By Robert Washburn
The importance of computer-assisted reporting in
modern journalism can not be denied any longer-simply read the cover
stories from the Nov,
1993 issues of the Columbia Journalism Review and
the American Journalism Review to understand the
Author Stewart Brand is quoted in the CJR
from his book, The Media Lab, saying, "Once a new
technology rolls over you, if you are not part of the steamroller,
you're part of the road."
The Eastern Ontario chapter has taken these words
very seriously. In
co-operation with the Computer-Assisted Reporting Network, a one-day
workshop has been organized for Saturday, January 29, 1994, at Loyalist
College in Belleville.
Three seminars will be offered on the practical
skills needed for
computer-assisted reporting. They will be aimed at beginner to
intermediate computer users. Participants will be able to take two
courses over the day, they will hear a presentation from Ottawa Citizen
editor Peter Calamai on computerized access to government records,
The first seminar, an introduction to computers
software, shareware and where to go-how to get started" will provide a
solid foundation. It is a basic introduction to computers and various
types of software currently available,
The second session is a beginners' guide to
Cyberspace. This will
introduce participants to online databases and bulletin boards using a
Finally, there will be a presentation by Pulitzer
Prize finalist James
Heaney of the Bufalo News. His story on slum
housing will be the example for this seminar,which will include a
step-by-step analysis of CAR techniques. He will also provide
information on how computer-assisted reporting can
be set up in any newsroom.
This day of training is being offered for $35 to
CAJ members and
students and $55 for non-members. This will include two sessions plus
lunch. Through the generous donation of time from many individuals, we
have been able to keep our costs down to make this important workshop
available to as many people as possible during these recessionary times.
BUT SPACE IS LIMITED!!!
To receive a registration form, please contact the CAJ office at: (613)
Reprinted with permission from the Canadian
Association of Joumalists' newsletter. Please see full page
CAJ ad opposite FAME & FORTUNE for Scrum '94 features.
Published in Sources 33, Winter 1993/1994
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