LION Summit

Lightning Talks

10:55 — 11:30 a.m., Stage Two

A series of brief presentations, with time for questions.

- 10 tips for reporting on research: In a time when  newsrooms are desperately short-staffed, academic scholars (and their expert research) can be valuable sources and collaborators in journalism. Unfortunately, many journalists don’t know how to find good research or how to use it in their reporting, do not have the funds to pay for subscriptions to academic journals, do not have the time to sift through lengthy journal articles, or do  not even think to seek out expert scholars for interviews.  In this session, Harvard Kennedy School’s Journalist’s Resource  Program Director Carmen Nobel discusses some basic tips for how to (and how not to) report on academic studies.  (PLUS: 5 bonus tips for avoiding common pitfalls when covering poverty, rural America, and guns.) Speaker: Carmen Nobel, Program Director, Journalist's Resource, Shorenstein Center, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

- Report for America: How local independent online news publishers can receive and raise matching funds to place a Report for America journalist in their community. Speaker: Steve Waldman, Report for America co-founder and LION Advisory Board member

- Teaching Entrepreneurship: How the University of Missouri is teaching journalism school students to sell advertising and think like local media entrpereneurs. A student will share five tips to grow business relationships and close sales in tight-timelines for special sections or campaigns. He has experience selling advertising and sponsored stories at two news operations as part of his media sales class. Speakers: Connor Lynch, University of Missouri journalism student, and Randy Picht, executive director of the Reynolds Journalism Institute