National Press Club

Social Networking Classes Jan. 13-14; $25 Each

December 31, 1969

Classes on social networking will be offered Thursday, Jan. 13 and Friday, Jan. 14. Each class is one hour and fifteen minutes. Sign up for as many as fit your schedule.

The fee is $25 per class for National Press Club members and $50 per class for non-members. The classes will be held in the 13th floor Bloomberg Center for
Electronic Journalism next to the library.

Jan. 13:
9:30 to 10:45 a.m. - Web 2.0 Tools
11 a.m. to 12:15p.m. - Advanced Google Search Techniques
1:30 to 2:45 p.m. - Twittering Away
3 to 4:15 p.m. - Reporting from Facebook

Jan. 14:
9:30 to 10:45 am - Basics of Blogging
11 to 12:15p.m. - Foursquare and Location-based Tools

Register by clicking here 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.

"Web 2.0 Tools" will review what these resources are and how they can help you manage everything from the news you read to the way you contact people. Resources covered include Flickr, Wikis, Chrome, Meebo, Plugins, Apps, YouTube and Skype.

The "Advanced 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.

"Twittering Away" is a class for those who are interested in twittering during big events or for any other purpose. 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. Ways journalists can use Twitter include communicating with each other and their audiences, researching stories, contacting sources and driving traffic to their Web sites.

"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.

In "Basics of Blogging," participants will set up a blog using Blogger and learn how to format their posts, add videos and pictures, easily include ads, and monitor the blog statistics using FeedBurner. The class is limited to 15 people.

"Foursquare & Location-based Tools" will examine location-based tools such as Foursquare, Gowalla and Facebook Places are, how they work, and how they can be used to gather information, identify sources, and promote individuals and organization.

The classes are underwritten by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

-- Beth Shankle,