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2006 NewsTrain Program in Bergen County

APME NewsTrain/Bergen County

Full Program

November 1 - 2, 2006

Wednesday, Nov. 1:
9:30 a.m. Registration
Location: Follow signs in lobby
10:00 a.m. Welcome and introductions
Vivian Waixel, vice president and executive editor, The Record and the Herald News
Elaine Kramer, APME NewsTrain project coordinator
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
10:30 a.m. Situational Leadership (Blue Team)
Why: Because one size doesn't fit all
What is your management style? When are different styles most effective? Participants will learn how to "read" a situation and a person and apply the right management approach to get the best results.
Presenter: Edward Miller, managing partner, The Newsroom Leadership Group
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
10:30 a.m. Making Every Word Count (Green Team)
Why: Extra words frustrate readers and diminish a story's power
Learn how to strengthen stories by getting to the point quickly, omitting unnecessary words and most importantly, writing with authority. This entails telling readers what the news means - with context, balance and accuracy - as you make the most of every column-inch.
Presenter: Barbara King Lord, former training director, Associated Press
Location: Fourth Floor A-V Room
Noon Lunch
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
12:45 p.m. Innovations online (All)
Why: Journalists must find and stay at the edge in today's great digital age.
Where exactly do technology and news converge today? Grasp an overview of media consumption trends worldwide. Learn about the innovations that news organizations are embracing around the world, including community journalism in Korea (OhmyNews), SMS in Australia, and what may be the most converged news operation in the world in northern Denmark (the Nordjyske).
Presenter: Randy Covington, director, IFRA NewsPlex, University of South Carolina.
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
2:00 p.m. Break
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
2:15 p.m. Managing Time and Setting Priorities (Blue Team)
Why: To keep the day from getting away from you.
Middle managers get on a treadmill Monday morning and get off five days later. They spend their days answering to bosses, directing reporters, answering the phone, reading faxes and keeping abreast of the news. They're juggling a dozen balls at a time. Getting time to think is a luxury. Is it any wonder that front line editors burn out? You'll learn how to set priorities, when and what to delegate and how to help your reporters better manage their time.
Presenter: Edward Miller
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
2:15 p.m. The art of meaningful detail (Green Team)
Why: Richer stories are more compelling.
Description is an essential ingredient in good story telling. Learn how to identify and use telling description appropriately in different circumstances. Get past the obvious to provide readers with contextual detail that conveys authenticity and authority.
Presenter: Barbara King Lord
Location: Fourth Floor A-V Room
3:15 p.m. Break
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
3:30 p.m. Situational Leadership (Green Team)
Why: Because one size doesn't fit all
What is your management style? When are different styles most effective? Participants will learn how to "read" a situation and a person and apply the right management approach to get the best results.
Presenter: Edward Miller, managing partner, The Newsroom Leadership Group
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
3:30 p.m. Making Every Word Count (Blue Team)
Why: Extra words frustrate readers and diminish a story's power
Learn how to strengthen stories by getting to the point quickly, omitting unnecessary words and most importantly, writing with authority. This entails telling readers what the news means - with context, balance and accuracy - as you make the most of every column-inch.
Presenter: Barbara King Lord, former training director, Associated Press
Location: Fourth Floor A-V Room
4:45 p.m. Break
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
5:00 p.m. Managing Time and Setting Priorities (Blue Team)
Why: To keep the day from getting away from you.
Middle managers get on a treadmill Monday morning and get off five days later. They spend their days answering to bosses, directing reporters, answering the phone, reading faxes and keeping abreast of the news. They're juggling a dozen balls at a time. Getting time to think is a luxury. Is it any wonder that front-line editors burn out? You'll learn how to set priorities, when and what to delegate and how to help your reporters better manage their time.
Presenter: Edward Miller
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
5:00 p.m. The art of meaningful detail (Blue Team)
Why: Richer stories are more compelling.
Description is an essential ingredient in good story telling. Learn how to identify and use telling description appropriately in different circumstances. Get past the obvious to provide readers with contextual detail that conveys authenticity and authority.
Presenter: Barbara King Lord
Location: Fourth Floor A-V Room
6:00 p.m. End of the first day

Thursday, Nov. 2:
8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast available
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
8:30 a.m. Welcome back and announcements
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
8:45 a.m. Giving Effective Feedback (Green Team)
Why: It's essential to helping staffers grow
Learn how to get your message across effectively. Know words and phrases that will get through to the listener, how to structure the conversation, what to avoid. Learn how to listen effectively, respond to feedback, and look for clues that the other person is really listening to you.
Presenter: Edward Miller, managing partner, The Newsroom Leadership Group, and Cheryl Carpenter, managing editor, Charlotte Observer
Location: Fourth Floor A-V Room
8:45 a.m. The Five-Minute Editor (Blue Team)
Why: Because often it's all the time you have
Editors can become more effective and efficient by using a five-step story-coaching method that keeps reporters and their stories on track. Discuss ways to reinforce a story's focus, boost productivity and quality, from story assignment to rewrite.
Presenter: Jacqui Banaszynski, Knight Chair in Editing, Missouri School of Journalism
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
10:15 a.m. Break
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
10:30 a.m. Managing Up and Across (Green Team)
Why: Because you must develop your own career
Want your boss's approval for a project? Want a fellow department head or editor to cooperate on a story or a personnel deal? Learn effective techniques in managing up to your boss or across to a colleague. How do you build effective alliances? Learn how to look for windows of opportunity, as well as what dooms your chances of success, when managing up or across.
Presenter: Cheryl Carpenter, Managing Editor, Charlotte Observer
Location: Fourth Floor A-V Room
10:30 a.m. Non-Traditional Story Forms (Blue Team)
Why: Because different readers appreciate different kinds of stories.
Newspapers are using more and more non-traditional or alternative story forms to quickly convey information to readers. These forms include a variety of info-graphics, grids, lists, annotated photos and other creative alternatives to columns of prose. A sampler of non-traditional forms and a chance to create packages using different ideas.
Presenter: Jacqui Banaszynski
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
11:30 a.m. Break
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
11:45 a.m. Why Training Matters
Why: Because news organizations are a business, too
A discussion of why some news organizations are putting more emphasis on professional development of their staffs. Resources you can use to get valuable training for yourself and push for more training for those you lead. Take a virtual tour of a new e-learning site, News University at Poynter.
Presenter: Elaine Kramer, APME NewsTrain project coordinator
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
12:15 p.m. Lunch
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
1:00 p.m. CHOOSE ONE
Option 1 Covering the New America
Why: Because the demographics have changed dramatically
We are in the midst of one of the great stories of our lives - a profound change in who makes up our cities; our suburbs; our state, and our country. Once again, the world has come to America. This great wave of immigrants will have long-term implications for our labor force; schools; the types of industries that will spring up; the kinds of stores that will open; how much we will pay in taxes, and who will pay for our Social Security. A session with plenty of facts, figures and a chance to talk about story ideas.
Presenter: "Bobbi" Bowman, diversity director, American Society of Newspaper Editors
Location: Fourth Floor A-V Room

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Option 2 Building Credibility and Trust
Why: The public is deeply suspicious of why journalists do what they do, how they go about it and whether the outcome is good or bad.
Learn key touchstones for building reader trust and practical approaches to improving accuracy.
Presenters: Carol Nunnelley, director of APME special projects, and Margaret Holt, senior editor for standards and staff development,
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
2:15 p.m. Break
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
2:30 p.m. Giving Effective Feedback (Blue Team)
Why: It's essential to helping staffers grow
Learn how to get your message across effectively. Know words and phrases that will get through to the listener, how to structure the conversation, what to avoid. Learn how to listen effectively, respond to feedback, and look for clues that the other person is really listening to you.
Presenter: Edward Miller, managing partner, The Newsroom Leadership Group, and Cheryl Carpenter, managing editor, Charlotte Observer
Location: Fourth Floor A-V Room
2:30 p.m. The Five-Minute Editor (Green Team)
Why: Because often it's all the time you have
When time is tight, editors can save time by knowing which questions keep reporters and their stories on track. Discuss ways to reinforce a story's focus, boost productivity and quality, from story assignment to rewrite.
Presenter: Jacqui Banaszynski, Knight Chair in Editing, Missouri School of Journalism
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
4:00 p.m. Break
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
4:15 p.m. Managing Up and Across (Blue Team)
Why: Because you must develop your own career
Want your boss's approval for a project? Want a fellow department head or editor to cooperate on a story or a personnel deal? Learn effective techniques in managing up to your boss or across to a colleague. How do you build effective alliances? Learn how to look for windows of opportunity, as well as what dooms your chances of success, when managing up or across.
Presenter: Cheryl Carpenter, Managing Editor, Charlotte Observer
Location: Fourth Floor A-V Room
4:15 p.m. Non-Traditional Story Forms (Green Team)
Why: Because different readers appreciate different kinds of stories.
Newspapers are using more and more non-traditional or alternative story forms to quickly convey information to readers. These forms include a variety of info-graphics, grids, lists, annotated photos and other creative alternatives to columns of prose. A sampler of non-traditional forms and a chance to create packages using different ideas.
Presenter: Jacqui Banaszynski
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
5:15 p.m. NewsTrain Caboose
Location: Second Floor A-V Room
5:30 p.m. End of workshop

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