So the NYPA awards--see below post--were given as part of the annual conference in Saratoga Springs. (Well, they had it in Albany one year, but even journalists prefer the Spa City to the state capital, so back north it went.) Anyhoo, there are journalism workshops at the conference, so journalists can learn something new about lede writing or better management or making nice with others.
I attended a number of workshops, all excellent, but the most fascinating was "Covering the Mainstream Muslim Community & Islam." The presenter was Aisha Sultan (scroll down to the bottom of the page), a longtime reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Unfortunately, only 7 journalists attended the workshop.
Getting to know the Muslim community would seem important for journalists these days, no? (All credit to the good, hardworking folks at NYPA for including the presentation.)
When it was over, the journo sitting in front of me turned around and said, "if I were writing about this conference, the [low] turnout for this presentation would be the lede."