Skills for journalists in print and digital media.



Five Stages of a Story / Coaching Writers: A five-stage process that allows reporters and editors to work effectively together on stories. Can be applied to multimedia and large projects, as well as daily and enterprise stories.

Four Elements of a Story: How to identify and use news, context, impact, and human dimension as ingredients for different kinds of stories.

Story Forms: Three classic story forms that go beyond the inverted pyramid to convey complex information and tell meaningful stories.

Telling Stories Through People (3 parts): How to use narrative techniques and storytelling structures to present the news through the experiences of people. Part 1 covers techniques and structures, Part 2 applies them to print stories. Part 3 applies them to video and slide shows.

Multimedia Story Forms: How to apply print story structures to multimedia to add meaningful form to new mediums.

Five Video Story Forms: A deeper look at five story forms that can give video sharper focus and help newsrooms use video more strategically.

Interviewing for Video: How to conduct effective interviews for video.

Slide Show Stories: How to go beyond photo galleries and build slide show stories that can stand on their own or augment other content.

Telling Description: How to identify and use “telling” description in news stories, narratives, and features.

Prosecuting a Story: How to use case management approaches from courtroom lawyers to develop better story ideas and manage complex stories.

Beat Mapping: How to “map” the possibilities on a beat and then frame a clear coverage plan that ranges from daily to enterprise possibilities.

Covering Communities: How to assess and interact with different layers of community life to develop meaningful coverage that goes beyond officials and bureaucracies.

Critical Thinking Skills for Enterprise: Three critical thinking approaches that reporters and editors can use to identify the best enterprise prospects off the news.

Macro & Micro Editing: Questions to be answered and techniques for improving copy at both the macro and micro level.

Continuous Coverage: A model for covering news across online and print platforms.


Managing Change: An eight-step process for effective change management. This programs uses the eight-steps to assess how well your organization has been doing and ways to improve when it comes to change manaement.

Goals To Go: How to develop clear standards that convey measurable objectives and concrete expectations for how work is to be done. Standards then become the core tool for managers to guide staff and deploy resources effectively.

Communication: How managers can use clear standards to provide concise directions and constructive feedback. Includes the crucial role active listening skills play.

Impact Map: Assess where your organization is in crucial areas before launching into new initiatives. Then use the assessment to anticipate and manage the systems needed to succeed.

Managing and Working in Teams: How to develop high-performance teams and help them work through the four stages of team development.

Define Good: In a rapidly changing environment, how to identify interim success, quantify standards, and extend best practices to enable staff to repeat and build on success.

Training On The Edge of Change: For organizations attempting new things, how to assess training needs and then develop a plan, training modules and assessment tools to deliver strategic training.


The Role of a Manager: Essential tasks for frontline managers.

Delegation & Directions: How to avoid taking on the work of the staff you supervise and help them manage their work more effectively.

Performance Evaluations: How to construct and write performance evaluations that look ahead and lay a foundation for improving performance.

Difficult Conversations: How to anticipate, plan, and conduct a difficult conversation.


What do newspapers want?: The skills and attributes newspapers / online news sites are looking for among journalism school graduates. How to reverse engineer those needs into curriculum.

Teaching vs. Training: How to convert traditional courses into active learning workshops — even if only segments of a class. Applies adult learning principals to the college classroom.


Related links:

SlideShare site: A selection of presentations and handouts.

LinkedIn profile: Full resume.


Written by mroberts8

October 9, 2009 at 3:55 pm

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