"Nonprofits Online" Workshops for Nonprofit Organizations
in Western NC
This workshop, sponsored by the New Leaf Fund and the Community
Foundation of North Carolina, is for staff members and active
volunteers at nonprofit organizations in western NC. The purpose
of the free workshop is to inform nonprofits about resources
on the Internet which are especially useful.
- Nonprofit Resources: A tour of useful nonprofit
sites. Learn to find free or discounted software (80% or
more off of Windows and others!); get quick answers to crisis-oriented
nonprofit questions; access free translations of foreign
languages; find online funders and take free online fundraising
training; and much more.
- Finding Information: Learn which search engines
are better than others. Get advanced searching tips and
learn how to find information that does not appear on search
- Government and Community Sites: How to access government
resources online, including funding announcements, helpful
services and area data. Also, learn the basics of how to
request access to public information when it is difficult
to obtain or when access is refused.
- Advanced Use of Data: Once you find data online,
what do you do with it? A real-life research project, which
helped get a $400,000 economic development grant, will be
used as a case study. You'll learn how to use the Census
website, your telephone and a simple spreadsheet to document
the need for your program.
You don't have to be a computer whiz to benefit from this
workshop. You just need to know how to use a mouse, keyboard
and Internet browser (like Netscape or Internet Explorer)and
have a desire to learn! All workshops will be led by Internet
research expert Evan Mahaney and FIRE Executive Director Mark
Friday, March 28, 2003, 1:00 pm - 5:00
Regional High Technology Center (a branch of
Haywood Community College not on its main campus)
112 Industrial Park Drive
To register, please send
an e-mail to FIRE listing your name, title, nonprofit
organization and the date of the workshop you wish to attend.
Or, contact Mark Goldstein at (828) 259-9179. If you can't
attend the workshops listed above, or if you live in a distant
part of WNC, please e-mail us to express your interest and
we will let you know when there is a workshop in your area.
information, please see this press release.
here to view or print a flyer in PDF format for the
UPCOMING NONPROFITS ONLINE WORKSHOP IN WAYNESVILLE.
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Computer-Assisted Research and Reporting (CARR) Workshops
for Appalachian Journalists
No new workshops
are currently scheduled. To get the latest news about FIRE's
services for journalists, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will add you to our e-mail or regular mail list.
Please call or e-mail
regarding location information for the above workshops.
If you have a group of five people or more who wish to take
the workshop, we will use our mobile computer lab to bring
it to you!
For more about the workshops and how to register
for them, please read on.
What You Will Learn
- Increase speed and efficiency at gathering information
- Learn to request data via the Freedom of Information Act
- Access, and take full advantage of, the best search engines
- Locate free tools that make reporting and editing simpler
- Use listservs and newsgroups to locate experts
- Easily find census and historical data critical to news
What People Say about the Workshops
"I feel like I stole a great rolodex."
Brian Sarzynski, Staff Reporter, Mountain Xpress
"What I learned in the first half hour was more
than worth the cost of the session."
Kate Henry, Editor, Crossroads Chronicle
"I feel I will truly use what I learned."
Kim Lewicki, Reporter, The Highlander
Details about the Workshops
All of the workshops take place on a Friday. Although the
value of each workshop is well over $300 per person, thanks
to funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism
Foundation and the New Leaf Fund these workshops
cost only $50 for advance registration or $65 at the door
if spaces are still available. A copy of Computer-Assisted
Research: A Guide to Tapping Online Information by Nora
M. Paul is included in the cost of the workshop. In addition,
FIRE IS CURRENTLY OFFERING A "2 FOR 1" DISCOUNT
WHEN AN EDITOR ATTENDS WITH ANOTHER EDITOR, REPORTER OR FREELANCER.
are also available for unemployed journalists or others who
can demonstrate financial need.
FIRE can also work with you to schedule a workshop in your
town if you have at least five people who will participate
(please call for details).
How to Register for Upcoming Workshops
here to download a flyer and
registration form in PDF format for ANY UPCOMING CARR
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Please mail the workshop fee and one of the
above forms to FIRE in order to register for a workshop. Space
is limited, so please contact
our staff first if the workshop is less than one week
away to ensure that you will be able to participate.