Program 2016 «Fortellingens Kraft»

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