Editorial Track

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

50 Ideas in 50 Minutes
Tim Schmitt, Project Manager, GateHouse Mediaschmitt
Brian J. Couturier, Managing Editor, The Progress-Index


Looking for a few story ideas you can start working on immediately? Brian Couturier of the Petersburg Progress-Index and Tim Schmitt of GateHouse Media offer up creative ideas in a session that will be fast-paced. The presentation will include references to the original stories as well as some great techniques to help you can execute these stories in any size newsroom.

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

t-frenchHunting & Gathering: Reporting For Character, Scene and Story
Thomas French, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Riley Endowed Chair in Journalism, Professor of Practice, Indiana University

Every good journalist knows that their work lives or dies depending on the quality of the reporting. Thomas French, a Pulitzer winning reporter who specializes in narrative projects, will offer strategies on how to find the human details that will make your subjects come alive on the page; how to rely on observation in the field, not just interviewing; and how to tap into the river of emotion flowing beneath the facts of your story.

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Mining Political Data Online
David Poole, Executive Director, Virginia Public Access Projectpoole

A former reporter whose organization compiles political data walks you through a list of online resources that can help any newsroom – large or small – track elections this fall.


3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Brain Date for Editors!


‘Brain Dates’ are informal micro-workshops to give you time to connect with and learn from your peers. Guided by a facilitator, Brain Dates offer opportunities to problem-solve, resource-bank, and exchange ideas.