Join us at the Missouri School of Journalism for a virtual experience where you will learn from School of Journalism faculty and visiting professionals how to improve your writing, interviewing, and storytelling skills. Attendees will learn techniques for audio, podcasting and video along with tools for being a good investigative reporter. Professional faculty include:

  • Tisha Thompson, Investigative Reporter for ESPN;
  • John Haskins from the New York Times;
  • Matt Winer from NBA TV;
  • Russ Mitchell, News Anchor at WKYC in Cleveland and former CBS correspondent;
  • Wale Aliyu, Emmy Award-winning News Reporter at WFXT in Boston;
  • Alexis Zotos, award-winning Reporter and Podcaster, KMOV-TV in St. Louis;
  • Corey Johnson, Investigative Reporter from the Tampa Bay Times.

Sessions will include hands-on exercises for writing and interviewing, plus opportunities for some coaching from faculty and professional journalists. Bring story ideas you want to develop for next school year, samples of work that you want to enhance or just come and learn as much as you can to make you better for your newspaper or broadcast class next year.


Schedule (Tentative)

Monday, June 22, 2020

  • 9:00 a.m. Welcome, Overview and Introductions
  • 9:30 a.m. Writing Tools/Writing Essentials
    • John Haskin, The New York Times
  • 11:00 a.m. Break
  • 11:15 a.m. How to make the most of your interview.
    • Tisha Thompson, ESPN
  • 12:45 p.m. Lunch Break
  • 1:30 p.m. Assignment: Interview/Story. (Participants conduct an interview and write a story.)

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

  • 9 a.m. Meet with coaches to talk about interview stories.
  • 10 a.m. Broadcast Reporting
    • Russ Mitchell, Anchor and Managing Editor, WKYC-TV Cleveland
  • 11:30 a.m. Break
  • 11:45 a.m. Audio and Podcasting
    • Alexis Zotos, Reporter and Podcaster, KMOV-TV, St. Louis
  • 12:45 p.m. Lunch Break
  • 1:15 p.m. Assignment: Broadcast. (Remote video assignment.)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

  • 9:00 a.m. Meet with coaches to talk about video remote assignment.
  • 10 a.m. Using social media as an investigative tool.
    • Mark Horvit, Associate Professor, Missouri School of Journalism
  • 11 a.m. Break
  • 11:15 a.m. Building Your Career
    • Corey Johnson, Investigative Reporter, Tampa Bay Times
  • 12:15 p.m. Pick one:
    • Sports Broadcasting – Matt Winer, Sports Host, NBA-TV
    • Strategic Communication (Public Relations/Advertising) – Frank Corridori, Associate Professor, Missouri School of Journalism
  • 1:15 p.m. Wrap up.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

  • 9 a.m. to Noon. Climate Reporting Workshop (Optional Session)
    • Climate change isn’t a future, distant problem – the effects are already being felt now, in all of our communities. Attend this interactive workshop alongside college and professional journalists to learn what the impacts are in your area, where to find solid scientific information, and how to cover the climate change story confidently and compellingly. Presented in partnership with Climate Matters in the Newsroom, an NSF-funded collaboration between scientists and journalists to provide resources for local climate reporting. Seats are limited and admission will be by application.
    • Speakers:
      • Sara Shipley Hiles, Associate Professor, Missouri School of Journalism (Moderator)
      • Susan Hassol, Director, Climate Communication and Training Lead, Climate Matters in the Newsroom
      • Scott Denning, Climate Scientist and Professor of Atmospheric Science, Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, Colorado State University
      • Ed Maibach, Director, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication; Principal Investigator, Climate Matters in the Newsroom
      • Bernadette Woods Placky, Chief Meteorologist and Climate Matters Director, Climate Central, Climate Matters in the Newsroom

For more information, please contact Ron Kelley.