Under pressure: Real life in real time with breaking news

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Stephen Stock of NBC Bay Area
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 12 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Mattie Silks
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

It’s become one of the hottest sessions at every CAR conference. How would you and your newsroom fair in digging out little known facts and information under the pressure of a breaking news deadline? One of the best ways to get better is to practice. In this exercise, we want you to imagine that you’re a journalist in Denver when breaking news hits your scanner. Get a game plan and figure out where you want to search. Try to find as much information that can help you move the story forward with a watchdog eye. Set the clock as a timer for 5- to 10-minute intervals to see how quickly you can find information. Once you’re done, compare yourself to others in the room. This is a real life scenario where you can learn to break news by never leaving your computer. The skills learned in this seminar can also be used for turning daily general assignment stories when there’s NOT breaking news. This session regularly fills up and the tipsheet that comes with it is in high demand. If you’re interested get there early to get a seat.

Speaker Bios

  • Hard to believe but more than 35 years ago Stephen began as a GA reporter in Roanoke, VA. Since then he’s covered everything from shuttle launches to hurricanes, presidents to popes. Now a founding member of NBC Bay Area’s 17-member Investigative Unit, he’s won everything from a Peabody, to a duPont, a national SPJ, 3 Murrow & 6 AP awards, 17 regional Emmys and a national Emmy nomination. He's taught at IRE for a decade. His work has changed laws & lives. @stephenstocktv

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