1.21.2008

ALTERNATIVE STORY FORMS TAKE SHAPE AT SND QUICK COURSE IN ST. PETERSBURG


WHAT
The first Story Forms Boot Camp took place Jan. 18-19 at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.


WHY
Poynter's EyeTrack07 research has documented how non-narrative forms are embraced by readers but largely ignored by newspapers. The Boot Camp was geared to help participants become advocates for ASFs in their newsrooms by creating a common vocabulary, identifying appropriate opportunities for certain forms and working effectively within their own paper's culture.

WHO
Attendees included students, designers and assigning editors. The seminar was led by Josh Awtry of The Salt Lake Tribune; Sara Quinn of the Poynter Institute; Denise M. Reagan of The Florida Times-Union; and Stephen Komives of the Orlando Sentinel.

WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAID
"This was possibly the best Quick Course I've been to. Very much worth
the time and money. I really liked how this was much more about hands
on training than other seminars I've been to."

"The examples and personal stories were excellent. I understand how both design and content need to evolve together in order for an ASF to work."

"As a young designer, the Quick Course gave the needed confidence in order to present these alternative story forms at my newsroom. I'm now armed with information and ideas to help tackle upcoming projects and daily stories."

WHAT'S NEXT
The Story Forms Boot Camp will be offered three more times this year.

March 1-2: Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario
March 29-30: Freedom Forum Diversity Institute, John Seigenthaler Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
July 12-13: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois

Class size is limited, so REGISTER NOW! Learn more about all the Quick Courses being offered this year.

St. Petersburg Times designer Andrew Braford and
South Florida Sun-Sentinel assistant city desk editor Alan Cherry
collaborate on a hands-on exercise.

Boot Camp instructor Josh Awtry of The Salt Lake Tribune
helped participants identify the kinds of newsroom
personalities who can be allies in creating ASFs.


UCF student Jennifer Heimburg and Free Lance-Star
designer Angela Haughney consult on their project.

Boot Camp instructor Stephen Komives of the Orlando Sentinel
gives some advice to Free Lance-Star designer Danielle McKenrick,
South Florida Sun-Sentinel designer Kevin Cobb
and St. Petersburg Times designer Tiffany Hurt.


South Florida Sun-Sentinel assistant sports editor Kathy Laughlin
feels the pressure of deadline during an assignment.


Lexington Herald Leader designer Jeff Bowen
considers his options on the ASF final project.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Will Sullivan said...

Jeff Bowen rules.

Monday, January 21, 2008 1:31:00 AM  

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