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Monroe, Louisiana, NewsTrain, Oct. 15 and 16, 2015


The Particulars
When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 2015. An optional reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. will follow the program on Oct. 16.

Where: On Oct. 15, The News-Star community room, 411 N. 4th St., Monroe, Louisiana. On Oct. 16, the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) Student Union Building, Mitchell Street, Monroe, Louisiana. On Oct. 16, registration will be outside Ballroom A on the second floor. The optional reception on Oct. 16 will be on the first floor of Stubbs Hall, across Mitchell Street from the ULM Student Union Building.

Cost: $75. Includes dinner and an evening of training on Oct. 15 and a full day of training, Continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and a post-workshop reception on Oct. 16. The Thursday night session will be an intimate, white table-cloth dinner and training session at The News-Star’s community room, 411 N. Fourth St., Monroe, LA 71201, where you will experience not only local cuisine but also a smaller-group opportunity to interact with participants and the trainers.

Is this workshop for you?This workshop is for reporters, editors and other journalists from print, digital and broadcast newsrooms of all sizes, as well as journalism educators and students, who are interested in improving their skills in social media; mobile newsgathering; data-driven enterprise reporting; mobile-first, multi-platform breaking-news coverage; and ethical decision making. No previous experience in data journalism or mobile newsgathering is required. You do not have to be a member of APME to attend.

Diversity scholarships A limited number of diversity scholarships to cover the $75 registration fee are available to professional journalists, journalism educators and journalism students from diverse backgrounds. To apply, (1) supply the information requested here, and (2) email a resume and up to three work samples to Will Sutton, journalism instructor at Grambling State University, by Sept. 15, 2015.

Hotel: Discounted hotel rates of $129 a night, plus tax, are available through Sept. 23, 2015, at the TownePlace Suites by Marriott, 4919 Pecanland Mall Drive, Monroe, Louisiana 71201. The hotel is about an 11-minute drive to the workshop site at ULM. To reserve, visit this link or call 318-387-7277 and mention APME's NewsTrain. The rate includes breakfast and Internet access. Complimentary airport shuttle service is available on request; call 318-387-7277 for pickup.

What to bring: Your laptop and smartphone for the hands-on exercises.

Parking: ​Parking is free at both locations. At The News-Star on Oct. 15, park in the lot adjacent to the Community Room. At the University of Louisiana at Monroe on Oct. 16, parking will be marked and reserved next to the Student Union Building, site of the workshop.

Registration for groups: Email Beth Grace, NewsTrain program assistant.

Sponsor: Associated Press Media Editors (APME). Please see the complete list of donors who support NewsTrain below.

Hosts From Louisiana: The News-Star, Monroe; The Times, Shreveport; The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette; The Daily World, Opelousas; The Town Talk, Alexandria; KEDM public radio, Monroe; University of Louisiana at Monroe; Grambling State University; and Louisiana Tech University. 

From Mississippi: Hattiesburg American, Hattiesburg; The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson.

From Louisiana and Arkansas:

KTVE NBC10/Fox 14 television, West Monroe, Louisiana, and El Dorado, Arkansas.

Questions: Email Linda Austin, NewsTrain project director, at

Please join us in Monroe, Louisiana, for a NewsTrain workshop on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 15, and all day on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. Sessions include maximizing your use of social media for branding and reporting; improving your mobile newsgathering; generating better data-driven enterprise stories; mastering the mobile-first, multi-platform news cycle; and navigating the new ethical challenges of digital journalism.

Registration is just $75. It includes dinner and an evening of training on Oct. 15 and a full day of training on Oct. 16, including Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Register here.

Your instructors are:

  • Manuel Torres, enterprise editor at and The Times-Picayune of New Orleans and winner of a George F. Peabody Award, a national Edward R. Murrow Award, an IRE Award and a regional Emmy Award.
  • Daniel Victor, senior staff editor at The New York Times and former social media editor at The Times and ProPublica.
  • Debora Wenger, associate professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi and co-author of "Advancing the Story: Broadcast Journalism in a Multimedia World."

What You Will Learn

You will learn how to:

  • Maximize your use of social media for reporting, as well as for personal branding and community engagement.
  • Take full advantage of the journalistic firepower in your pocket by using your smartphone for mobile newsgathering.
  • Master the mobile-first, multi-platform response to breaking-news coverage.
  • Spot unique enterprise stories in publicly available data, whether your beat is government, sports, cops and courts, business or education.
  • Navigate the new ethical decisions required by the digital distribution of news.

Download the complete agenda (PDF).

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Your Instructors

Manuel Torres is the enterprise editor and oversees criminal justice coverage at | The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. During more than two decades in journalism, Torres has worked for news organizations in the United States and overseas. In 2000, he joined The Times-Picayune, where he has covered politics and worked on investigative projects. After Hurricane Katrina, he was assistant city editor before serving on the newspaper’s editorial board for six years.Torres was part of The Times-Picayune’s team that won Pulitzer Prizes for Public Service and Breaking News for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. More recently, he’s led the news organization’s team for “Louisiana Purchased,” a multi-year investigation of money in politics that has won numerous awards, including a George F. Peabody Award, a national Edward R. Murrow Award, an IRE Award and a regional Emmy Award.Torres has taught post-graduate courses in news writing, investigative journalism, local government coverage and digital journalism.@1manueltorres

Daniel Victor is a senior staff editor at The New York Times, where he spent his first two years as a social media editor and now focuses on reporting. Prior to arriving at The Times in 2012, he ran social media and crowdsourcing for ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom for investigative journalism. Before that he launched a hyperlocal site for and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He was a community host for TBD, a website/TV station that covered local news and sports in Washington. He began his career with four years as a reporter for The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News, where he had almost every beat at the paper: cops and courts, local government, state government, national politics, features and just about everything in between. He wrote for the Centre Daily Times while attending Penn State and enjoyed a summer internship at The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle. @bydanielvictor

Deb Halpern Wenger, a 17-year broadcast news veteran, is associate professor of journalism and head of the journalism department at the University of Mississippi. Prior to her academic appointments, Deb was assistant news director at WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. Wenger conducts multimedia training in newsrooms around the country and is co-author of the broadcast, online and multimedia journalism curricula for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Newsroom Training Program. Wenger is co-author of a journalism textbook, “Advancing the Story: Broadcast Journalism in a Multimedia World” and blogs at @dhwenger

Please note: Steve Buttry, director of student media at LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication, was scheduled to train at this workshop, but will not be able to join us.

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Session specifics

Journalism ethics in the digital age In this case study-based session, instructor Daniel Victor helps you navigate new ethical situations created by the widespread digital distribution of information, including verifying facts and images from social media on deadline, behaving professionally on social media, attributing properly in social and traditional media, and avoiding inadvertent plagiarism.

Mastering the mobile-first, multiplatform news cycle for breaking news Instructor Daniel Victor presents a model for how to cover breaking news from the first alert or tweet on mobile through other digital formats (desktop, tablet) to print or broadcast publication. Knowing what content to do when requires knowledge of the strengths of the different platforms and of how and when your audience uses them.

Getting your stories read: using social media for personal branding and audience engagement So, you're a journalist on social media, but you're not sure you're taking the right approach. Instructor Daniel Victor offers tactics and tips to improve your comfort on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.

Using social media as powerful reporting tools Social media can be used as powerful reporting tools, which are valuable whether you're facing a big breaking news story or an enterprise project. Instructor Daniel Victor explains how to use social media platforms and complementary websites to locate expert and "real people" sources and to spot trends in your local community. Bring your laptop or smartphone for the exercise.

Data-driven enterprise off your beat How do you Swiss-cheese enterprise stories around the many other demands you face as a beat reporter to write dailies, file Web updates, tweet and shoot video? One way is to take advantage of the plethora of local data available online to spot and develop unique stories for your news outlet. All you need is either you or someone else in your newsroom who can download and sort databases in a spreadsheet program, such as Excel. Times-Picayune Enterprise Editor Manuel Torres will help you find and analyze data, enabling you to spot the enterprise stories in the numbers, whether your beat is sports, health, business, local government or cops and courts. Bring your laptop for the exercise.

Mobile newsgathering: maximizing your smartphone for reporting Take advantage of the journalistic firepower in your pocket. Ole Miss Professor Debora Wenger updates you on the best apps, gadgets and techniques for using your smartphone to gather, edit and share stories from the field. Bring your smartphone for the exercises.

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Our Donors

NewsTrain's 2015 donors included Advance Local, The Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Associated Press, The APME FoundationScripps Howard Foundationthe Gannett Foundation, GateHouse Media, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation and APME past and present board members.

Associated Press Media Editors

APME is a professional network, a resource for helping editors and broadcasters improve their news coverage and newsroom operations.

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