The Effective Reporter (WRBC-14)
This is a 3-day intensive workshop that will help reporters at all levels sharpen their reporting and writing skills for the 21st century newsroom. See the schedule here.
At the seminar, journalists will learn the essential skills of reporting based on data and documents, as well as strategies for effective sourcing and interviewing. Reporters will learn how to tell powerful stories across multiple platforms – using a toolkit that includes generating story ideas, focusing stories and using scenes and characters to enrich their storytelling.
- How to use documents and data in your reporting
- How to cultivate sources and interview more effectively
- How to brainstorm great story ideas
- How to focus your stories and write with greater clarity
- How to bring your stories to life with scenes and characters
- How to build strong relationships across the newsroom
- How to use social media to build your brand
Here are some descriptions of what the sessions will cover:
Let’s Get Critical with Al Tompkins – This highly practical and energetic session asks critical questions about everyday stories. Learn new ways to get beyond the “what” to the more important questions of “why, how, and how do we know?”
Credibility in the Digital Age with Tom Huang – In this session you’ll explore ways to overcome challenges, build trust, be transparent in your coverage and improve credibility with your audience.
Ten Questions that Lead to Great Story Ideas with Jan Winburn – This session covers systematic ways to think about the news that will set your stories apart.
Become a Data Ninja with Chris Davis – You’ll learn about interesting sources of data and innovative ways to use data in stories. You’ll also learn how to avoid common pitfalls, including turning data reporting into dry, numbers-heavy prose.
Effective Interviewing with Jan Winburn – Small talk, pointed questions, and blue-sky scenarios: Learn how to make yourself the interviewer who always gets the goods.
Nine Ways to Tell a Story Online with Al Tompkins – Pick up nine new tools to make your journalism stronger and more appealing to your audiences.
Reporting with Documents with Chris Davis – You’ll learn new ways to make use of records and strategies for accessing them from reluctant government sources.
Bringing your Stories to Life with Scenes and Characters with Jan Winburn – What makes a good character? And what reveals a character? Learn to illuminate your characters and plunge readers into the action.
Finding Focus: Discovering the Lens that Will Magnify Your Story with Jan Winburn – What is the story really about? This session explores how to find a story’s meaning.
Finding the Untold Story with Tom Huang – What story – personal or journalistic – have you always wanted to tell but have not been able to? What challenges stand in the way of finding and telling that story? This interactive session will push us to think deeply about the craft, and what drives us to devote our lives to storytelling.
Can’t come for all three days? Sign up for a day-long broadcast designed to help you sharpen your skills through Poynter’s News University on Wednesday, October 29. Learn more and register here: The Effective Reporter 2014: A Poynter Broadcast.
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Come to Poynter a day early and join us for Google Day @ Poynter.
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Who Will Benefit:
Dallas Morning News Sunday and Enterprise Editor, Poynter Editing Fellow
Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
Senior Editor for Enterprise at CNN Digital, Poynter Writing and Editing Fellow
Investigations Editor, Tampa Bay Times
Staff Writer, Tampa Bay Times