August 15 - 16, 2006
The Associated Press Managing Editors and the American Society of
Newspaper Editors sponsor this national workshop for mid-level editors.
The program emphasizes practical help that editors can use on the job
At the NABJ Convention
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
350 West Maryland Street
NewsTrain receives major funding from the John S. and James L. Knight
|Tuesday, August 15:
||Welcome and introductions
Presenters: Bobbi Bowman, ASNE diversity director, and Lillian Swanson,
APME NewsTrain project director
||Coaching Your Writers
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 would be contacted.
Presenter: Don Fry, writing and editing coach, formerly of the Poynter
||How to tell whether it's race or egos
Why: When issues erupt around stories and assignments you need to think
through whether the real issue is race or just the clashing egos . How
you define the issue determines your strategies for finding solutions.
Moderator: Milton Coleman, deputy managing editor, The Washington Post
|Wednesday, August 16:
||What is my real job?
Why: In these days of historic changes in our newsrooms, frontline
editors are central to making those changes happen. Your job used to be
about line editing and talking about stories with reporters. Now your
job is much larger.
Presenters: Tom Callinan, editor and vice president/news, The Cincinnati
Enquirer, and Dennis Ryerson, editor, The Indianapolis Star
||Managing your boss
Why: Your relationship with your boss is your most important
relationship at work. Learn techniques that will help you do a better
job and move ahead in your career.
Presenter: Pam Fine, managing editor, The Indianapolis Star
||Time-management techniques for busy editors
Why: To keep the day from getting away from you
Middle managers get on a treadmill on 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. You'll learn how to set priorities; how to create small
blocks of time for important projects, and techniques to stop from being
nibbled to death by phone calls and email. You'll also learn the
importance of helping reporters better manage their time.
Presenter: Jackie Jones, former senior lecturer in journalism at Penn
State University, former editor at The Washington Post and Philadelphia
||Training: Get on Board
Why: Because newspapers are a business, too
A discussion of how and 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: Lillian Swanson
||New Media Trends Worldwide
Lunch & a
Conversation with Randy Covington
Randy is director of the IFRA Newsplex at the University of South
Carolina, He teaches seminars around the world about best practices in
online news Web sites. You'll hear his take on which news organizations
are doing the most innovative things online. He'll offer practical
advice you can use to improve your website - tomorrow.
||Motivating your staff in a time of change
Why: Two editors who are leading newsrooms in a time of great change
tell how they do it. TheyÃ¢Â™ll also discuss the important role of
front-line editors in helping make change happen throughout the
Presenters: Linda Cunningham, executive editor, Rockford Register Star,
and Jeff Bruce, Editor, Dayton Daily News
||Becoming a more effective leader in a time of change
Why: Two editors explain how to move up the ladder from managing change
to leading a newsroom.
Presenters: Caesar Andrews, executive editor, Detroit Free Press, and
Mark Russell, managing editor, Orlando Sentinel
Taking the lessons back to your newsroom.
Presenters: Phil Currie, ASNE Diversity Chair, Senior Vice
President/News; Bobbi Bowman and Lillian Swanson