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2006 NewsTrain Program in Great Falls

APME NewsTrain/Great Falls

Full Program

September 20 - 21, 2006

Wednesday, September 20:
10:00 a.m. Registration
10:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
11:00 a.m. Coaching Your Writers (Blue Team)
Why: The best editing occurs before a single word is written.
Editors need to get involved early, talk about ideas, discuss the likely paths the story could take, the diverse sources that could be contacted. Learn how to ask the right questions; how to have difficult conversations about stories; and how to get writers to be better editors of their own work. Includes strategies for making every moment count.
Presenter: Jacqui Banaszynski, Knight Chair in Editing, Missouri School of Journalism
11:00 a.m. Managing in a Time of Change (Green Team)
Why: It is not just the news that changes each day, it's also the work environment
Nothing seems the same as it did last year, and your work-life sometimes feels utterly different than when you started in the business. Whether it is access to public information, new technology, HR regulations or a new corporate owner, everything seems to change constantly. You can become more adept at dealing with this strain on your own psyche and the newsroom's. Learn how to cope with the changing landscape, how to lead change and how to stay true to your values in a swiftly shifting environment.
Presenter: Pam Johnson, Exec. Dir., Reynolds Institute, Missouri School of Journalism
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Training: Get on Board
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
2:00 p.m. Looking for Patterns in Writing (Blue Team)
Why: To sharpen your skill at individualized editing
This diagnostic technique helps you learn to identify individual writers' patterns, both strengths and weaknesses, and help them become their own best line editors.
Presenter: Jacqui Banaszynski
2:00 p.m. Setting Priorities and Managing Time (Green Team)
Why: Because busy-ness doesn't equal effectiveness
Learn to analyze your work habits and job situation to assess whether you are using your time well. You are most effective when your work is in synch with the priorities of the newsroom. Determine if you are spending time on activities that help you and your group to make progress on work that is important. Learn how to guide yourself to stay abreast of or ahead of newsroom priorities.
Presenter: Pam Johnson
3:00 p.m. Coffee Break
3:15 p.m. Coaching Your Writers (Green Team)
Why: The best editing occurs before a single word is written.
Editors need to get involved early, talk about ideas, discuss the likely paths the story could take, the diverse sources that could be contacted. Learn how to ask the right questions; how to have difficult conversations about stories; and how to get writers to be better editors of their own work. Includes strategies for making every moment count.
Presenter: Jacqui Banaszynski
3:15 p.m. Managing in a Time of Change (Blue Team)
Why: It is not just the news that changes each day, it's also the work environment
Nothing seems the same as it did last year, and your work-life sometimes feels utterly different than when you started in the business. Whether it is access to public information, new technology, HR regulations or a new corporate owner, everything seems to change constantly. You can become more adept at dealing with this strain on your own psyche and the newsroom's. Learn how to cope with the changing landscape, how to lead change and how to stay true to your values in a swiftly shifting environment.
Presenter: Pam Johnson
4:45 p.m. Coffee Break
5:00 p.m. Looking for Patterns in Writing (Green Team)
Why: To sharpen your skill at individualized editing
This diagnostic technique helps you learn to identify individual writers' patterns, both strengths and weaknesses, and help them become their own best line editors.
Presenter: Jacqui Banaszynski
5:00 p.m. Setting Priorities and Managing Time (Blue Team)
Why: Because busy-ness doesn't equal effectiveness
Learn to analyze your work habits and job situation to assess whether you are using your time well. You are most effective when your work is in synch with the priorities of the newsroom. Determine if you are spending time on activities that help you and your group to make progress on work that is important. Learn how to guide yourself to stay abreast of or ahead of newsroom priorities.
Presenter: Pam Johnson
6:00 p.m. Reception
Why: Because you deserve it
We want to keep the conversation going.

Thursday, September 21:
8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast available
8:45 a.m. Welcome back & announcements
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The editing lab / Editing Story Structures (Blue Team)
Why: To help you discuss story organization with your writers
There are several story forms editors and reporters can use to shape and focus stories. This seminar will cover three, with examples and a chance for participants to apply the forms to their own story ideas.
Presenter: Jacqui Banaszynski

(While the Blues are in the editing lab, the Green Team goes to the following two one-hour segments.)
9:00 a.m. Rethinking the Frontline Editor's Role (Green Team)
As the newsroom changes along with the internet, the frontline editor's job is being transformed, too. Storytelling possibilities expand greatly on the Web. Podcasts and blogs present new challenges for the assigning editor. Being resourceful and creative has always been a key part of the frontline editor's job. Now the mid-level editor must be thinking about all the different platforms that can be served, including how the print version of the next day's story must change as a result of the 24/7 news cycle. This session focuses on how frontline editors need to think to flourish in an expanded role
Presenter: Gina Boysun, senior producer, Spokesman.com
10:00 a.m. Writing for Online (Green Team)
Writing in inverted pyramid and broadcast styles are good starting points for writing for online. But editors must emphasize reporting in real-time; know who their Web audiences are, what they find compelling and when they are likely to be reading what. Also, you'll learn secrets to headline writing and key words in text that will increase your chances of being listed higher by news aggregators.
Presenter: Gina Boysun
11:00 a.m. Management Strategy Circles (All)
Why: The room is full of people who understand what you do, have many of the same challenges you face, and have great ideas that may help.
Take this opportunity to solve your most pressing management problems, working in small groups. Gain experience at peer coaching, using leadership and coaching skills you have learned at NewsTrain.
Presenter: Elaine Kramer
Noon Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The editing lab / Editing Story Structures (Green Team)
Why: To help you discuss story organization with your writers
There are several story forms editors and reporters can use to shape and focus stories. This seminar will cover three, with examples and a chance for participants to apply the forms to their own story ideas.
Presenter: Jacqui Banaszynski

(While the Greens are in the editing lab, the Blue Team goes to the following two one-hour segments.)
1:00 p.m. Rethinking the Frontline Editor's Role (Blue Team)
As the newsroom changes along with the internet, the frontline editor's job is being transformed, too. Storytelling possibilities expand greatly on the Web. Podcasts and blogs present new challenges for the assigning editor. Being resourceful and creative has always been a key part of the frontline editor's job. Now the mid-level editor must be thinking about all the different platforms that can be served, including how the print version of the next day's story must change as a result of the 24/7 news cycle. This session focuses on how frontline editors need to think to flourish in an expanded role
Presenter: Gina Boysun, senior producer, Spokesman.com
2:00 p.m. Writing for Online (Blue Team)
Writing in inverted pyramid and broadcast styles are good starting points for writing for online. But editors must emphasize reporting in real-time; know who their Web audiences are, what they find compelling and when they are likely to be reading what. Also, you'll learn secrets to headline writing and key words in text that will increase your chances of being listed higher by news aggregators.
Presenter: Gina Boysun
3:00 p.m. Coffee Break
3:15 p.m. Building Credibility and Trust (All)
Presenter: TBA
4:15 p.m. NewsTrain Caboose
Taking the lessons home, feedback forms and goodbye
Presenter: Elaine Kramer
4:30 p.m. Workshop ends

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