Write Better: Tools for Building Stronger Stories
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Writing is a process that demands discipline and starts long before you touch the keyboard. This master class will take a holistic approach from idea generation to reporting to composition to editing. We will also spend time on the writer/editor relationship, learning how the right questions from an editor early in the process can make for better stories. With the help of real-life examples and simple writing exercises, participants will learn how to focus from the start and to explain the choices they make. While designed for journalists, these exercises are easily transferable to all writing.
Alex Martin is the global writing chief of The Wall Street Journal, responsible for the writing standards at the world’s preeminent source for business, financial, and economic news. Previously, he served as a deputy managing editor, overseeing at various times the newspaper’s front page, its global enterprise reporting, its national and corporate coverage, and its digital news-editing desk. He supervised a series of stories on Medicare fraud that won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. He previously worked at Newsday in a number of positions and helped lead Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the crash of TWA Flight 800. He is a member of the Manship School of Mass Communications Hall of Fame.