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Dr. Libman Convention Notes

Twitter and Live Blogging
Robert Quigley--Austin American Statesman
Twitter used for instant updates on news events,  i.e. games, press conferences, floods,crimes etc. Increasingly popular with readers. But very important that editor on duty to monitor all tweets for accuracy before they are released to readership.
also helpful to ask readers if they can send in pictures of live events
because photogs can't be everywhere.
Facebook another important social media vehicle.
Can use of these media move us into multi media age?
Five Models for Newspapers in Coming Decade
Wally Metts--Spring Arbor University
There is evidence that charging readers for internet may work. Increasing numbers of people subscri bing to paid conent offerings at Wall Street Journal, and they charge the most for their information.
Public financing. Already do it with National Public Radio. Is it viable?
Conversion---invite more people into the process of creating journalisam. People formerly part of the audience now part of the process. distinction between professional journli
sts and bloggers is over.
Newspaper Next project: In new era, news must have "utility" for everyone. Help them figure out what it takes to live where we are living. Question is how do we innovate to create this kind of product?  There will be plenty of good stories to write, but they must fit into this framework.
Breaking the Big Story
Univ. of North Carolina
Erica Perel, advisor
Andrew Dunn, editor
We should have a plan in place for breaking major stories. For major stories at UNC, all staff members called to news office immediately. More senior editors brainstorm angles for next day''s stories. Story broken up into parts. Reporters assigned to cover these parts. Decide what information goes on line. Post as soon as you get it.
After first day of stories, list all questions you want answered. Keep assigning follow up stories until you are sure every question has been answered. Follow up stories can last for months.
Eliminating Errors from your Pages
Lola Burnham, Eastern Illinios University 
Even small mistakes such as incorrect titles of faculty or administrators are important because they can make reader wonder what else you got wrong.
Remedies for inaccuracy
       Understand your weaknesses; get help with them
      Work to strengthen your trouble spots
       Know reporters, editors' weaknesses
      Set up training for individuals
      Best way to edit the story is with reporter there
     Try to turn every mistake into learning opportunity
Investigative Journalism
Robert Bergland, Missouri Western State University
These stories help your career. Can makedifference in whether you geta job interview or get hired. They are the marquis pieces of your portfolio.
Writing for the Web
Mark Butzow, Western Illinois University
Web Writing is a different format. Stresses shorter paragraphs, shorter blocks of type. Make sure you know how to do it.
How to Foster Investigative reportingon a StudentNewspaper.
Marty Burstmer, Humboldt State University
The term frightens people, but basically it's getting answers to questions
Many of these stories can be done relatively easily. I have a list provided by the speaker.
Start the process with an I team. Once people have a job and a team, they will start asking questions. Include people with diffrerent skills--interviewing,digging up documents, etc.
Student Press Law Center has a primer. Tells you how to get records.
Burstmer has written a text book on the subject.