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Into the Newsroom Webinar Series

by Anne Belott

| May 23, 2021

MDDC’s Into the Newsroom series focuses on the essential skills reporters need.  Geared towards interns and early career journalists, MDDC brings experts in an online format to present timely and relevant material.  The small class size (limited to 18 participants) promotes discussion and interactive activities.  Join us for one or all of these FREE sessions.


Implicit Bias in the Media and How to Minimize It

June 16, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Register for this free session.

Media bias panel
Freedman and Williams

Join Phil Freedman, News Journal/Delawareonline, and John-John Williams, Baltimore Sun, to discuss the subtle ways our language influences public perceptions. For example, is it “gun control” or “gun safety”? Or, from another era, “school desegregation” or “forced busing”?

Organized by the Delaware Community Foundation.


Visualizing Data

June 22, 9:30 am – 10:45 am

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Adam Marton
Adam Marton

Adam Marton, University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, will demonstrate the power of data visualization using free, interactive tools. It is helpful for participants to have taken “Unlocking Data with Google Sheets” June 8, but not required. Please note this session will be 75 minutes.


Objectivity in Reporting

June 30, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

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Mike Preston
Mike Preston
Daniel Oysefusi
Daniel Oyefusi

Baltimore Sun reporters Mike Preston and Daniel Oyefusi discuss how to overcome the urge to root for the home team and how that carries over into all aspects of your writing.

Organized by the Delaware Community Foundation.


Covering the Black Community

July 6, 9:30 am – 10:15 am

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Join this round table of publishers of Black-focused publications to learn about their work and how they serve their specific communities.


Effective Interviewing

July 14, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

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DCF panel
West, Linthicum and Nagengast

Andy West of the Delaware State News, Tom Linthicum of MDDC and DCF mentor Larry Nagengast discuss the right questions to ask and the right ways to ask them.

Organized by the Delaware Community Foundation.


Bring Data Stories to Life

July 20, 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Alex Pyles
Alex Pyles

Alexander Pyles, University of Maryland, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, will share to how to bring data stories to life by using social media to find sources in specific communities. Ideally, participants will have taken “Unlocking Data with Google Sheets” on June 8 AND “Data Visualization” on June 22, though it is not required. Please note this session will be 75 minutes.

Register for this free session.


Cross-Platform Content Preparation

July 28, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

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Tom Byrne of Delaware Public Media, Mark Eichmann and Cris Barrish of WHYY and Julie Zeglen of Technical.ly describe their adventures in preparing the same content for print, broadcast and/or the web.

Organized by Delaware Community Foundation.


Using Public Records in Reporting

August 3, 9:30 am – 10:15 am

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Danielle Ohl
Danielle Ohl

How can reporters use public records in their reporting, and what are the most effective ways to gain access? Danielle Ohl of the Capital Gazette shares her expertise.


The Next Generation of Journalism

August 11, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

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Presenters to be determined. Journalism today isn’t what it was like in 2020, so we should expect many more changes by the time 2040 rolls around.

Organized by Delaware Community Foundation


Did you miss it? Watch past sessions

Getting to Know Your Beat – Chris Harvey of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism discusses getting to know your beat.

Working and Reporting Remotely – Paul Milton of the Frederick News-Post and Ashley Dawson of the Delaware State News discuss how to connect with your newsroom and sources when working virtually.

Getting to Know Your Newsroom Culture: Lessons Learned – Tom Linthicum moderates a panel discussion with Mike Feeley of the News Journal and previous MDDC interns, Jack Hogan, Ellie Heffernan, Anjali DasSarma and Lindsay Weber. This session is in conjunction with the Delaware Community Foundation’s COVID internship program.

Covering the Latinx Community – Jose Semala, Hoy en Delaware, and Patricia Rivera, Hook PR & Marketing, share insights on the growing Latinx population in Sussex County, DE and beyond. Coordinated by the Delaware Community Foundation.

Unlocking Data with Google Sheets. Sean Mussenden of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism show participants how to manipulate and understand data using Google Sheets.

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