Lessons in Longform workshop
Instructor: Lisa Heyamoto
This workshop aims to deconstruct the narrative process, sharpen your storytelling skills and provide a framework for crafting immersive, transcendent stories.
Inaugural JAWS Leadership Symposium
The first JAWS Leadership Symposium will feature a discussion on action steps after #MeToo, a panel of women leaders discussing challenges, obstacles and triumphs and reflection exercises that will help you find the courage to be a master negotiator.
Repairing the neglect: How journalists can begin to cover marginalized communities
In this interactive session sponsored by American Press Institute, we’ll look at how journalists can use empathy and focused listening to examine their own identities in order to help them rethink their approach to interviewing sources, doing research in their communities and interacting with the public.
Tools of the Trade
Creating online communities as journalism
Presenter: Julia Carpenter
As social media platforms de-emphasize the news feed model and prioritize private groups, journalists have the opportunity to form communities around their work. We’ll discuss the ways reporters and editors can think of online communities, how to create and launch them, how to select the right platform, sustain and stoke conversation and more.
Google Tools: Next-Level Search and Immersive Storytelling
Presenter: Jordan Wirfs-Brock
Attend this hands-on session to get an overview of how Google’s tools can help you research stories and bring them to life. We’ll highlight tools like reverse image searching and Google Trends, then explore how you can use immersive geo-storytelling techniques to transport your audience to the story. We’ll even take our own 360-degree photos.
Audio Reporting Basics
If you’ve got an audio journalism foundation, you can do anything with it. This panel will explore the differences between reporting for audio and web or print. Topics include: how a script is different, how you gather sound, mixing, live edits, producing and more.
A dozen data stories to do now
Presenter: Sandra Fish
Data journalist Sandra Fish offers up a dozen (or so) story ideas anyone can take home and execute, including sources for the data, pitfalls to look out for and spreadsheet instructions for analysis.
The Pitfalls and Potential of Growth Hacking for Journalists
This panel will explore the modern journalists’ quest to elevate their profiles online, reach a wider audience and target certain segments. Participants will situate their individual social media growth goals in a larger industry context, and will leave with actionable solutions to thrive in the era of hashtags and retweets.
Navigating the Industry
Personal branding for Journalists
Learn how to create a strong personal brand that aligns your professional goals in a hands-on session. Bring your laptops and prepare to create a strong personal brand statement, a great LinkedIn headline and more!
Moving Up: Making the Jump to Management
Angling for a newsroom manager or editor position? Panelists will discuss what it takes to make the jump into management and how you can prepare to take your career in that direction.
10 ways to reach the fact-resistant
Presenter: Tamar Wilner
In this session, we’ll discuss strategies — supported by brain research and media studies — that every journalist could deploy to understand, research and engage fact-resistant and partisan audiences.
To Podcast or Not to Podcast?
Presenter: Amy Westervelt
Podcasting is exploding, causing some to believe the market is saturated. But podcasting still represents only a small segment of the media landscape, and in recent years has been largely dominated by particular types of people and stories. This session with Critical Frequency co-founder Amy Westervelt will address when it does (and doesn’t) make sense to start a podcast, and if you go for it, what to expect in terms of time commitment and monetization.
Collaborative reporting that expands your reach
Newsrooms across the country are talking about collaboration, but what does that really look like? This presentation will offer concrete examples and best practices for collaborative reporting with ethnic media.
Writing short and well – or, never write a long story when a short one will do
Presenter: Fernanda Santos
In this session, you will learn and practice trimming your stories and writing short, engaging narratives that work on any platform.
Wonder, Women and the Natural World
Women who do science and those who write about it often have to deal with strange notions concerning the nature of women, and the nature of nature as well. Master wordsmith Dava Sobel will talk about her work, how she does it and why it matters with longtime JAWS science proselytizer KC Cole.
What to do with your killer solutions story idea
Solutions journalism is about reporting stories that show effective responses to problems. This panel will share strategies for finding solutions stories and successfully pitching them.
So you want to write a book?
Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Diana Henriques teams up with veteran editor and author Jane Isay takes the audience from the germ of an idea for a book through the thinking, selling, writing, editing and publishing process.
How to (actually) cover LGBTQ+ stories
This session is for teaching journalists how to dig into under-reported stories about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. The focus will be on identifying issues journalists can explore in local markets, sharing tips for finding LGBTQ+ sources and data, and discussing what hurdles reporters are likely to face in the process. A take-home sheet with the latest changes to LGBTQ+ style writing and a list of resources will also be handed out to participants.
The ABCs of a hard-hitting investigation
This session will examine how to put together an investigative project from how to come up with ideas for interviewing, source development and staying organized through it all.
Let’s Get Intentional: Building Diversity into your news team and content
We’ll discuss how to be intentional about diversity, inclusion and representation in your news team and the stories they produce, and the challenges and successes in achieving these goals. Whether you are a manager or a staffer, you’ll come away with proven strategies that can make a difference.
Learn how to follow the money to cover midterm elections and well beyond
While it is common to follow the money raised during election season, it is also important to follow the money all the time, and on so many issues you cover. This session will show you how to use FollowTheMoney.org, and you’ll hear from Sandra Fish, who has extensive experience researching and writing about politics.
Girls Gone Global: How to Work Successfully Overseas
Whether it’s for a major media organization or a local broadcaster, the opportunities to work in foreign countries are there. This panel features journalists who’ve successfully made the move abroad and have spent years traveling and working for diverse companies in different countries.
Fran Lewine Memorial Interview: Melissa Ludtke
Award-winning journalist Melissa Ludtke reported and wrote for Sports Illustrated and Time and was editor of Nieman Reports at Harvard University. Her upcoming memoir, “Locker Room Talk: A Woman’s Struggle to Get Inside” chronicles her groundbreaking 1978 federal legal case that established equal access for women reporters to report alongside male reporters in Major League Baseball locker rooms.
Lunch keynote: Elise Hu
Elise Hu is an award-winning correspondent. She was assigned to NPR’s international bureau in Seoul, South Korea, where she covered geopolitics, business and life in both Koreas and Japan. She previously covered the intersection of technology and culture for the network’s on-air, online and multimedia platforms. Before joining NPR, she was one of the founding reporters at The Texas Tribune, a non-profit digital news startup devoted to politics and public policy.
Dinner keynote: Jemele Hill
Jemele Hill is a senior correspondent and columnist for ESPN’s The Undefeated, which melds sports, race and culture. She began her career in sports reporting at the Raleigh News & Observer, later moving to the Detroit Free Press, Orlando Sentinel and ESPN.