Master class: Writing the investigative narrative *pre-registered attendees only (Friday PM)

  • Event: 2020 NICAR Conference
  • Speaker: Maria Carrillo of Tampa Bay Times
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 6 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Galerie 5 - 2nd floor
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

You’ve gathered data, docs and human sources. Now it’s time to turn your reporting into a story -- or a series -- that packs a punch. If you’re new to investigative storytelling or want to up your writing game, this workshop is for you.

Veteran editor Maria Carrillo has led some of the best narrative teams in the country. In this half-day workshop, she’ll cover the entire story lifecycle, from reporting to writing to planning for publication. Topics include:

*Understanding narrative

*Reporting for story -- How to gather the details and scenes that will give your piece emotional power

*Focus and framing – Finding your way through all that material

*Self-editing tips and techniques

*Developing a story team -- How to get photographers, artists, designers, digital producers and editors unified behind a common vision

We’ll look at examples of successful stories, pulling back the curtain to see how they came together.

Pre-registration is required and seating is limited.

Speaker Bios

  • Maria Carrillo is deputy editor/enterprise at the Tampa Bay Times, where she oversees a team of reporters and works with journalists across the newsroom on ambitious stories. She was previously enterprise editor at the Houston Chronicle and managing editor at The Virginian-Pilot. She has overseen dozens of award-winning projects, frequently lectures on narrative journalism, co-hosts a weekly podcast on craft (WriteLane) and has been a Pulitzer Prize juror four times. @havana58

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