Friday 9:00am Opening Session

Innovation will change the future of newspapers

Keynote Speaker
Jason Feifer, Entrepreneur magazine

Editing Like An Entrepreneur

Rule #1 for an entrepreneur goes like this: If someone is doing something because “that’s the way it’s always been done,” then it’s probably time for a change. Newspaper and magazine editors are guilty of this too. We came up in an industry full of habits and rigid ways of thinking, and adopted many of them whether we meant to or not. So how do we shake free, and look at the media business in a fresh way? In this talk, former Massachusetts newspaper reporter and current Entrepreneur magazine editor in chief Jason Feifer discusses his own efforts, as he tries to practice what his own readers preach. It’s made him uncomfortable at times, and he hopes it makes you uncomfortable too. But the ultimate goal is to be inspired—to rethink why we all do what we do, and how we might be able to do it differently and better.

Sessions are being added each week. Specific day and time for each session will be coming soon.

Podcasts - expanding journalism beyond our printed products

Podcasts – expanding journalism beyond our printed products

Christopher Goffard,  Los Angeles Times

Christopher Goffard is an author and a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. He is the writer and host of the podcast “Dirty John,” which has been downloaded more than 10 million times and spent a month atop the Apple podcast charts. He shared in the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s Bell coverage and has twice been a Pulitzer finalist for feature writing, in 2007 and 2014. His novel “Snitch Jacket” was a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel. His book “You Will See Fire: A Search for Justice in Kenya,” based on his Times series, was published in 2011. His work appears regularly in the Best American Newspaper Narratives series.

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Social Media Strategies for Small Media Organizations

Social media strategies for small media organizations

Panel discussion

In this hands-on workshop, several young reporters will share their tips and tools for using social media to both gather information and engage with readers. We’ll look at new tools for using Facebook and Facebook Live, how to create a Snapchat story and how to measure results, all with a small staff. We’ll also be crowdsourcing and inviting audience members to submit their own tips.

The panel will be run by UMass Journalism student Faith Gregory. Presenters include: Stephanie Murray, UMass Journalism Senior, who works for MASSterlist; Katie Bowler, UMass Journalism alum and reporter for the Somerville Journal; Aviva Luttrell, UMass Journalism alum and reporter for the Greenfield Recorder, and Serena McMahon, UMass Journalism student, social media director for the UMass Daily Collegian and social media intern for MassLive.com

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Reaching the "Fact-Resistant": How to engage partisan audiences through trust and transparency

Reaching the “fact-resistant”: How to engage partisan audiences through trust and transparency

Jane Elizabeth, American Press Institute

Reaching the “fact-resistant”: How to engage partisan audiences through trust and transparency
The partisan divide in America is real and growing. How can journalism try harder to reach politically entrenched, suspicious and fact-resistant audiences? We’ll talk about how brain science and recent research might be used to help engage those audiences in your journalism.

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Reporting on the Disability Beat

Reporting on the Disability Beat

Last September in a mass e-mail to press offices acorss the country, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President of RespectAbility — an organization that works with journalists to fight stigmas and advance opportunities for people with disabilities — noted that journalists and storytellers often make glaring, yet easy to avoid, errors when covering those with disabilities. She included a report in the Columbia Journalism Review that offered reporters some ideas about reporting on these growing populations in our communities more sensitively. Writers and editors are urged to sit in on this panel and hear from the author of that CJR report, Wendy Lu, along with Lauren Appelbaum — Director of Communications at RespectAbility, and David D’Arcangelo, Director of the Massachusetts Office on Disability, who is legally blind and is passionate about promoting a better life for persons with disabilities.

As this population continues to become more visible and vital to our communities and workforce, our hope is that attendees to this session will leave better equipped to report on these individuals with even greater effectiveness and professionalism.

Moderated by John Voket — incoming NENPA President, Assoc Editor, The Newtown Bee (CT)

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Accountability Journalism

Accountability journalism’s secret weapon: the newsroom social media team

The links between social media and misinformation can hardly be overstated. Yet, the average newsroom’s social media strategy in fighting fakery and promoting a newsroom’s best accountability journalism is at best ​unclear​, and sometimes non-existent.​ This session will discuss social media teams’ current role and how it might evolve to become an integral part of accountability journalism, focusing on battling misinformation on social platforms and helping their newsrooms become a more valued source of reliable information.

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Maximizing your Print Products

Maximizing your print products

Al Getler, Advantage Newspaper Consultants

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Designing your Niche Publications

Designing your Niche Publications

Ed Henninger, Henninger Consulting

Following are among the topics we will cover:

  • Look to others for inspiration
  • Create a great nameplate
  • Use a great cover photo
  • Use the best display typefaces
  • Use an excellent text typeface
  • Create a grid
    > Vary text width
  • Use negative space
  • Be careful with jumps
    > Not too many
    > Include visuals
  • Ads to the outside
  • Page numbers
  • Vary your design elements per package
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How to be your own Copy Editor

How to be your own copy editor

 

Session sponsored by New England Society of News Editors
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You're only as good as your last photo

You’re only as good as your last photo

Bob Holt, Photo Journalist

We will review the work of the NENPA photojournalists submitted in the 2017 photo competition. This will be a critical critique of the work, the Good, The Bad and Some Ugly.

Bob Holt will discuss the issues of editing a collection of images from a single shoot and how, for the most part, fewer is better! Just because a photojournalist shot a photograph does not mean it should be published. We will talk about the purpose of photojournalism in capturing the essence of the event in one image is possible. More is not necessarily better, In fact more may point out the fact that there is no strong image at all. Editing will make or break a collection of images. There is no reason for poor editing.

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Digital Marketing Services - are you offering them to your clients?

Digital Marketing Strategies – are you offering them to your clients?

Daryl Hively, Guarantee Digital
Shawn Palmer, RJ Media Group

Join this session to discuss how you can offer – or expand – digital marketing services for your clients. Panelists will share their experiences and discuss products offered, pricing strategies, staffing and best practices.

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Writing Engaging Headlines and Content

Writing Engaging Headlines and Content

Joshua Scacco, Center for Media Engagement

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Mobile Journalism is changing the way news is delivered

Mobile Journalism is changing the way news is delivered

Presenter to be announced

Tips, tricks and tools to produce quick quality video content.

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Session day and times to be determined

Podcasts - expanding journalism beyond our printed products

Podcasts – expanding journalism beyond our printed products

Christopher Goffard,  Los Angeles Times

Christopher Goffard is an author and a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. He is the writer and host of the podcast “Dirty John,” which has been downloaded more than 10 million times and spent a month atop the Apple podcast charts. He shared in the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s Bell coverage and has twice been a Pulitzer finalist for feature writing, in 2007 and 2014. His novel “Snitch Jacket” was a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel. His book “You Will See Fire: A Search for Justice in Kenya,” based on his Times series, was published in 2011. His work appears regularly in the Best American Newspaper Narratives series.

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Saturday 2:15pm Sessions

Saturday 3:45pm Sessions

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Venue >>

 

Boston Renaissance Waterfront Hotel
606 Congress Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02210

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Rooms are reserved. A group rate applies for NENPA events through February 9, 2018. Make your reservations before then!

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