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2007 NewsTrain Program in New England

APME/NewsTrain in New England

Full Program

June 27 - 28, 2007

Wednesday, June 27:
10:00 a.m. Registration
Location: The Forum
10:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions (ALL)
Presenters: Brad Dennison, vice president of content/news operations, GateHouse Media, and Elaine Kramer, NewsTrain project manager
Location: The Forum
11:00 a.m. Leading in a Time of Change (ALL)
Why: The ground is shifting for journalists, from changes in corporate ownership to increasing job responsibilities to the digital transformation of media.
Rapid change is difficult for many people. Learn how to cope with the changing media landscape, and to stay true to your values in a swiftly shifting environment. Learn strategies to help you lead your staff through changing times, and motivate journalists to see the potential for doing great journalism in new ways. This session focuses on how frontline editors need to think to flourish as their newsrooms change.
Presenter: Butch Ward, distinguished fellow, Poynter Institute
Location: The Forum
12:30 p.m. Lunch
Location: The Forum
1:30 p.m. Critical Thinking (Blue Team)
Why: You want to produce credible journalism.
As stories move through a newsroom, they develop a life of their own. What they need are clear-eyed skeptics who zero in on weaknesses. This session will cover how to edit skeptically, how to challenge the numbers as well as the words and how to activate your baloney detector.
Presenter: Rosalie Stemer, newsroom coach
Location: TBD
1:30 p.m. Now What Do I Do? (Green Team)
Why: You're not sure how it happened, but now you are an editor, and you realize you have many more questions than answers.
We really do know how you feel: proud yet humbled; confident yet scared; hopeful yet easily discouraged. This seminar helps editors, both new and experienced, learn ways to set the tone, gain influence and credibility, and build a team. Includes some strategies you can count on when you aren't sure what to do, and a Top 10 list of things you need to know and remember to do.
Presenter: Butch Ward
Location: The Forum
3:00 p.m. Coffee Break
Location: The Forum
3:15 p.m. Critical Thinking (Green Team)
Why: You want to produce credible journalism.
As stories move through a newsroom, they develop a life of their own. What they need are clear-eyed skeptics who zero in on weaknesses. This session will cover how to edit skeptically, how to challenge the numbers as well as the words and how to activate your baloney detector.
Presenter: Rosalie Stemer, newsroom coach
Location: TBD
3:15 p.m. Now What Do I Do? (Blue Team)
Why: You're not sure how it happened, but now you are an editor, and you realize you have many more questions than answers.
We really do know how you feel: proud yet humbled; confident yet scared; hopeful yet easily discouraged. This seminar helps editors, both new and experienced, learn ways to set the tone, gain influence and credibility, and build a team. Includes some strategies you can count on when you aren't sure what to do, and a Top 10 list of things you need to know and remember to do.
Presenter: Butch Ward
Location: The Forum
4:45 p.m. Coffee Break
Location: The Forum
5:00 p.m. Story Planning for Multiple Media (ALL)
Why: It can no longer suffice to plan a story first and later say, "What have we got for the Web?"
Story planning currently involves developing stories simultaneously for print and digital. Using the case study method, you will practice techniques for brainstorming and planning coverage of breaking news and enterprise stories, learning to develop from the very beginning the components for publication in multiple media.
Presenter: John Jackson, online editor, Roanoke Times
Location: The Forum
6:30 p.m. End of Day 1

Thursday, June 28:
8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast
Location: The Forum
8:45 a.m. Welcome back & announcements (ALL)
Location: The Forum
9:00 a.m. Providing Effective Feedback (Blue Team)
Why: Editors are also coaches and teachers.
You want to challenge your staff, and encourage them to do more and better work. You want them to grow and blossom, to try new things, pull them off successfully and make you look good. And there are things you would like them to stop doing, too. This seminar teaches the components of effective feedback and explores the power and pitfalls of giving praise and criticism.
Presenter: Butch Ward
Location: TBD
9:00 a.m. Online Story Forms (Green Team)
Why: Every journalist wants the story to be told in the best way possible.
There are a lot of new story forms available on most newspaper Web sites. But when should your staff produce which kind of story? And how do you make each story - whether audio slide-show, photo gallery, blog or podcast - the best it can be? This course introduces frontline editors to common online story forms, and offers practical advice on which to choose in what situation, and how to make each story as effective as possible.
Presenters: Randy Covington, director, University of South Carolina IFRA NewsPlex, and John Jackson
Location: The Forum
10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
Location: The Forum
10:45 a.m. Covering the New America (All)
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, ASNE diversity director
Location: The Forum
12:15 a.m. Lunch
Location: The Forum
1:15 p.m. Providing Effective Feedback (Green Team)
Why: Editors are also coaches and teachers.
You want to challenge your staff, and encourage them to do more and better work. You want them to grow and blossom, to try new things, pull them off successfully and make you look good. And there are things you would like them to stop doing, too. This seminar teaches the components of effective feedback and explores the power and pitfalls of giving praise and criticism.
Presenter: Butch Ward
Location: TBD
1:15 p.m. Online Story Forms (Blue Team)
Why: Every journalist wants the story to be told in the best way possible.
There are a lot of new story forms available on most newspaper Web sites. But when should your staff produce which kind of story? And how do you make each story - whether audio slide-show, photo gallery, blog or podcast - the best it can be? This course introduces frontline editors to common online story forms, and offers practical advice on which to choose in what situation, and how to make each story as effective as possible.
Presenters: Randy Covington, director, University of South Carolina IFRA NewsPlex, and John Jackson
Location: The Forum
2:45 p.m. Coffee Break
Location: The Forum
3:00 p.m. News Ethics and Values in the Digital Age (All)
Why: News values and ethical decision-making remain critical, no matter the platform.
As new formats and concepts emerge, new issues involving ethics and standards develop too. For example: What are your policies on removing offensive anonymous postings? How do you police images that may have been altered? Do you use user content in an effective and important way? How do you correct errors? Should a journalist tell someone that he is taking their picture with a camera phone with the intention of posting it on the Web? Learn to apply your journalism values and ethical know-how to these intriguing new issues, as well as to old issues such as privacy, anonymous sources and tone as redefined by digital media.
Presenters: John Jackson and Randy Covington
Location: The Forum
4:15 p.m. NewsTrain Caboose
Taking the lessons home, feedback forms and goodbye
Presenter: Elaine Kramer
Location: The Forum
4:30 p.m. End of workshop

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