Miami NewsTrain, May 18-19, 2012
NewsTrain will be in Miami, FL, on May 18-19 for a two-day
workshop. NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by The
Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, the Associated Press Florida and Caribbean, The
Palm Beach Post, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, University of Miami School of Communication, CBS 4 News, WLRN-91.3 FM (South Florida NPR).
Location & times: University of Miami School of Communication, May 18-19, 2012.
Registration: Miami NewsTrain has reached capacity and registration is now closed. A list of registrants can be found here.
Miami NewsTrain will be held at the University of Miami School of Communication. A block of
discounted rooms is available at the Coral Gables Holiday Inn, located next to
the campus. Rates are $89 per night. To book contact the hotel by email at email@example.com or by phone,305-667-5611, ext. 7808, and ask for Miguel Hernandez. Request the APME NewsTrain or University rate.
Questions: Contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project
Storytelling 2012: Tom Brokaw once said, "It’s all storytelling, you know. That’s what journalism is all about.” It was true back then, and it’s true today. What’s different is that we have more ways than ever to tell our stories. But regardless of the form, we have to embrace our roles as storytellers. Here’s where you learn how – how to see the potential in everyday happenings; how to ask the right questions to hone your ideas; how to understand the basics of a great narrative; how to tell a wonderful story over five days or in five graphs; and how to find inspiration in the world around you.
Reporting for Narrative: You can’t write a great narrative without the right raw materials, without the details that are going to power that story. This kind of work requires a deeper level of reporting than other story forms. It all begins with understanding what you’re looking for. To succeed, you need to learn how to focus your idea as tightly as possible. You need to pay extra attention when you’re gathering information – to capture, for instance, not just what someone says but how they say it. You need to understand what "facts” are important. This session will teach you, whether you’re a reporter or editor, how to get what you need.
Narrative Writing: And now for the hard part – taking all those facts and creating a story. You won’t be writing with your hands; you’ll be writing with your head and your heart. And before you write, you’ll need to understand not just where the story begins but where it will end. You must know how to develop characters, how to weave in background, how to speed up and slow down the action, how to create compelling scenes, how to use dialogue and internal monologues, and how to leave the reader feeling satisfied. Come hear how to pull it all together.
Interactive Storytelling 2.0: As newsrooms get better at the variety of online tools available for storytelling, its time to reset the term "multimedia storytelling” and talk about what approaches and techniques really engage readers. Today the concept of interactive storytelling is much more than adding a video to a story. Telling a story online can and should involve interactive features, alternative story forms, data visualization, video and photos – all in pursuit of a strong narrative storyline. How the best storytellers approach multimedia storytelling today and the skills and tools you can use to do the same.
Building a Mobile Strategy: Many newsrooms are launching or expanding their efforts in mobile content. This session explores some of the different technical solutions such as responsive design, web APPs and native APPs (iPhone, droid, etc), and how each approach aligns with goals, content plans, and staffing.
Planning & Coaching Content Across
Platforms: How to frame clear standards and workflows for
new digital media in a rapidly changing media environment. The focus is on
building a strong set of online tools for covering your community and how to
enable everyone on staff – reporters, editors, online producers, visual
journalists -- to use the tools effectively.
Beat Mapping: How to use a technique called "beat mapping” to
improve coverage in daily and enterprise work. Beat mapping is used by
reporters and editors to outline new areas of coverage, to merge two or more
old beats, and to refocus existing beats on topics and issues that mean the
most to readers. The process also helps communicate clear expectations between
reporters and editors in managing work across print and digital platforms.
Social Media Reporting Tools: Social media offers reporters unprecedented tools for
building better networks of sources, gaining access to a more diverse and
varied set of sources, and spotting trends and issues before they become news.
How to use the tools provided by LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media
platforms to get ahead of the news and find the best sources.
Mindset: How to see data and treat it as a source to be interviewed,
like people. When to create data, to adapt someone else’s or to analyze
existing public data. Tips to make data the inspiration and foundation of great
news and enterprise stories.
Download the detailed Miami NewsTrain workshop agenda here.
Maria Carrillo is managing editor at The
Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., where she remains committed to craft even
in a Twitter world. Her exceptional writers have been nationally recognized,
including being Pulitzer and ASNE finalists. Carrillo has worked at The
Pilot for 14 years, directing many of the paper’s projects and previously
overseeing its narrative team. That work has spawned five books so far.
Carrillo has been a visiting faculty member for The Poynter Institute and the
Nieman program, a lecturer for the National Writers Workshops and the American
Press Institute, and twice been a Pulitzer juror.
Luis Clemens is National Public Radio's senior editor for diversity. Luis works across the newsroom to build a broad foundation of diverse experts and sources in order to enhance NPR's news coverage. In this position, Clemens is also part of NPR's Diversity team and is active partner in training initiatives at NPR and across public radio - helping to strengthen local coverage by expanding the range of content, sources, ideas and expertise. Before joining NPR in 2010, Clemens was a frequent guest on NPR's programs, often interviewed about Latino voters. Clemens began his career in journalism at the local Telemundo and NBC television stations in Miami. In 1993, he began working at CNN as an assignment editor. Three years later he was promoted to Buenos Aires bureau chief. Following CNN, he went on to be a spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme in Zimbabwe. Before re-starting a career in journalism and coming to NPR, Clemens owned and operated two laundromats in Xalapa, Mexico.
Miranda Mulligan is the digital
design director for The Boston Globe / boston.com. She is a designer and
educator with over 10 years of experience in print and web design, photography
and information graphics reporting. She has also worked for The
Virginian-Pilot, interned with The Sun-Sentinel and The Philadelphia Inquirer
and volunteers with Online News Association, Virginia Press Association, the
National Press Photographers Association and the Society for News Design.
Overberg is a database editor at USA TODAY and a member of its data
team. He helps to shape its demographic trend coverage, but also analyzes data
on subjects from war casualties to highway traffic. He also helps to
produce data maps, graphics and interactive applications. He had earlier
been a science and environmental reporter and editor at Gannett News Service in
Washington and a reporter and editor at The Courier-News in Bridgewater, N.J.
Michael Roberts is a newsroom trainer and consultant and Project
Director for NewsTrain. Previously, Michael was Deputy Managing Editor Staff
Development at The Arizona Republic (2003-2010), responsible for all newsroom
training, served as writing coach, and edited major projects. Outside his own
newsrooms, Roberts helped create and launch NewsTrain, designed and taught the
American Press Institute’s first online seminar for copy editors, and has
presented programs for the Poynter Institute, American Press Institute, the
Maynard Institute, Freedom Forum, and various National Writers Workshops.
Before the Republic, Roberts was Features Editor, AME/Features-Business, and then
for 10 years the Training Editor/Writing Coach at The Cincinnati Enquirer. He
also worked as a writer and editor at the Midland (MI) Daily News, the Detroit
Free Press, and as a senior editor at two magazines. He taught feature writing
at the University of Cincinnati and regularly presented programs at the Walter
Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University. Email: