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Friday, March 22
 

2:30pm

Registration
Friday March 22, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm

3:30pm

Opening Keynote: Farai Chideya
Friday March 22, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Metcalf Large

4:30pm

Beyond Good Guys and Bad Guys: Writing and Reporting Characters in Criminal Justice Stories
One of the most satisfying aspects of reporting on criminal justice is its moral ambiguity. In a world too often characterized by victims and perpetrators — the innocent and the guilty — your job is to locate human beings to drive your storytelling: criminals who are more than their crime, victims who are more than what happened to them. This talk will cover both practical reporting tips and tricks as well as more narrative considerations as you identify, report on, and write your characters. When covering criminal justice topics, how and where do you cast your net to look for characters? How do you reach out to, and effectively correspond with, people in prison or jail? How do you settle on just the right main character to illustrate your story? How do you make some of society's most unsympathetic people into sympathetic characters without excusing their crimes?

Speakers
avatar for Beth Schwartzapfel

Beth Schwartzapfel

Reporter, The Marshall Project
Beth Schwartzapfel is a staff writer for the Marshall Project, covering criminal justice. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Mother Jones. She won the June 2014 Sidney Award, the 2016 James Aronson Award, and the 2016 John Jay College/H.F. Guggenheim... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
East Balcony

4:30pm

Finding The Rhythm Of Narrative
There's no static formula for what makes a compelling narrative audio story but there are elements to keep in mind along the way. Let's listen to some stories and talk about creating a rhythm to your pieces that will bring the listener on a journey.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Dooling

Shannon Dooling

Reporter, WBUR
Shannon Dooling is an immigration reporter at WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station. Her work can be heard and seen on NPR, WBUR, Here & Now, Market Place, and on public radio stations across New England. She joined WBUR in 2013 as the field producer for WBUR's Morning Edition. During... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Terrace Lounge

4:30pm

Helping Writers Learn Narrative Journalism: a session for teachers, coaches and editors
Mark Kramer has taught narrative journalism since 1980 as writer-in-residence at Smith, BU, and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard, and has founded ongoing NJ conferences in England, Holland and Norway--as well as this one in Boston. In the first part of this session he'll describe the curriculum he's worked out in nearly four decades of teaching. Discussion will follow on such topics as:  how to get a running start on the semester, how to encourage intensive reading of the greats, the usefulness of modeling in class close readings of exemplary texts, how to manage site- and topic-selection for assigned reporting, why students should never write about their cousin the surgeon, what sorts of editing are instructive, what editing precepts help writers, are there words and usages we should recommend that writers should almost always omit, how to handle varied skill-levels and non-native speakers in a seminar, suggestions about what to do for a final exam.  

Speakers
avatar for Mark Kramer

Mark Kramer

Founder, Power of Narrative


Friday March 22, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
GSU 310

4:30pm

The Six Cs of Narrative Journalism
Platform matters. Time and money are nice. A good editor is a gift. But when it comes to matching your work with your aspirations, there are six essential traits you have to honor, and that you — and you alone — control.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqui Banaszynski

Jacqui Banaszynski

Editor, Nieman Storyboard
Jacqui Banaszynski is an award-winning reporter and editor who now coaches, teaches and edits journalists around the world. She taught for 17 years at the Missouri School of Journalism, and now is as a Knight Chair professor emerita. She holds a faculty fellow position at the world-renowned... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Conference Auditorium

4:30pm

What Procrastination Taught Me About Improvisation and Narrative Storytelling.
Getting started is often the hardest part to any writing project. There are Netflix shows to binge watch, selfies to pose for and laundry to fold, right? But banging up against deadlines can often lead to some of the best work. Possibly. Participants in this session will learn how procrastination can sometimes help — not hinder — the storytelling process.  

Speakers
avatar for Tanya Ballard Brown

Tanya Ballard Brown

Editor, NPR
Tanya Ballard Brown is a 2019 fellow with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, spending an academic year studying how comedic journalism -- the intersection of humor, satire and journalism -- can help journalists connect with their audiences and build community.Brown is... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Metcalf Small

5:30pm

Break and refreshments
Friday March 22, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Ziskind Lounge

6:00pm

Friday Evening Keynote: Dave Cullen
Structure & POV in Parkland and Columbine: turning events into a story 

Friday March 22, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Metcalf Large

7:30pm

 
Saturday, March 23
 

8:00am

Continental Breakfast
Saturday March 23, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Ziskind Lounge

9:00am

Saturday Opening Keynote: Eli Saslow
Saturday March 23, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Metcalf Large

10:00am

Do No Harm: Editing at the intersection of the digital revolution and the culture
It’s old-fashioned, time-consuming and somewhat inegalitarian, but if you’re trying to tell stories in a world where nothing means anything, an editor is #bffgoals.  


Speakers
avatar for Raina Kelley

Raina Kelley

Managing editor, The Undefeated
Raina Kelley is managing editor for “The Undefeated,” ESPN’s upcoming site that will examine the intersections of sports, race and culture. She oversees the site’s day-to-day content and spearheads key initiatives.  Before joining “The Undefeated,” Kelley served as deputy... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Metcalf Small

10:00am

Interviews with a Hit Man: Methods and ethics in narrative crime reporting
Narrative true crime and criminal justice reporting is as popular and varied as it has ever been—from podcasts like Serial and In the Dark, to powerful long investigations by the likes of ProPublica and The Atavist (where I was formerly the editor), to bestsellers like I'll Be Gone in the Dark and Killers of the Flower Moon. But the same stories that attract journalists with their readymade arcs and built-in emotional hooks often also present reportorial and ethical minefields. We'll talk about where and when those issues crop up—whether concerning anonymous sources, duplicitous subjects, or Hollywood options. Often the answers aren't as straightforward as they appear from afar, and we'll together examine how best to think through the fundamental questions.




Speakers
avatar for Evan Ratliff

Evan Ratliff

Author
Evan Ratliff is a journalist and the author of "The Mastermind: Drugs, Empire, Murder, Betrayal" (Random House, 2019). He is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist, a two-time Livingston Award finalist, and his feature writing for magazines including Wired, The New Yorker, The... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Conference Auditorium

10:00am

Longform Narrative on a Breaking News Schedule: Crafting the '74 Seconds' podcast
Hear how the Minnesota Public Radio team traced the shooting death of Philando Castile, followed the officer's courtroom trial and brought contextual insights about race, law enforcement and justice together for a 22 episode podcast, while simultaneously reporting the breaking news story for radio and the internet. Join the Livingston Award winning team and learn how to bring longform narrative to a breaking news story.


Speakers
avatar for Riham Feshir

Riham Feshir

reporter, Minnesota Public Radio
Riham Feshir is a reporter at Minnesota Public Radio currently reporting on immigration policy, race and culture. Feshir graduated from the University of Minnesota’s journalism program and started her career working at community newspapers in greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Mumford

Tracy Mumford

Tracy Mumford is a podcast developer producer for American Public Media, the parent company of Minnesota Public Radio. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the Salt institute, she served a one-year term with AmeriCorps and worked at nonprofit art organizations before landing... Read More →
avatar for Meg Martin

Meg Martin

managing editor, Minnesota Public Radio
Meg Martin is a managing editor on the enterprise team at Minnesota Public Radio. She joined the MPR newsroom as a digital editor after a short stint at MPR's Public Insight Network and five years in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Roanoke. She is a graduate of the University of Notre... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Backcourt

10:00am

Slavery on the High Seas: How storytelling helped free 2,000 fishermen
Speakers
avatar for Robin McDowell

Robin McDowell

Reporter, The Associated Press
Robin McDowell is an investigative reporter for The Associated Press. She spent much of the last two decades in Southeast Asia, writing about human rights abuses, political upheaval and environmental destruction. Most notably, a series of stories written and reported with three colleagues... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
East Balcony

10:00am

The Trauma of Journalism: Self-care for journalists
Experts tell us that almost all journalists are exposed to traumatic-stress experiences at some point in their careers: reporters arrive with first responders at accident scenes, photo editors wade through graphic footage, everyone scrolls through prevalent social media posts after shootings and mass disasters, and, in today's political climate,  journalists are sometimes seen as the enemy . It is more important than ever to acknowledge that these experiences can take a psychological toll. This session will explore how journalists can prioritize their mental health and well-being and will offer concrete tips on how to care for yourself after a difficult assignment.  

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Kess

Sarah Kess

Sarah Kess teaches Trauma Journalism at Boston University, in addition to working as the coordinator of BU's department of journalism and as Assistant Director of the Power of Narrative conference. She was previously an editor with the Ochberg Society for TraumaJournalism... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Terrace Lounge

11:00am

Headline Keynote: Katherine Boo and Matthew Desmond in conversation
Speakers
avatar for Katherine Boo

Katherine Boo

Author
Over 25 years as a journalist, Katherine Boo has established herself as a fearless, honest writer dedicated to telling the stories of the poor and the overlooked in writing that crackles with novelistic intensity. A contributing writer for The New Yorker and a former reporter and... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond

Author
MacArthur Genius Matthew Desmond’s New York Times bestselling book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" draws on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data. "Evicted" won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the National Books Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Metcalf Large

12:30pm

Lunch
Lunch on your own. Nearby lunch spots include:

The ground floor of the GSU, home to spots like Rhett's Diner (great for burgers), Charles River Bread Co. (fresh sandwiches), Copper Kettle Soups, Basho Sushi and more.

Otto Pizza (888 Commonwealth Avenue)

Chipotle (876 Commonwealth Avenue)

Pavement Coffeehouse (736 Commonwealth Avenue)

Life Alive (888 Commonwealth Avenue)

Sunset Cantina (916 Commonwealth Avenue)

Saturday March 23, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm

1:45pm

Keynote Panel: Telling the Stories of Immigrants and Refugees
Speakers
avatar for Maria Sacchetti

Maria Sacchetti

Reporter, The Washington Post
Maria Sacchetti covers immigration for The Washington Post. She previously reported for the Boston Globe, where her reporting led to the release of several immigrants from jail. She investigated the secrecy surrounding the U.S. immigration system and covered the deportation hearings... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Dooling

Shannon Dooling

Reporter, WBUR
Shannon Dooling is an immigration reporter at WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station. Her work can be heard and seen on NPR, WBUR, Here & Now, Market Place, and on public radio stations across New England. She joined WBUR in 2013 as the field producer for WBUR's Morning Edition. During... Read More →
avatar for Francesca Trianni

Francesca Trianni

video producer, TIME
Francesca Trianni is an award-winning staff video producer at TIME, with a focus in international news. Since joining TIME, Francesca has contributed to many of TIME’s most important stories, including features for Person of the Year and Time 100. Francesca produced, filmed and... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Metcalf Large

3:00pm

"Empathy for the Devil": On writing about wickedness and weakness.
Sharlet will draw on his bestselling book The Family and stories for publications such as EsquireNew York Times Magazine, and Harper's to explore how we write about the most radically "other" subjects there are: those who elicit hatred or contempt. What are the ethical, moral, and personal perils of getting close -- sometimes too close -- to those you consider "bad guys"?

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Sharlet

Jeff Sharlet

Author
Jeff Sharlet is the nationally bestselling author, co-author, or editor of six books, including The Family, C Street, and Sweet Heaven When I Die' a winner of the National Magazine Award for his 2014 GQ story on LGBTQ life in Russia, "Inside the Iron Closet"; a contributor to Harper's, Esquire, Rolling... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
East Balcony

3:00pm

China: An Investigative Narrative
Speakers
avatar for David Barboza

David Barboza

Correspondent, The New York Times
David Barboza is a correspondent for The New York Times.  In 2013, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting “for his striking exposure of corruption at high levels of the Chinese government, including billions in secret wealth owned by relatives of the prime... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Terrace Lounge

3:00pm

Pitch Panel
Speakers
avatar for Joy Tutela

Joy Tutela

Literary agent, David Black Literary Agency
An agent with the David Black Literary Agency since 1998, Joy Tutela represents illustrators and various genres of books, including: women’s and LGBTQ+ issues, narrative non-fiction, memoir, history, sports, self-help, business, science, parenting, psychology, humor, cooking, lifestyle... Read More →
avatar for Helene Atwan

Helene Atwan

Director, Beacon Press
Helene Atwan has been director of Beacon Press since October 1995. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Virginia. She began her career in publishing at Random House in 1976, and has worked at Alfred A. Knopf, Viking Press; Farrar, Straus and... Read More →
avatar for Raina Kelley

Raina Kelley

Managing editor, The Undefeated
Raina Kelley is managing editor for “The Undefeated,” ESPN’s upcoming site that will examine the intersections of sports, race and culture. She oversees the site’s day-to-day content and spearheads key initiatives.  Before joining “The Undefeated,” Kelley served as deputy... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Krichevsky

Stuart Krichevsky

President, Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency
Stuart Krichevsky has over thirty years experience as a literary agent. Since 1995, he has been president of the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency, and was previously an agent with Sterling Lord Literistic, where he began his career as a part-time mail clerk.Krichevsky represents... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Metcalf Small

3:00pm

Signal from the Noise: How building a database can shape narrative decisions
Boston Globe reporters Meghan Irons and Malcolm Gay take you behind the scenes of The Valedictorians Project, a data-intensive series that explored education, inequality and social mobility through the stories of more than 150 valedictorians. Irons and Gay will discuss the months-long project, which eventually tapped resources across the newsroom and demanded broad data collection, in-depth on-the-ground reporting, and deep analysis -- all told through a variety of media.

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Irons

Meghan Irons

Meghan E. Irons covers social justice and race for the Boston Globe and was a City Hall Bureau chief for the paper. Her body of work in her nearly 17 years at the Globe includes stories in which race, class, and culture intersect. Her recent work includes breaking news coverage of... Read More →
avatar for Malcolm Gay

Malcolm Gay

Malcolm Gay covers visual and performing arts for The Boston Globe, where he was a lead writer and reporter on The Valedictorians Project. Before joining the paper, Gay wrote frequently for The New York Times, and has contributed to The Atlantic, Time, and several other publications... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Backcourt

3:00pm

The Other 1% — Exploring the Traumas of Veterans and Military Families
The U.S. spends more than $800B on Defense and Veterans Affairs yet less than 5% of journalism explores these topics. As the Forever War enters its 17th year and now stretches across seven countries, the burden of fighting our country's wars falls on less than one percent of our citizens and makes storytelling about war and its impact more important than ever. We'll talk about how to report on the military's untold stories and how to interview survivors of trauma.  

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Brennan

Thomas Brennan

Founder, The War Horse
Thomas Brennan is the founder and editor-at-large of The War Horse, an award-winning nonprofit newsroom dedicated to educating the public on military service and war, and its impact on those who serve. The War Horse's reporting has led to changes in military and federal law and has... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Conference Auditorium

4:15pm

Saturday Closing Keynote: Al Letson
Speakers
avatar for Al Letson

Al Letson

Host, Reveal
Soul-stirring, interdisciplinary work has garnered Al Letson national recognition and devoted fans. In 2008 Letson created, hosted, and executive produced State of the Re:Union (SOTRU). Every episode SOTRU examined America through the lens of community. The program aired on more than... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Metcalf Large

5:30pm

Boston Globe Reception
Saturday March 23, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Hotel Commonwealth 500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA
 
Sunday, March 24
 

8:00am

Continental Breakfast
Sunday March 24, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Ziskind Lounge

9:00am

Digging for the Truth: Verification using public records resources
Caryn Baird is the Senior News Researcher at the Tampa Bay Times.  For more than 20 years, she has verified people, places and events before the story is written.  She has research credit on five Pulitzers and several other award-winning stories. Baird will present  "Digging for the Truth: Verification using public records resources," an overview of public records research.  Attendees will leave with a working set of over 50 free bookmarks to nationwide resources.  The links can help you check a Las Vegas marriage, verify a deceased veteran’s rank or locate a 1935 obituary.

Speakers
avatar for Caryn Bush-Baird

Caryn Bush-Baird

Senior News Researcher, Tampa Bay Times
Caryn Bush Baird is a Senior News Researcher at the Tampa Bay Times. With over 20 years experience in the newsroom, she has research credit on five Pulitzers. Her session will show you how to vet your subject and verify their story using public records available on the internet. You... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Metcalf Small

9:00am

Justice in the Shadows
Speakers
avatar for Maria Sacchetti

Maria Sacchetti

Reporter, The Washington Post
Maria Sacchetti covers immigration for The Washington Post. She previously reported for the Boston Globe, where her reporting led to the release of several immigrants from jail. She investigated the secrecy surrounding the U.S. immigration system and covered the deportation hearings... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Terrace Lounge

9:00am

The Daring Dance of the Interview
The interview is a reporter’s first and most important tool. And when interviewing for authentic, intimate and often sensitive stories, it requires a high level of awareness and mastery. We’ll work through the process of high-wire interviewing, from negotiating trust to probing for credibility to asking the most delicate of questions.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqui Banaszynski

Jacqui Banaszynski

Editor, Nieman Storyboard
Jacqui Banaszynski is an award-winning reporter and editor who now coaches, teaches and edits journalists around the world. She taught for 17 years at the Missouri School of Journalism, and now is as a Knight Chair professor emerita. She holds a faculty fellow position at the world-renowned... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Conference Auditorium

9:00am

What Watching Bill Belichick Taught Me About Story Building
Michael will explain his writing process, from outline to rough drafts to publication. He will also show participants how several of Belichick’s behind-the-scenes methods connect and lead to successful storytelling.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Holley

Michael Holley

Host, NBC Sports Boston
Michael Holley spent 10 years with The Boston Globe, where his jobs included general assignment sports reporter, Celtics beat writer, and sports columnist. He also worked at The Chicago Tribune and Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal. While with the Beacon Journal, he was part of a reporting... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
East Balcony

10:15am

Author and Agent: What to Expect When You're Expecting a Book Deal
Speakers
avatar for Stuart Krichevsky

Stuart Krichevsky

President, Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency
Stuart Krichevsky has over thirty years experience as a literary agent. Since 1995, he has been president of the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency, and was previously an agent with Sterling Lord Literistic, where he began his career as a part-time mail clerk.Krichevsky represents... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Conference Auditorium

10:15am

Data as a Backbone of Narrative Stories
It's not about math or numbers. In this session, we will explore how to harness data to find and tell meaningful, important stories with impact. We will go behind the scenes to learn how data enables storytellers to put on a wider lens and explore the big picture while at the same time providing the perfect tool to zoom in and find powerful, hidden anecdotes.  

Speakers
avatar for Brooke Williams

Brooke Williams

Investigative reporter and associate professor of the practice of computational journalism, Boston University
Brooke Williams is an investigative journalist and associate professor of the practice of computational journalism at Boston University. She specializes in data-driven reporting and storytelling to hold powerful accountable. Most recently, a series of front-page investigations Williams... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Metcalf Small

10:15am

How Voice Works: Are you searching for a voice in the right place?
You'll come away from this talk with a clearer sense of how to revise for clarity and good company.  We'll discuss:         
1. An elegant definition of voice that clarifies a writer's everyday chores.
2. What an effective voice sounds like (hint: probably not like Tom Wolfe or Hunter Thompson).
3. How identifying your the right voice affects topic selection, reporting, scene setting, character development, pace, and meaning.
4. How to tell stories personally without getting in the middle of them.  
5. Half-a-dozen simple, reliable edits for cleaner, more direct, companionable and entertaining sentences.
6. How voice shapes readers' word-by-word experience--the core of what you're constructing.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Kramer

Mark Kramer

Founder, Power of Narrative


Sunday March 24, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Terrace Lounge

10:15am

Lives Askew: Stories From the Street
In the summer of 1990, I met Bert Lewis, a homeless veteran living on the Boston Common. He invited me (more like he directed me) and my camera  to follow him, hear his story and see his life on the streets of Boston. What followed was a short documentary, "Bert Lewis: A Year in the Life". After that, I have continued to return to the streets to hear and tell the stories of the invisible men and women there.  This session will provide insight on how to approach subjects in different ways and tips on looking at subjects through different perspectives. 

Speakers
avatar for John Baynard

John Baynard

John Baynard is a multi-award winning documentary filmmaker, photojournalist and an adjunct professor of Journalism at Boston University. He has worked as a director, producer, cinematographer, editor and photographer for various outlets including PBS, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
East Balcony

11:30am

Closing Keynote: Jill Lepore
Speakers
avatar for Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. A prize-winning professor, she teaches classes in evidence, historical methods, humanistic inquiry, and American history. Much of her scholarship... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
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