Editorial / Newswriting Workshop in Montgomery


The Alabama Press Association will hold a “Back to the Basics” editorial workshop led by Jack Smith, former Eufaula Tribune editor. This is a basic newswriting workshop targeted at reporters, whether new to the industry or seasoned journalists, who have not had much formal journalism training or just need a refresher course. This is a good overview for all reporters.

Topics covered include:

  • Writing with accuracy, clarity and integrity
  • News story basics
  • Structuring your writing: “straight” news, inverted pyramid approach and narrative stories
  • Writing leads
  • Learning how to write for your readers and not your sources
  • Fundamentals of good writing
  • Overview of AP style
  • How to identify compelling or unusual stories readers will talk about
  • Feature writing basics
  • Photography 101
  • The public service mission
  • Covering your beat
  • Basic interviewing techniques
  • Libel basics

Please fill out the registration form and return to APA. A confirmation will be e-mailed with directions once registration is received.

  • Cost: $40 (includes lunch)
  • Where: Montgomery Advertiser’s Freedom Room, 425 Molton St. [map]
  • When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6
  • Deadline: Tuesday
  • Questions: Bethany Carr, Alabama Press Association, 205-871-7737, bethany@alabamapress.org
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