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2007 NewsTrain Program in Syracuse, N.Y.

Unleashing the Watchdogs/NewsTrain

Syracuse, N.Y.

Full Program

April 14 - 15, 2007

Workshop Location
Newhouse School of Public Communications, Room A-1, Syracuse University
Across Waverly Avenue from parking lot, diagonally across Waverly from Sheraton Hotel.
Saturday, April 14:
8:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome and conference overview
Brant Houston, executive director, IRE; Carol Nunnelley, projects director, APME; Charlotte Grimes, Knight Chair in Political Reporting, S.I.
Newhouse School of Public Communications
9:15 a.m. 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.
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. 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 and get.
Presenter: Bob Port, senior editor/investigations, Albany Times Union
11:15 a.m. Making Effective Use of the Internet for Investigations
For better search techniques to the "Invisible Web." Find out everything you are missing.
Presenter: Brant Houston
Noon Lunch on your own
Join a colleague and make the five-minute walk to a restaurant on Marshall Street.
1:00 p.m. 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.
1:15 p.m. 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.
2:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. 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 Carolina
3:45 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. 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 of Journalism.
5:15 p.m. End of the day

Sunday, Apr. 15:
8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. 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
10:15 a.m. Break
10:25 a.m. Announcements
10:30 a.m. 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
11:45 a.m. Break
Noon 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
1:00 p.m. End of workshop

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