“Flip It!” : Diversity, Community and a New American Journalism

By Francesca Lupia Stanford University From the streets of Ferguson, Missouri to the US-Mexico border, the unrest over the last year  has done more than make headlines. New emphasis on underrepresented populations has flipped the face and focus of American news. Journalistic practice must follow suit, said Alfredo Carbajal at Saturday’s APME/ASNE panel discussion, “Flip it! Disruptive ways to engage untapped audiences.” “You’ve got to deconstruct … Continue reading “Flip It!” : Diversity, Community and a New American Journalism

The man behind “The Voice of God”

By Rachel Podnar Ball State University It’s a difficult job, but somebody has to do it. Someone has to keep the conference on task, introduce speakers and let the panels know when they have to wrap up. Some call him “The Voice of God,” but he also goes by Andrew Oppmann, or @aoppmann on Twitter. Oppmann is the two-time editor of APME News magazine and an adjunct … Continue reading The man behind “The Voice of God”

Build trust, spend time, reach new audiences

By Dakota Crawford Ball State University There’s not an easy way to cover unfamiliar communities. There’s no algorithm for building trust with previously uncovered sources and there’s no covering up perceived divides between reporters and new contacts. The challenges in connecting with new audiences are numerous, but the payoff is worth it, said Alfredo Carbaja, managing editor of Al Día, The Dallas Morning News’ Spanish … Continue reading Build trust, spend time, reach new audiences

Panelists urge diversity in the newsroom

By Barry Sanders Stanford University In St. Louis, one African-American crime reporter made all the difference with the development of a police-involved shooting, said Gilbert Bailon, editor at St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “She went out there and spent time, because initially there was a lot of resistance. This was a community that was very closed off. They were suspicious of outsiders, but she was able to … Continue reading Panelists urge diversity in the newsroom

How one legacy paper is experimenting to reach a Millennial audience

By Rachel Podnar Ball State University The Herald-Tribune group’s audience in Sarasota, Florida is very old, rich and white.  Assistant managing editor Tony Elkins knew his newsroom could do better. “We were missing this market, Millennials,” he said. “It was monolithic. How can we drill down and really serve? Who are we trying to serve?” They looked into groups in the community and realized they wanted to … Continue reading How one legacy paper is experimenting to reach a Millennial audience

Self-evolved: Alex Tizon’s artful and inspiring path to himself

By Katie Kramon Stanford University Narcissism as a public service – a novel idea – and one that keynote speaker Alex Tizon focused on in his luncheon address Saturday at the annual APME-ASNE conference held on the campus of Stanford University. Tizon, an assistant professor at the University of Oregon’s School of Communication, and newly minted author of Big Little Man – In Search of … Continue reading Self-evolved: Alex Tizon’s artful and inspiring path to himself