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BN University - Meet the Storytellers

Mar 16, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

The Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY

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Event Summary

Through words, pictures and many times both, learn from Buffalo News staff members about how they bring together elements of reporting, research and creativity to tell the stories of our community.

From heart-wrenching to hilarious, the stories they bring to light will make you cry, laugh and at the very best, feel what it is to be human in the greatest story of all — life.

The Buffalo News

1 News Plaza
Buffalo, NY 14203

Event Details

8:30 to 9 a.m. Registration


9 a.m. Opening Remarks: President & Publisher - Warren Colville


9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Columnist - Sean Kirst

It’s one of the oldest axioms about storytelling: Write what you know. Sean Kirst knows Western New York and he knows how to find the stories that otherwise would go untold.


10:15 to 11 a.m. Director of Photography - Cathaleen Curtiss

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes a photo will more than do the trick when it comes to telling a story. That was the idea behind the “Every Day a Photo” project, started by Cathaleen Curtiss, who will talk about how it came to be, why it works and why photography continues to be such an important storytelling tool in the digital age.


11:15 a.m. to Noon Writer - Tim O’Shei

Some of the most well-known names in the region have a story behind their name. Tim talks about how he tells their stories.


Noon to 12:45 p.m. - Boxed lunch provided along with an informal mix and mingle with Buffalo News Staff.


1 to 1:45 p.m. Assistant Managing Editor - Denise Jewell Gee

One of the most compelling stories that is in the middle of being told is the resurgence of Western New York. From housing to new businesses, Denise talks about how The News tells the story of change that affects all of us.


1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Writer - Tim Graham

Writing is only one part of telling a great story. The other part is reporting and that’s the part Tim Graham loves. He will talk about how he gets people to tell them their stories so he can share them with the rest of the world.


2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Editorial cartoonist - Adam Zyglis

Words, shm-ords. … If you can draw well enough, you don’t need many of them, a formula Adam used to win a Pulitzer Prize. He’ll talk about — and maybe show — how he creates an editorial cartoon.


3:30 to 3:45 p.m. Closing remarks by Editor & Vice President Mike Connelly


3:45 p.m. Buffalo News Tour

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