Session One: Collaboration – Competitive barriers drop; journalists work together on rural issues
September 19 | 10:00 am to Noon
If you live outside the city of Bozeman, Montana, there’s a good chance you’re living in a town with a contracting economy, shrinking population and growing opioid and mental health issues. All under the radar. There’s no one to cover the issues. That changed due a group of journalists from western Montana, supported by High Country News and Solutions Journalism Network. What was produced was an exhaustive, comprehensive look at what many small towns across the country face – and the coverage came with solutions.
Session Two: Scaling multi-media story telling
September 19 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Story telling in digital formats can be enthralling. Employing video, podcasts, animation, virtual reality, wide-screen displays and more, journalism jumps to life in a documentary style. But for most newsrooms, particularly at small newspapers, this type of work seems unapproachable. It’s not. Come hear – and see – how small newspapers are making this work.
Session Three: Crazy Good – 50 ideas that will grow your audience
September 20 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am
We’ve polled the country! Here are more than four dozen ways you can build better bridges to your readers – and therefore your advertisers. If you only have time to do a few of these, you will be happy you did. A sneak peak: How we built Radically Rural.
Session Four: Bringing Big Ideas to Life: Ways to Make Your Small Town Idea Friendly
Colonial Theatre | September 20 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Keynote Speaker: Becky McCray, Co-Founder of Save Your Town