Unleashing the Watchdogs/NewsTrain
April 14 - 15, 2007
Newhouse School of Public Communications, Room A-1, Syracuse University
Across Waverly Avenue from parking lot, diagonally across Waverly from
|Saturday, April 14:
||Registration and continental breakfast
||Welcome and conference overview
Brant Houston, executive director, IRE; Carol Nunnelley, projects
director, APME; Charlotte Grimes, Knight Chair in Political Reporting,
Newhouse School of Public Communications
||What is Investigative Journalism?
What is investigative journalism? How to do it on a daily, weekly and
long-term basis. What resources to use. The importance of knowing and
using freedom of information laws.
Presenters: Brant Houston and Tim Nostrand, assistant managing editor
for projects, The (Hackensack, N.J.) Record.
||The Right to Records and Meetings
How to use federal and state laws. How to write an open records
request. How to appeal and challenge denials. How to keep a steady flow
of information and ideas coming in. And data you need to know about
Presenter: Bob Port, senior editor/investigations, Albany Times Union
||Making Effective Use of the Internet for
For better search techniques to the "Invisible Web." Find out
everything you are missing.
Presenter: Brant Houston
||Lunch on your own
Join a colleague and make the five-minute walk to a restaurant on
||Special Information for Editors
Share stories. Win prizes. Banish those frontline editor blues.
Presenters: Karen Magnuson, president of APME, and editor, Rochester
Democrat and Chronicle, and Carol Nunnelley.
||Conceiving and Managing the Watchdog Project
Presenters: Deborah Nelson, Carnegie Visiting Professor, Philip Merrill
College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, and Tim Nostrand.
||Understanding New Media
The way people acquire news and information has changed more than most
newsrooms. This session will look at changing ways people get their
news and the changing relationship between media and news consumers. It
will show how news organizations around the world are using innovative
techniques to tell stories, including audio, video, mobile phones, slide
shows and user generated content.
Presenter: Randy Covington, director, IFRA NewsPlex, University of South
||Where Stories Are Born
Story idea generation and focus are at the heart of this session that
gives editors tools to help generate a variety of creative but do-able
enterprise stories. It also helps editors select the best stories for
the news-bursts on the Web, follow-ups on the Web, and various sections
of the print editions.
Presenter: Jacqui Banaszynski, Knight Chair in Editing, Missouri School
||End of the day
|Sunday, Apr. 15:
||Blueprints for Sound Storytelling
This session deals with story forms and introduces an array of templates
that help reporters and editors organize material quickly and
creatively, letting the story help determine structure. It looks at
structures that can translate well to the Web without losing the depth
that lies at the heart of the best enterprise journalism.
Presenter: Jacqui Banaszynski
||Thinking Multi-Media: Writing for the Web, Covering
the Big Story
Frontline editors focus on new ways of thinking that help them with
expanded roles in developing stories on the Web and in the newspaper.
It no longer is sufficient to "repurpose" a story on the Web after it is
published in the paper. Now, stories often are told first on the Web.
This highly interactive session will help participants make sure those
stories are told right. The session will provide tips on Internet
storytelling. Then participant teams apply new thinking to plan cross
media coverage of a story.
Presenter: Randy Covington
||Dealing With Change in Your Newsroom
There's no mystery about this topic. Reporters and editors are being
asked to report the news in new ways and for new audiences. Yet many
newsrooms struggle with changes in workflow and organization. This
facilitated discussion will provide tips for implementing change and
overcoming the inevitable culture clashes. The session will include
reporters from the Better Watchdog Workshop as well as editors from
Unleashing the Watchdogs/NewsTrain.
Presenters: Jacqui Banaszynski and Randy Covington
||End of workshop|