The NJ News Commons announces two upcoming trainings: creating visually compelling stories, and measuring impact. 

Creating Visually Compelling Stories. Thursday, Dec. 19, from 11 to 2. Montclair State University Schmitt Hall, Room 311

Visually compelling featured image by Muckgers.

Visually compelling featured image by Muckgers.

Join Joseph Amditis, co-founder of Muckgers, to learn how to make your news more visually engaging.

Using examples from Muckgers and other born-of-the-digital age journalism outlets, Joe will show you how to provide readers with unique and compelling visual content.

Learn how to create great featured images — even for stories without obvious visuals — without Photoshop. Make pixlr your new, free photo editing tool. Get some tips for creating compelling photo and social media galleries. Learn to create and embed Prezis to explain complex stories. And more.

This hands-on workshop is free and includes lunch.  RSVP here. Directions to Schmitt Hall. Workshop limit: 30.

Measuring Your News Organization’s Impact. Friday, Jan .24, 10 to 1. Princeton Public Library.

TofelHow do we measure how we’re doing as news organizations? In unique visitors, page views — or whether the crooks we write about go to jail? In this training, we’ll feature Dick Tofel, president of ProPublica, who will talk about how non-profit news organizations can measure the impact of their reporting, and Seth Maloney, a digital media media consultant, who will show publishers how to get the most out of Google Analytics. Co-sponsored by Planet Princeton.

The training is free and includes lunch. RSVP here. Directions to Princeton Public Library. Training limit: 25.