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2006 NewsTrain Program at NABJ in Indianapolis


Full Program

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 right away.

Workshop Location:
  At the NABJ Convention
  Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
  350 West Maryland Street

NewsTrain receives major funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Tuesday, August 15:
11:30 a.m. Registration
Noon Lunch
1:00 p.m. Welcome and introductions
Presenters: Bobbi Bowman, ASNE diversity director, and Lillian Swanson, APME NewsTrain project director
1:15 p.m. 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 Institute
4:00 p.m. 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:
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. 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
9:00 a.m. 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
10:00 a.m. 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 Daily News
11:00 a.m. 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
11:45 a.m. 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.
1:30 p.m. 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. Theyâ™ll also discuss the important role of front-line editors in helping make change happen throughout the newsroom.
Presenters: Linda Cunningham, executive editor, Rockford Register Star, and Jeff Bruce, Editor, Dayton Daily News
2:45 p.m. 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
3:45 p.m. NewsTrain caboose
Taking the lessons back to your newsroom.
Presenters: Phil Currie, ASNE Diversity Chair, Senior Vice President/News; Bobbi Bowman and Lillian Swanson
4:00 p.m. Workshop ends

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