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2007 NewsTrain Program in Vancouver

APME NEWSTRAIN/VANCOUVER

Full Program

January 23 - 24, 2007

Tuesday, Jan. 23:
9:30 a.m. Registration
Location:
10:00 a.m. Welcome and introductions
Elaine Kramer, APME NewsTrain project coordinator
Location:
10:30 a.m. Your Leadership Toolkit (All)
Why: Editors must build self-awareness and manage themselves to lead reporters successfully.
Frontline editors are often the key leaders in a newsroom. But the best editors are those who know themselves well, and understand how they work most effectively with each person on their staff. You'll learn how to run a diverse and effective team, how to set and reinforce expectations, how to become a better advocate for your stories, and how to become more effective in managing up.
Presenter: Edward Miller, Newsroom Leadership Group
Location:
Noon Lunch
Location:
1:00 p.m. The News Online / Becoming the News Leader (All)
Why: The goal is for your Web site to build loyalty and traffic and become the portal through which readers find all their news.
A best-practice discussion suggests 10 changes you can make this year to strengthen your Web site. And we'll show you the links editors should be reading to keep up with changes in the online world.
Presenter: Ryan Pitts, producer, Spokesman.com
Location:
2:15 p.m. Building Credibility and Trust / Accuracy (All)
Why: The public is deeply suspicious of why journalists do what they do, how they go about it and whether the outcome is good or bad.
Learn key touchstones for building reader trust and practical approaches to improving accuracy.
Presenter: Carol Nunnelley, director, APME special projects
Location:
3:30 p.m. Break
Location:
3:45 p.m. Feedback and Motivation (Blue Team)
Why: Because feedback is an important element in motivation, and motivation underlies all action.
Learn what will move people to do their best work and what will take the wind out of a newsroom's sails. One key component of motivation is effective feedback, and a newsroom leader must know how to get a message across in a meaningful way. Learn how to communicate your points, and to listen well.
Presenter: Edward Miller
Location:
3:45 p.m. The News Online / How To Build the Team (Green Team)
Why: Because new or different work is hard to face.
Reporters may first see working for several media as just more to do in their already busy days. Learn strategies to motivate reporters to see the potential in new media - potential for telling their stories in compelling ways and to reach larger audiences.
Presenter: Ryan Pitts, producer, Spokesman.com
Location:
4:45 p.m. Break
Location:
5:00 p.m. Feedback and Motivation (Green Team)
Why: Because feedback is an important element in motivation, and motivation underlies all action.
Learn what will move people to do their best work and what will take the wind out of a newsroom's sails. One key component of motivation is effective feedback, and a newsroom leader must know how to get a message across in a meaningful way. Learn how to communicate your points, and to listen well.
Presenter: Edward Miller
Location:
5:00 p.m. The News Online / How To Build the Team (Blue Team)
Why: Because new or different work is hard to face.
Reporters may first see working for several media as just more to do in their already busy days. Learn strategies to motivate reporters to see the potential in new media - potential for telling their stories in compelling ways and to reach larger audiences.
Presenter: Ryan Pitts, producer, Spokesman.com
Location:
6:00 p.m. End of the first day

Wednesday, Jan. 24:
8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast available
Location:
8:30 a.m. Welcome back and announcements
Location:
8:45 a.m. Coaching Writers (All)
Why: More talk leads to an easier edit.
The best stories are born of a partnership between editor and writer. The worst are the result of the failure of that relationship. We'll explore how the assigning editor can nurture stories, and writers, in a five-step process that mirrors the writing process. Think: "Dances With Writers."
Presenter: Jacqui Banaszynski, Knight Chair in Editing at the Missouri School of Journalism
Location:
10:15 a.m. Break
Location:
10:30 a.m. Common Story Forms (All)
Why: Because story organization can be difficult
All art has its forms. Painting, poetry, dance ¬ all have language to describe structures which give shape to content. So, too, with the art of journalistic storytelling. We will explore several story types, templates or blueprints that provide a platform for creativity. Together we'll develop common language and labels to use when discussing story packages.
Presenter: Jacqui Banaszynski
Location:
11:45 a.m. Why Training Matters
Why: Because news organizations are a business, too
A discussion of 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: Elaine Kramer, APME NewsTrain project coordinator
Location:
12:15 p.m. Lunch
Location:
1:15 p.m. Coaching a Creative Enterprise (Blue Team)
Why: Your job is to champion writers' creativity while channeling it productively.
This seminar teaches you several ways to generate ideas for stories that go beyond the obvious. Includes use of critical thinking tools that help refocus routine ideas, and encourages development of stories that tap unexpected storytelling techniques or alternative forms that use graphic presentation. Concludes with a discussion of the back-out process needed to guide such stories to publication.
Presenter: Jacqui Banaszynski
Location:
1:15 p.m. Conflict Resolution and Difficult Conversations (Green Team)
Why: Because conflict is inevitable in a newsroom, and an appropriate conversation can keep a situation from festering.
Learn the key steps to resolving a conflict, whether it is over a story or a vacation request. Learn strategies for defusing an emotional situation and preserving the work relationship. See the benefits of collaboration over perpetual turf wars, and help others to see them, too.
Presenter: Edward Miller
Location:
2:15 p.m. Break
Location:
2:30 p.m. Coaching a Creative Enterprise (Green Team)
Why: Your job is to champion writers' creativity while channeling it productively.
This seminar teaches you several ways to generate ideas for stories that go beyond the obvious. Includes use of critical thinking tools that help refocus routine ideas, and encourages development of stories that tap unexpected storytelling techniques or alternative forms that use graphic presentation. Concludes with a discussion of the back-out process needed to guide such stories to publication.
Presenter: Jacqui Banaszynski
Location:
2:30 p.m. Conflict Resolution and Difficult Conversations (Blue Team)
Why: Because conflict is inevitable in a newsroom, and an appropriate conversation can keep a situation from festering.
Learn the key steps to resolving a conflict, whether it is over a story or a vacation request. Learn strategies for defusing an emotional situation and preserving the work relationship. See the benefits of collaboration over perpetual turf wars, and help others to see them, too.
Presenter: Edward Miller
Location:
3:30 p.m. Break
Location:
3:45 p.m. Building Readership (All)
You've heard about the Readership Institute's groundbreaking study and research, but you're not sure what to make of it all. At The Hamilton Spectator they've used the institute's work as a roadmap, and built a new paper. First, in 2003, The Spec created a daily section that looks and reads more like a magazine aimed at women 25 to 49. In October, they blew up the news section to create a faster paced section more in tune with boomers and young readers alike. The workshop will give you a step-by-step guide to some of the ideas used to build a more reader-centric newspaper.
Presenter: Roger Gillespie, Managing Editor / Readership, The Hamilton Spectator
Location:
4:45 p.m. NewsTrain Caboose (All)
Location:
5:00 p.m. End of workshop

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