Skills for journalists in print and digital media.


newstraining brings together highlights of a variety of training programs and workshops I have presented around the country. The archived Topics share core tools and approaches in writing, editing, online media, presentation, and managing in a newsroom. In other posts, grouped under the newstraining category, there will be questions, responses, discussion and tips from myself and anyone else who would like to participate in this blog.

My backgroMichael Robertsund: I am currently Deputy Managing Editor Staff Development at The Arizona Republic, responsible for all newsroom training. I serve as writing coach and edit major projects. Since 2006, I’ve been part of the leadership team transforming the Republic into one of Gannett’s  Information Centers. I also provide training at newspapers around the U.S. and Canada. In 2003, I helped create and am still a lead presenter for NewsTrain, a national touring workshop for frontline editors sponsored by APME. I designed and taught the American Press Institute’s first online seminar for copy editors, and have presented programs for the Poynter Institute, API, the Maynard Institute, Freedom Forum, and various National Writers Workshops. Before coming to the Republic,  I was Features Editor, AME/Features-Business, and then for 10 years the Training Editor/Writing Coach at The Cincinnati Enquirer. I also worked as a writer and editor at the Midland (MI) Daily News, the Detroit Free Press, and as a senior editor at two magazines. I taught feature writing at the University of Cincinnati and speak regularly at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University. I’m a graduate of the University of Michigan and hold a masters in training and human resource development from Xavier University.

Related links:

SlideShare site: A selection of presentations and handouts.

LinkedIn profile: Full resume.


Have consulted and presenting workshops for:

AMA News (American Medical Association)

American Press Institute

American Society of Newspaper Editors

Arizona Newspaper Association

Asian American Journalists Association

Associated Press Managing Editors

Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD)

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ball State University

Battle Creek Enquirer (MI)

Bellingham Herald (WA)

Boise Idaho Statesman

Canadian Newspaper Association

The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)

Columbus Dispatch

Des Moines Register

Detroit Free Press

Detroit News

Freedom Forum

Honolulu Advertiser

Kent State University (OH)

New England Associated Press

Maynard Institute

Mid-American Press Institute

Milwaukee Journal

Montreal Gazette

Muncie Star Press (IN)

National Writers Workshop

NewsTrain (6 years)

Ohio Newspaper Group

The Oklahoman

The Olympian (Olympia, WA)

Ohio Associated Press

Omaha World Herald

Poughkeepsie Journal (NY)

Poynter Institute

Reno Gazette-Journal (NV)

Richmond Palladium-Item (IN)

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Salinas Californian

San Diego Union-Tribune

San Jose Mercury News

San Francisco Chronicle

Society of Professional Journalists

Tampa Tribune

Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

Tucson Citizen

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University

Virginia Press Association

Wisconsin Associated Press


Written by mroberts8

October 6, 2009 at 11:49 pm

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