Journalists, students and educators are invited to attend a training workshop at the University of Oklahoma on March 4. NewsTrain, sponsored by Associated Press Media Editors, will feature sessions on social media, data, mobile reporting and 360-video.

Attendees will learn how to:

>Identify the equipment and best practices to produce 360-video inexpensively.

>Use social media as a reporting tool and verify user-generated content.

>Shoot short, shareable smartphone video using a tripod and external microphone, and sequence the best five shots in sharp focus with high-quality audio.

>Develop a coverage plan for breaking news that works on multiple platforms, starting with mobile.

>Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.

>Apply an open-government state of mind to find useful public records when fleshing out breaking news, covering a beat and developing enterprise stories.

Instructors include Bill Church, senior vice president of news at GateHouse Media and APME president; Joey Senat, associate professor at Oklahoma State University’s School of Media and Strategic Communications, and Daniel Victor, senior staff editor at The New York Times.

Register at at a cost of $85.

The workshop is being held in conjunction with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, 24 miles south of Oklahoma City.

NewsTrain will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Sat., March 4.

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