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Cora McBeath: Workshops



Workshop #1

Who: Lucio Villa, San Francisco Chronicle

What: Full-Stack Journalist: How You Can Do It All

Where: Pacific N, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 3, 10 a.m.


The term full-stack journalist is given to the journalist who can write, edit, photograph, and manage multimedia all on their own. Such a skill set is needed in this digital age of reporting.

The workshop Full-stack Journalism: How You Can Do It All, ventures into online resources to help journalists adjust to the growing online presence of reporting.


No. 1 Take-Away: In this digital age, apps are everything to the journalistic process.

No. 2 Take-Away: Use data portals to enhance your online presence.


Workshop #2

Who: Rachele Kanigel, San Francisco State University

What: The Power of Words

Where: Pacific H, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 3, 2:30 p.m.


“This is not about PC culture, this is about accuracy,” said Rachele Kanigel of San Francisco State University during The Power of Words workshop.

The workshop detailed the importance of writing with inclusion of all readers, and explained why some commonly used terms are actually insensitive to whole groups.  


No. 1 Take-Away: Always check with style guides before writing controversial content to make sure you’re not writing offensive content.

No. 2 Take-Away: Words are powerful. Not being aware of offensive words in your articles makes you not only look uncivil, but also un-researched.


Workshop #3

Who: Jon Steinberg, San Francisco Magazine

What: Writing and Editing for a City Magazine

Where: Pacific N, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 3, 3:30 p.m.


Writing and Editing for a City Magazine advised how to pitch to, get hired to, and work for city magazines.

John Steinberg, employee of the San Francisco Magazine for the past five years, urges incoming journalists to understand quality ideas and thorough research, as he says city reporting depends on those two ideals.


No. 1 Take-Away: Have quality ideas and the confidence to bring them to the table as a journalist.

No. 2 Take-Away: Tips for pitching ideas include: keeping it short, around 3 grafs or less; doing thorough research before you suggest a story; and making sure your story will have interesting answers for the questions drawn up during the pitch.


Workshop #4

Who: Kim Bui, University of Southern California

What: Covering Abroad from Afar

Where: Pacific N, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 4, 1:30 p.m.

With dwindling funding for news, international reporters are feeling the budget cuts more than ever, but that doesn’t mean abroad reporting has ceased to exist. It just means journalists are learning how to adapt and find new ways to cover stories around the world.

Kim Bui of University of Southern California relayed her knowledge of the adjusting field of international journalism during her Covering Abroad from Afar workshop. She shared her three steps to investigate stories around the world: collect international resources, debunk research and sources and get on the ground to report.


No. 1 Take-Away: While reporting abroad, use your social media presence to leverage relationships in new areas. Also, applying to fellowships such as IRP and IWMF can help with getting your feet on the ground while reporting internationally.

No. 2 Take-Away: Tips on being a journalist abroad: be multi-lingual, cover topics that are not getting a lot of publicity, research thoroughly before a trip and know exactly what you need to accomplish in your limited time abroad, read constantly and always stay curious!


Workshop #5

Who: Jere Hester, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

What: Responding to the Election: the Hate Index

Where: Pacific I, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 4, 2:30 p.m.

The 2016 presidential election has created uncharted and adverse territory for the country, and with our new president shifting the blame to reporters and immigrants alike, journalists are now forced to face this reality with the question, “What now?”

Jere Hester and his colleague Sandeep Junnarkar of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism decided to use their reporting background to launch a post-election project that documents hate crimes and acts of intolerance case by case. Hester’s workshop Responding to the Election: the Hate Index, goes over the making of the database and how to survive as a journalist in a Trump world.


No. 1 Take-Away: Use Google Analytics to measure the impact your website has on the public.

No. 2 Take-Away: During the production of any project, cast a wide set of ideas. During the course of your work, problems arise and having that varying draw board of suggestions help to navigate a different path.


Workshop #6

Who: Kurt Eichenwald, Vanity Fair and Newsweek

What: Investigative Reporting for College Journalists

Where: Grand A, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 4, 3:30 p.m.

“The single biggest reason people don’t want to talk to reporters is they don’t believe journalists will accurately represent what they’re trying to say. And they’re right,” said Kurt Eichenwald at the Investigative Reporting for College Journalists meeting.

To the sharp minded journalist of Vanity Fair and Newsweek, lazy and biased reporting just won’t do. His speech delved into the keys of good reporting. He said building trust, understanding and respecting your interviewee was vital, He also said keeping emotion and personal views behind while reporting were some of his tips.


No. 1 Take-Away: Take your time during interviews. Interviews should be a dialog. Trust is key, and going into an interview with a full sheet of questions can make any subject nervous. Allow the subject to ask you questions, and always respect your interviewee. You do not have to respect or agree with their views, but you have to respect that they have something to say and that they are a human being.

No. 2 Take-Away: Facts that are taken out of context to create a wrong conclusion that fits the reporter’s perspective are common in journalism. Leave emotions and bias at home when interviewing and writing articles.


Workshop #8

Who: Erica Perel, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Steve Chappell, Northwest Missouri State University

What: Social Media and Audience Engagement (pre-convention workshop)

Where: Pacific L, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 2, 1 p.m.


Workshop #9

Who: Audrey Cooper, editor in chief of the San Francisco Chronicle

What: Transformation of the San Francisco Chronicle and the SF Homeless Project

Where: Grand A, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 2, 4 p.m.


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