Process: What's Involved
The JMEGS sm process involves three
critical steps. Each is an important part of this innovative training and
talent development effort.
Step One: Gathering the Data
Stations selected to participate in JMEGS sm get a meticulous review of all local
journalism elements of their Morning Edition®, ATC® or other nesmagazine presentation. Using typical 6 am and 7am hours, this analysis examines the quality of local
news material judged against NPR News standards. This includes:
- Story selection
- Story treatment (spot, feature, Q&A, commentary)
A report detailing the results of
this review is provided to all participating JMEGS sm stations in advance of their
Step Two: The Workshops
workshops begin with a research-based presentation on the importance of Morning
Edition, ATC, etc. The rest of the morning is devoted to making strategic news decisions
and applying those decisions to story choice and development. In the afternoon,
stations continue with hands-on exercises and discussion of the craft of
writing, structuring newscasts and promoting news product. Each station
develops an action plan with specific tasks to accomplish in a follow-up
Step Three: Follow Up and
The follow-up step is a unique aspect of the project as JMEGS sm consultants
continue working with each station. This work includes air checks to evaluate
improvements in their journalism.
APPLY no later than June 14, 2013 to attend the June 23 session in Cleveland
Ideal complement is News Director or Editor with at least one journalist, however you can register one to four individuals of your choosing.
The following fees cover up to four people from a station:
PRPD Member stations = $500
Non-Member stations = $1,000
Stations are responsible for their airfare, hotel, any meals other than the lunch provided in the Workshop, and any other incidentals.
Other staff members that would benefit from attending J-MEGSsm include: ME® and ATC® producers, newscasters, PDs reporters, and General Managers.
JMEGS is funded in part by grants from NPR and the Millstream Fund