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2008 NewsTrain Program in Hamilton, Ontario

APME/NewsTrain in Hamilton, Ontario

Full Program

Nov. 10 - 11, 2008

Monday, November 10:
10:00 a.m. Registration
10:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
Presenters: Kevin Cavanagh, Elaine Kramer
11:00 a.m. The Big Picture
Presenter: Ellyn Angelotti
Why: You want to understand the latest developments in the digital transformation of journalism, and particularly, how the news media's relationship with readers is changing.
News organizations can no longer be passive publications that users merely consume. They need to become interactive applications that users can engage with. This course reviews news consumption trends, and explores the lessons of social communities, innovative news sites and leading-edge technology - with lessons you can take home.
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Multimedia Story Forms
Presenter: Michael Roberts
Why: Journalists want to tell the story through the most effective means.
This course is a survey of multimedia choices, how to select the right one for specific content, and how to apply related print skills and approaches to multimedia mediums.
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Covering Communities in New Ways
Presenter: Ellyn Angelotti
Why: Electronic media and mobile devices can help journalists gather news efficiently and effectively.
Social networks, RSS feeds and online tools empower journalists to cover communities in new ways, helping them stay in touch with sources and develop new ways of finding stories and gathering information.
4:15 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m. Alternative Distribution / Putting Feeds, Aggregation and Social Networking to Work
Presenter: Ellyn Angelotti
Why: News Web sites are becoming more than just content destinations, they are also information aggregators.
Journalists are becoming more than just content creators - they are now also "sensemakers." We take a look at how journalists can reach new audiences using burgeoning alternative ways to share content with users and readers. Participants learn how newsrooms can use tools like social widgets, Twitter, You Tube, RSS feeds and newsletters to distribute news and information.
6:00 p.m. End of Day 1

Tuesday, November 11:
8:30 a.m. Welcome back, announcements
8:45 a.m. Video Story Forms
Presenter: Michael Roberts
Why: As with articles prepared for print, there are many ways to approach a story in video.
This seminar delves into how to approach videos assignments with specific story forms. This allows better planning and presentation on the web, and enables the newsroom to be more strategic about using video resources.
9:45 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. Covering News Across Platforms
Presenter: Michael Roberts
Why: Editors need to plan for right now and the next now.
This seminar explores how to cover breaking news across two platforms, in terms of staffing, approaches, deadlines and how online and print coverage will be the same or will differ. The session is an extended exercise in which participants plan coverage of a big story over the first 24 hours.
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Effective Feedback
Presenter: Elaine Kramer
Why: Regular, constructive feedback equips employees to improve their performances, particularly in times of great change.
This seminar helps editors learn how to provide praise and criticism in ways that are most likely to help employees to learn and grow.
2:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. Difficult Conversations
Presenter: Elaine Kramer
Why: Some conversations that managers need to have with employees are so fraught that the managers put them off ... perpetually.
This seminar helps editors understand how their effectiveness and credibility can rest on their ability to conduct a difficult conversation in a way that yields results. Includes structures to help you prepare for a difficult conversation, and practice.
4:00 p.m. Taking It Home / Conclusion
Presenter: Elaine Kramer
We wrap up the seminar with a brief look at one way to put new skills to use right away in your newsroom.
4:30 p.m. Workshop concludes

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