Finding and Nurturing the Secret Stories Others Miss

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February 15, 2017 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Finding and Nurturing the Secret Stories Others Miss
Originally Broadcast On:
February 15, 2017
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Whether working a beat, doing freelance writing or writing audio or video scripts, it’s easy to get stuck cranking out the same kind of stories. But most of us have a feeling deep inside, a calling for a story that is haunting us.

What does it take it break out of a pattern and go after the gem of a story you’ve always wanted to tell? How do you find those stories, and more importantly, nurture them in a busy newsroom or a chaotic job?

This webinar will delve into ways to look at your beat or field of expertise with fresh eyes and notice the clues that may lead you to a wonderful story. You’ll hear tales from the front lines about being burdened by too many stories, as well as the moment of epiphany, when you realize you can break out and do the stories no one will forget.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to take stock of the hundred acres of your writing territory
  • Strategies to spot stories by stepping up your curiosity, casting a wider net and paying attention to details
  • Understand what it means to follow your ghosts
  • How to scrutinize the context and frame of your story, so you can find ways to focus it
  • Develop the philosophy to protect and nurture the fragile beginnings of a story through the inevitable storms of newsrooms and life
  • Let go of cynicism. Realize you always need to go one more step
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters and writers from rookies to veterans who want to take their work and their stories to the next level.

Course Instructor:

Diana K. Sugg

Diana K. Sugg is a veteran newspaper reporter who is now editing projects at The Baltimore Sun. She was a medical reporter at The Sun for 10 years, covering a range of breaking news, enterprise and features. She won the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting in 2003 for a collection of stories that delved into the primitive nature of modern medicine. She has won several national awards for stories that included crime coverage at The Sacramento Bee and health care stories at The Baltimore Sun.

Technical Requirements:

1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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