CWA provides access to free training for Guild members

Would you like to learn more about creating iPhone videos or using Photoshop on the go? Could you use some stronger database skills to deepen your journalism? Are you thinking about building your own website to showcase your work, but not sure where to start?

News Media Guild members are eligible for free training through popular online course provider Lynda.com.

Through our parent union, the Communication Workers of America, News Media Guild members are eligible for free training on Lynda.com.
Through our parent union, the Communication Workers of America, News Media Guild members can get free training on Lynda.com.

From accounting to podcasting to web design, Lynda.com offers thousands of video-based online courses that can help Guild members develop career skills, brush up on personal interests or even just learn how to get the most out of the gadgets you’ve accumulated or apps you’ve downloaded.

Signing up takes just a few clicks, and the courses can be completed at any time.  Courses range from short how-tos for using mobile apps (generally about 20 minutes) to more advanced technical skills that can feature 10 hours or more of instruction.

To open a Lynda.com account as a Guild member, visit the CWA website at www.cwa-union.org and click on the “For Members” tab, which will show a menu of items including “Benefits, Scholarships and Training.” In the “Training” section on the page that link leads to, click on CWA NETT, and then click on “Resources” on the top of the next page.

Typically, using Lynda.com starts at $240 per year, so this free subscription is a significant benefit for Guild members.

CWA NETT also offers members more advanced photography courses through KelbyOne.com.

The Guild’s Tech Unit members should also take a look at the courses offered through CWA’s alliance with APT College, also reachable through the CWA NETT link.