Let’s talk at NYC13!
Your humble blogger will lead five sessions at the National College Media Convention, better known as NYC13, March 10-12 at the Sheraton New York. Here’s my schedule:
9 a.m. Sunday, March 10: Tough Interview? You Can Do It! Does your stomach ache at the thought of interviewing the college spokeswoman who always criticizes you? Or the campus police chief who doesn’t welcome your analysis of crime statistics? Or the student who just lost a loved one to combat or a tornado? Learn how to do these interviews while respecting your subjects — and yourself. Room: Liberty 1&2.
12:30 p.m., Monday, March 11: Roundtable: “I Just Had The Greatest Idea, But How Will I Pull It Off?” Don’t let that great idea — for a story, a project or a new coverage area — evaporate when you go home from NYC13. Bring your idea and bounce it off peers for improvement and advice, moderated by a pro who has shepherded ideas to reality at The Associated Press and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and in student media. Room: Executive Boardroom.
1:30 p.m., Monday, March 11: Writing with Voice in Narrative and Other Features. We talk about writing with authority, writing with voice and writing narrative. We mean different things in different stories, but it boils down to accepting that YOU are the storyteller. Your observations may belong in the story. Most direct quotes may not. Learn from some big-name examples and the more modest experiences of a speaker who has gotten away with writing with voice at The Associated Press and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Room: Liberty 1&2.
2:30 p.m., Monday, March 11: How to be a Bad EIC (or Section Editor or …). Of course you’re not this person. But while you’re laughing at some of the really, really bad EIC traits we’ve collected from — gasp! —your advisers, you might recognize just a tiny reflection of yourself here and there. Nobody’s perfect, not even the EIC, so why not spot your imperfections before someone else does? Presenting with Mat Cantore, Hudson Valley Community College. Room: Liberty 1&2.
10 a.m. Tuesday, March 12: Ethics in Interviews: Mapping the Minefield. How far should you go to explain “on the record” and “off the record” to sources? How about if the source is the president of the college? A freshman admitting to underage drinking? What if your responsibilities to your source and to your audience come into conflict? Don’t wait until you (or your reporters) walk into the minefield. Make a map now by answering some key questions about your interviewing principles and practices. Room: Madison 3.