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Steven Mitchell: 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.

California State University, Long Beach’s Barbara Kingsley-Wilson, professor and adviser to the campus newspaper, the Daily 49er, shared some of her 20-years of interviewing experience during Saturday morning’s session. Kingsley-Wilson’s advice to student journalists is to shut-up, resist the urge to fill the silence, research the background of your story and know what you’re going to ask your source.

Kingsley-Wilson said there is a spiritual component to interviewing people – listening, observing and being empathetic is key to getting a source to open up to you.

Reporters who have genuine curiosity can interview anybody about anything, according to Kingsley-Wilson. All a reporter has to do, is ask someone about a goal they had, the obstacle they faced, the solution they found to overcome the obstacle and get their start.


Workshop #2

Who: Marvin Pena and Diana Aristizabal, Clark College

What: Can You Hear Me Now? Creating A New Media Outlet

Where: Grand A, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

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


Workshop #3

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.

The Student Press Law Center formed the Active Voice Fellows, college students paid to press freedom projects in their communities. Active Voice started in response to to research out of the University of Kansas in March 2016, that high school girls report direct institutional censorship and pressure to self censor.

Sindhu Ravuri, a sophomore at University of California, Berkeley, gave a wide-ranging talk about discrimination within STEM and said in many instances these cases are underreported.   Ravuri presented examples of biased articles from Breitbart News, Fox and the Wall Street Journal.


No. 1 Take-Away: Stereotype threat – a concept in social psychology where someone begins to believe the stereotypes attributed to their group.      

No. 2 Take-Away: Ravuri talked about the importance of culture within newsrooms and how it might affect women. While I did not agree with her on forcing people to sit together at lunch; promoting inclusive culture is a good practice.


Workshop #3

Who: Kristen Griffith and Brittany Wilson, Wesley College

What: Yes, there is a First Amendment at Private Colleges: Writing Stories That Matter When They Say You Can’t

Where: Pacific O, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 4, 10 a.m.


Workshop #4

Who: Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek, Vanity Fair and the New York Times.

What: Investigative Journalism for College Journalists

Where: Grand A, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

When: March 4, 3:20 p.m.

After his keynote speech, veteran reporter Kurt Eichenwald lectured a packed room of 50 to 70 student journalists on the ins-and-outs of investigative reporting to close out the third day of the convention.

Through anecdotes from 20-years of reporting on torture at Guantanamo Bay, the Enron scandal and his coverage of the 2016 election, Eichenwald said interviewing sources and actually listening set him apart from other journalists. According to Eichenwald, this is why he was able to get sources to sit down with him. “People are willing to have their warts shown if you report on them in a fair and balanced way, “ Eichenwald said.

No. 1 Take-Away: Facts that lead you to wrong conclusion are still true. Bob shot Tom and Tom died is a fact, but an incorrect conclusion. Bob shot Tom and Tom died 40-years later from cancer caused from the wound is the correct conclusion.

No. 2 Take-Away: The Dunning and Kruger Effect: Smarter people recognize the enormity of what they don’t know. The less intelligent think they know everything