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Kaitlyn Bonn: Workshops


Workshop #1

Who: Mark Plenke, California State University

What: Coaching Writers

Where: Pacific H, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 3, 10 a.m.

The workshop focused on educating editors and writers on fostering an effective story process. Each attendee was partnered up, both took turns being the editor and writer, and then they would switch after the given time was up. The goal for the workshop was to ensure that the editor was not rewriting the work submitted by their reporters.

The speaker of the Coaching Writers session was Mark Plenke from California State University, and he introduced attendees on learning to properly coach the writers, and how to be coached themselves. He based the session’s exercise off of the book “Coaching Writers” from the Poynter Institute.

No. 1 Take-Away: If editors sit down with the reporter throughout the whole story process, then they will both end up with a story that is well reported and well sourced. If the editor is there for the whole story planning and writing process, then there will hardly ever be a time when the reporter is confused or lost on how to approach and execute a story.

No. 2 Take-Away: Editors are there to be the constant second eyes for the story. Editors are to answer any questions, expand the views and help narrow the ideas of the reporter. By providing constant feedback and support, the reporter will be more likely to be thorough in their reporting and writing.


Workshop #2

Who: Michael Koretzky, Society of Professional Journalists

What: The Entertainment Editor’s Guide to Making the Rest of the Newsroom Jealous

Where: Pacific M, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 3, 9 a.m.


Workshop #3

Who: Jay Hartwell, University of Hawaii at Manoa

What:  10 Lessons Learned from a Life in Journalism

Where: room, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

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


Workshop #4

Who: Kenna Griffin, Oklahoma City University

What: Balancing Act: How to Be a Student Journalist and Have a Life

Where: room, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

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

The workshop focused on how being a student journalist can be a balancing act between maintaining a social life and working at your college’s newspaper. Veteran advisor Kenna Griffin shared 10 tips with students on how they could keep both aspects of their life intact without forfeiting one for the other.

Griffin shared the idea of work (the newspaper) and life as being constantly negotiated. She quoted David Allen when he said “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.” Griffin discussed how the work/life negotiations will require you to give up your time on one, to make room for the other.

No. 1 Take-Away: Anything Is possible, however, you must prioritize what is most important to you over what is not. As Griffin said, “say no to the smaller things so you can say yes to the bigger things.” If you have to say no to going out with friends every other night so you can say yes to having a shopping day with your family after you’ve studied for all your classes, then make the decision to say no to the friends.

No. 2 Take-Away: Although people feel like they can do anything and everything, they need to be realistic. By being realistic, student journalists can learn what they can and can’t take on at any given time. This essentially would help the student manage the stress that could arise from having a lot to do, and can prevent the student from failing to meet commitments. Essentially, planning your day out will help you be realistic about what you can and can’t take on at once.


Workshop #5

Who: Kevin Fullerton, Springboard Creative

What: Jumpstarting Creativity

Where: Grand A, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 4, 10 a.m.


Workshop #6

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.