Monday, April 22, 2013

Dynamic and useful sessions at Region 8 Conference May 3 - 4

Web for Watchdogs: From better search techniques to the invisible Web, how to find reliable information on deadline and for enterprise stories.

Learn about the latest search engines, data sites and other practical information you can use immediately, and some online tools that help you get information out of social media quickly.
Presenter: Mark Horvit, executive director of Investigative Reporters & Editors – IRE, @markhorvit

Eagle Ford Shale –How one story can have legs.

Presenters from KXLN Univision Houston,
Victoria Advocate, and San Antonio Express-News

Using Social Media - Jeff Cutler, SPJ National

Get Active: Listening, Communicating and Using SocMed Tools to Your Advantage
This session will show news professionals at any level how to leverage the latest social tools to research stories, connect with sources, engage their audience and share their content with the world.
Social tools can pave the way to smarter, richer features. These tools can also deliver a more complete view of your community and your beat. Further, today's news outlets face the challenge of time management and new media.
What tools are going to give you the most return for your time investment? In addition, we'll examine what reporters, editors, on-air staff and management should know about social tools -- at a minimum? And how do you decide if someone's using these tools in the best interest of your outlet?
We'll cover all of the above and have time for questions in this fast-paced informative training. We'll use Twitter and Facebook as our foundation and then dive deeper into techniques and tools you might not have realized could help you do your job.
Finally, this session will provide you with a 10-minute tip that keeps you from getting lost in the morass of the social media rabbit hole, so you can still do your job.

Shoot or Don't Shoot - When to use your camera and when to use restraint 

Each day journalists are sent to cover some of the most tragic and captivating stories of our time. Some of the assignments can teeter in either direction. Nevertheless, as the media race toward deadline, there are well-meaning individuals who may pose an obstacle to the finish line. Grieving family members, overly zealous law enforcement personnel, and highly opinionated citizens challenge the media rights to get the real story. Moreover, if granted complete access  to the story---how far should a journalist go? To shoot or not to shoot…is the question.

Investigative (Watchdog) Reporting


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