The University of Arkansas and Arkansas Pro Chapter hosted our 2014 Region 12 conference at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. We had more than 80 attendees and speakers with social fun Friday night including AP style trivia.
Below is a quick recap of some featured sessions.
Monthly Media Goes Digital
How do journalists navigate digital news production? What are the challenges and opportunities of moving a traditional-bound print publication into the daily digital space?
For insight into these questions, Dan Gilgoff, National Geographic Digital News Director, discussed what he learned during his first year leading daily content for NationalGeographic.com.
Data Tools for Journalists
The trick for reporters is sorting through the data and making sense of it for readers and viewers.
Chad Day, a reporter on the investigative projects desk at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, provided tips for getting started with computer-assisted reporting — whether you’re about to embark on a months-long investigation or just want to add an additional layer to your daily stories. Click here for handouts from this session.
Talking About Science and the Environment
During this session, panelists discussed the good, the bad and the ugly of environmental and science reporting. Seasoned science writers shared tips on how to interview scientists, what to look for in reports and press releases, as well as other tools of the trade journalists need their toolbox when covering the environment.
Panelists: Dr. Steve Boss, Dr. Peggy Brenner, Bret Schulte, Amanda Womac
Moderator: Brandon Hollingsworth
During this session, Folger talked about how broadcast reporters handle long packages, anchor introductions and live shots in order to give students the tools they need to tell a story quickly and precisely.
Folger also shared his experiences covering severe weather. He focused on the May 2013 tornado that devastated an Oklahoma City suburb when more than 1,000 homes were destroyed with 45 minutes.
Freedom of Information
A longtime advocate for open government, Blagg was a founding member of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Coalition. She was assistant coordinator for the FOI Arkansas Project, which surveyed compliance with the state’s open records law in each of Arkansas’ 75 counties.