Toronto NewsTrain, September 13-14, 2012
NewsTrain will be in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sept. 13-14 for a two-day
workshop. NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by Metroland Media Group and Newspapers Canada, with representatives from Canadian Press, Ontario
Community Newspapers Association, The Toronto Star, and Ryerson University serving on the planning committee.
Location & times: Toronto Star Press Centre, 1 Century Place, Woodbridge, ON, L4L 8R2. Sept. 13-14, 2012. Registration opens 9 a.m. on Sept. 13; workshop concludes 5:15 pm. On Sept. 14, the workshop runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Link to the detailed agenda for the two-day workshop is below.
Registration: Registration is $50. Register via this link: Toronto NewsTrain. Please note: The registration web site will ask if you are an APME member. Membership is not required to register. Just continue through that prompt / question and the system will take your registration.
Accomodations: Reduced hotel rate is available at Courtyard by Marriott Vaughan hotel, 150 Interchange Way,
Vaughan, Ontario L4L 5P7. Individuals can make their own reservations by
calling 1-866-239-3202 and mentioning "NewsTrain” to get the reduced rate of
$139/night. Reservation deadline is August 13, 2012.
Questions: Contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project
Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. OR Tina Ongkeko, Newspapers Canada, email@example.com; 1-877-305-2262 ext. 325.
& Coaching Content for Multiple Platforms: How staff
and managers can develop clear standards and SOPs to produce a consistent – and
growing – body of quality content across platforms. 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.
Coverage: Once your set of online tools is in
place, how to plan and manage continuous news coverage across digital and
print platforms, and create content specifically for the web and print. This
program offers a model for developing a story online and then using print to
Phones for Journalists: A program on many basic (and free) tools reporters and
other mobile journalists with smart phones can use to capture and post news and
images from the field. Includes gear, apps, free software, reference materials,
and easy-to-use web platforms. Bring your smart phones for demos and practice.
Media: Creating Brands: How to use social media to
engage readers, bring them to your web site, and along the way create strong
news-oriented brands for individuals and your newsroom as a whole.
Media: Tap Into the Crowd: How reporters and editors
can use social media as a reporting tool when faced with breaking news or
enterprise projects. Includes how to use social media to locate sources, for
"crowdsourcing,” how to use advanced search features on major social media
sites , and how to curate social media content to augment your own content.
The Seven Habits of Effective FOI Filers: How to develop regular, systematic filings of FOI requests to hold governments and officials to account -- and to produce exclusive, investigative stories. Includes advice on framing effective FOI requests.
Impact Stories: In the constant stream
of instant news, readers still want stories that explain the impact of the news
on them. Increasingly, impact stories are the primary role of the
daily newspaper. This program for reporters and editors examines the
difference between a breaking news story and an impact story, how to frame an
impact story, then report, write, and edit so "impact” is the primary
focus, even across different types of stories.
1: Effective Shooting: Shooting effectively and
efficiently makes it much easier to quickly edit and post high-quality video.
This session offers a model for anticipating and capturing the visuals and
sound needed for good video. Includes simple standards for framing, lighting,
and sound, whether using a video camera or point-and-shoot / Flip-style camera.
Video 2: Video Story Forms: Many newsrooms start out shooting video that resembles the basic TV
news segment. But there are more video story forms and storytelling opportunities that can be used to deliver
different kinds of video, including video that will have a much longer shelf
life on your web site. Examples of video story forms and
how each newsroom can and should develop its own set of forms to improve
planning, communication, and execution of video.
DETAILED TWO-DAY AGENDA: Toronto NewsTrain agenda
Mandy Jenkins is Digital Projects Editor with Digital First Media. Her new duties involve work with papers on special projects, digital strategy and breaking news strategies. Previously she was the Washington D.C. Social News Editor for the Huffington Post; Social Media Editor for the startup TBD.com; Digital Content Editor / Social Media & Projects at the Cincinnati Enquirer; Social Media Editor and Online Special Projects Editor, Cincinnati Enquirer; and an online news producer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also writes the Zombie Journalism blog on digital media.
Dean Beeby has been a frequent user of
freedom-of-information laws since the early 1980s. He has a master’s degree in
modern history from the University of Toronto, and joined The Canadian Press
news agency in 1983, where he has worked in Toronto, Halifax and currently
Ottawa as deputy bureau chief. He has been an FOI speaker, panelist and
workshop leader at many venues, including the Canadian High Commission in
London, the CBC, the Canadian Association of Journalists, Canadian Journalists
for Free Expression, Newspapers Canada and the Canadian Access and Privacy
Association. He was also a member of the external advisory committee for the
federal Access to Information Review Task Force in 2001-2002. He has published
four non-fiction books, all of which have drawn heavily on
Kathy Kieliszewski, Deputy Director of Photo and Video for the Detroit Free Press, is a four-time National Emmy Award winning video producer. Most recently, she and her staff were also awarded a National Edward R. Murrow Award, a Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and a National Headliners Awards in Online Videography for the 40-minute documentary "Living with Murder.” At the Detroit Free Press, Kathy oversees daily video production and larger video projects for the newspaper’s website freep.com. Previously she served as the newspaper's picture editor, and as editor for the paper's 13 weekly community sections. In 2004, she was named Michigan Picture Editor of the Year. Prior to that, Kieliszewski worked as a staff photographer at the Lansing State Journal and The Grand Rapids Press. She is a journalism graduate of Michigan State University.
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. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a masters degree in training and human resource development from Xavier University, Cincinnati.