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Skills for New Reporters 2014

July 18, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

$55.00 – $65.00

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Is the job title “newspaper reporter” new for you?  Perhaps you’re fresh out of college, starting your first job at a newspaper, or maybe newspaper reporting has become your second, third or tenth career?  Either way, this intensive, day-long workshop, will  help new reporters develop the skills necessary to succeed on the job.

Lead by a team of newspaper experts, attendees will:

  • Collect tips and tricks for better news writing and reporting;
  • Learn about developing and cultivating sources;
  • Learn what it takes to conduct a good interview;
  • Learn about covering local governing bodies like the city council and school board;
  • Develop strategies for producing better journalism

Morning session: Bring your questions, worries and best reporting ideas for a give and take on the challenges of joining the journalism profession as it changes all around us. The session is led by an editor whose projects have won national awards but who is also firmly in the trenches of community journalism (read: She writes briefs, too). No journalism topic is too big or too small.

Afternoon session: In this lively, interactive session, journalists will be asked to share examples of their best work in small critique groups. Then, as a large group we’ll talk about what conditions journalists require to produce award-winning journalism and what challenges we have to overcome to make that happen.

The registration fee includes a take-home resource book for each attendee as well as lunch and refreshments.  Space is limited – reserve your seat today!

About the Presenters:

Lisa Schwarz completed degrees in journalism and anthropology at Iowa State University before jumping into the work of community journalism at a weekly paper with just eight employees. She later joined the editing ranks with a 10-year stint as managing editor of the Faribault Daily News, which included oversight of some of the company’s weekly newspapers and digital operations. She has spent the last decade as a team leader for Gannett at the St. Cloud Times. She supervises beats including business, state and local government, politics, public safety, general assignments and enterprise projects. She moonlights as the travel editor.

John Hatcher is a journalism professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth and received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. He was the education director at the Center for Community Journalism in upstate New York. From 1992 to 2003, he worked for The Daily Messenger, a small daily newspaper in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.

More information and register online now: https://reporter101-2014.eventbrite.com


July 18, 2014
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
$55.00 – $65.00
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St. Cloud Times Training Center
3000 7th Street North
St. Cloud, MN 56302 United States
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Minnesota News Media Institute
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