A TV panel discussion that will air on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes on Oct. 12 will feature Beacon Editor-in-Chief Malika Andrews.
A TV panel discussion that will air on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes on Oct. 12 will feature Beacon Editor-in-Chief Malika Andrews.
By Nancy Copic, Beacon adviser
A few conference highlights compiled from 19 (!) pages of handwritten notes:
Keynote: Byron Pitts, reporter for ABC’s “Nightline”
This keynote was more inspirational than many sermons I’ve heard, and I’ve heard a lot of them. Byron Pitts may tell stories for a living, but his personal story is as compelling as any he’s reported as a network correspondent.
Raised by a young, low-income single mother in Baltimore, Pitts said he didn’t learn how to read until he was 12 or 13. Around that time, a “specialist” diagnosed him as mentally retarded and advised his mother to institutionalize him. “Because you’re a person of limited means,” Pitts quoted the man as saying, “we recommend you put him an an institution.”
His mother wouldn’t have it, didn’t do that. What she did is take her boy to church. A lot. She also wore a pendant in the shape of a mustard seed, a symbol of the faith that guides Pitts today.
“Raised Baptist, educated Catholic,” he says.
Pitts ended up at Ohio Wesleyan University, where, as Pitts puts it, a professor saved his life. But first, another one told him he didn’t have what it took to succeed there. That news hit him hard, left him crying in a hallway on campus. Another professor, who was new to campus, noticed him crying and asked what was wrong. When he told her what the other professor said, she set him straight and told him not to give up. He stayed and he graduated.
Flash forward decades. Pitt is a famous Emmy-winning television journalist and he’s on the Board of Trustees at Ohio Wesleyan, who invites him to speak at graduation. Pitts tells his story at the ceremony, including the part about the professor who made him cry. After his speech, that professor, humbled and contrite walks up to him and tells him he’s sorry.
Did I mentioned he also was a stutterer when he was younger? “Being a stutterer has made me a better listener, ” he says
What bothers him? Indifference. He sees journalism an antidote.
“My profession needs you,” he said to the room full of student journalists from all over the country. “You are needed not just to speak the truth. You’re needed to help this world be better.”
Pitts thinks one of the most remarkable stories is about the resilience of the African American people as a race.
“I am the hope and dream of a slave,” he said. “My worst day is the best day for my great grandparents.”
Also, he writes thank you notes to everyone he interviews.
I think that’s remarkable. So is the fact that he stayed at least two hours to talk one-on-one with students who lined up to chat with him.
Of course, Malika was one of them.
FBI Strategies of Interviewing
This was engaging. Clare, Cheyenne and Malika also gave it good reviews. Here are the strategies:
Bonus tip for students: If your nervous for the interview, tell your source. It may create empathy.
Glossy Standards-The Ethics of Magazine Reporting and Editing
This panel featured:
The focus of this panel was fact checking and ethical debacles such as the Rolling Stone Rape story that was later discredited and actor Sean Penn’s (called “the ultimate freelancer.” by Andrew Seaman) much-maligned profile of drug lord El Chappo Guzman.
One interesting tidbit; If you’re a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and your published story needs to be corrected, the process is “incredibly embarrassing,” according to Derek Kravitz. You have to fill out a long form, which is circulated among several editors.
Big takeaway:”Keep that skeptical part of your brain always active.”
I lucked out with my chaperoning assignment. I escorted a group of students (from various universities from across the country) on a tour of the New York Times.
Due to security concerns, we were not allowed to take photographs in the newsroom. But the lobby is interesting and was fair game. There’s a unique electronic art display that siphons words and phrases from the NYT’s 150+ years of archives and runs them like electronic teletypes across dozens of mounted screens that look like elongated smart phones.
Another interesting symbolic architectural element of the building: There are two banks of elevators. One for the editorial staffers, the other for people who work in sales and marketing. Get it? The business side should never mesh with the editorial side. Or so that was the thinking way back in 2007.
The courtyard (or “lobby garden”) of the building features sedges, ferns and birch trees, an earthy contrast to the surrounding steel and glass.
One of the most relevant sessions at the conference was called “Manage Your Digital Workflow.” It was presented by Roman Heindorff, founder of Camayak.
Tips I found most relevant here:
And in our down time, we went to The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. The topic of the night: Donald Trump’s racist supporters
One more thing: The Beacon came in Second Place in the Apple Awards. Not bad!
-Nancy Copic, Ass’t Director for Student Media
Congratulations to The Beacon’s “designing women” + last spring’s assistant design editor, Zach Hartman for winning two Gold Circle Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association at the Columbia School of Journalism in New York.
The Beacon won Third Place (in the nation) for Overall Design of a tabloid-size college newspaper. Student newspapers from Ithaca College and Loyola Marymount University won First and Second, respectively.
This was truly a team effort. Congrats to Liz Tertadian, Shellie Adams, Emily Strocher, Laura Frazier and (designing dude) Zach Hartman.
“Drugged for Success”– Story by Laura Frazier, Design by Shellie Adams:
The second Certificate of Merit was for the feature “Professors tap up the dance floor.”
Story by Hannah Kintner, Photos by Becca Tabor, Design by Rachel McIntosh
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It started with a tweet from Ryan Frank, publisher at Emerald Media Group, which publishes the University of Oregon’s student newspaper and website, The Daily Emerald. Editor-in-Chief of The Beacon Kelsey Thomas saw that, and set off her own flurry of tweets…“Yay” is right. The Beacon is a finalist for the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award, a national award that’s been given out for 86 years and widely considered to be the most prestigious award in college media.
There are three categories: daily newspaper, non-daily newspaper and two-year (community college) newspapers. The Beacon, in the non-daily category, is in impressive company.
Among the 22 colleges and universities whose student newspapers are finalists for the non-daily Pacemaker Award: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston College, George Washington University, University of Oregon, Wake Forest University, Johns Hopkins University, and Washington University in St. Louis. Not too shabby.
Finalists in the daily category include Northwestern University, Harvard, Penn State, University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers, and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. You get the idea.
According to ACP, the staff of the esteemed Miami Herald judged this year’s entries on:
You can read more about the judges’ criteria here.
Pacemaker winners in the non-daily category in recent years include student newspapers from University of Chicago, Boston College, Washington University, Santa Clara University, Butler University, Loyola Marymount University, San Francisco State University and Villanova University.
The Associated Collegiate Press will announce this year’s Pacemaker winners at the ACP convention in New Orleans on Oct. 26.
-Nancy Copic, Adviser to The Beacon
Caitlin Yilek, the 2011-2012 Beacon opinions editor, has won First Place (in the nation!) for Editorial Writing in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards for editorials she wrote for The Beacon.
Two current Beacon staffers, Kate Stringer and Jackie Jeffers, are national finalists for Feature Writing and Sports Photography, respectively. The Beacon journalists competed in the “Small School” category, meaning colleges/universities with 5000 or fewer students.
Caitlin’s reaction when she heard the news? “I AM GOING TO FAINT. Oh. My. God.” (via Twitter. Follow her at @hausofcait.)
Here are the three editorials that won Caitlin this national award:
Caitlin, who graduated from UP last May, is a copy editor at the St. Cloud Times in her home state of Minnesota. She will receive the award at the SPJ Excellence in Journalism convention in Anaheim, Calif. in August.
Kate Stringer is a national Mark of Excellence finalist for Feature Writing. The story that won her this honor was the first story she wrote for The Beacon. Molly’s Legacy: Hope for Haiti
Next year, Kate will be Living/Faith & Fellowship editor at The Beacon.
Finally, Photo Editor Jackie Jeffers is a national Mark of Excellence finalist for Sports Photography. Jackie, who graduates from UP this weekend, recently accepted a position at Marchex, a mobile marketing/analytics company in Seattle.
Here is Jackie’s award-winning photo, taken at Merlo Field last fall.
Well done, Caitlin, Kate and Jackie!
Ass’t Director of Student Media & adviser to The Beacon
So when I was hanging out at the Wall Street Journal this morning…
Well as my good friend, a business journalist for the Wall Street Journal, was just telling me…
That espresso machine looks similar to the ones reporters use at the Wall Street Journal…
All of the above are sentences that I may or may not have attempted to work into my conversation today. Okay so I only obsessively name-dropped in my head, but since this is a blog about journalism this seems an appropriate place to freak out and brag: I WENT TO THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.
I expected a business journal to be rather serious, but everyone smiled and was very friendly. The new CEO of Dow Jones (the Journal is one of Dow Jone’s products) took out all the center offices, turned the outer offices into conference rooms, and made the rooms rows of desks instead of cubicles. His office was even about the same size as everyone else’s.
I was also surprised that almost all of their print reporters do broadcast. I had heard that employers expect journalists to be versatile, but seeing a print reporter walk up to one of the several broadcast areas to hop on air and speak with several people on a topic she recently covered was fascinating. The rest of my group was taking pictures of the Journal’s award wall so I wandered over to hear her speak on air for a minute.
After a couple minutes of her discussing the sequester (which, incidentally, I am currently covering for The Beacon) she went to a commercial break and said hi. So friendly!
We also checked out the hub, the espresso machines, and the marketing and legal departments.
When someone makes a sale in the corporate marketing department they ring a bell and everyone claps. After our group hung around a few minutes without anyone ringing a bell, our tour guide asked if one of us would just go do it. Since I have little shame I quickly agreed. I guess I can check have a room full of Dow Jones employees clap for me off my bucket list? I also secretly video-tapped it, but apparently I have just enough shame not to post the video. Later, two reporters sat down with us in the board room for half an hour to answer questions.
Although I don’t really have a ton of interest in business journalism, it was exciting to see a real journalism work environment. Especially one filled with so many friendly and interesting people. Thanks for letting me pretend I was a journalist for you for two hours, Wall Street Journal!
– Kelsey Thomas
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!