Covering Your Own Story: A Conversation with WDBJ Staff

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September 10, 2015 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Covering Your Own Story: A Conversation with WDBJ Staff
Because we believe so strongly in helping journalists handle this important topic, this $29.95 event is free.
Originally Broadcast On:
September 10, 2015
Time Estimate:
This conversation will occur over one hour.

About Conversations

Join us in our virtual studio as Poynter faculty and other veteran journalists discuss issues about the craft and values of the profession. This live videocast also gives you the opportunity to join the conversation, submitting your own questions and responding to poll questions posed by the host.

When two journalists from WDBJ were fatally shot by a disgruntled former colleague while they were on assignment for a feature story in Moneta, Virginia, their newsroom rallied to assemble a remarkable response.

WDBJ's Jeffrey Marks, President and General Manager; Kelly Zuber, Director of News and Digital Services; and Kim McBroom, morning anchor, share lessons from their actions in the midst of tragedy.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to break the news to the public
  • How to report the unfolding story while also grieving
  • How to deal with the crush of outside media
  • How WDBJ made decisions about what images to show
  • What the back office support looked like — how other people at WDBJ pitched in
  • How anchors were able to maintain composure throughout the day
Who Should Take this Course:

Managers, reporters, editors, producers, photojournalists, bloggers and anyone who wants to learn more about WDBJ's response and lessons for other newsrooms who may face similar situations.

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
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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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