Life in the Fast Lane: Digital Journalism at CNN
Michael Martinez, CNN
Feb. 26, Noon-12:50 p.m.
Michael Martinez explained his start in print and transition to online news. This meant that deadlines were in “real time.”
Readers want to get to the news as fast as possible, according to Martinez. “With digital media, everything works in real time.”
Student Press Satire
Dan Reimold, St. Joseph’s University
Feb. 27, 11-11:50 a.m.
Dan Reimold presented a workshop on how to incorporate satire in student journalism. Reimold showed examples of headlines from theonion.com. and advised the audience to identify their target, pick out it’s pressure points and recognize your angle.
“Headlines should be both serious and silly,” Reimold said. Reimold encouraged students to keep satires short, label them clearly on the internet, make fun of yourself and go beyond funny headlines.
What You Are Not Being Told
Amos Gelb, Washington Media Institute
Feb. 27, Noon-12:50 p.m.
Amos Gelb started his speech with, “Eighty percent of you are not going to be journalists.” From there, he explained that there is nothing wrong with this because the field was so large that anyone with talent could make it.
He went on to say that you needed to find a niche and be the best at it to be successful. Gelb wrapped up his flamboyant speech with a pitch to join the Washington Media Institute, of which he is the director, for “hands-on journalism.”
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Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center
Feb. 27, 3-3:50 p.m.
What started out as Frank LoMonte explaining colleges’ authority to control online traffic quickly became a free-for-all of press law questions for the director of the Student Press Law Center.
Some instructors could hardly contain themselves, raising their hands before LoMonte could finish. By the time the session was over, LoMonte had showcased his knowledge of press law and given useful tips.
Taking the Pulse of Your College Student Body
Staff of The Independent, Clark College
Feb. 28, 10-10:50 a.m.
The Independent staff from Clark College explained to a full room how to conduct a meaningful poll. They went into detail about the steps that a news organization should take before polling and the benefits of including a poll in your story.
Their speech was about 30 minutes long but was jam-packed with useful tips like making sure that the poll topic is relevant to your college. “Without the student perspective on that poll, it really wouldn’t have been complete,” said News Editor Steven Cooper.
How to Interview Anybody
Barbara Kingsley-Wilson, California State University
Feb. 28, 11-11:50 a.m.
Crafting Your First Blog
Jim Burns, Occidental College
Feb. 28, 2-2:50 p.m.
Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” explained what he learned from New York Times reporter David Carr in his keynote speech at the 31st Annual ACP National Journalism Convention on Feb. 27.
Stelter filled in for Carr after he was found dead in the Times newsroom shortly before 9 p.m. on Feb. 12 where he had collapsed.
Stelter said Carr was like his “second father” after working together at the New York Times. Since leaving the Times, Stelter has held jobs at TVNewser and CNN.
The main lesson Carr taught him was to put all your effort into writing and improving, Stelter said. “He taught me to write with every muscle of my body.”
Stelter’s hard work when he first joined the Times is what caused Carr to notice him, Stelter said. “Through the act of putting my head down and working really hard, I was able to gain the respect of my editors and people like David Carr.”
The take-away, Stelter said, is to keep producing content with a view of what the future holds.
Stelter said that although Carr was “old,” he was uncharacteristically open-minded. It was “one of the most important things about him,” Stelter said.
Stetler concluded with a quote from Carr. “The next wave is not just knocking on doors, but knocking them down.”