ASNE launches virtual convention

RESTON, VA -- ASNE is pleased to announce a series of hourlong, online seminars, funded in part by the McCormick Foundation. Think of it as a kind of virtual convention spread over time. You can participate at your desktop.

RESTON, VA -- ASNE is pleased to announce a series of hourlong, online seminars, funded in part by the McCormick Foundation. Think of it as a kind of virtual convention spread over time. You can participate at your desktop.

Starting later this month, the ASNE webinars will help you build and monetize your digital audience and run your print paper. You will get practical tips about creating digital content, sharing with other papers, managing user comments, running the continuous digital newsroom, live blogging, mobile delivery, and, of course, using Twitter.

The webinars will be useful to all news organizations — big, small and in between. Sessions are free to ASNE members. Nonmembers will be billed $50 on registration.

A schedule follows. Be sure to check for updates. Spots are limited so please sign up today.

See you online!

Civilizing online comments: What technology can and can't do
Presenters: Saundra Keyes, journalism professor, University of Nevada, Reno and Kurt Greenbaum, online news director, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 2 p.m. Eastern

Readers' comments are here to stay, whether we like them or not. And while the research is mixed about its affect on the credibility of our news organizations, the latest generation of readers expects to be able to participate. Our challenge as journalists: How can we provide a welcoming and safe place for the conversation that does honor to the work of our colleagues and invites candid discussion?

Leading your staff into the Twittersverse
Date: Tuesday, April 7
Time:2 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Steve Buttry, information content conductor, Gazette Communications, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

This session provides help for editors who are new to Twitter (or know they should start) get up to speed. Steve will lead a virtual panel discussion of newsroom leaders using Twitter.

After the launch -- A candid assessment of Detroit's new publication plan
Presenter: Paul Anger
Moderator: Linda Cunningham
Date: April 8
Time: 11 a.m. Eastern

A week after the launch of Detroit's new publication plan, Paul Anger, Editor and Vice President/News for the Detroit Free Press, will share his assessment of the new content and delivery strategy and what knowledge and lessons can be shared by other news organizations.

Sharing content
Date: Wednesday, April 15
Time: 4 p.m. Eastern
Moderator: Susan Goldberg, editor, The Plain Dealer
Presenters: David Shribman, executive editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Neil Brown, executive editor, St. Petersburg Times.

A look at new sharing initiatives in several states (Ohio, Texas and Florida) and regions as papers cut costs by putting aside past competition and capitalizing on one another's strengths.

ASNE survey results
Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 2 p.m. Eastern
Presenters: Charlotte Hall, ASNE president; senior vice president/editor, The Orlando Sentinel; Pam Fine, Knight Chair on the Press, Leadership and Community, University of Kansas and Bobbi Bowman, ASNE diversity/membership director.

This session is free to all attendees.

ASNE unveils the findings of its latest newsroom census.

Live blogging as stories unfold
Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 2 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Steve Buttry, information content conductor, Gazette Communications, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Steve Buttry will show how his organization and others are telling stories as they unfold, from federal trials to sports events to government meetings to Black Friday shopping. Steve will lead a panel discussion using CoverItLive, inviting other newsroom leaders to share their liveblogging experience.

Journalism, audience and advertising on the web
Date: Thursday, April 23
Time: 4 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Anthony Moor, deputy managing editor/Interactive, Dallas Morning News

This big-picture presentation updates you on the relationship between the news media and news consumers. Things are changing rapidly, with readers choosing not to simply reside at the receiving end of a monologue. We'll review news consumption trends among old and new media, including some less-known cautionary trends; explain how news organizations are reacting to the trends; and explore how the digital business is fragmenting into distribution channels, each with the need for different content strategies. It helps journalists understand the need to have a newsroom innovation strategy for developing new information products and managing them for new and existing audiences.

The continuous news desk of the future
Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 2 p.m. Eastern
Presenters: Pam Johnson, executive director, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, Missouri School of Journalism and Ken Fleming, associate director of research, The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Insititute, Missouri School of Journalism.

The Reynolds Institute reveals the findings of its indepth newsroom survey on the 24-hour news cycle.

Mobile trends
Presenter: Amy Webb, Webb Media, LLC
Date: April 30
Time: 3 p.m. Eastern

Amy Webb of Webbmedia Group, LLC shares the latest mobile trends.

Maintaining journalistic values online
Presenter: Mike Fancher
Date: May 28
Time: 2 p.m. Eastern

How can we better serve our readers with new technologies, transfer our key journalistic values to online and leverage them to separate us from competitors?

Be sure to check back for the dates of these upcoming webinars:

  • A conversation with Lee Abrams
    Charlotte Hall moderates a wide-ranging conversation about the future of Tribune and the industry with the Tribune Company's chief innovation officer.
  • Monetizing the Web
    Mike Silver of the Newspaper Consortiums tells editors, point blank, what readers and advertisers want from our digital products and in local markets, and what our products need to do to successfully compete for the dollars. Moderator: Scott Anderson.
  • Transforming the Newsroom
    A session centered around helping editors grapple with moving from a traditional print culture and environment to one most conducive to a successful Web only or a more Web-focused venture. Presenter: TBA. Moderator: Scott Anderson.

ASNE, founded in 1922, is the main organization of the directing editors of daily newspapers in the Americas. The organization is leading efforts to protect First Amendment rights and enhance the free flow of information, to promote the newspaper's role in providing information necessary to the informed practice of citizenship, to encourage innovation and celebrate creativity in newspapers and the new media environment, to drive the quest for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and news content, and to bolster media credibility and improve high school journalism.