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2009 NewsTrain Program in Columbus
APME NewsTrain / Columbus
Oct. 3, 2009

9-9:30Intro and welcome – Second Floor Conference Room
9:30-10:30The Big Picture / Staying Ahead in the Changing Media World / ELLYN ANGELOTTI

Second Floor Conference Room

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.

Readers no longer are willing to reside at the receiving end of a monologue. 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.

10:45-12:15Covering Communities in New Ways / ELLYN ANGELOTTI – Second Floor Conference Room

Why: With tight staffing and new demands creating greater strains on resources and time, it’s important to use technological tools as fully as possible.

How to use social networking, RSS feeds and other sites to improve your coverage. Also, how to mash up different gadgets and widgets to tell stories online.

12:15-1 p.m.

Alternative Story Forms for Print / MICHAEL ROBERTS – Second Floor Conference Room

Why: Newspaper readers like the non-linear presentations long ago adopted by magazines and Web sites.

A mainstay of print news coverage is the routine story on civic issues or evergreen topics that are not, shall we say, terribly engaging. Fortunately, newsrooms can make routine coverage more interesting and digestible with alternative story forms. This seminar teaches editors to spot opportunities for these non-linear stories, and helps them make the most of both the availablenewshole and staff time.

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The Skeptical Editor / KATHY SCHENCK – Fourth Floor Conference Room

Why: You want to produce credible journalism.

As stories move through a newsroom, they develop a life of their own. What they need are clear-eyed skeptics who zero in on weaknesses. This session will cover how to edit skeptically, how to challenge the numbers as well as the words and how to activate your baloney detector.

2:45-4:15Story Planning for Multiple Media / MICHAEL ROBERTS – Second Floor Conference Room

Why: It can no longer suffice to plan a story first and later say, "What have we got for online?”

Story planning currently involves developing stories simultaneously for print and digital. In this seminar you will learn how to give structure to slide shows, video and Flash presentations so that they are better journalism and tell stories more effectively. You will learn how to think about coverage so that the story forms you choose can successfully stand on their own or work well together, depending on what you are planning. And the workshop closes with an exploration of how all the parts can work together to provide continuous coverage.

4:15-4:30 Conclusion

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