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New York City NewsTrain, June 6-7

NewsTrain will be in New York City on June 6-7 for a two-day workshop on covering disasters and tragedies, including how to help staff cope with the emotional toll of such stories. NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by The Associated Press in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic; New York Daily News; Asbury Park Press, Neptune, N.J; The Press of Atlantic City; New Jersey Press Association; The Record of Woodland  Park, N.J.; New Jersey APME; Digital First Media/Journal Register Co. in Conn.; The Philadelphia Inquirer; the Philadelphia Daily News; the Albany (NY) Times Union; the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle; 1010 WINS, CBS Radio New York; The Observer-Dispatch, Utica., NY; the New York State Associated Press Association; CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; The News Journal of Wilmington (Del.); the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma; the Asian American Journalists Association.

Location: Associated Press headquarters, 450 W. 33rd St., New York, NY.

Registration: Cost is $75 for the workshop and food service. Register at this link: NYC NEWSTRAIN

Download detailed two-day agenda here: New York City NewsTrain schedule

Questions: Contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director, Sally Jacobsen, The Associated Press,

Programs & Speakers

Digital Coverage: When a major story breaks, people turn to the web and mobile news feeds to get caught up on key developments. This session will focus on how to create an advance plan for digital coverage for any major breaking news story and on the best tools to use to help your newsroom execute top-notch coverage in real time. We'll walk through a checklist of things to consider when news breaks and over the days the follow.

Robyn Tomlin is the editor of Digital First Media's Project Thunderdome. She joined the company in July 2012 to oversee the creation of the New York City-based news operation responsible for producing non-local content across the company’s network of more than 800 multi-platform products. Before joining Digital First Media, Robyn served in a variety of leadership roles in newsrooms across the Southeast, including more than a decade as the top editor at three daily newspapers. In 2010, Robyn was named director of editorial innovation for The New York Times Regional Media Group where she led audience growth and digital innovation efforts for 16 newsrooms in six states. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Robyn started her career as a reporter at the North Hills News Record in suburban Pittsburgh and later worked as a reporter and metro editor at the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times before becoming managing editor and later executive editor of the TimesDaily in Florence, Alabama. She has also served as executive editor of the Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner and the StarNews of  Wilmington, N.C. Robyn lives in Manhattan with her husband, youngest son, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Boo Radley.


Storytelling: As coverage of a major tragedy unfolds, daily breaking news stories should be supplemented by other forms, short to mid-range enterprise, that provide depth, context, and the human story to coverage. What forms are available and how they work.

Wendell Jamieson is metro editor of The New York Times. He was one of the lead NYT editors overseeing coverage of Hurricane Sandy and the Newtown shootings. Previously, he had been deputy metro editor for the web, overseeing the City Room blog and breaking metro news online. He began his career as a copy boy at The New York Post during summers in the mid-1980s, and worked at The Jersey Journal in Jersey City, New York Newsday and The Daily News before joining The New York Times as a staff editor in 2000. In late 2001 and throughout 2002 he edited Portraits of Grief, The Times's effort to chronicle the lives of those who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. He was the metro assignment editor from 2003 until 2006, and the city editor until 2008, when he took a sabbatical in the Styles department. He has written for many sections of the paper, including an essay in the culture section last December in which he argued that "It's a Wonderful Life" is actually a horror movie. He is the author of "Father Knows Less, Or 'Can I Cook My Sister?'" (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2007). A graduate of Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn and Boston University, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children. He is also a Nidan, or Second Dan, in Kendo, which is Japanese fencing.


Emotional Health: How to recognize and cope with the personal emotional stress associated with covering major tragedies.

Bruce Shapiro is executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide from the Center’s headquarters at Columbia University in New York City. An award-winning reporter on human rights, criminal justice and politics, Shapiro is a contributing editor at The Nation and U.S. correspondent for Late Night Live on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National.



Managing Emotional Health: A session for editors and managers on how to recognize and help deal with emotional stress among the staff you supervise, co-workers, other people around you.

Bruce Shapiro is executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide from the Center’s headquarters at Columbia University in New York City. An award-winning reporter on human rights, criminal justice and politics, Shapiro is a contributing editor at The Nation and U.S. correspondent for Late Night Live on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National.


Santiago Lyon is Vice President and Director of Photography of the Associated Press, responsible for the global photo report and hundreds of photographers and photo editors worldwide. He has 28 years of experience in news-service photography and has won multiple awards for his coverage of conflicts around the globe. Born in Madrid, Lyon joined the Associated Press in 1991 in Cairo, after previously having worked for the Spanish news agency EFE, United Press International, and Reuters. Lyon served as the Associated Press photo editor for Spain and Portugal from 1995 until 2003, when he was named director of photography. Under Lyon's direction, the AP has won its 29th, 30th and 31st Pulitzer Prizes for Photography; in 2004, for coverage of the war in Iraq by a team of eleven photographers; in 2007 for a single image from Israel; and in 2013 for coverage of the civil war in Syria by a team of five photographers.


Social Media Reporting Tools: Social media can be a powerful asset for reporting during major tragedies. This session will cover tools and tips for finding sources connected to the story, fact-checking social media tips and curating social media to augment coverage.

Mandy Jenkins is Interactives Editor with Digital First Media's Project Thunderdome, where she oversees the national video and data journalism teams and works with local newspapers on special projects and social media strategy. Mandy was previously Social News Editor for politics at The Huffington Post, and coordinated the company's citizen journalism program, OfftheBus. She was formerly the social media editor for Washington, D.C. local news startup TBD and served in several roles involving social media and online news for the Cincinnati Enquirer and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She is a board member of the Online News Association and a journalism instructor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.


Disaster Plans: Does your newsroom have a plan for when a major tragedy breaks? An overview on the basis elements of a newsroom disaster plan and how to prepare and develop one for your newsroom.

Hollis R. Towns is executive editor of the Asbury Park Press in Neptune, N.J., one of the areas hardest hit by superstorm Sandy. Towns began his career at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a reporter. He became executive editor at the Cincinnati (Ohio) Enquirer before being named editor at the Asbury newspaper.


Michael Bass is director of global news operations for The Associated Press. He is responsible for developing, implementing and testing emergency and plans for AP’s regional hubs and bureaus around the world, and for equipping AP staff to cover emergencies in the field. He has provided logistical support for AP staff during hurricanes (including Katrina and Sandy), earthquakes (such as recent ones in Haiti and Chile), tsunamis, blackouts, floods, wars, and pretty much all kinds of disasters.


Field Gear: An overview of the gear – simple to high-tech – that can be used when the big story breaks and staff is in the field for extended periods of time under difficult circumstances.

Tim Donnelly is Photo Operations Manager for the Associated Press, in charge of cameras, lenses and photo technology for the globe. Tim deals with photo logistic planning for major sporting events as well as disaster event planning. He also scours the internet, trade shows and colleagues for ideas or tools that advance the speed and ease of delivery of images to provide more quickly to AP members.  


David Martin is a video journalist and producer for The Associated Press currently based in New York City. During his time in New York, David has been dispatched to cover everything from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, to Hurricane Sandy, to the death of Michael Jackson.  His day-to-day duties require him to keep a watchful eye on the United Nations, Wall Street and City Hall. Prior to his time in New York, David worked in AP’s Washington, DC bureau, where he covered 2008 presidential campaign as well as the Virginia Tech shooting. He was raised in northern California and earned degrees in journalism and history from the University of Texas. 


Smartphones for Journalists: A guide to the best smartphone apps for reporters working in the field.

Yvonne Leow is the video editor of Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome. Prior to joining Digital First, Yvonne served as the west regional video producer for the Associated Press in Phoenix, Arizona. She was responsible for coordinating spot and enterprise video coverage across thirteen states out West and launching AP’s regional video product. She has also worked as a video producer at the Seattle Times, and other media organizations, such as ABC, NBC and Shanghai Daily. She was an adjunct professor at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism, a proud graduate of UCLA, and a national board member for the Asian American Journalists Association.


Luncheon speaker / June 7:

Julie Jacobson is an AP staff photographer based in Las Vegas who has covered major disasters and dramatic events in the United States and overseas. Her assignments have included floods in the Midwest, hurricanes in Florida, the wars in Iraq war and Afghanistan, and the Haiti earthquake. A native of Overland Park, Kan., Jacobson graduated from the University of Kansas, worked as a staff photographer at the Kansas City Star before joining the AP.



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