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2006 NewsTrain Program in Anchorage

APME NewsTrain/Anchorage


NewsTrain faculty member:
Edward Miller, The Newstroom Leadership Group

1. Feedback and Motivation
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.

2. Difficult Conversations
Why: People deserve candor and respect.
Why is it that journalists, who are trained to pose tough questions and get to the heart of an issue, find it so difficult to speak candidly with people they supervise? Learn strategies and tips for communicating expectations and discussing performance while preserving and even improving the working relationship.

3. Thinking Visually
Why: Words tell only part of the story.
Newspaper editors know that readers' eye first light upon visual components of our newspaper and internet pages. Producing elements that assist the reader is an attainable goal. Learn how word people and visual people can most effectively work together. This seminar teaches points everyone should keep in mind as they generate better ideas, coach creative people and focus on sound visual journalism and reader needs.

NewsTrain faculty member:
Jack Hart, Managing Editor at The Oregonian

1. Short Narrative
Why: Nothing beats a good tale, well told.
We call the pieces we publish "stories," but in the true sense of the word, few of them are. Yet real stories - pieces that unfold in the genuine storytelling form of character-problem-struggle-resolution - are more likely to be read, enjoyed, understood and remembered than any other form of written communication. This workshop teaches the art of short-form narrative, including how to find the right ideas, how to report them and how to write them.

2. A Dozen Ways to Reach Readers
Why: Alternative story forms create an appealing variety for readers
Newspapers are using more and more non-traditional or alternative story forms to convey information to readers. This seminar demonstrates how to exploit a variety of creative alternatives to columns of prose.

3. Writing Great Profiles
Why: Words can turn a portrait into a person.
Editors never tire of telling reporters that the secret to attracting readers is to get people into your stories. But bringing people to life on the dead page may be the biggest challenge in writing. That's particularly true in newspaper writing, where tight deadlines often combine with conventional forms to produce dull profiles filled with talking heads and dry biographical facts. Fortunately, 400 years of literature offers a trove of tricks useful to writers serious about developing more than cardboard characters.

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