Claire Martin-Tellis --- Copy Editor, Uncategorized

Claire Martin-Tellis: Workshops



Workshop #1

Who: Barbara Kingsley-Wilson, California State University

What: Interview Anybody About Anything

Where: Pacific H, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 3, 9 a.m.

The presentation was a PowerPoint on the do’s, don’ts and golden rules of interviewing. Kingsley discussed strategies for note taking and interviewing, offered tips for tackling difficult or adversarial interviews and gave advice on what to do if unprepared.

For successful note taking, Kingsley stressed the importance of recording the discussion and jotting down key points, which leaves more time to write observations. Good note taking in an interview also requires curiosity and the hunger to learn. In order to get good information and get the subject comfortable, you want to connect with them like they’re the only person in the room, she said.

No. 1 Take-Away: Tell the sources what you want: “I need you to walk me through this,” or “I need you to confirm this.” Kingsley talked about how important it is to explain the point of the story and exactly what you’re hoping to learn or accomplish to your interviewee. Sources will be more willing to share and answer your questions if they have a direction.

No. 2 Take-Away: For hard interviews (her example being one that you’re not necessarily prepared for) follow the GOSS acronym.


Goal: ask the source about their goals for the project/topic/issue/future goals etc.

Obstacle: Ask the source about their obstacles in accomplishing their goals.

Solution: solutions on tackling those obstacles

Start: people love to talk about how they started, and they usually remember the light bulb that went off when they realized that wanted to work on that project, tackle that issue, or study that major. Ask them about how they got started.


Workshop #2

Who: Lucia 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.


Villa’s presentation focused on helpful tools for visual journalism. He provided the audience with around 10 websites and resources for more efficient and better quality visuals to help all types of journalists represent their stories in a positive informative way.

The websites ranged from advanced programs to easy to use beginner-friendly web tools. Tools like the Freedom of Information Act Machine and Data Portals helped journalists during the reporting process, and Carto and Giphy Capture were specialized for unique visuals.

No. 1 Take-Away: Data Portals and the U.S. Census Reporter are reliable and easy to use resources for finding data and information on sources and events beforehand.

No. 2 Take-Away: is an amazing website that has webtools for beginners. It has features like a word counter that analyzes text and tells you the most common words and phrases used and a program that shows how your data is connected by analyzing it as a network.


Workshop #3 

Who: Nick Kenig, LinkedIn

What: Establishing Your Professional Brand with a Strong LinkedIn Profile

Where: Pacific N, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 3, 1:30 p.m.


Workshop #4

Who: Marvin Pena and Diana Aristizabal, Clark College

What: Can You Hear Me Now?: Creating New Media Outlets

Where: Grand A, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

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


Pena and Aristizabal ran a seminar on their step-by-step process to creating a new publication designed to serve an underrepresented group at the college. The 6-step-process encourages other journalists to make a difference in their community.

Pena said the method can be adapted to specific situations as necessary. He and Aristizabal created their media outlet, Mundo Clark, to “bridge cultures and serve different communities.” A new media outlet simply begins with an idea, he said, and it can make a difference.

No. 1 Take-Away: Finding partners can be beneficial. Mundo Clark works together with the Spanish department to use the publication as a means of learning for those classes.

No. 2 Take-Away: Involvement in college activities like news publications can help better yourself. You spend more time on campus and form relationships when you work on a project.


Workshop #5 

Who: Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center, and  Sindhu Ravuri, University of California

What: Activating Women’s Voices

Where: Grand A, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 4, 9 a.m.


LoMonte and Ravuri’s seminar was a promotion of the Active Voice Program, a place to bring young women together and elevate their voices. Women’s voices are censored in the media, significantly more than men’s. The presentation also pointed towards the program’s goal of deconstructing gender roles in all aspects of life.

Ravuri connected journalism and STEM in her speech. She said, STEM journalists are a marginalized group that needs support and attention. Women in STEM are often discriminated against through stereotype threats, implicit bias and a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset. Ravuri ended the seminar with solutions for these issues.


No. 1 Take-Away: You can make a difference. When you see microaggressions against women, stop it. Mentor those who look up to you, and build a positive network.

No. 2 Take-Away: Growth versus Fixed mindset makes a big difference. A growth mindset is important to continue to learn and grow as a journalist and as a person. A fixed mindset will only hold you back.


Worshop #6

Who: Michael Koretzky, Society of Professional Journalists

What: Editor-in-Grief 2: Ten Secrets of Very Sexy Editors

Where: Pacific J, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 4, 10 a.m.


Koretzy’s workshop was about his 10 ways an “editor-in-grief” can fix their newsroom’s problems.  He stressed that there are no magic words to make everything work better than before; you must do something different, not just say something different. He also stressed the value of facing problems as the editor-in-chief. You will learn and grow more as you are forced to problem solve.

Koretzy’s fifth point addressed the five editor fears. Fears that the newsroom is full of anarchists, people who wanted your position and are now enemies, and fears about an unexperienced newsroom. He said the key to being a successful editor is to defeat these fears.

No. 1 Take-Away: As an editor-in-chief, if you feel like you’re working with people who always give you a hard time, or those who wanted your job and are having a hard time accepting defeat, give them their own territory. Put them in charge of a section or area of the paper so that they can feel wanted and you can have relief.

No. 2 Take-Away: You want to mess up. Embrace the problems and learn from them, you’ll have more growth to show in the end.


Workshop #7

Who: Jennifer Burger, California State University,

What: Writing to Be Read

Where: Pacific K, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

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


Burger’s hands-on workshop focused on the basics of newswriting. She said a successful story must have the three S’s: story, structure and style.

Finding the story is ultimately equivalent to securing a news peg. A reporter must find out the surface of what the story is about, then find the deeper meaning. The structure of a story is an inverted trapezoid, Burger’s rendition of the traditional pyramid. Last, the style forces the reporter to choose between an alternative news lede or a basic news lede.

No. 1 take-away: Subheadings help the reader along through the story. Utilize them to make the story more reader-friendly.

No. 2 take-away: Always write your own headlines. You know your story best.