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How to Verify Photos and Videos

A webinar scheduled Sept. 20 focuses on how to verify photos and videos that may be fake.
Most fake photos and videos can be checked quite quickly, allowing journalists and researchers to stop the spread of so-called “fake news” before it gets onto their Facebook feeds.

What the unemployment rate does – and doesn’t – say about the economy

The unemployment rate gets most of the attention, but the monthly jobs report contains lots of other data that can provide a fuller picture of the economy.
Simply being out of work isn’t enough for a person to be counted as unemployed; he or she also has to be available to work and actively looking for work (or on temporary layoff). In any given month, the unemployment rate can rise or fall based not just on how many people find or lose jobs, but on how many join or leave the active labor force.

Municipal bonds: A reporter’s tip sheet

Munis, as they’re known, enable a state, county, city, housing authority or other local government to raise money for public projects — usually infrastructure. But unlike the bonds private firms sell to raise cash, the interest is free from federal income tax, meaning, in effect, that munis are federally subsidized. They are also often exempt from local taxes. These tax benefits allow issuers (also known as borrowers) to attract investors at lower rates; in financial parlance, it makes borrowing cheaper for local governments.

NIE serial story highlights deaf education

As part of newspaper in Education offerings, author Janie Lancaster has written a historical fiction serial story of Opal Fleming and how, as a small girl in the 1930s, learning American Sign Language opened up a whole new world for her. How her new language made her feel equal to others and not left out and in a dark lonely world. 
Opal’s resilient spirit overcame so much in her lifetime. She became a well educated, dignified person loved by so many. For 20 years she was a teacher’s aide at the North Carolina School for the Deaf. She died in 2003.

Poynter sets newsletter webinar

Noting that traditional news outlets, nonprofits, universities and corporations increasingly are using newsletters to deliver information to their audiences, Poynter’s online News University is offering a newsletter webinar for editors.
“Editors as Curators: How to Engage Audiences with Nimble Newsletters” is set for 1 p.m. Nov. 16 and the cost is $29.95.

Online Media Campus offers Automatic InDesign webinar

Online Media Campus is offering a webinar on how to use InDesign’s built-in features to automate work.
The webinar featuring publication design expert Russell Viers is set for Friday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 2 p.m. Cost is $35 per person and the package includes access to the recorded webinar after Aug. 25.
Some of the topics included in the session are:
• Using Snippets for quick ad and page building
• Using Next and Nested Styles for quick text formatting (class assumes viewers already know basic use of Paragraph and Character Styles)

Poynter offers webinar for folks entering the journalism field

Poynter’s online News University is offering a new webinar for folks starting out in the journalism field.
“Flourish, Don’t Flounder, at Your First Journalism Job” is set for 1 p.m. Aug. 30. 
The one-hour session will cover: 
• What to include (and leave out) on your resume and cover letter
• The important skills you’ll need for any job
• How to tell if a job or internship will be good for you
• Ways to impress your boss without being a suck-up
• Navigating the conversations about more opportunities

TGCPA honors Hall of Fame inductees

Hall of Fame inductees honored at the annual Texas Gulf Coast Press Association convention were (from left) Chad Ferguson, The Banner Press Newspaper, Columbus; Adair Luker, Vidor Vidorian; and Greg Peak, Polk County Enterprise.

The Texas Gulf Coast Press Association honored Hall of Fame inductees the 2017 annual convention held in May at the Holiday Inn Resort in Galveston.

Inducted into the TGCPA Hall of Fame were Adair and the late Merle Luker, of the Vidor Vidorian, Greg Peak, Polk County Enterprise, and Chad Ferguson, Banner-Press Newspaper, Columbus.

Ramona ‘Bebo’ Ferguson received a plaque commemorating her year as president as she and other 2016-17 officers completed their terms.