Press freedoms across the industry

Alicia Babcock and Neha Madhira speak with journalists about their censorship experiences.

 

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Women in Journalism

We met with multiple women to ask about their experiences with sexism in the workplace as a female journalist.

We met with multiple women to ask about their experiences with sexism in the workplace as a female journalist.

 

By: Kennedy McGilvery, Maddie Cargile, Sarah Hendartono

Succinct and Purposeful

Diana Henriques’s Advice to Journalists Seeking to Captivate Their Readers

“In that short scene, Mark Madoff’s tantrum basically summarized five chapters from my book,” Diana Henriques said about the FBI interrogation scene in the HBO film adaptation of her book, The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust.

 

As the first keynote speaker at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, Henriques’s speech revealed a startling conclusion: today more and more people have to be entertained to read in the news. However, this gives journalists the wonderful opportunity to explore the world of technology and expand our skill set in telling stories to make journalism more engaging. While it may be disheartening thinking about the fast-paced, consumerist society we live in, it forces us to get creative, get our hands dirty and push the boundaries of storytelling from the inside out.

Henriques also pointed out that despite writing about financial investigations, Henriques adopts principles of screenwriting for journalism, even looking at weather reports for Washington D.C. to set the scene for the delivery of the Blue Ribbon Commission Report to President Reagan, which is a key event in her account of the 1987 Stock Market Crash. She emphasized the importance of contextual narrative and building the scenes through subtle descriptions of the time and place and through the pace of her writing. Relayed in her keynote speech, Henriques provided essential advice to journalists endeavoring to immerse their readers in their work.

“Read the pages aloud so the pace doesn’t lag…  but

is it the right pace?”

 

One anecdote she used describes her last-minute rewrite to readjust the pacing of her book A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History. When she got the page proofs back to do a final look over and catch the typos, she “was appalled it did not move quickly enough.”

Immediately she called her editor who told her to, “do what you need to do.” She looked to other authors to aid in her revisions and concluded the likeness she most desired was none other than thriller, crime fiction writer, Lee Child.

Page by page, she worked to provide a fresh and invigorating air to her novel. Henriques’s attention to detail when establishing scenes addresses the importance of a succinct and purposeful narrative: to entertain and inform readers.

Life as they know it: Alfredo Corchado on reporting from the Mexican Border

 

 

Journalism students sit down with Mexican Border correspondent for The Dallas Morning News Alfredo Corchado  to discuss the challenges of covering immigration today.

 

By: Ashly Ibarra, Ellen Daly, Elizabeth Pickett

Behind the Scenes

Tyrese Boone works the camera during the Saturday panels at the Mayborn LitCon July 22, 2017.

A group of Workshop attendees after interviewing Jeffrey Weiss. From left to right: Jennifer Zhan, Lauren Bannister, Lauryn Jones, Dylan Benson, Jeffrey Weiss, Molly Chambers, Alexis Rosebrock, Tanya Raghu, Juliette Strope, Sanjana Reddy, Nina Melishkevich, and Kayla Davis. Photo courtesy of Junebug Clark
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Tanya Raghu (right) and Maddie Badowski (middle) set up the group’s multimedia website with the help of Marjorie Asturias (left), Happiness Engineer at WordPress. Photo courtesy of Junebug Clark
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The High School Multimedia Workshop students gather in the Hilton DFW Lakes lobby to rundown the next day’s activities and receive assignments on July 21, 2017. Photo courtesy of Junebug Clark
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Dylan Benson takes a much needed break after a long day of interviewing panelists. Photo courtesy of Junebug Clark
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Sanjana Reddy (left) and Dylan Benson (right) experiment with a professional camera for the first time. Photo courtesy of Junebug Clark
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A group of Workshop attendees and chaperones at the Mayborn LitCon Literary Lights Dinner on July 22, 2017. From left to right: Kayla Davis, Leah Waters, Molly Chambers, Tyrese Boone, Dylan Benson, Alleyah Brown, Olivia Betka, and Lauren Bannister. Photo courtesy of Junebug Clark
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Tanya Raghu (left) speaks with Mike Wilson (right), Dallas Morning News editor, after he moderates a panel on Sunday morning. Photo courtesy of Junebug Clark
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Tyrese Boone works the camera during the Saturday panels at the Mayborn LitCon July 22, 2017. Photo courtesy of Junebug Clark
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Bryan Lochhead, UNT Journalism Professor, shows students how to set up the camera before they interview speaker Jeffrey Weiss. Photo courtesy of Junebug Clark
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Juliette Strope (left) films Dylan Benson (middle) and Molly Chambers (right) for the workshop introduction video at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center on July 22, 2017. Photo courtesy of Junebug Clark
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Sanjana Reddy asks personal narrative author Jia Tolentino how she deals with the reactions of family members to her stories. Photo courtesy of Junebug Clark
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Recent UNT graduate, Troy Guter, shows Lauryn Jones and Alexis Rosebrock how to handle and work a camera during interviews. Photo courtesy of Junebug Clark
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Dylan Benson (left), Sanjana Reddy (middle), and Lauren Bannister (right) prepare to interview journalist Jeffrey Weiss on July 22, 2017. Photo courtesy of Junebug Clark
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Dylan Benson (left) and Lauryn Jones (middle) interview Jeffrey Weiss about his life as a journalist and how brain cancer has affected it as Juliette Strope (right) films. Photo courtesy of Junebug Clark
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Alleyah Brown asks Scott Farwell how he remains impartial when investigating sources. Photo courtesy of Junebug Clark

Sarah Hepola

Hepola believes that the beautiful thing about literater is that it opens what you thought was personal to a communal experience.

Sarah Hepola shares her story about her struggle with alcoholism at the Mayborn LitCon 2017.
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After many “delicious complications” Hepola has overcome her demons through her first book “Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget.” Photo by Alexis Rosebrock
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Skip Hollandsworth moderates a discussion with Hepola about her journey to sobriety. Photo by Alexis Rosebrock
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“You deserve to have a life you feel good about,” Hepola said. Photo by Alexis Rosebrock
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Hepola believes that the beautiful thing about literature is that it opens what you thought was personal into a communal experience. Photo by Alexis Rosebrock

 

Jeffrey Weiss

“I have always tried to write with compassion if the people who I’m writing about are entitled to it.”

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“I have always believed that journalism, if done properly, is at least an incremental benefit to the world,” Weiss said. Photo by Alexis Rosebrock
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Weiss, who has has been a reporter since 1981, now considers himself partly retired after the discovery of his cancer. He continues to write for The Dallas Morning news in his spare time. Photo by Alexis Rosebrock
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Jeffrey Weiss explains to his audience how he used his reporting strategy to learn about glioblastoma, his form of brain cancer, and continues to apply it to treatment plans. Photo by Alexis Rosebrock
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Tom Huang moderates Jeffrey Weiss’ session on telling his personal narrative in the midst of cancer. Photo by Alexis Rosebrock.
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Veteran reporter Jeffrey Weiss shares how he remains positive in the face of cancer at the Mayborn Literary Conference on July 22, 2017. Photo By Alexis Rosebrock