Record Offers Alternative Approaches to Storytelling with Andy Bechtel

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In July, Raleigh Public Record will host its second training of the year — and this time it’s free!

UNC Professor Andy Bechtel will lead an hour-long class on alternative approaches to storytelling. Go beyond the inverted pyramid and get creative in telling news stories to engage your readers. Training is free and open to all journalists, students and bloggers.

What: Alternative approaches training
Who: Journalists, students, anyone writing for public consumption in print and online
Why: Because we can and should be interesting and engage readers while we report the news
When: 6 p.m. July 11, 2012
Where: A.J. Fletcher Foundation meeting room — 909 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh

Space is limited. RSVP and send ay questions to

Please forward to any friends, colleagues or students who may be interested in this free training opportunity.

Andy Bechtel teaches editing and news writing at the UNC-Chapel Hill journalism School. He joined the faculty in 2005. Bechtel has nearly 12 years of editing experience in newspapers, primarily at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. He spent part of the summer of 2008 working as an editor at the Web site of the Los Angeles Times. His other experience includes work as a copy editor and page designer at the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C.

Bechtel is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Copy Editors Society, and he is the author of a NewsU course on alternative story forms. He has written articles for publications such as Quill, Society for News Design Update and the North Carolina Media Law Handbook

Directions: The A.J. Fletcher office is the large brick house on the hill next to Fletcher park. Parking is available on Glenwood or you can park on Washington Avenue and stroll past the pond to 909 Glenwood Ave.

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