Breakout Sessions

There's something for everyone in this year's schedule. Check out a growing list of the breakout sessions we're offering in Orlando, and check back frequently as many more programs are announced and more details become available!


Nervous As Hell: Mock (or Maybe Real) Job Interviews For New Grads

About to graduate from j-school? Your first job will most likely be the smallest position at a big media outlet or a big one at a small one. Either way, your job interview will contain peculiarities you won't find by Googling, "journalism job interview." Learn how to think like a low-rent hiring editor by sitting across from one. Michael Koretzky has been mired in middle management at a Top 50 newspaper and been EIC of media outlets you've never heard of - which means he's hired new grads most of his life. In front of everyone, do you have the guts to endure a mock (?) interview? Bring your resume to this interactive session or just learn from the carnage you'll witness. Because most new grads suck at job interviews.

Trainer: Michael Koretzky (@koretzky), editor, Debt.com

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Michael Koretzky (@koretzky), editor, Debt.com
Michael Koretzky was expelled from Boca Raton Academy in 1981, expelled from the University of Florida journalism school in 1989, fired from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in 1997, and fired from Florida Atlantic University in 2010. His professional highlight, such as it is: freelancing for both The New York Times and the National Enquirer.


Headlines That Work

Learn what your audience is telling you about what headlines work best to connect your content with those who'll find it most relevant. Improve your email open rates, your website engagement and more — without compromising your reputation or journalistic integrity. If you’d like to submit your work for discussion and feedback during the session, email click maps of your email or website’s clickthroughs to charlie@rivetnewsradio.com.

Trainer: Charlie Meyerson, vice president news, Rivet Radio Inc.

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Charlie Meyerson, vice president news, Rivet Radio Inc.
Charlie Meyerson, vice president of news for Rivet Radio Inc., has devoted a career to connecting great journalism with growing audiences at the intersection of communication and technology — online, on air, in print. He's held managerial roles at the Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, Tribune Co., WGN Radio and WNUA-FM. He's been an award-winning Internet/broadcast reporter at FM News Chicago, WXRT-FM 93.1; and a contributor to Chicago Public Media WBEZ-FM 91.5 and Crain's Chicago Business. He's also been an adjunct professor of journalism at Roosevelt and Northwestern Universities and Columbia College Chicago.


Taking the Leap from News Nerd to Entrepreneur

So, you went to J-School instead of Business School? No problem. Some of today's most successful entrepreneurs have journalism backgrounds. From cool technology, to systems and products that solve today's biggest "new problems", these so-called ''News Nerds'' are proving journalists make great entrepreneurs. Kim Wilson knows firsthand what it’s like to go from the newsroom to the boardroom. Her bootstrapped startup now boasts 600+ newsroom clients and was recently acquired by Graham Media Group. Her story will inspire you, and her advice will give you all the tools you need to take your business idea to the big time.

Trainer: Kim Wilson (@kimsnd), president and founder, SocialNewsDesk

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Kim Wilson (@kimsnd), president and founder, SocialNewsDesk
Kim Wilson Founded SocialNewsDesk in 2010 after having worked as an Executive Producer in local TV news for about 10 years. She created the SND platform with the needs of a newsroom in mind. Today, more than 600 newsrooms and 15,000 journalists use SocialNewsDesk’s Dashboard, On-Air and Campaigns tools to post, manage, curate and display social media. And her company was recently acquired by Graham Media Group. Kim remains at the helm of the company as CEO and President.


Stories that Matter: Selecting and Designing Stories to Maximize Value and Relevance

Reporters, assignment editors, and news directors often pursue stories based on perceived urgency — a car chase, the mayor's press conference, new employment numbers, etc. The resulting stories are relatively easy to do, but they're often forgettable. They make no lasting impression on the audience or contribution to the community discourse. With a little guidance, advance planning, and surprisingly little additional effort, you can add context and relevance to your stories, making them more significant and valuable to your audience and your community. During this highly interactive seminar, public media veterans will show you how to do this using the Five Tiers of News Coverage, a proven framework for evaluating stories based on significance and relevance. You may even decide to reallocate some of your time and effort to focus on stories that give you and your audience more bang for your reporting buck.

Trainers: Judith Smelser, founder, Smelser Editing & Consulting; Russell Lewis, southern bureau chief, NPR

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Russell Lewis, southern bureau chief, NPR
Russell Lewis is the Southern Bureau Chief for NPR News, a post he has held since 2006. Lewis focuses on the issues and news central to the Southeast — from Florida to Virginia to Texas, including West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma. In addition to developing and expanding NPR's coverage of the region, Lewis assigns and edits stories from station-based reporters and freelancers alike, working closely with local correspondents and public radio stations. He also spent a year in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, coordinating NPR's coverage of the rebuilding effort. He's currently based in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to joining NPR, he spent fifteen years working at public radio stations in Florida, Georgia, Kansas and California. He was a frequent contributor to NPR, specializing in military and business issues.

Judith Smelser, founder, Smelser Editing & Consulting
Judith Smelser is the founder of Smelser Editing & Consulting, which provides newsroom consulting, training, and story editing to news organizations around the country. Her current and past clients include: KPBS, KERA, WUNC, WKSU, WMFE, KTOO, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Colorado Public Radio, Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations (IPBS), and Public Radio News Directors, Inc. (PRNDI). Her training and seminar work include the design and presentation of PRNDI’s News Manager Training and Certification course. She also writes Scribbles and Scruples, a popular blog about media ethics and trends and the craft of journalism.

Smelser has more than a decade of experience as an award-winning editor, newsroom leader, and journalist at public media organizations. As managing editor at Colorado Public Radio and news director at WMFE, Smelser has led coverage of scores of major events, including the Aurora theater shooting and the end of the U.S. space shuttle program. She has worked with NPR to integrate local reporting into national coverage; she has also been part of the most significant public media collaboration projects in recent years, including the Here & Now Contributors Network, NPR's StateImpact initiative, and the Local Journalism Centers project, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


Making a Media Match: J-Schools and News Outlets

Journalism schools around the country are producing more stories than ever, but don't always have access to high-exposure platforms. Many media organizations are stretched thin and could use help in producing innovative, high-impact stories. Learn how to make a successful media match from faculty at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, whose award-winning NYCity News Service has spearheaded collaborative projects with outlets of all types and sizes — including The New York Times, NBC News and The New York Daily News. A variety of journalism school decision makers, news professionals and students will talk about the challenges and triumphs that come with working together.

Trainers: Jere Hester, NYCity news service director, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Sandeep Junnarkar, interactive journalism program director, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Chris Delboni, South Florida News Service director, Florida International University

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Chris Delboni, South Florida News Service director, Florida International University
Chris Delboni of Florida International University’s South Florida News Service is an award-winning Brazilian journalist who has been a foreign correspondent in the United States since 1993. She started her career as a magazine writer before becoming the Washington correspondent for Bandeirantes Radio Network. She was later hired by CBN Radio, a division of Globo Network giant. Delboni worked most of her tenure in Washington, initially as a general assignment reporter and later as a financial and business correspondent for Globo News TV, Globo Network’s 24-hour news channel. Delboni graduated in print journalism from American University’s School of Communication in 1992 and received a master’s in online journalism from the same institution in 2003. She produced, reported and edited stories daily for a variety of Brazilian mainstream media outlets — from newswire services and magazines to online news sites, radio and television before moving to South Florida, where she began teaching journalism and new media reporting in 2007 at the University of Miami School of Communication and worked with the Knight Center for International Media. In September 2009, she became the first news director for the South Florida News Service at Florida International University. Delboni is now an instructor at FIU and continues to build SFNS. She also has a column online at O Estado de S. Paulo, a major newspaper’s website in Brazil, where she writes about Miami and the Brazilians who chose to call it home.

Jere Hester, NYCity news service director, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Jere Hester is Director of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s award-winning NYCity News Service, which produces multimedia special reports and feeds student stories about New York neighborhoods to news organizations around the world. Hester and J-School Interactive Journalism Program Director Sandeep Junnarkar have led collaborations with The New York Times, NBC News and The New York Daily News — most recently “Stop the Mold,” which chronicles the scourge of mold in New York City public housing. Hester was previously City Editor of the Daily News, where he helped run the paper’s award-winning coverage of the 2005 transit strike and the 2003 blackout, among other major stories. Since 2009, he’s written a pop culture column for NBC Local Integrated Media. He is also the author of “Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family.” Hester received his BA in journalism and politics from New York University in 1988. A lifelong resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., he began his journalism career as an intern at the Downtown Express, where he rose to editor before his 15-year stint as a reporter and editor with the Daily News.

Sandeep Junnarkar, interactive journalism program director, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Sandeep Junnarkar is the Director the Interactive Journalism Program Director at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He is the former New York bureau chief of CNET News.com, and has specialized in writing about technologies used in different industries. In April 2003, his three-part report on the security risks of online banking was named “Best in Business Projects among Real-Time Publications” by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Junnarkar helped to create online editions of The New York Times, working as breaking news editor, writer, and Web producer when the paper went live on the Internet as The New York Times on the Web. Junnarkar is founder and editorial director of www.livesinfocus.org, a multimedia web site that features stories on underreported issues. The site received a New Voices grant for 2008-2010 from J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, which is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In recent years, Junnarkar has served as a judge for the National Magazine Awards and Online Journalism Awards. He has given talks or led discussions about Social Media and Online Journalism at The Council on Foreign Relations, Columbia University’s Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, and the Online News Association. Junnarkar was president of the South Asian Journalists Association from 2008 to 2010. He received a B.A. in Social Science from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Freelance Foul-Ups: 10 Tips for Pissing Off A Hiring Editor (And 10 Ways to Get Assignments)

What can you learn from an itinerant editor who's worked for media outlets you've never heard of? If you're a freelancer now or want to be one later, you can learn what NOT to do. Michael Koretzky has spent nearly $1 million hiring freelancers for a Top 100 daily, the nation's largest jazz magazine, two alternative weeklies and three national websites. Discover the best techniques for never getting hired — or getting quickly fired. Students: Learn how to freelance while still in school, and how this trumps those stupid unpaid internships.

Trainer: Michael Koretzky (@koretzky), editor, Debt.com

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Michael Koretzky (@koretzky), editor, Debt.com
Michael Koretzky was expelled from Boca Raton Academy in 1981, expelled from the University of Florida journalism school in 1989, fired from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in 1997, and fired from Florida Atlantic University in 2010. His professional highlight, such as it is: freelancing for both The New York Times and the National Enquirer.


Unleash Your Inner Broadcaster

In today's media landscape, "broadcasting" isn't just for radio and television people. More and more print journalists and those new to broadcasting are now required to use their voices for podcasts and other online content. However, finding your voice isn't always easy. Learn techniques so you can deliver copy in a clear, conversational manner and more effectively communicate with your audience. We'll have scripts to help you unleash your inner broadcaster. NOTE: While this session is a great way for print journalists to develop stronger vocal ability, it's also an excellent session for radio and television broadcasters to fine-tune their skills and sound better on the air. It is also a great way for newsroom managers to learn new techniques for coaching their own staffs.

Trainers: Amy Tardif, station manager and news director, WGCU-FM and chair, RTDNA; George Bodarky, news and public affairs director, WFUV and president, Public Radio News Directors Inc.

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George Bodarky, news and public affairs director, WFUV and president, Public Radio News Directors Inc.
George Bodarky is the News and Public Affairs Director at WFUV FM, an NPR affiliate station, based on the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University in the Bronx. George is the current President of Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and a Past President and current board member of the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association. He is an award-winning journalist who trains undergraduate and graduate students at Fordham University in multi-platform journalism. George has also taught at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism. He is widely known for his vocal coaching and journalism training. Over the years his students have won countless awards and have secured employment as anchors, reporters, writers and producers in commercial and public television and radio outlets across the nation. Prior to working at WFUV, George spent many years as an anchor, reporter and news manager in commercial radio and television.

Amy Tardif, station manager and news director, WGCU-FM and chair, RTDNA
Amy Tardif is the Station Manager and News Director for WGCU-FM in Fort Myers, FL. She’s responsible for the sound of the public radio station, is a radio and TV reporter, host and managing editor for the joint licensee. Her audio documentary Lucia’s Letter on human trafficking received a 2010 Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, among others.

Tardif the first woman in radio to Chair RTDNA. Prior to becoming Chair she served as the Region 13 Rep on its Board of Directors for which she helped write an e-book on plagiarism and fabrication. She also serves on the Florida Public Broadcasting Service Board of Directors and served 5 years on the PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Inc) Board.

Prior to joining WGCU Public Media in 1993, Amy was the spokesperson for the Fort Myers Police Department, a reporter/anchor for TV stations in Fort Myers and Austin, Minnesota and reporter for WUSF Public Radio in Tampa.


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.


Who Delivers the Message is as Important as the Message

It might be a new media, but it's challenged with old problems. Despite being the vehicle of choice for millennials led by Hispanics, the number of multicultural voices remains worrisomely low. Panelists will discuss the lack of diversity and how it negatively impacts content development. The workshop also offers simple solutions for improving the fair and accurate coverage of minorities.

Moderator: Hugo Balta, senior director multicultural content, ESPN

Speakers: Tracie Powell, founder, All Digitocracy; Ernesto Mourelo, director of digital content, Hearst Television; Alison Overholt, editor in chief, espnW

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Hugo Balta, senior director multicultural content, ESPN
Hugo Balta is the Senior Director of Multicultural Content, ESPN Digital & Print Media.

Hugo leads initiatives in raising the quality, profile and delivery of diverse news gathering and storytelling.

He's overseeing the expansion of ESPN One Nacion, an initiative focused on best serving U.S. Hispanic sports fans in English y español across ESPN and ESPN Deportes networks and all platforms.

Hugo is a diversity and inclusion media specialist, often asked to be a guest speaker and writer
He is the immediate past president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) having served from 2012-2014. Before that he served in various leadership roles nationally and locally for NAHJ.

He is a journalism veteran of more than 20 years having worked at CBS, Telemundo and NBC before joining ESPN.

Ernesto Mourelo, director of digital content, Hearst Television
Ernesto Mourelo is the Director of Digital Content at Hearst Television.

Ernesto is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience working in television and digital media for both English and Spanish-language broadcast companies.

He started his career as a video editor and producer before moving into management roles for NBC/Telemundo in San Diego and Los Angeles. From there, Ernesto joined Hearst Television in Cincinnati before becoming the company’s Director of Digital Content in New York, where he leads the editorial operations for Hearst TV’s web and mobile platforms and content syndication efforts.

Ernesto is a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalism Association.

Alison Overholt, editor in chief, espnW
Alison Overholt is the editor-in-chief of espnW.

Alison is responsible for developing comprehensive content strategies through digital, mobile, social, print and video.

Previously, she developed content strategies and editorial mission and direction as part of her own business, 183Ink, LLC, for Hearst Publishing and Seventeen Magazine, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and NASDAQ OMX, among others.

Alison has also served as a contributor to Fast Company, Fortune, O: The Oprah Magazine, Cosmo and The Wall Street Journal.

She has also served as an adjunct professor at New York University’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management since 2012.

Tracie Powell, founder, All Digitocracy
Tracie Powell is the founder, editor and publisher of All Digitocracy a go-to source for information about all things digital and media, particularly as it relates to diverse consumers and communities. 


Tracie specializes in researching, analyzing and communicating opportunities and challenges facing the media and technology sector. Her specialties include writing, editing, new media, politics and policy, interpersonal and leadership skills, public speaking, journalism, persuasive writing, media relations and crisis communications.

She is the co-chair of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Digital Journalism Task Force.

Tracie contributes regularly to the Columbia Journalism Review writing about media, media policy specifically on issues regarding diversity, piracy, media ownership, government transparency and the business of journalism.


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.


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.


TV News Survival Skills

You can't afford to get your big break and THEN learn these lessons! This session will give you the tools to pitch the lead story every day, get noticed in your current market and gain the attention of news directors and managers in Top 10 TV markets. Learn what works and what doesn't from a reporter and manager perspective. Hear from an on-air reporter in New York and former news director of a CBS and Telemundo station as they dish advice and secrets on how to propel your career without breaking a sweat.

Trainers: Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel, reporter, New 12 Long Island and founder, Reel Reporting; Greg Turchetta, executive director of communications and community engagement, Collier County Public Schools

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Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel, reporter, New 12 Long Island and founder, Reel Reporting
Stephanie spends her days in the field covering compelling reports for News 12 Long Island. Previously, she reported for PIX 11 News — uncovering stories in the nation’s biggest media market, New York. "Steph" got her first job as an intern in Atlantic City, but her on-air career began in Gainesville, Florida. At just 23, Stephanie was selected as one of twelve journalists in the state of Florida to witness the execution of the "Gainesville Killer," Danny Rolling. Moving to Ft. Myers, Florida, a few years later, during President Barack Obama’s first run for president, Stephanie landed a one-on-one exclusive interview with then Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden. They discussed the foreclosure crisis and life on the campaign trial. This helped Steph land a job in the number one market!

In her rapidly growing career, she has also covered such recent major news events as Hurricanes Sandy, for which Stephanie won an Emmy Award. She was also there to cover the Newtown, Connecticut massacre. Combining on-air reporting and teaching, Stephanie is regular instructor at Media Bistro. She maintains a personal blog that has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Knot and MSN and been a guest speaker at Syracuse University as well as University of Maryland. She has completed three NYC ING Marathons!

Stephanie founded Reel Reporting in 2013. It is Stephanie’s way to pass on the knowledge and expertise she has in her professional career, while also fulfilling her passion to teach aspiring on-air journalists.

Greg Turchetta, executive director of communications and community engagement, Collier County Public Schools
A brutally honest and opinionated news coach and manager, Greg Turchetta spent more than a decade in newsrooms at every level. First a photographer, than a news manager and eventually a News Director of a duopoly, Greg has upped the quality of Reel Reporting’s reels and workshops by providing our students and clients with career coaching; giving them the tools to identify their strengths and land the right jobs. Greg served as News Director for the CBS and Telemundo stations in Austin, Texas. During his time, he hired 50 people including Spanish speaking and Bi-Lingual reporters and anchors. Greg’s station served as the news hub for all Sinclair owned Texas Stations. Before his time in Austin, Greg worked for some of the most dominant TV stations in America.

Currently, Greg serves as the Executive Director of Communications and Community Engagement for Collier County Public Schools. He serves as the district spokesperson and communication liaison between 45,000 students, parents and 7,500 employees.


Producing Producers

If you're a news director or newsroom manager who hires young producers, this is the session for you. This session will give tips and a template to use in your newsroom to help train and groom promising young producers.

Trainers: Jeimmie Nevalga, assistant professor and executive producer, Missouri School of Journalism & KOMU-TV; Randy Reeves, associate professor and news director, Missouri School of Journalism & KOMU-TV

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Jeimmie Nevalga, assistant professor and executive producer, Missouri School of Journalism & KOMU-TV
Jeimmie Nevalga is an assistant professor with the Missouri School of Journalism and the executive producer for the KOMU-TV. Nevalga has spent the last four years teaching the next generation of producers and reporters. Before returning to her alma mater she spent more than 10 years producing traditional and non-traditional newscasts. Her career began at WISN 12, the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as a morning and 6pm producer. In 2005 she made the jump to Chicago, her hometown, where she worked as a producer and executive producer for CLTV, a 24-hour local cable news station. In 2009, she was instrumental in the merger of CLTV with its sister station WGN, where she served as senior producer.

Randy Reeves, associate professor and news director, Missouri School of Journalism & KOMU-TV
Randy Reeves spent seven years producing television newscasts for KSBW-TV in Salinas, California, and WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He also spent nine years as a small-market radio news and sports director at WYMC-TV in Mayfield, Kentucky. In 2003, he joined Missouri School of Journalism faculty as an assistant professor teaching broadcast reporting classes and serving as news director at KOMU-TV. Randy earned his master of arts degree at the University of Missouri. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Murray State University.


News Truck in Your Hand

The best camera you have is the one that is with you. In this session, you will learn how to stream video live with your smartphone, how to shoot and edit video using a variety of applications and social media networks. You will also learn best practices and leadership tips so you can share with your colleagues.

Trainer: Mo Krochmal, editor and founder, Social Media News NY

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Mo Krochmal, editor and founder, Social Media News NY
Mo Krochmal is editor and founder of Social Media News NY, a New York-based strategic consultancy focusing on social media, mobile media and content. He is a frequent speaker and a guest lecturer at Columbia Teachers College and Baruch College as well as teaching at Gotham Writers Workshop. Clients include CBS News, CNBC, C-SPAN, Ogilvy, Columbia du-Pont Journalism Awards, New York Press Club, Social Media Holdings, National Association of Hispanic Journalists and MIT Enterprise Forum NYC.

This is his third year working with Roni Weiss and #NYTravFest.

He was Hofstra's first digital journalism professor and has served on the adjunct faculty at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.



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