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Meet Me In St. Louis June I: The Things I Carried  

2008-06-23 23:38:58|  分类: 媒介与传播 Mediu |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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When we say good bye at the hotel lobby in St. Pete, you might see all the things I carried at the first sight: a black One Polar backpack, a green Polo Club suitcase and a digital camera, Nikon D80. But there are something I carried eigher you nor me could not see from the surface. Only until last weekend when I sat on the sofa in my stadio in St. Louis, drank the iced diet coke, reviewed all stuff I brought back from the IRE Miami Conference and Poynter training courses, I reliazed in only 10 day how much I had gained.

Opening the suitcase, you can see nine journalism books, about 200-page handouts, and 11 investigative reporing stories with another 100 pages. Turning on the digital recorder, you can hear more than 20-hour record took from different conference sessions and trainging courses. Searching in the laptop, there are more than 100 pictures and 25 powerpoint documents of IRE presentations, the latter were directly copied from speakers' computers.

By using the digital tools I showed you during the mini-workshop, I has been trying to tranfer the real life I experienced in the last two weeks into a digital world that I can carry with a backpack. If we include those paper references, the world weighs about 15 pounds.

IRE Miami Conference
When we were having the mentor-fellow seminar in D.C. in March, I showed Elisa the conferences list Susan printed for us and asked for advice. She said if I had only one chance, that would be the IRE.

She was so right.

It was the best journalism conference I had ever attended, because of not lonly its 132 sessions in three and a half day, but also the speakers. We have Aron Pihofer, the editor of The New York Times's online section, who shared their experiences of reorganizing the newsroom with web technology. We had Louise Kienan, one of the best writers in present U.S. newsrooms and an investigative reporter with the Chicago Tribune, who was the finalist in the 2001 Pulizer Prize for explanatory journalism with two works, which means she had to compete against herself in the same category!

According to the limited time, I had to focus on the sessions of web tools, writing skills and investigative reporting principles. Frankly, it is impossible for me to be an investigative reporter when going back to my newsroom, which does not offer such position/option. But all the tools, skills and principles used for investigative reporting can also be used in covering daily breaking news. Especially the web tools, which I considered as the biggest fortune I found in Miami, will probably be my main topic that I will share with my colleagues and China journalists friends in the future.

(Most of the web tools were presented in the first day, the CAR day. To the people like me who tried to learn practical skills but not only academic ideas, CAR day is an essential part.)

Poynter

This diary is a little too long so I would  like to end it now. What had I learnd from Poynter and How will it influence my career in the future? I will leave the answer space empty temporarily. In an e-mail I sent to my three-year mentor, Leu Siew Ying, who was a 1991 Alfred Friendly Press Fellow, I said:

"I was just back from IRE Miami conference and the Poynter training courses in St. Petersburg. They were wonderful. I think after taking the writing courses presented by Roy Peter Clark and Chip Scanlan, I had some sort of "new senses" of English writing. For example, I pay attention to the last word of the sentence or the paragraph. And I try to use one short sentence after four or five long ones.

 

It has been more than 13 years that I seldom described or narrated in my articles. All I wrote were academic papers, business analysis, and powerpoint reports. The six-day Poynter journal might significantly influence the way I think and write in the future."


Fellowship Plan Evaluation ( June 1 -- June 15)

Goals

Learned

Documentation

1. Lead writing

-- Read the leads from Post-dispatch, AP and Washington Post

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-- Poynter writing courses

-- Poynter's books and tipsheets of writing skills


-- Profile lead writing

-- Finished the profile of a Poynter staff

2. Narrative writing

-- Poynter writing courses

Poynter's books and tipsheets of writing skills

3. Investigative reporting

-- IRE Miami Conference

-- Handouts, record, pictures, book

4. Online journalism

-- IRE Miami Conference & Poynter online journalism course

-- Handouts, powerpoints documents, record, books


--Working on two blogs

-- Without daily update, the CTR of two blogs dropped by 30 to 50 percent.


-- Joinn more social networking websites

-- Twitter, del.icio.us, Douban (a popular China online social network), etc. The number of Facebook friends increased to 40

5. Being a mentor

-- Poynter training courses

-- Tipsheets

6. Local campaign

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