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Michael Larsen-Teeters: Workshops


Workshop #1

Who: Rachele Kangel

What: Diversity in Today’s Newsroom

Where: Pacific O, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 2, 1 p.m.

This session opened journalists’ eyes to predominantly Caucasian newsrooms. Rachele Kangel challenged journalists to participate in exercises that revealed society’s natural racial biases and stereotypes.

Kangel encouraged the participants to look past society’s racial biases when interviewing journalists for newsroom jobs. She was accompanied by guests from the Asian American Journalists Association and the National Association of Black Journalists to emphasize a diverse perspective on journalism.

No. 1 Take-Away: Realizing for the first time that there is a lack of diversity in most newsrooms.

No. 2 Take-Away: I made a plan to target more diverse communities in my story pitches.


Workshop #2

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.

Barbara Kingsley-Wilson’s session addressed common journalist flaws in interviewing and gave tips on how to fix them. Kingsley-Wilson told attendees to research the subject before and interview and have questions prepared.

She continued to add tips to perform better interviews, such as letting awkward silences exist. When there is an awkward silence in-between note-taking, the interviewee typically adds information.

No. 1 Take-Away: Extend awkward silences.

No. 2 Take-Away: Turn close ended questions into open ended ones. Can you elaborate? Why do you feel that way? I don’t understand.


Workshop #3

Who: Mark Plenke, California State University

What: Coaching Writers

Where: Pacific H, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 3, 10 a.m.

Mark Plenke orchestrated an exercise, the poynter method, to create a story idea and a solid portion of that story in under 30 minutes. Plenke had attending journalists team up with a partner to develop story ideas, outlines and nearly half a story.

The session revealed an astonishingly quick exercise to make a whole story that may be implemented into newsrooms around the world.

No. 1 Take-Away: Don’t think. Just write.

No. 2 Take-Away: All it takes is sitting down with a partner for thirty minutes.


Workshop #4

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.

Journalists at this session learned that there is a Student LinkedIn that student journalists can join. Kenig revealed that 480 million people are currently on LinkedIn and nine out of ten job recruiters use LinkedIn.

Nick Kenig also showcased his love for photography and journalism and told the attendees how those helped him to acquire a job at LinkedIn.

No. 1 Take-Away: Join LinkedIn

No. 2 Take-Away: LinkedIn helps people acquire jobs every day.


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.

Sindhu Ravuri empowered women to fight for equal treatment in newsrooms and to push through censorship. Ravuri pointed towards stereotype threats, implicit bias and growth against a fixed mindset as reasons for discrimination against women in the newsroom.

She told attendees to find a mentor who supports you and your vision for yourself. Without that, women in the newsroom will not reach their highest potential.

No. 1 Take-Away: Grow through my implicit bias towards women.

No. 2 Take-Away: Encourage women to push through censorship.


Workshop #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.

Michael Koretzky expressed his views on what a student run newspaper should look like and how student journalists can achieve that quality of reporting/writing. The session was meant to target editor-in-chiefs and the issues they have controlling their newsroom.

Koretzky advised editor-in-chiefs to be more strict with their staff and take a disciplined approach to management. Despite the name this was a serious session.

No. 1 Take-Away: The look of the paper isn’t super important. The content matters more.

No. 2 Take-Away: Recruit the help of alumni to help your student newspaper publication.


Workshop #7

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.

Kim Bui helped attending journalists develop a strategy to cover stories from abroad. Student journalists will be successful whilst traveling abroad by using her three-step process: find a social source, contact them and get on the ground.

Kim Bui also went through a detailed description of her experiences abroad and encouraged student journalists to travel abroad, but also to be weary of the monetary costs.

No. 1 Take-Away: Find a source before traveling abroad

No. 2 Take-Away: Be aware of the monetary costs of such a venture.


Workshop #8

Who: Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek and Vanity Fair

What: Investigative Reporting for College Journalists

Where: Grand A, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

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


Workshop #9

Who: Marvin Pena and Diana Aristizábal Velásquez, Clark College

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

Where: Grand A, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

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