PNA Calendar of Events

Mobile Reporting: Expand Your Mobile and Social Storytelling Toolkit

  • Date: Nov 28, 2018 - Nov 28, 2018
  • Location: Harrisburg
  • Address: PNA Headquarters
  • Contact: PNA Foundation
  • Email:
  • Phone: 717-703-3012

Two parts.  One great workshop!

Reporters work and publish in the field with smart phones and tablets each and every day. The first half of this session will teach you about apps and equipment that will help you be more efficient in creating and transmitting video, audio, photos and social media.  Write, edit and send stories and much more with a suggested “mobile office.”

The second half of the workshop will teach best practices for live streaming video on social media and how to create engaging Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat Stories.  Live streaming video and social video are two of the hottest topics in mobile storytelling.  Learn techniques that will allow you to mine new audiences and be creative with your social stories.

Schedule: Workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Includes lunch.

Registration: Cost is $49, per person for PNA members.  $89 for non-members.  Please pre-register by Nov. 21, by contacting the PNA Foundation at or by phoning (717) 703-3012.  Please indicate, when registering, if you have any special dietary needs.  A confirmation will be emailed to pre-registered participants prior to the training with specific requirements and directions for participation. 

PLEASE NOTE: iPhones, Android phones or tablets are required for this training.  Please bring your equipment with you.

Presenter: Val Hoeppner, CEO, Val Hoeppner Media & Consulting, LLC

Described by PNA members after a 2017 workshop as “engaging, professional, and well-prepared.”

Val Hoeppner is a digital journalist, trainer and media strategist. She has worked in digital, mobile and multi-platform journalism for more than 15 years. As CEO of Val Hoeppner Media and Consulting, LLC, Hoeppner travels to newsrooms, universities and media conferences where she creates and leads training for journalists in mobile, social, video and multi-platform storytelling. She works with media leadership in audience engagement, change management and developing digital and mobile workflow.

Hoeppner was multimedia director at the Indianapolis Star and later worked at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville as the director of education for the Diversity Institute where she led digital journalism programs for professional and student journalists.

In addition to her media and consulting business, Hoeppner is the director of the Center for Innovation in Media at Middle Tennessee State University and an instructor with the Poynter Institute, the Newseum Institute, Chips Quinn Scholars, Native American Journalism Fellowship, Innovation J-Camp and APME News Train. She is on the board of directors of Teripix, a mobile app that accelerates how media companies and other users capture and publish photographs.

Hoeppner is a member of the Native American Journalists Association, Online News Association, Associated Press Photo Managers, American Society of News Editors and Public Radio in Mid America.

This workshop is sponsored by the Calkins Family.  The PNA Foundation thanks the Calkins Family for their continued support of video training for PNA members.

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