Presentations and Training Labs

We offer a variety of presentations and hands-on labs in social media, data journalism, public records and more. Contact us to learn how to bring custom Kiplinger Program training to your newsroom or university.

Finding needles in social media haystacks

Learn how to find golden needles for your stories. Discover the tactics and tricks of advanced searches in Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. Tap the power of geolocation to find public social media posts by location, including near a specific address, anywhere in the world. Learn how to monitor social platforms efficiently.


20 tools to fortify social media

Tame Twitter with apps to find sources, uncover connections and mine posts. Discover ways to find social posts by location. Learn about simple tools to make compelling charts, maps, and other visuals to increasing reach and engagement. Manage the social media firehose with automated curation, scheduled posts and monitoring.


Awesome apps and tools

Explore a host of apps and tools to improve your productivity at work and at home — most free or low cost. Take control of your email. Use apps to curate the best social media content shared by your friends and connections. Discover the power of apps for notes, travel and more.

Documents and databases

Advice on developing a documents state of mind, navigating public records, understanding records retention schedules, exploring key records on a variety of beats, and becoming familiar with key national data sets to produce high-impact local stories.

Social media ethics

Information moves at warp speed via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social platforms. Case studies provide the foundation for exploring how to build an ethical framework in the rapidly moving world of social media.

Public records: Let the sunshine in

Advice on crafting records requests, tracking them and holding officials’ feet to the FOIA fire. Includes strategies for dealing with excuses and obstacles from public officials who stand in your way of getting key documents and data.

Web for watchdogs

From better search techniques to the invisible Web, how to find reliable information on deadline and for enterprise stories. Tips on more effective Web searches. The latest search engines, data sites and other practical information you can use immediately.

Visualizing data

Use Google Fusion Tables and other free Web tools to produce interactive charts, graphics and maps. Learn how to embed charts and maps on your website or blog (no coding required!) and share via social media.

Hands-on social media training:

• Facebook open graph search

• HootSuite social media management

• LinkedIn 2.0 for deep reporting

• Storify for reporting, tracking and publishing

• Twitter tricks and analytics

Hands-on software training:

• Google Forms for crowdsourcing

• Google Fusion Tables/maps/charts

• Microsoft Access databases

• Microsoft Excel spreadsheets

Interested in other topics?

Your staff may have other specific training needs, and we may be able to help. Our trainers are experienced with backgrounding individuals and businesses, finding campus data and documents, mining census data for stories, storyboarding/managing enterprise stories and investigations, and brainstorming quick-hit story ideas across beats. Contact Kevin Z. Smith to help build a training program that perfectly fits your newsroom’s needs.