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Trey Wilkins-Luton: 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.

Barbara Kingsley-Wilson, a professor and adviser at California State University, delivered a presentation on the art of interviewing from 9-9:50 a.m on March 4 in Pacific H. She focused her session on what to do, as well as what to avoid, when performing interviews.

I decided to attend this seminar since I knew that interviews were one of my weak points. I wanted to learn how to feel more comfortable in interviews, and I also wanted to learn how to efficiently get the information I want from sources.

No. 1 Take-Away:  Your interview is about your source, not you. Be quiet and let them do the talking.

No. 2 Take-Away: Always ask for the details. Even if it feels inconsequential at the time, be sure to get all the info you can.


Workshop #2

Who: Mark Plenke, California State University

What:  Coaching Writers

Where:  Pacific H, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 3, 10 a.m.

Mark Plenke, lecturer at California State University and adviser to The Orion,  delivered a seminar all about coaching writers from 10-10:50 a.m. on March 3 in Pacific H. He focused specifically on how editors can help their reporters during the initial reporting stages of story. As part of the workshop, Plenke had us work with partners to plan a story.

I attended this session because working with reporters is an important part of my job. I spend a lot of my time as an editor working with my reporters on sourcing, planning and focus long before they place words on a page, so I thought that this seminar would teach me more about this process.

No. 1 Take-Away: A lot can be done in little time. We only had 50 minutes to create our stories, but I managed to create a potentially newsworthy outline in that short timeframe.

No. 2 Take-Away: Rough drafts are allowed to be bad. I was nervous about trying to write something outstanding in only a few minutes, but I learned that it is okay to not have a flawless first draft. My first few paragraphs could have been much better, but my partner helped me revise them into something that I felt good about.  


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.

Nick Kenig, enterprise relationship manager at LinkedIn, delivered a seminar on creating a professional LinkedIn profile from 1:30-2:20 p.m. on March 3 in Pacific N. This session focused specifically on what a college student should and shouldn’t include on his or her profile, as well as how they should include that information.

I attended this seminar because I knew next to nothing about how to properly use LinkedIn. I didn’t know if I should include things like short summer jobs, and I didn’t know how many skills I should include on my profile. After attending this seminar, I feel much more sure of my ability to create a profile that will attract potential employers.

No. 1 Take-Away: Creating a professional looking profile is essential to attracting employers.

No. 2 Take-Away: I have to be careful of what I post online. Employers will check all of my social media, so I must keep those as professional as I can.


Workshop #4

Who: Marvin Pena and Diana Aristizabal, Clark College

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

Where: Grand A, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

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


Workshop #5

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

What:  Activating Women’s Voices

Where: Grand A, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 4, 9 a.m.


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, adviser to The University Press for 12 years, delivered a seminar on the secrets to being a good editor from 10-10:50 a.m. on March 4. in Pacific J. He shared tips based on what he’s learned from his experience as both an editor and an adviser.