AWNAThe Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association is holding their 95th Annual Convention and Bing Crosby Golf Tournament June 12 – 13. The convention takes place at the Chateau Lacombe, the golf tournament at Riverside Golf Course in Edmonton. Workshops run on Saturday, June 13 and include Reimagining our Newsrooms. This session encourages newspaper publishers to step away from current newsroom structures and routines and do some strategic planning and envision new possibilities.

The workshop will ask participants to answer these questions:

What if we suddenly were online-only publications? What if we stopped printing a paper version completely?

Scheduled from 10:30 to 11:45am, the workshop leader, John Hatcher, promises to share some ways innovative newsrooms have restructured their reporting and writing techniques, re-imagined their beats and what they cover, and how they are building collaborative partnerships with all kinds of community storytellers. At the end of his presention, the audience will break into teams and come up with useful ideas and recommendations to take back to newsrooms.

About John Hatcher

John HatcherSince 1992, John Hatcher has worked as a journalist, educator, newsroom trainer and writing coach. In 2007, he received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. He taught journalism at Syracuse from 2003 to 2006. Before that, he was education director at the Center for Community Journalism, based at the State University of New York. In the past 15 years he has worked with journalists in the United States, South Africa, Norway and Poland and conducted workshops for press associations at places like the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the American Press Institute. As a freelance writer, he has published articles in the American Journalism Review, the Columbia Journalism Review, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

See more details about the AWNA Convention at: http://awna.com/agm-convention.