop, work with others on Twitter to take the necessary steps to brand and establish your academic presence on this social media platform.

Analytics and Metrics: Advanced Social Media

Friday, April 5, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

To get a better sense of your site’s visitor traffic, learn to tweak your content, schedule publications, and highlight keywords to attract a larger audience and keep visitors on your site.

Being Interviewed on Camera: Big Media for Academics

Monday, April 8, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

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 the public through the media. You will learn what kinds of stories appeal to journalists, how to get your stories to the attention of editors, how to best formulate your ideas in print, and how to be interviewed on camera.

“Create. Connect. Transform” with JustPublics@365 and join other digital activists in their mission to create public scholarship. All sessions will be held at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism: 219 W. 40th Street, New York, NY, 10018. To register, please visit JustPublics@365’s MediaCamp webpage.