2016: Fortellingens kraft ser dagens lys

Sted: Scandic Ørnen

Når: 29.-30. april 2016

«Fortellingens kraft» lagde en kreativ ukeslutt i april 2016 som gav journalister verktøy, inspirasjon og skjerpede ferdigheter som fortellere i en utfordrende tid for journalistikken.

Programmet i 2016 innholdt workshop med Professor Mark Kramer, grunnleggeren av «The Power of Narrative» i Boston og pulitzerpris-vinneren Tom French fra USA.
Thomas Ergo (Stavanger Aftenblad) fortalte om arbeidet bak historien om Glassjenta.
Jina More journalist for BuzzFeed News fortalte oss om måten de jobbet med fortellende journalistikk i nyhetsarbeidet.

Dette var et arrangement for sultne journalister og andre skribenter, redigerere og redaktører, studenter og lærekrefter. Konferansen er et samarbeid mellom Bergens Tidende, Universitetet i Bergen og The Norwegian Centres of Expertise Programme (NCE).

The Power of Narrative Journalism – Advanced

Kramer and Thomas French will discuss What is narrative journalism? Why the still-growing interest in it as newspaper circulation contracts? The writing process, from topic selection to polished story, including: refining a topic, reporting in the field, note-coding, drafting and then the long process of revising–crafting text that’s enjoyable, authoritative and moving. Discovering conflict and resolution during the writing process, building characters who do things that represent the topic, setting scenes that develop the topic, the crucial development of voice–the minimal, informal, humane personality of the story’s teller, useful for opening readers to emotional content and social concerns. Discovering ‘pace’ (the reader’s urgency to continue) as resulting of many technical elements. Finally, a handful of practical tips about sentence-craft and word-choice that will energize writing.

Bjørn Asle Nord
Journalist med 25 års erfaring fra BT. Ble i 2015 tildelt J. W. Eides Stiftelses journalistpris for et omfattende journalistisk arbeid om krigsveteraner og bokprosjektet «Gi meg heller livet». Nord har vært pådriver for å utvikle den fortellende journalistikken i BTMagasinet gjennom elleve år. Har har laget en rekke større fortellinger og vært initiativtaker til flere kurs for kolleger med foredragsholdere på internasjonalt toppnivå. Nestleder i styret til Foreningen for Nordisk Nonfiktion.

Håvard Bjelland
Selvlært pressefotograf fra Askøy, tidligere ansatt ved BTs oslokontor. Jobbet for BT fra 1987 til mars 2016, unntatt to år i Dagens Næringsliv (2001-2002 ). I 2014 ga Bjelland, sammen med Bjørn Asle Nord, ut boken «Gi meg heller livet», som skildrer hverdagen til skadde, norske soldatveteraner. Bjelland er premiert 16 ganger i Årets bilde og er to ganger blitt tildelt J.W. Eides stiftelses pris, som er BTs årlige pris for fremragende journalistikk. Har hatt flere utstillinger, blant annet på DOK14. Jobber nå i Kirkens Nødhjelp.

Hanne Louise Åkernes
Åkernes har jobbet som journalist i Bergens Tidende i fem år. Hun er journalist i nyhetsavdelingen med særlig ansvar for sosiale medier. Åkernes har vært med på å bygge opp flere av BTs facebook-sider og bruker sosiale medier til både digitale søk, graving og for å spre saker. Dette gjorde hun blant annet i arbeidet med Asylbarna og Vær en venn. Ved siden av jobb skriver hun humor til revy og scene i enkeltmannsforetaket «Luddig tekst». Åkernes har tidligere jobbet i Rogalands Avis.


Thomas Ergo
Journalist i Stavanger Aftenblad. Han har jobbet for Dagbladet og vært frilansjournalist tidligere. Ergo har vunnet flere nasjonale og lokale journalistpriser, blant annet to diplomer fra «Stiftelsen for en Kritisk og Undersøkende Presse», (SKUP). Best scoop i Schibsted journalism awards og Kulturdepartementets menneskerettighetspris. I 2014 ble han tildelt SOR-prisen for journalistikk om rettssikkerheten til mennesker med utviklingshemming.

Jina Moore
Global Women’s Rights Reporter for BuzzFeed News. She has spent nearly ten years reporting in Africa, for BuzzFeed News and, before that, the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera America, NPR and more. She’s covered the refugee crisis in Europe, Kenya’s worst terrorist attack, Nigeria’s historic presidential election, and gender violence in Cambodia. Jina was one of the first foreign reporters covering Ebola in Liberia. She has been an Ochberg Fellow of the Dart Society for Journalism and Trauma, a Fulbright Scholar in Journalism, and has won many awards. Her website is: http://www.jinamoore.com/

Melanie Burford
She was part of the team of Dallas Morning News photographers who received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Melanie’s work has been recognized at the EMMY Advanced Media Awards, the Webby Awards, the 74th annual National Headliner Awards, the Harry Chapin Media Awards, the Best of Photojournalism and Pictures of the Year International. A photographer and multimedia journalist based in Bergen, Norway, her career began in New Zealand working at The Evening Post before moving to America in 1999 where she attended Ohio University. She became a staff photographer at The Dallas Morning News in 2003 before moving to New York in 2009 where she became a founding member of the photo collective, Prime. In 2014 she moved with her family to Norway. She explores long-term projects that blend documentary photography with investigative journalism. Melanie has had an extensive teaching career.
http://www.primecollective.com/photographers/burford/

Thomas French
A Pulitzer prizewinning journalist. Worked for St. Petersburg Times (Tampa Bay Times) for 27 years. French’s work has set the standard for a generation of reporters. Selected for Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. Teaches narrative reporting and writing at Indiana University, Poynter Insitute and at writing conferences around the world. Aside from his newspaper work, French is also the author of four nonfiction books, most recently The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon, a story told by Thomas and his wife Kelley (also an award-winning journalist). Their daughter Juniper French was born four months early. The book will be released in September. Thomas’s last book was Zoo Story (New York Times Bestseller), Life in the Garden of Captives, a true account of life and death at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Read about French, His most famous work, http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2008/reports/cry-…
http://www.sptimes.com/2007/webspecials07/special_reports/zoo/


Mark Kramer
Professor of Clinical Practice in Narrative Journalism and writer-in-residence in Boston University’s journalism department, and founder and director of the Power of Narrative Conference, www.bu.edu/com/narrative, now in its 18th year.
He co-authored two leading textbook/readers on narrative nonfiction: Telling True Stories and Literary Journalism, and is at work on a book about revising.
He has been writer-in-residence (in American Studies) at Smith College and writer-in-residence and founding director of the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism at Harvard University. His website is www.tellingtruestories.com.

PROGRAM:

 

Dag 1:

13.00 Registrering

 

14.00 Åpning

Konferanseleder og fortellende journalist i BT Bjørn Asle Nord åpner konferansen

 

14.10 Mark Kramer and Thomas French: The Power of Narrative Journalism

What is narrative journalism? Why the still-growing interest in it as newspaper circulation contracts? The writing process, from topic selection to polished story, including: refining a topic, reporting in the field, note-coding, drafting and then the long process of revising–crafting text that’s enjoyable, authoritative and moving.

 

Discovering conflict and resolution during the writing process, building characters who do things that represent the topic, setting scenes that develop the topic, the crucial development of voice–the minimal, informal, humane personality of the story’s teller, useful for opening readers to emotional content and social concerns. Discovering ‘pace’ (the reader’s urgency to continue) as resulting of many technical elements.

 

Finally, a handful of practical tips about sentence-craft and word-choice that will energize writing.

 

15.10 Pause; kaffe og snacks

 

15:25 Thomas French and Mark Kramer Reporting for Narrative

What is the story really about – INTERVIEWING for narrative work. OBSERVATION: harnessing the power of quiet observation. Thinking FOCUS: Reducing the meaning of the story to one essential, guiding word. Assembling DETAIL as a powerful tool: trigger details, letting the details drive the meaning. The raw engine that powers work.

 

16.25

Pause; kaffe og snacks

 

16.35 Reporting for narrative session continues

Thomas French and Mark Kramer. Open for interactive discussion.

 

17.20

Pause; kaffe og snacks

 

17.35 Jina Moore at BuzzFeed: Experimenting with voice in digital space

Some of the things that work spectacularly well at Buzzfeed. Jina Moore, BuzzFeed’s award winning Global Women’s Rights reporter is interviewed on Skype by conference director Bjorn Asle Nord.

 

Jina’s narrative work performs amazingly well on BuzzFeed, and she discusses how and why people read and share her stories, what metrics show about how they spend time with each of them, online and on mobile. The main reason seems to be that readers love the companionship of a compassionate, practical, knowing human voice while experiencing and understanding a complex topic–and even old media are learning this new verity.

 

17.55: Hanne Louise Åkernes: Syv triks for å nå langt i sosiale medier.

Åkernes er nyhetsjournalist i Bergens Tidende med særlig ansvar for sosiale medier. Du har levert en sak, men hvordan konkurrere med alt det andre innholdet på nettet? Hanne gir deg triksene for å lykkes, og viser hvilke muligheter som finnes for å spre innhold og bygge sider.

 

18:10

Pause; kaffe og snacks

 

18.20: Det frosne øyeblikket – den visuelle fortelling.

Håvard Bjelland (fotograf) og Bjørn Asle Nord (journalist). Bjelland og Nord laget nylig historien om de norske pilotene som bombet i Libya.

 

De brukte også seks år på å dokumentere livet til skadde norske soldater. Nå forteller de historiene bak historiene. Fra sovepose i skogen i minus 15, til eimen av kloakk i Pattaya og forfrosne fingre i Bodø. Om samspillet i felt, og mellom bilder og tekst. Nærhet, kraften i bildet og det skarpe fokus. Og hva kan en skrivende forteller lære av en fotograf? Og kan rørleggerne gi oss den visuelle kraften i fremtiden?

 

19.00: Avsluttning

Etter dagens program: Diskusjonene om fortellingens kraft fortsetter over en matbit og med sosialt samvær på et av byens vannhull.

 

Dag 2:

10.00 Thomas Ergo – historien bak «Glassjenta»

Sprengkraften i den undersøkende og fortellende journalistikken. “Glassjenta” er en monumental historie, aldri før har vi sett en fortelling av et slikt omfang i en norsk nettavis. Dokumentaren fylte også 64 sider av papirutgaven til Stavanger Aftenblad, og har utløst et skred av oppfølgersaker og debatt. Historien, som ble lagt bak betalingsmuren, fikk høye lesertall. Tid for spørsmål og diskusjon på slutten.

 

11.00 Pause; kaffe og snacks

 

11:15 Building a visual narrative and storyboarding the documentary.

With Melanie Burford, awardwinning multimedia journalist. Visual storytelling is a powerful narrative tool that is built on a foundation of words, images and often sound. Melanie Burford will discuss how to develop the long form visual narrative through voice, character development, sequencing and storyboarding.

 

12.00 Lunsj

 

13.00 Masterclass workshops med Mark Kramer and Thomas French.

 

Kramer workshop: How specific texts work.

“In this workshop I’ll distribute a few short works – perhaps a page long. We’ll read them and discuss what the writer accomplishes, word by word, sentence by sentence, scene by scene, digression by digression. So much happens in just a few paragraphs. We’ll look at language, description, turns-to-the-reader, when scenes should start and stop, how authority is shown, trust won. The dynamics between subject, narrator and reader with regard to quotes, scene-setting, character. Where voice signals its emotional range and topical sophistication to readers. Seminar members may offer the conference director one-page openings of their articles, translated, and we may use some of these texts as well.”

 

Jobb med egne tekster og ideer: Benytt sjansen til å gå dypere inn i den fortellende journalistikkens elementer. Kramer og French håper på en interaktiv workshop. Deltakerne vil bli gitt mulighet til en-til-en-coaching av ideer eller tekster i arbeid.

 

French’s workshop:

«Structuring the story. Thinking cinematically (using movie as an example). Sequencing: text as line. The skillful writer arranges a line that the reader can follow easily. This line, the readers sequential experience is narrative’s basic element. Every chapter has it own arch. Keep it simple, when mapping the complex story. Outline, inspiration and learning from the best storytellers on film, principles of storytellers are almost the same across all genres. Building a plot, one scene at a time.»

Dersom det blir tid vil deltakere også bli gitt mulighet til en-til-en-coaching av ideer eller tekster i arbeid. Ikke nøl med å spørre underveis.

 

15:30 Diskusjon og avsluttning