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Smartphone – Smart Journalism workshop set for May 22

May 1, 2013

Val Hoeppner, director of education at the Diversity Institute, will lead Mid-America Press Institute’s next workshop on “Smartphone – Smart Journalism” May 22 at The Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Ill.

Hoeppner, who oversees multimedia and mobile media instruction for the Freedom Forum New Media Training and other programs, will focus on helping reporters extend the capabilities of their smart phones through multimedia, editing, note-taking, location and live-streaming apps.

“In a mobile media world, it is important for journalists to be able to adapt to heir surroundings, report faster and quickly add multimedia,” she said. “During the workshop, we will explore some of the best apps on the market to help improve storytelling with photos, videos, audio and more.”

The six-hour workshop will center on the IPhone with options for Android phones, she said. Many of the apps she will discuss can be used on IPhone and Android.

Registration for the workshop is $40 and includes lunch. Registration can be made with John Ryan, MPI executive director,

In addition to her other duties with the Diversity Institute, Hoeppner also oversees multimedia instruction for the Chips Quinn Scholars program, gthe American Indian Journalism Institute, the Diversity Institute Multimedia Scholars Program and other academic initiatives.

Hoeppner also is an adjunct professor of journalism at Belmont University, Nashville. She is also an Associated Press Photo Managers board member and a member of the Native American Journalists Association.

Hoeppner came to the Freedom Forum from The Indianapolis Star where she was the multimedia director and previously the deputy director of photography. She spent 10 years as the photo editor and a staff photographer at the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Hoeppner has a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.

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