I can’t decide if I had a good day or just a very over stimulated kind of day. I was in sessions from 9am-5pm straight learning something new in every one! From talking about coding and html’s to things about twitter I never wanted to know my brain was practically exploding with information.
The first session I went to talked all about coverage; who to cover, what to cover etc. The speaker Linda Puntney discussed a maestro story planning process that brings together the principle participants in a story package as early as possible to picture how the story will be presented to readers to answer their most pressing questions quickly. I liked that she talked about this, because I think The Beacon does a very good job at planning meetings of getting reporters and photographers together in collaboration. The only difference is that Linda included a designer in the process and suggested that the designer, writer and photographer all collaborate on packages. The problem I had with this idea was that we only have one design and then an assistant design editor who basically oversee all design and the section editors design their things too, so I feel like for the way we run the design aspect of The Beacon, her idea of including the designer isn’t plausible.
The second and third sessions I went to was just reiterations of things I already knew with a couple of new tips. The 3rd session I went to was the second part to a session I went to yesterday by Michael Koretzsky. He suggested that we shouldn’t put dates in our leads because they are boring, he said that a journalists job is to interpret information so if we don’t understand something, the readers sure wont, and that we shouldn’t be apologetic for what we have.
The fourth session I went to was about mythbusting, what information is protected and what is public information. I learned that the only people bound by HIPA are your doctor and psychiatrist so if anyone else has health information, it isn’t confidential. Frank LaMonte, who ran thesession, also talked about public record being a floor as a base for what can be disclosed not a ceiling.
Finally I went to a showcase about social media, which was basically a twitter plug! I learned about so many good websites like twiangulate.com which is a website that will give you a list of your 100 most important followers. I also learned that by having an understanding of social media, you will automatically be more marketable.
There was so much information packed into today that it felt like multiple days! I have been really happy with the conference so far and I can’t wait to see what the final day has to offer!