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CNN Jane Winburn Speaks to Journalism Students

Jane WinburOn October 13 and 14, Jan Winburn, senior editor for enterprise at CNN Digital, came to the University of Tennessee to speak to journalism students and faculty in two sessions where she urged them to think about stories in new ways.
Winburn reminded students that social media has turned news into a product due to its universal presence and immediacy. Using examples of stories from her experience, she showed students different approaches that were effective. One story related 24 hours in the life of the Atlanta Airport, “ATL24,” where more than three-dozen reporters worked on a story that documented the busy and hectic lives of the people in the airport that day.
This example also emphasized another point Winburn made which was that journalists must have a wide range of talents including writing, taking still photos, and creating video. Winburn also stated that successful journalists have to find ways to go beyond “what happened” in order to publish a compelling story, which means depicting an experience.
Thank you to Professor Chris Wohlwend of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media for bringing this guest speaker to campus as well as providing an overview of the sessions.