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2007 NewsTrain Program in Springfield, Ill.

APME/NewsTrain in Springfield, Ill.

Full Program

Dec. 5-6, 2007

Wednesday, Dec. 5:
10:00 a.m. Registration
Location: 29th floor, Hilton Springfield
10:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions (ALL)
Presenters: Brad Dennison, vice president, GateHouse Media, and Elaine Kramer, NewsTrain project manager
Location: Vista I, II & III on the 29th floor
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: Edward Miller, Newsroom Leadership Group
Location: Vista I, II & III on the 29th floor
12:30 p.m. Lunch
Location: Ambassador Ballroom on the hotel's Concourse Level
1:30 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 â€" whether audio slide-show, photo gallery, blog or podcast â€" 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.
Presenter: Lil Swanson, managing editor, Rockford Register Star
Location: Vista I, II & III on the 29th floor
1:30 p.m. Helping Reporters Develop a Beat (Green Team)
Why: Beat-work is the heart of sound journalism, and much about beat-work is really about maintaining relationships to yield the best content for stories.
Assigning editors supervising beats have to build effective relationships with beat reporters. Three skills are vital:
• Maintaining sources
• Building teams
• Managing peers who edit other beats
This segment will concentrate on how editors can guide beat reporters while coaching them to higher levels of performance.
Presenter: Edward Miller
Location: Vista IV, V & VI on the 29th floor
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.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 â€" whether audio slide-show, photo gallery, blog or podcast â€" 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.
Presenter: Lil Swanson, managing editor, Rockford Register Star
Location: Vista I, II & III on the 29th floor
3:15 p.m. Helping Reporters Develop a Beat (Blue Team)
Why: Beat-work is the heart of sound journalism, and much about beat-work is really about maintaining relationships to yield the best content for stories.
Assigning editors supervising beats have to build effective relationships with beat reporters. Three skills are vital:
• Maintaining sources
• Building teams
• Managing peers who edit other beats
This segment will concentrate on how editors can guide beat reporters while coaching them to higher levels of performance.
Presenter: Edward Miller
Location: Vista IV, V & VI on the 29th floor
4:45 p.m. Break
5:00 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.
Presenter: Lil Swanson and Linda Grist Cunningham, Executive Editor, Rockford Register Star
Location: Vista I, II & III on the 29th floor
6:15 p.m. End of Day 1

Thursday, Dec. 6:
8:45 a.m. Welcome back & announcements (ALL)
Location: Vista I, II & III on the 29th floor
9:00 a.m. Two-Day, Two-Week, Two-Month Planning for Multiple Media (Blue Team)
Why: It can no longer suffice to plan a story first and later say, “What have we got for the Web?”
Newsrooms must now develop stories simultaneously for print and digital. This requires them to work in teams and to think ahead in ways they may not have done before. This seminar helps you understand what it takes to produce content for all media. It helps you identify newsroom partners, and learn to coach your staff to think both long and short term.
Presenter: Lil Swanson
Location: Vista IV, V & VI on the 29th floor
9:00 a.m. Covering the Next Midwest (Green Team)
We are in the midst of one of the great stories of our lives â€" 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: Vista I, II & III on the 29th floor
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Two-Day, Two-Week, Two-Month Planning for Multiple Media (Green Team)
Why: It can no longer suffice to plan a story first and later say, “What have we got for the Web?” Newsrooms must now develop stories simultaneously for print and digital. This requires them to work in teams and to think ahead in ways they may not have done before. This seminar helps you understand what it takes to produce content for all media. It helps you identify newsroom partners, and learn to coach your staff to think both long and short term.
Presenter: Lil Swanson
Location: Vista IV, V & VI on the 29th floor
10:45 a.m. Covering the Next Midwest (Blue Team)
We are in the midst of one of the great stories of our lives â€" 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: Vista I, II & III on the 29th floor
12:15 p.m. Lunch
Location: Ambassador Ballroom on the hotel's Concourse Level
1:15 p.m. Resolving Conflicts (All)
Why: Conflict is part of every newsroom, but it doesn't have to be corrosive. Effective leaders learn how to mediate and resolve conflicts. This segment will take the participants through a self-diagnosis of their own conflicts in search of the underlying causes, followed by demonstrations and practice in holding "difficult conversations." By the end, participants will have received personal coaching on conflict and created a plan for future conflict resolution.
Presenters: Edward Miller
Location: Vista I, II & III on the 29th floor
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Managing Goals and Time (All)
Why: To keep the day from getting away from you
Middle managers get on a treadmill one day, 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 goals and establish priorities; how to create small blocks of time for important projects, and techniques to keep from being nibbled to death by phone calls and email.
Presenter: Edward Miller
Location: Vista I, II & III on the 29th floor
4:15 p.m. NewsTrain Caboose
Taking the lessons home, feedback forms and goodbye
Presenter: Elaine Kramer
Location: Vista I, II & III on the 29th floor
4:30 p.m. End of workshop

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