Daily Lobo editor Jyllian Roach kicked off the event Saturday with some creative ideas for finding story ideas. Students broke into groups to brainstorm.
Next came Sandra Fish, a journalist with New Mexico In Depth, who showed students to best tools for visualizing data and discussed when it is appropriate to use visualizations.
In another panel, Jeff Proctor and Matt Grubs of KRQE-TV, Channel 13 spoke to students about going beyond soundbites when working on stories for television and the web. They showed examples of work they had done to produce longer form stories for Channel 13.
Later on, students heard about covering breaking news from Rob Browman, crime and breaking news producer and digital editor of the Albuquerque Journal, Nicole Perez, a Journal reporter, and Andrew Oxford, reporter and digital coordinator for the Taos news. Megan Kamerick, producer and host at KNME/New Mexico PBS moderated the panel.
At the same time, local reporters and Susan Boe, head of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, spoke about the importance of knowing about local public information laws. Panelists included freelance reporter Bryant Furlow, Albuquerque Journal reporter Dan McKay, and former Associated Press supervisory correspondent Jeri Clausing.