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August 7, 2014 Leave a comment
The John Seigenthaler Center, Nashville, Tenn., the site of the annual SFJ Conference

The John Seigenthaler Center, Nashville, Tenn., the site of the annual SFJ Conference

All sessions take place in the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University, Nashville.

Wednesday
Registration
5:15-6 p.m. Seigenthaler Center atrium

4 p.m. SFJ board meeting
Location: Freedom Forum Conference Room

6-8 p.m. Opening reception; Rotunda.
Join SFJ members and distinguished guests in an opening reception for the SFJ conference.

Thursday
Registration continues

9 a.m. Welcome
Location: Lecture Hall

9:15-10:30 a.m. General Session
Video Training, Part 1:
Val Hoeppner, a media consultant who has been training newsrooms on video, will take you through the tools and current thinking on videos in newsroom operations
Location: Lecture Hall

10:45-11:45 a.m. General Session
Show and Steal, Part 1 — Great print and web ideas from our members. Be sure to attend.
Location: Lecture Hall

Noon-1:4johnny-cash5 p.m. Lunch
Speaker: Robert Hilburn, author of “Johnny Cash: A Life”
Location: Freedom Forum Conference Room

2-3:30 p.m. General Session
Video, Part 2, with inspiration from Josh Metzler, a photojournalist and instructor. He will show you how to leverage video for compelling storytelling and pieces that are a hit with readers.
Location: Lecture Hall

3:45-4:45 p.m. General Session
Peter Cooper, The Tennessean, talks about covering the music beat in Nashville. Peter will share war stories and talk about the paper’s music initiatives, especially its new video series, “The Story Behind the Song.”
Location: Lecture Hall

5:30-7 p.m.
Silent auction/reception
Help raise money for our Penny Fuchs diversity fellowships and have fun mingling and noshing with fellow SFJ members.
Location: Rotunda (items will be in Classroom 106)

Friday

9:15-10:15 a.m. General Session
Tommy Tomlinson, a former columnist with the Charlotte Observer who now writes about sports, music and writing for Forbes, will talk about narrative storytelling and music.
Location: Lecture Hall

10:30-11:45 a.m. General Session
Show and Steal, Part 2: More great lifestyle, arts and entertainment, food, travel and home and garden ideas to steal for your features sections and websites. We’ll begin with a small panel who will talk about apps.
Location: Lecture Hall

Noon-1:30 p.m. Awards luncheon and presentations
Location: Freedom Forum Conference Room

1:45-3 p.m. General Session
Stefanie Murray of the Tennessean and Lisa Kresl of the Dallas Morning News will show you how understanding analytics and embracing out of the box thinking can help you remain a vital player in your newsroom’s future.
Location: Lecture Hall

3:15-4:15 p.m. General Session
A group of designers and editors will share the ups and downs of working remotely and through central design desks, and share secrets of their success.
Location: Lecture Hall

5:15 p.m. Friday happy hour
Freedom Sings,” a musical history of the First Amendment (and threats to it) presented by Ken Paulson of the First Amendment Center at the John Seigenthaler Center.
Location: Freedom Forum Conference Room

Saturday

9:15-10:15 p.m. General Session
As budgets get tighter but need for content gets greater, editors and producers are increasingly relying on freelancers. A panel of writers and editors guide you on how to make the most of these relationships.
Location: Lecture Hall

10:30-11:30 a.m. General Session
We’re bringing back out Features 9-1-1. Submit questions throughout the conference and we’ll get together to get you the answers you need.
Location: Lecture Hall

11:30 a.m. SFJ Foundation meeting
Location: Freedom Forum Conference Room

12:45 p.m. SFJ board meeting
Location: Freedom Forum Conference Room

Musically speaking at SFJ14 in Nashville

June 24, 2014 Comments off
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“Johnny Cash: The Life” is available for purchase on Amazon

Nashville, the home of country music, also is home to the Johnny Cash Museum. Learn more about the “Man in Black” with Robert Hilburn, author of Johnny Cash: The Life, the featured luncheon speaker at SFJ Nashville 2014.

Hilburn, one of the top music beat writers in the country, was the only journalist at Cash’s famed Folsom Prison concert. His book draws from interviews with Cash and his contemporaries, and, boy, does he have stories.

That’s just one of the musically related highlights of the Nashville bash, Aug. 20-23 at the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University.

– Watch a special performance of “Freedom Sings,” a music lesson on the fragility of the First Amendment, with Nashville musicians and journalists.

– Listen to the stories of music in Nashville from Peter Cooper of The Tennessean. And he’ll share details on the paper’s video project, The Story Behind the Song.

– And let writer Tommy Tomlinson uncover how a three-minute song can teach you about the art of narrative storytelling. Click here for registration and hotel details.

Video x 2 = SFJ14 in Nashville

June 2, 2014 Comments off
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Photo courtesy Grant Wickes

“We need more video!” That’s the battle cry from editors in newsrooms. But where you do you go from there?

At SFJ14 in Nashville, you’ll get instruction and inspiration from two seasoned pros, in two sessions on the opening day of the Society for Features Journalism conference. Val Hoeppner travels around the country teaching journalists how to shoot video. She’ll bring her enthusiasm and the newest tools for you to use. Later, learn how to take those skills to the next level with Josh Meltzer of Western Kentucky University.

Sign up for the conference, Aug. 20-23, at the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University in beautiful Nashville. Click here for registration and hotel details.

Reserve your Room at SFJ14 in Nashville

May 14, 2014 Leave a comment
Photo courtesy Flickr

Photo courtesy Flickr

It’s not too soon to make your plans for this year’s SFJ Conference in Nashville, August 20-23.  

The Embassy Suites at Vanderbilt , our proud host for the 2014 SFJ conference, is ready to accept reservations NOW!   Located in the heart of Nashville at 1811 Broadway St., the Embassy Suites is close to the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University, the site of this year’s conference.

Follow this link to make reservations today. Use the code SFJ to save. Or, call 615-277-4966.  To guarantee the best rate, be sure to book early. Music City awaits … so what are YOU waiting for?

…Next week, we’ll begin revealing our lineup of speakers and sessions.

Editors use their beats to find inspiration for books

October 14, 2013 Leave a comment
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Diane Cowen

By Carlos Frías
2013 SFJ Diversity Fellow

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA — In the 40 minutes it takes Diane Cowen to commute from the Houston Chronicle, she’d considered, conceived and came home ready to celebrate the idea for her first book.

Cowen, the Chronicle’s food and religion writer, burst through the door, heading for her computer, and called out to her husband, “I’m going to write a cookbook!”

His response? “OK. What are we going to have for dinner tonight?”

They went out to dinner.

She came up with the idea for “Sunday Dinners,” a book that examines the Sunday mealtime traditions for famous families of faith such as Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes, simply by thinking about her beats — something she suggests any reporter can do.

“I thought sarcastically, ‘I guess I could write a cookbook for religious people.’ I literally laughed out loud in my car and then… I thought, ‘That is not a bad idea,’ ” she said during the Society for Features Journalism panel examining how books can spring from the newsroom.

Read more…

Tompkins revs up the story machine at SFJ conference

October 11, 2013 Leave a comment
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Al Tompkins

By Carlos Frías
2013 SFJ Diversity Fellow

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA — To watch Al Tompkins concoct story ideas is a free association spectacle.

Government shutdown, you say? Tompkins, a Poynter professor and journalist of 35 years, sees FHA loans that aren’t being processed, veterans’ disability checks getting held up, the flu spreading wildly without the CDC open to warn us, border patrols shutting down and food stamps not getting processed.

He can do that with just about any topic, conjuring story ideas simply by asking how a big, public event affects five areas: money, family, safety, health, community.

With that filter, writers and editors can devise local angles to big stories. And not all of them have to focus on malfeasance.

“Part of our job is to investigate wrong-doing. Part of our job is to investigate right-doing,” Tompkins said. “There are people who do good work and we should hold them up when they do. … People are hungry for that.”

The core of reporting, he said, is to forget our stereotypes — that politicians are all crooked, that the elderly are all frail, that “kids today” all know nothing.

“It’s not all like you think,” Tompkins said.

Read more…

Call for Entries: Show & Steal Submissions at SFJ 13

August 22, 2013 Comments off

UntitledThis is the call for entries for the Show & Steal presentation at the Society for Features Journalism 2013 Conference.

CATEGORIES

Moneymakers: Reader contests, special promotions and new sections.

Saved The Day: Quick turn-around packages, great ideas stolen from the newsletter or last year’s Show & Steal.

Totally Entertaining: Fun topics from the world of entertainment and pop culture.

Holidays: How did you cover (any) holidays this year in a fresh, innovative way?

Editor’s Choice: Enterprise, special projects or any great concept that doesn’t fit elsewhere.

Online Superstars: Digital content only, a video, blog or anything else that got lots of traffic and buzz.

CONTENT PUBLICATION

Content should have been published between June 1, 2012, and July 31, 2013.

FORMAT

For print entries, please send PDFs of your pages. For online entries, please send web links.

SEND ENTRIES: ShowSteal@chron.com

DEADLINE IS: Sept. 6, 2013

If you have any questions, contact Melissa Aguilar and Diane Cowen, Show & Steal committee co-chairs, at ShowSteal@chron.com.

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