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Sunday, September 8
 

1:00pm

How Any Journalist Can Earn Trust
Stop thinking of distrust in journalism as an unsolvable, big-picture problem. Instead, find concrete ways everyone in your organization can work to demonstrate credibility and *earn* trust every day. It starts with understanding your community’s misassumptions and turning their questions and feedback into opportunities to demonstrate your credibility.

In this four-hour workshop with the staff of Trusting News:
  • You'll hear what we've learned about the most common causes of mistrust. (Some of them will feel all too familiar, and some may surprise you.) 
  • You'll see dozens of examples of what our partner newsrooms have done to address these problems. Our focus is on day-to-day solutions any journalist can employ, so, you're guaranteed to be exposed to ideas you could put into practice right away. 
  • You'll bring your own challenges with trust and credibility, and we'll map out plans to address them directly. 
  • You'll leave the workshop feeling more optimistic about your relationship with your community. You'll be ready to empower your colleagues (in every department, at every level) to take ownership over the problem of trust.

Registration for this workshop is required. You can register for this workshop here!

Speakers
JM

Joy Mayer

Trusting News Director, Trusting News Project, Poynter Institute
Joy Mayer founded Trusting News in 2016 after a 20-year career in newsrooms and teaching. She spent 12 years at the Missouri School of Journalism, where she created an audience engagement curriculum and a community outreach team in the newsroom of the Columbia Missourian and also... Read More →
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Lynn Walsh

Trusting News Assistant Director, Trusting News Project, Poynter Institute
Lynn Walsh is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has worked in investigative journalism at the national level and locally in California, Ohio, Texas and Florida. She is the current Ethics Chair for the Society of Professional Journalists and a past national president for the organization... Read More →



Sunday September 8, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Balcony K New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

5:00pm

NLA Board Meeting
Sunday September 8, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Balcony L New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

8:00pm

NLA Board Dinner
Sunday September 8, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
TBA
 
Monday, September 9
 

9:00am

Welcome/Press Conference
Official introduction of the News Leaders Association. This will also serve as the Annual Business Meeting for NLA.

Speakers
NB

Nancy Barnes

Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director, NPR
AM

Angie Muhs

Association President, Associated Press Media Editors
MD

Michael Days

Vice President Diversity & Inclusion, The Philadelphia Inquirer
AO

Andrew Oppman

Vice President and Spokesman, Marketing and Communications, Middle Tennessee State University


Monday September 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am
Salon E-H New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

9:30am

Covering Disasters
Climate change is not only affecting people that live in areas prone to dramatic weather, but it is also impacting newsrooms – from preparedness to staffing to budgets. In this session, photographers and editors share their insights into planning and covering these breaking news events.

Moderators
PT

Pat Traylor

Director of Photography, The Denver Post

Speakers
SO

Sam Owens

Staff Photographer/Videographer, Evansville Courier & Press
EC

Elizabeth Conley

Staff Photographer, Houston Chronicle
KF

Kathleen Flynn

New Orleans-based freelance photographer
NF

Nicole Fruge

Director of Photography, San Francisco Chronicle
MB

Max Becherer

Photo Editor, The Advocate


Monday September 9, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Balcony M-N New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

9:30am

Evolution of the Modern Editor
A generation ago, editors could be content with journalism alone. Now an increasing number are serving as publishers, helping produce ad products, considering new business models, working on circulation events and managing increasingly complicated budgets. What skills does someone need to step up in the leadership ranks, and what do current editors wish they had known before taking the top job?

Moderators
MP

Mitch Pugh

Executive Editor, The Post and Courier

Speakers
KH

Katrice Hardy

Executive Editor, Greenville News
TA

Trif Alatzas

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, The Baltimore Sun


Monday September 9, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Balcony I-J New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:45am

Alternative story forms
Alternative story forms are all the rage in online journalism, but for photographers and photo editors, it is more than just the buzz word du jour. It is an opportunity for the visual people to stretch their creative wings and allow great photography and video to lead the way.

Moderators
MM

Melanie Maxwell

Picture Editor, Detroit Free Press

Speakers
AT

Almudena Toral

Head of Enterprise Video, Univision Digital
CM

Chelsea Matiash

Senior Editor, Digital Storytelling & Training, New York Times
AD

Anjanette Delgado

Senior News Director for Digital, Detroit Free Press


Monday September 9, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Balcony L New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:45am

Being a Strategic Partner with Your Community
Community engagement is becoming more important for news organizations, especially in underserved parts of our coverage area as a result of dwindling reporting resources. This session provides examples from newsrooms that have been successful with outreach to these communities to increase trust and expand audience.

Moderators
RB

Ruby Bailey

Executive Editor and Missouri Community Newspaper Management Chair, Columbia Missourian, University of Missouri School of Journalism

Speakers
TN

Tony Norman

Columnist and Reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
EB

Esmeralda Bermudez

Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times
DA

Dennis Anderson

Executive Editor, Journal Star of Peoria, Illinois


Monday September 9, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Balcony I-J New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:45am

Finding Time for Enterprise in the Age of Digital Transformation
A deeply reported and beautifully told story, in words and/or pictures, is one of the greatest gifts we can give our readers. But how can we make time for enterprise work when we are constantly distracted by the scramble for audience growth and the need to rack up more digital subscribers? Two editors talk about the work they're doing to make sure their newsrooms keep telling longform stories.

Moderators
MW

Mike Wilson

Executive Editor, Dallas Morning News

Speakers
MR

Mark Russell

Executive Editor, Memphis Commercial Appeal


Monday September 9, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Balcony M-N New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

12:00pm

Lunch Speaker: Maria Ressa
Our keynote speaker for our Monday lunch will be the CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler.com, Maria Ressa.

Maria Ressa is a Filipino-American journalist who writes extensively about the current government and has been imprisoned on several occasions for writing articles critical of President Duarte. We are honored to have her speak at our inaugural conference, and hope you will join us for this incredible opportunity to hear her speak.

To join us for the Monday lunch session, you can purchase your lunch tickets as part of your #NLAinNOLA registration or buy them separately in our online store.

This speaker is sponsored by Pepper Hamilton LLP.

Speakers
MR

Maria Ressa

CEO; Executive Editor, Rappler.com


Monday September 9, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Salon E-H New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:45pm

Get Your Trust Back
What can be done to counter accusations of media bias and made-up
stories? What literacy skills do news consumers need to develop to
combat misinformation, and what can journalists do to help? Our
panelists will share examples of what their organizations are doing to
rebuild public trust and boost media literacy – from demystifying the
news process to engaging with the community to clearly differentiating
between news and opinion. Get strategies for your newsroom.

Speakers
TP

Tracie Potts

Correspondent, NBC News4
JM

Joy Mayer

Trusting News Director, Trusting News Project, Poynter Institute
Joy Mayer founded Trusting News in 2016 after a 20-year career in newsrooms and teaching. She spent 12 years at the Missouri School of Journalism, where she created an audience engagement curriculum and a community outreach team in the newsroom of the Columbia Missourian and also... Read More →
MF

Mike Fannin

Editor/VP, The Kansas City Star
BM

Barbara McCormack

VP Education, Newseum/Freedom Forum Institute


Monday September 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Balcony I-J New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:45pm

Local News People Will Pay For
We all know what people are reading online. But what are the unique behaviors of local news readers who actually pay? Data scientists and researchers at the Medill School at Northwestern partnered with three metro news organizations — the Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and Indianapolis Star — to find the answers to that question, analyzing 13 terabytes of reader and subscriber data and talking to local residents. All of these insights are critical for newsrooms to understand as the industry pivots from an advertising-supported business model, with its premium on clicks, to a reader-supported model that rewards other metrics.

Moderators
TF

Tim Franklin

Senior Associate Dean, Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University
EM

Ed Malthouse

Research Director, Spiegel Research Center, Northwestern University

Speakers
AC

Audrey Cooper

Executive Editor, San Francisco Chronicle
CT

Chrissy Taylor

Managing Editor, Chicago Tribune
AN

Amalie Nash

Vice President for Local News, Gannett


Monday September 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Balcony M-N New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:45pm

Women in Photojournalism
For decades, women have been working as photojournalists, but with the recent revelations about sexual harassment — sparked by the #metoo movement — and the still mostly male (mostly white) bylines that tend to dominate the front pages of many newspapers, many women in the field are asking how far have we really come in the quest for equality? In this session, panelists will discuss what challenges still exist for women in photojournalism, but also how and where some of these challenges are being dismantled?

Moderators
DP

Deb Pastner

Director of Photography, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Speakers
MA

Marcia Allert

Director of Photography, Dallas Morning News
NF

Nicole Fruge

Director of Photography, San Francisco Chronicle
EC

Elizabeth Conley

Staff Photographer, Houston Chronicle
KF

Kathleen Flynn

New Orleans-based freelance photographer
SO

Sam Owens

Staff Photographer/Videographer, Evansville Courier & Press


Monday September 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Balcony L New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

2:45pm

The Five Updates Your Ethics Policy Needs Before Election Season
Most newsroom ethics policies have failed to keep pace with the news cycle. Guidance that is implicit needs to be made explicit. Staff members who were previously considered outside of the policy now need to be included. And new situations like live events and new products cry out for new standards. In this session, we'll review the painless steps that you can take immediately to prevent future blow-ups.

Speakers
KM

Kelly McBride

Senior Vice President, Poynter Institute


Monday September 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:35pm
Balcony M-N New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

2:45pm

Visual literacy across the newsroom
On most newspaper websites, every story posted needs a photograph, but because of dwindling resources – especially in the photo editing ranks - newsrooms are struggling to find just the right photos to accompany those stories. In this session, we will discuss the do’s and don’ts of picture editing for the web including utilizing archives, stock images and the wires while at the same time making sound journalistic and legal choices that bolster your coverage, engage your audiences and prevent you from potentially getting sued for copy infringement.

Moderators
KK

Kathy Kieliszewski

Director, Photo and Video, Detroit Free Press

Speakers
DA

David Ake

Director of Photography, Associated Press
NF

Nicole Fruge

Director of Photography, San Francisco Chronicle
AE

Aimee Edmondson

professor of History of American Journalism and Communications Law, Scripps School of Journalism / Ohio University


Monday September 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:35pm
Balcony L New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

4:00pm

Census 2020
Takeaways on how to plan for covering the 2020 Census. How to plan coverage of the impact the numbers have on your community. How to make sure the entire U.S. population is counted. What you need to know now about the process.

Moderators
AM

Angie Muhs

Association President, Associated Press Media Editors

Speakers
MC

Michael C. Cook Sr.

Division Chief, Public Information Office, U.S. Census Bureau
AK

Angel Kastanis

Data Journalists/Analyst, Associated Press
DC

D'Vera Cohn

Senior Writer/Editor, Pew Research Center


Monday September 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Balcony I-J New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

4:00pm

Podcasting: Opportunities, Realities and Best Practices
This is the Golden Age for Podcasts with an explosion of content, listeners and revenue. From both creative and business perspectives, you will get an overview of the industry, a realistic sense of the challenges facing anyone getting into podcasting, a sense of how NPR thinks about podcasting and balances creative, journalistic and financial imperatives, as well as some best practices from NPR.

Moderators
CT

Christopher Turpin

Vice President for Editorial Innovation and Special Projects, NPR

Speakers
BR

Brett Robinson

Vice President of Ad Operations, National Public Media / NPR
NE

N'Jeri Eaton

Deputy Director of Programming, NPR


Monday September 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Balcony M-N New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

5:30pm

Opening Reception
Sponsored by The Advocate and will be at 840 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA

Monday September 9, 2019 5:30pm - 8:00pm
The Advocate 840 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

8:00pm

Editor dinners
Gather with other editors from similar publications and share your ideas: what has worked, what hasn't? This is a great opportunity to help others where you succeed and steal great ideas that you didn't think of. Meet new people and have fun in one of the best dining destinations in the world.

Monday September 9, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
TBA
 
Tuesday, September 10
 

8:00am

Coffee With Your Counsel
Join NLA general counsel Kevin Goldberg and Eli Segal, co-chair of Pepper Hamilton’s First Amendment and Newsroom practice, for a fast-paced session modeled on our Press Freedom Legal Hotline. Come prepared with questions because nothing is out of bounds. Kevin and Eli will be ready to get things started off (if necessary) with a few legal trends you need to know about.

Your morning coffee after this session brought to you by Pepper Hamilton LLP.

Speakers
KG

Kevin Goldberg

Member, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC
NLA Legal Counsel
ES

Eli Segal

Partner & Co-Chair, First Amendment and Newsroom Practice, Pepper Hamilton LLP


Tuesday September 10, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Balcony M-N New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

8:45am

Newsroom diversity: Where we are and how we can do better
After the presentation of ASNE's 2019 diversity survey results, Hollis Towns, Regional Editor of the North for USA Today Network, will lead a panel discussion with Maribel Perez Wadsworth, President of the USA Today Network, Martin Reynolds, Co-Executive Director of the Maynard Institute and Stan Wischnowski, executive editor and senior vice president of the Philadelphia Inquirer, on how they have created more diverse and inclusive news organizations with tips and real-life examples of what works.

Speakers
MR

Martin Reynolds

Co-Executive Director, External Affairs and Funding, Maynard Institute
HT

Hollis Towns

Northeast Regional Editor / Vice President for News, USA Today Network / Gannett
MP

Maribel Perez Wadsworth

President, USA Today Network
SW

Stan Wischnowski

Executive Editor; Senior Vice President, Philadelphia Inquirer


Tuesday September 10, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am
Salon E-H New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:15am

My Best Revenue Idea
A collective roundtable exploring the best revenue ideas from editors who have made it work. Come prepared to share your own ideas and what made them work.

Moderators
MP

Mitch Pugh

Executive Editor, The Post and Courier

Tuesday September 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Balcony M-N New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

10:15am

Workplace Integrity: Do You Qualify As An Ally?
You oppose harassment, discrimination and incivility. You want co-workers, especially those who’ve traditionally been underrepresented in newsrooms, to know you stand ready to support them as an ally. But just as you can’t describe yourself as a leader unless people choose to follow you, you can’t simply declare that you’re an ally unless others see you as such. How do you earn that distinction? In this session, drawn from the Freedom Forum Institute’s Power Shift Project, Jill Geisler will share ten ways you can earn the right to be called an ally. She’ll also share valuable information on free Workplace Integrity training opportunities for your newsroom.

Speakers
JG

Jill Geisler

Bill Plante Chair in Leadership & Media Integrity; Freedom Forum Institute Fellow in Women's Leadership, Loyola University Chicago


Tuesday September 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Balcony I-J New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:05am

Funding our future: How community funding can support newsrooms
Learn from one of the leaders in securing community funding to pay for local journalism. Hear about lessons learned, pitfalls avoided and insights into how news organizations of any size can seek large foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and individual donations to support the journalism that matters most to their communities.

Speakers
SP

Sharon Pian Chan

Vice President of Philanthropy, New York Times


Tuesday September 10, 2019 11:05am - 12:00pm
Balcony M-N New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

11:05am

What Audience-Centric Newsrooms Do Right
With more and more organizations focusing on audience revenue and digital subscriptions, how do we align our newsrooms to be focused on driving that mission? How do we change habits, behaviors, what we measure and more? Focus on best practices and case studies and examples.

Moderators
MP

Mitch Pugh

Executive Editor, The Post and Courier

Speakers
SD

Suki Dardarian

Senior Managing Editor and Vice President, Minneapolis Star Tribune
DG

Danny Gawlowski

Assistant Managing Editor, The Seattle Times
HM

Holly Moore

Director of Now teams and planning, USA Today Network


Tuesday September 10, 2019 11:05am - 12:00pm
Balcony I-J New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

12:00pm

Keynote Lunch Speaker
Our keynote speaker for our Tuesday lunch will be announced shortly.

To join us for the Tuesday lunch session, you can purchase your lunch tickets as part of your #NLAinNOLA registration or buy them separately in our online store.

Tuesday September 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Salon E-H New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:45pm

Growing into a News Desert
News deserts are growing across the country, but new efforts are underway to reach into underserved communities. We'll explore the opportunities that these changes pose for local, metro and regional news operations and some of the new models and approaches focused on serving these news-hungry communities.

Moderators
RT

Robyn Tomlin

Executive Editor / Regional Editor, The News & Observer / McClatchy

Speakers
MJ

Mandy Jenkins

General Manager, The Compass Experiment
PA

Penny Abernathy

Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics, University of North Carolina
PB

Peter Baniak

Editor & Vice President, Lexington Herald-Leader
CO

Charles Ornstein

Deputy Managing Editor, ProPublica


Tuesday September 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Balcony I-J New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:45pm

Leading In A Time of Stress
Working with reporters in the aftermath of a traumatizing event; interview techniques during a crisis; impact of a news organization's credibility during a crisis; building the staff's resilience; dealing with graphic images and UGC content; and how to respond as an industry under attack.

Speakers
BS

Bruce Shapiro

Executive Director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism


Tuesday September 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Balcony M-N New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

1:45pm

Max Becherer – Staff Pulitzer to Merger. Navigating a photo department through success and changes.
Local photographer presents.

Speakers
MB

Max Becherer

Photo Editor, The Advocate


Tuesday September 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Balcony L New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Executing the Big Project — On Time and Under Budget
Today's editors need to keep track of copy, digital assets, video, graphics and a ton of other assets. What are the best ways to keep your projects on track without alienating whole teams of journalists? Top projects editors share their organizational tips and secrets to producing first-rate journalism without the unnecessary drama.

Speakers
KB

Kathy Best

Director, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism
DB

Dana Banker

Managing Editor, South Florida Sun Sentinel
SS

Sara Solovitch

Executive Editor, Searchlight New Mexico


Tuesday September 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Balcony M-N New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Managing across generations
A new generation of journalists means new conversations about journalism and how to manage those who produce it. We examine tips and warning signs of a generational divide within your newsroom, and how to stay in front of it.


Speakers
MJ

Mandy Jenkins

General Manager, The Compass Experiment
PK

P. Kim Bui

Director of Audience Innovation, The Arizona Republic
CH

Charo Henriquez

Sr. Editor, Digital Transition Strategy, The New York Times
MT

Matt Thompson

Editor in Chief, Reveal / The Center for Investigative Reporting


Tuesday September 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Balcony I-J New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

4:15pm

Immigration: Making a Global Story Local
AP overview on immigration issues.

Moderators
NG

Noreen Gillespie

Deputy Managing Editor for U.S. News, Associated Press

Speakers
AK

Angel Kastanis

Data Journalists/Analyst, Associated Press
JH

Josh Hoffner

National Beats Editor, Associated Press
CL

Colleen Long

Washington Newsperson, Associated Press
NM

Nomaan Merchant

Immigration Beat Reporter, Associated Press


Tuesday September 10, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Balcony I-J New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

4:15pm

Tools for digital transformation: How to get your whole newsroom using effective technology
Learn about exciting new technology from News Catalyst, a project from Temple University focused on local news and digital transformation. Also, hear from tool builders offering new products that can help your journalism right now.

Speakers
TF

Tyler Fisher

Deputy Director of Technology, News Catalyst
MM

Michael Morisy

CoFounder, MuckRock
WL

William Lauricella

Senior Director of Partnerships, Wibbitz
RG

Rachel Glickhouse

Partner Manager, Documenting Hate, ProPublica


Tuesday September 10, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Balcony M-N New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

5:30pm

NLA Awards Reception
A reception being held to honor the winners of the McGruder, Bingham, AP Staff and NLA Awards.

Sponsored by Google News Lab.

Moderators
MD

Michael Days

Vice President Diversity & Inclusion, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Speakers
RP

Richard Prince

Journal-isms
SB

Sally Buzbee

Executive Editor, Associated Press
KH

Katrice Hardy

Executive Editor, Greenville News


Tuesday September 10, 2019 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Salon E-H New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
 
Wednesday, September 11
 

8:00am

NLA Foundation Board Meeting
Wednesday September 11, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Balcony I-J New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130