Interviewing and News Gathering Tips
Associated Collegiate Press
Feb. 26 at 10 a.m.
Let’s Talk About Sex
Elizabeth Smith and Courtenay Stallings
Feb. 26 at 11 a.m.
Kansas State University
Feb. 26 at noon
Sex, on a Deadline: Covering Campus Love, Lust, and Every Kink in Between.
St. Josephs University
Feb. 27 at 9 a.m.
Dan Reimold informed students on how to report on sex and what to expect when writing about the topic. Sex columns are “the most popular features, if publications run them,” said Reimold. He advised students to find their voice when talking about sex. There are multipletypes of sex columns, including: Q&A, confessional, commentary and news.
Reimold pointed out that you don’t have to label them as sex columns. Reimold said that students are mostly producing social, party scene and sex columns. “Student journalists are leading the way to being more frank with sex,” said Reimold. Some publications have produced entire issues about sex, which was unheard of 4-5 years ago, said Reimold.
There are sex topics that are more controversial than others, according to Reimold. He reminded students to be mindful of images and timing of the article.
Internships! The Key to Breaking into the Business.
Mt. San Antonio College
Feb. 27 at 10 a.m.
Tammy Trujillo is a broadcaster, radio host, leader of an internship program and winner of 16 Golden Mike Awards, which are given to outstanding broadcast journalists. Trujillo stressed the importance of internships and provided tips to obtain them. Trujillo first identified the problem that most students have with internships: not getting paid. “You’re not working for free, you’re not getting paid in money, but you’re working for experience,” said Trujillo.
Trujillo said that applications should not be submitted online because there is no way to differentiate oneself from the rest of the applications. However, if applying online is the only option, Trujillo suggests calling the company. “Be bold. Do not follow the herd,” said Trujillo. He suggested that applicants use a cover letter as a synopsis of a book about yourself and a resume as a list of things about you, not your whole story. In resumes, highlight job experience, skill sets and awards related to your career.
Student Press Satire
St. Joseph’s University
Feb. 27 at 11 a.m.
Dan Reimold presented a workshop on how to incorporate satire in student journalism. “Headlines should be both serious and silly,” said Reimold. He showed the audience examples of headlines from theonion.com, a satire news website. Reimold advised the audience to identify their target, pick out it’s pressure points and recognize your angle. “Satire should stand for something, there should be a point to what you’re saying,” said Reimold. He encouraged students to keep satire it short, label it clearly, make fun of yourself and go beyond funny headlines.
Writing to be Read
California State University, Bakersfield
Feb. 27 at noon
Jennifer Burger held a workshop on how to structure news stories. Burger identified the three S’s of good writing: story, structure and style. She presented the audience with questions to ask when finding the “story within your story.”
Burger told the group to plan their stories from the top down, in this order: headline, lead, nut graph, quotes, key details and endings. Endings are now a focus in journalism. “We are writing for the web now, paper second, so the endings are very important,” said Burger. She had the audience think about stories they had recently written or are working on and write a headline, lead and nut graph. Burger explained the importance of each part of the story prior to them writing. The lead of the story was a major topic. Burger encouraged students to pick a lead that best fit their story and will hook the reader, introducing the main characters early. “Readers identify with people,” said Burger.
Leadership and Change
Feb. 28 at 9 a.m.
Lilyan Levant, publisher and general manager of Illini Media Company, presented a powerpoint that focused on becoming a successful business leader.
Levant stressed that leaders—especially in journalism—need to be open to change. “The new market is the media and it’s replacing the print market,” Levant said. She encouraged the audience to “build a legacy,” challenge the norms and support change.
“Lead how you want to be led,” Levant said. A leader should create a sustainable business model, their strategy and a vision for the organization.
Levant said that leaders have to know what the readers want, and in most cases that is autonomy, mastery and purpose.
CNN reporter Brian Stelter filled in as a keynote speaker for David Carr at the ACP National College Journalism Convention on Feb. 27 after Carr’s death days before the event.
Carr collapsed in the New York Times newsroom and died on Feb. 12.
Stelter used the opportunity to honor his “father figure” by sharing what Carr taught him.
Stelter encouraged students to write as much as they can and figure out their passion. The speaker advised the students to submerge themselves in the real world and gain experience. “The world isn’t waiting for you,” said Stelter.
He spoke about working with Carr at the Times and how it helped him improve his writing. “Quantity got me to quality,” he said.
Stelter spoke about Carr’s passion for reporting. Carr taught him to remember that he is a reporter first and that’s his number one job.
Stelter was a student at the ACP convention less than 10 years ago. He was listed under Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list for media.
Stelter hosts CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” Stelter moved to CNN from the Times in 2013.