On successive weeks, you can attend workshops focused on mobile and journalism in Nashville.

March 25

The Society for News Design is hosting a Mobile Design Quick Course on Friday and Saturday (March 25-26) at the Freedom Forum's John Seigenthaler Center. .

This two-day hands-on course will focus on mobile usability, techniques and tools. Here's a look at our instructors:

Dave Stanton (@gotoplan) is a web developer, teacher, researcher and manager. He taught web frontend development at the University of Florida for 7 years. He has collaborated with The Poynter Institute to conduct user research since 2006. Currently he is the managing developer for a web development and marketing firm.

Jeremy Gilbert (@jeremygilbert) is an assistant professor at Medill, teaching media product design. He has directed award-winning, student-based digital projects, helped revamp the interactive curriculum and is researching the future of mobile journalism. Before coming to Medill, he led The Poynter Institute's website redesign and worked as a design director.

Free for SND members (a $300 value) and you can get a discount if you're not currently an SND member (join for only $110 for professional or $60 for students at http://www.snd.org/join/)!

April 1

"The Mobile Migration" workshop is being co-sponsored by the Online News Association and the Freedom Forum's Diversity Institute on April 1, also at the Freedom Forum's John Seigenthaler Center. (Underwriting assistance from the Scripps Howard Foundation.)

The workshop is $35 for ONA members and $50 for non-members.

Speakers include:

Grant Steven Moise, Digital General Manager for the Dallas Morning News, who talk about how the mobile web and tablet "apps" fit into the newspaper's ambitious paid-content strategies that were just implemented last week.

Bill Tallent, CEO of Mercury Interactive, will talk about "Deciphering Disruption."

Digital technologies have disrupted many industries and their established business models. While websites began the disruption of the printing medium, touch computers seem to be accelerating the disruptive effects. "Deciphering" the disruption is the key to building new competitive business models. This talk will focus on understanding why the disruption is accelerating, characteristics of consumers embracing the new medium, and ways to build the kind of applications that will maximize the revenues from news via touch screens.

Rex Hammock of Hammock Inc. will do a presentation called: "The Reader Decides: How Magazines are Learning What Screen Publishing is All About"

The magazine industry is comprised of companies ranging from giant media corporations to   family-owned community monthlies targeting niches ranging from parents to pet-owners to indie-music loving hipsters. From multi-million dollar mega-apps to dorm-room developed content reading apps, the iPad is proving to be both a launch pad of opportunity and a landing pad for humbling crashes. What has year one of the iPad taught magazine publishers  that helps predict the future of screen-based media.

Innovations from Africa: A look at case studies from the region on mobile and tablet strategies, Justin Arenstein, media strategist and consultant for Google & the International Center for Journalists.

Using a push-broadcasting system for community reporting and engagement from the folks at VozMob.

Registration information.

(For those who want to stay overnight, there is a special $109 room rate at the nearby Embassy Suites Hotel, 1811 Broadway, To get the discounted rate, call Mike Henry, senior sales manager at the Embassy Suites, 615-277-4964. Only a limited number of rooms are available at this rate ... so hurry.)

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