Breakout Sessions: Friday

There's something for everyone in this year's schedule. Check out a list of the breakout sessions we're offering in Orlando! All sessions are included as part of your conference registration — no additional fees apply.

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Friday: 1-2 p.m. | 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30-10:30 a.m. | 11 a.m.-Noon | 1-2 p.m. | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9-10 a.m. | 11 a.m.-Noon | 1-4 p.m.

Additional training opportunities: In-depth, hands-on workshops at EIJ15
Aside from nearly 60 breakout sessions, EIJ15 offers additional opportunities for in-depth, hands-on, skills-based workshops. These longer and more intensive programs are yet another way you can improve your journalism skills at EIJ15. Follow this link for a complete overview of all the workshops available at the conference, or use the links below to skip straight to the one that most piques your interest!

CNN Producer Workshop
CNN From Local Reporter to National Correspondent Workshop
ASNE Minority Leadership Institute
Social Media Deep Dive Workshop
Editing Bootcamp, presented by the American Copy Editors Society
News Directors New Media Leadership Bootcamp, presented by the Carole Kneeland Project
Newsroom Leadership Workshop (Presented in Spanish): Administración, liderazgo y desarrollo en una sala de redacción moderna en español

Please note: Some of these workshops have an additional fee. Some require an application and selection process, while others just require an advance registration on the EIJ registration form. Visit the workshops page for all the pertinent details.

Friday, 1-2 p.m.

Storyboarding Down the Mountain

The multimedia landscape can be daunting, particularly when you have to jump right in and face sound clips, video clips, hardware, software and a wide range of equipment. One way to divine some order from the chaos is to use storyboards to help plan, collect,, order and produce video and multimedia stories, just like they do in the movies. It doesn't have to be complicated. We will show you tips and techniques to help you find the right approach to use storyboards to fit your needs.

Trainers: Jack Zibluk, professor, Southeast Missouri

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Jack Zibluk, professor, Southeast Missouri
Dr. Zibluk teaches multimedia journalism, he is a former National Geographic Magazine faculty fellow and vice president of the NationalPress Photographers Association. He won the NPPA Garland educator of the year Award in 2005.

Periodismo investigativo para la gente (presented in Spanish)

Con más de $3.1 millones de dólares recuperados para la comunidad hispana a nivel nacional , las unidades investigativas de Telemundo Responde están dedicadas a proteger al consumidor atendiendo a las preocupaciones de la gente que teme ser víctima de fraude , robo de identidad, estafas entre otros crímenes. La unidad , primera en su clase, provee a los consumidores de habla hispana en Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico una oportunidad directa de que sus casos sean escuchados e investigados. Esta sesión demostrará cómo puede agudizar sus habilidades de investigación.

Trainer: Denny Alfonso (@DennyAlfonso), reportera investigativa, Telemundo 52

English translation: Investigative Journalism for the People
With more than $3.1 million recovered for the Hispanic community nationwide, the Telemundo Responde investigative units are dedicated to consumer advocacy that answers concerns of local residents who fear they may have been victims of fraud, identity theft or scams, among other crimes. The first-of-its-kind unit provides Spanish-speaking consumers all across the United States and in Puerto Rico a direct opportunity to have their concerns addressed and investigated. This session will demonstrate how you can sharpen your investigative skills.

Trainer: Denny Alfonso (@DennyAlfonso), investigative reporter, Telemundo 52

New Economic Data You Can Use in 2015 and Beyond

Program participants will learn how create original reporting on earnings, spending and investments using new economic data being released in 2015 by the Bureau of Economic Analysis — the U.S. Government's leading economic statistical agency — on health care, state economic activity, consumer spending at the state level, spending and employment in the arts and culture and international investments. Participants will also learn how to use these new data sets to better cover existing economic events.

Trainers: Jeannine Aversa, chief of public affairs and outreach, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; Thomas Dail, public affairs specialist, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Jeannine Aversa, chief of public affairs and outreach, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
Jeannine Aversa is chief of public affairs and outreach at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Before joining BEA in the fall of 2011, Aversa was a journalist for nearly 30 years and reported for The Associated Press, Bloomberg News, Fairchild Publications and other news organizations. For more than a decade, Aversa’s coverage focused on economics, monetary policy, finance and politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Thomas Dail, public affairs specialist, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
Thomas Dail is a public affairs specialist at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. He brings a dozen years of experience in newspapers and public relations to that job. Prior to joining the BEA, he covered politics and business for Freedom Communications in North Carolina. Dail holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Sports Beat Reporting: Develop Unique Ideas and Tell Great Multi-Platform Stories

Sports beat reporters are being asked to do more than ever for their publications, displaying a unique mix of skills that make them invaluable for any newsroom. During this session we'll discuss the top five keys to success for aspiring beat reporters and those already holding those rolls. We'll cover the top five tools of the trade that can help reporters succeed: time management, source development, story development, multimedia storytelling and social media skills.

Trainer: Iliana Limón Romero, college sports editor and pro soccer editor, Orlando Sentinel and Sun Sentinel

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Iliana Limón Romero, college sports editor and pro soccer editor, Orlando Sentinel and Sun Sentinel
Iliana Limón Romero is the college sports and soccer editor for the Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun Sentinel. She supervises eight reporters who cover Florida, Florida State, Miami, UCF and other college programs. She also coordinates the Orlando Sentinel's coverage of new Major League Soccer club Orlando City. Her team has won multiple awards for its breaking news, features and analysis. Limón Romero worked as a crime and public safety reporter for The Albuquerque Tribune before switching to reporting on college athletics. Limón Romero joined the Orlando Sentinel in 2007 and worked as the newspapers University of Central Florida athletics reporter until taking on her current editing role in 2010.

Friday, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

To Comment or Not to Comment

One of the most interesting topics in the journalism industry today is the discussion over what to do about comment sections. Almost every news site has one, but many still have questions about how to handle them. How do we keep them civil? Should we moderate them? Push the conversation over to social media? Prohibit comments on certain stories? Hear how some journalists wrangle online discussion around their content and use it to build audience and community, as well as why some news organizations have chosen to end commenting completely. We also will share research-based techniques for improving comment sections.

Trainers: Marie K. Shanahan, assistant journalism professor, University of Connecticut; Natalie Jomini Stroud, associate professor of communication studies, University of Texas at Austin and director, Engaging News Project

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Marie K. Shanahan, assistant journalism professor, University of Connecticut
Marie K. Shanahan is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut. She spent 17 years as a reporter and online news editor before joining the faculty at UConn's nationally accredited journalism program. She teaches digital newsgathering techniques, various forms of multimedia storytelling and online ethics. Her academic research explores online commenting, anonymous online speech, digital defamation and online reputation. Admittedly, she spends way too much time on social media.

Natalie Jomini Stroud, associate professor of communication studies, University of Texas at Austin and director, Engaging News Project
Natalie Jomini Stroud is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Assistant Director of Research at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2012, Stroud has directed the grant-funded Engaging News Project, which examines commercially-viable and democratically-beneficial ways of improving online news coverage. In 2014-15, she is a fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. Stroud is interested in how the media affect our political behaviors and attitudes and how our political behaviors and attitudes affect our media use. Her book, Niche News: The Politics of News Choice (Oxford University Press) explores the causes, consequences, and prevalence of partisan selective exposure, the preference for like-minded political information. Niche News received the International Communication Association's Outstanding Book Award. Her research has appeared in Political Communication, Journal of Communication, Political Behavior, Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and the International Journal of Public Opinion Research. She teaches courses in public opinion, media effects and politics, and quantitative research methods. Stroud twice received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Communication Studies Graduate Community and was invited to the Society for Teaching Excellence at the University of Texas.

News Content: What Works, What’s Next?

Learn what works with today's audiences on-air and online. News consumers are finding what they need at different times, on different platforms and different sources. What you need to know about consumer habits and how to plan for their needs tomorrow.

Trainers: TBA

Why You're Doing Audio Levels Wrong and Why it Really Does Matter

Have you ever been watching a video or listening to a radio story and had to adjust your volume controls to understand what people are saying? It's a lot harder than you might realize to produce audio with consistent loudness. Thanks to a quirk of human perception, what you see is not what you get in your editing software. Come learn about the ''Fletcher-Munson Curve'' and how understanding it can help you produce media that's easier to hear and understand.

Trainer: Adam Ragusea, journalist in residence and visiting assistant professor, Mercer University Center for Collaborative Journalism

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Adam Ragusea, journalist in residence and visiting assistant professor, Mercer University Center for Collaborative Journalism
Adam Ragusea is a journalist in residence and visiting assistant professor at Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism in Macon, Georgia, which unites an undergraduate journalism program, a daily commercial newspaper and a public broadcaster in a "teaching hospital model" of journalism education and practice.

Ragusea hosts and produces the weekly podcast "The Pub" for the public broadcasting trade publication Current, which features his commentaries and interviews on issues affecting public and non-profit media. He frequently reports on a range of issues for NPR, Slate and other national outlets.

A musician by training, Ragusea studied classical composition at the Eastman School of Music, Penn State and Indiana University. His career in media began at NPR station WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana. He's since worked as a reporter, producer and host at WBUR in Boston and Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Follow the Money

Ever since Watergate, reporters have followed the money. In this electronic age,, and a range of other non-profit, non-partisan groups are making it easier than ever in the digital age to discover who is trying to influence policy makers. What candidates or states are the private prison industry targeting; are those states getting “tough on crime” to fill the private prison beds? Where are the gas and oil industries investing? How do you track corporate subsidies across the nation? Where’s the best online source to learn about Political Action Committees? Get a quick tour of some online tools and learn how on any beat money in politics relates to your coverage. And remember, it's not just about the money during elections — it's about what happens afterward, when the winners are in office.

Trainers: Edwin Bender, executive director, National Institute on Money in State Politics; James McNair, investigative reporter, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

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Edwin Bender, executive director, National Institute on Money in State Politics
Edwin Bender is a founding incorporator for the Institute and has been the executive director for more than a decade. Ed promotes the use of the Institute's comprehensive, highly credentialed state-level donor information by investigative journalists, scholars examining state elections and public-policy processes, and attorneys involved in campaign-finance litigation.

James McNair, investigative reporter, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting
James McNair has spent nearly 30 years in journalism, having worked as a staff reporter for the Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Cincinnati Enquirer. His reporting has unearthed fraudulent schemes and dubious business practices. He has won journalism awards in five states, and his latest gig is with the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.


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