Reporter training: Write this date down


Your up-and-coming reporters will get top-notch training at this summer’s Road Show for Reporters.

The workshop June 18 in Indianapolis will emphasize the theme “Must-Have Tools of the Trade.”

Reporters will return to work with practical skills on writing effective leads and nut graphs, gaining the trust of sources, finding enterprise stories, and obtaining public records.

Speakers include this year’s SPJ Indiana Journalist of the Year. Click here to register.

Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors and HSPA Foundation sponsor the annual seminar for up-and-coming reporters and others who want to gain insights from award-winning journalists.

This year’s event will again take place at The Indianapolis Star’s Pul­liam Production Center, 8278 N. Georgetown Road, Indianapolis.

The 2015 Road Show will include sessions with training on:

• Nailing the narrative. Reporters will get practical tips on writing leads and nut graphs that get to the heart of the story.

• Stocking your reporting toolbox. An award-winning reporter will share how she finds stories outside of scanners, meetings and press releases.

• Interviewing nuts and bolts. Journalists will learn ways to cultivate trust and persuade (nearly) anyone to tell their story.

• Dropping the hammer on public access to information. Reporters will learn about their rights to obtain records and attend meetings.

The cost is $30 per person by the early-bird deadline of May 29. After that, registration is $40 per person. Light breakfast, lunch and a 2015 AP Stylebook are included.

Journalists can register in just five minutes by clicking here.

Other information and the brochure that newsrooms received by mail also are available on that website.

The annual workshop provides excellent training at a low cost for HSPA members. Road Show speakers have a variety of experiences to share with attendees.

Steve Key, HSPA’s executive director and general counsel, is the state’s top resource on the Open Door Law and Access to Public Records Act.

John Krull, director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, had a long career as a newspaper reporter, columnist, feature writer and editorial writer before his current post.

Marisa Kwiatkowski joined The Indianapolis Star’s investigative team in 2013 after stints at several other newspapers. The Society of Professional Journalists named her the 2015 Indiana Journalist of the Year.

Laura Lane, the criminal justice reporter at The Herald-Times (Bloomington), also writes a weekly column about people and their cars called My Favorite Ride and pens freelance magazine articles.

George Garties, The Associated Press’ bureau chief for Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, will briefly share changes in the 2015 AP Stylebook.

For more information on the Road Show for Reporters, click here or call (317) 803-4772.