National Press Club

Social Media, Google Classes Oct. 19; $10 Per Session

October 15, 2009 | By Beth Shanke |

Classes on social media and on-line search tips are scheduled for Monday, Oct. 19, in the Bloomberg Center for Electronic Journalism on the 13th floor. Sign up for one or as many as fit your schedule.

  • 9:30 to 10:30 am - Web 2.0 Tools
  • 11 am to Noon - Google Search Tips
  • 1:30 to 2:30 pm - Twitter
  • 3 to 4 pm - Reporting from Facebook

Each class is one hour. The fee is $10 per class for NPC members and $15 per class for non-members. Pay by credit card, check, or member account.

Register online at or by contacting Beth Shankle at or 202-662-7509. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops for any of the sessions, but computers will also be provided.

The "Google Search Techniques" class will help users refine search results from millions of hits to a handful of targeted sites. Google's specialized search services, including News, Scholar, and Books, and scenarios where those services can be more useful than a traditional search are also examined.

In "Web 2.0 Tools" we'll discuss what these resources are and how they can be used in your everyday work to help you manage everything from the news you read to the way you contact people. Resources covered include Delicious, Flickr, Wiki, Chrome, Meebo, Firefox Plugins, iCal, YouTube, Skype, and Digg.

"Twittering Away" is a class for those who are interested in twittering during big events or for any other purpose. We will discuss what Twitter is and how it can be used by journalists. Participants can set up their own accounts, connect their accounts with their cell phones and Facebook pages, and (if they have administrative access) add a twitter badge to their website or blog. Twitter is a micro-blogging service where users can post brief updates and respond to the updates of others. Ways journalists can use Twitter include communicating with each other and their audiences, researching stories, contacting sources, and driving traffic to their websites. For more information, visit .

"Reporting from Facebook" will examine what online social networks are and the differences among several of the most popular sites, including Facebook and LinkedIn. The class includes an in-depth look at Facebook - navigating the site, using it to research stories, using it to identify and contact sources and using it to connect with your audience.

Special thanks to the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation for their generous support of the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library’s computer-based training programs.