Large New WaysThis free workshop is aimed at journalists who work in any medium who want to build their data/investigative skills, their narrative storytelling abilities and their knowledge of HIV & AIDS. Come if HIV & AIDS is a part of your ongoing beat or if you only have a general interest. Regardless you’ll come away with new story ideas (big picture, local, historic, investigative and features and arts oriented), new data/investigative/research skills and contacts so you can hit the ground running.

Registration is now open. This workshop is free, but you must register before attending. Please register by Monday, February 29th to ensure you get the free lunch! Registration will remain open after Monday while space is available but lunch cannot be guaranteed.

When: Noon to 5:30 pm, Saturday, March 5

Where: Emory University Robert W. Woodruff Library, Jones Room, 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta


Event Schedule:

Noon – 12:45pm
Starting off with the Basics – Welcome, Overview, Lunch

  • Jen Christensen, NLGJA President and a CNN Health, Medical & Wellness Unit Producer/Editor, CNN Documentary & Investigative Producer and Reporter
  • Jim Burress, WABE Co-Host of Closer Look
  • Adam Pawlus, NLGJA Executive Director
  • Maya Blackmun, NLGJA Development & Project Director


12:45pm – 1:25pm
The Journey – How HIV/AIDS Reporting Has Evolved

  • Randy Gue, Emory University Rose Library Curator of Modern Political and Historical Collections
  • Dr. Jesse Peel, retired psychiatrist and longtime AIDS activist
  • Charles Seabrook, freelance journalist and retired Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter


1:30pm – 2:10pm
Getting the Fundamentals Right – Data, Analysis & Context

  • David Purcell, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Deputy Director for Behavioral and Social Science
  • Imara Canady, AIDS Healthcare Foundation Southern Bureau Regional Director of Communications and Community Engagement


2:15pm – 2:55pm
The Story Behind the Story – Investigative Strategies

  • April Hunt, experienced investigative reporter-most recently with PolitiFact Georgia, currently Emory University College of Arts and Sciences Communications Manager
  • Craig Schneider, Atlanta Constitution-Journal The Hot News Team Reporter
  • Ben Swann, CBS46 Anchor of early evening and late newscasts


3:00pm – 3:40pm
Facts and Feelings – Better Interviews

  • Rose Scott, WABE Co-Host of Closer Loo
  • Kristina Torres, Atlanta Constitution-Journal Reporter covering state government, politics and the legislature
  • Ben Tinker, CNN Health Supervising Producer


3:40pm – 3:55pm – Quick Break


3:55pm – 4:25pm
The Human Story – Profiles & Narrative

  • Suzanne Van Atten, Atlanta Constitution-Journal Lead Content Manager & Personal Journeys Editor
  • Darian Aaron, The Georgia Voice, Editor


4:30pm – 5:00pm
Moving Ahead – New Story Ideas

  • Michael Alvear, Author, Columnist and Blogger
  • Dyana Bagby, Springs Publishing Staff Writer – Reporter Newspapers & Atlanta INtown
  • Debra Goldschmidt, CNN Health, Medical & Wellness Unit Supervising Editor


5:00 pm – Wrap-up, Networking and More


This seminar is made possible by a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.