Covering Gun Violence: A Poynter Conversation

Course Overview

Title:
Covering Gun Violence: A Poynter Conversation
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
Because we believe so strongly in helping journalists handle this important topic, this $29.95 event is free.
Originally Broadcast On:
June 23, 2016
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

About Conversations

Join us in our virtual studio as Poynter faculty and other veteran journalists discuss issues about the craft and values of the profession. This live videocast also gives you the opportunity to join the conversation, submitting your own questions and responding to poll questions posed by the host.

This Conversation was originally broadcast on:
June 23, 2016 Enroll Now
Watch and listen to the original one-hour Conversation in its entirety. This Conversation recording features the full presentation led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty including Q&A from the audience and resources from the presenter.

With all the coverage around the gun violence and mass killings, how do you make sense of the issues for your audience and tell stories with accuracy, depth and context?

This Poynter conversation explores strategies for journalists who want to cover this complex problem in ways that connect in their community. You will hear from several journalists who have done a remarkable job and have the chance to ask questions to guide your own reporting.

We will help you sort through simplistic sound bites and clarify some issues including these:

  • Most mass killings involve some connection to domestic violence / mental illness. They are not public killings like Orlando.
  • There are millions of AR-15s in circulation, legally purchased.

We won't be talking about gun terminology, Second Amendment issues and legislation. If you want that, check out our other webinar, Telling Smarter Stories About Guns.

Today we will give you information you won't find elsewhere. And you can follow the conversation on Twitter using #covergunviolence.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to cover the topic with context and accuracy
  • How to debunk myths about gun violence
  • How to avoid "he said/she said" reporting and dig deeper
  • How to avoid the pitfalls in using crime statistics without context
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters, editors, producers, photojournalists, bloggers and anyone who wants to give their audience a better understanding of the issue.

Course Instructors:

Al Tompkins

Al Tompkins is The Poynter Institute’s senior faculty for broadcasting and online. He has taught thousands of journalists, journalism students and educators in newsrooms around the world. His teaching focused on writing, reporting, storytelling, ethics, critical thinking, photojournalism, social media and online journalism.

Tompkins has taught television news producers, reporters, photojournalists and managers in his workshops in 49 states, Canada, Egypt, Ecuador, Denmark, Cayman, Iceland and South Africa. He has taught and coached print newsrooms in the U.S. and abroad how to build interactive news websites, how to use video more effectively online and how to manage ethical issues that arise online.

Al is an FAA licensed drone pilot and has organized and lead drone journalism workshops around America that produced more than 325 graduates. He co-authored the drone ethics guide.

Tompkins is the author of the book “Aim For The Heart: Write, Shoot, Report, Produce for TV and Online,” which is being used by more than 125 universities as their main broadcast writing, reporting and ethics textbook.

He co-authored four editions of the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation’s “Newsroom Ethics” workbook. In 1998, Tompkins joined Poynter’s faculty from his job as news director at WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tenn. For 24 years, he worked as a photojournalist, reporter, producer, anchor, assistant news director, special projects/investigations director, documentary producer and news director.

Awards: During his two and a half decades as a journalist, and nearly two decades as a teacher at Poynter, Tompkins has been awarded many of journalism's highest honors.

Tompkins won the National Emmy, the Peabody Award (group award), the Japan Prize, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel for Court Reporting, seven National Headliner Awards, two Iris Awards and the Robert F. Kennedy Award. Tompkins was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame and in 2008 was awarded The Governor’s Award, the highest honor given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has also been honored by the National Press Photographers Association and the Radio and Television News Foundation for contributions to journalism and journalism education.

Al is a juror for the Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards and served as a final juror on the duPont-Columbia Awards, and the Investigative Reporter and Editor awards.

Al earned a Master's Degree in Digital Journalism and Design from the University of South Florida and a B.A. degree in journalism from Western Kentucky University.

Consulting and Teaching in Newsrooms:

Among the hundreds of clients for whom Tompkins taught and/or consulted are: Harvard University Nieman Foundation, ABC Owned and Operated Stations, Telemundo Television Stations; Meredith Television Stations; Scripps Howard Television, NBC owned and operation stations Promotions Directors; Stations; Hearst Argyle Television Stations; Gannett Television Stations; Griffin Communications; NBC Owned and Operated Stations; New York Times Television Stations; Cox Television; Cox Cable, Cox Washington DC Bureau, RUV TV (Iceland), Belo Television Stations; Freedom Newspapers of Florida, Freedom Newspapers of North Carolina, The Raleigh News & Observer, Shurz Broadcast stations, Radio and Television News Directors Association; RTNDA Canada; Radio and Television News Directors Foundation; The Ford Foundation; Hampton University, Kings University, Marymount University, Scranton University, University of Kentucky, University of South Florida, Belmont University, Western Kentucky University, Middle Tennessee State University, The Sacramento Bee; The Scholastic Journalism Association; Global TV Calgary; Global TV Edmonton Ca, CBC Toronto, CBC Calgary, CBC Regina, CTV Toronto, Canada AM; Alabama Broadcasters Association; Arkansas Broadcasters Association; Oklahoma Broadcasters Association; Hawaii Association of Broadcasters; Texas Association of Broadcasters; Ohio AP Broadcasters Association; Pennsylvania Broadcasters Association; Illinois Broadcasters Association; Washington State Broadcasters Association; Georgia Broadcasters Association; Tennessee Broadcasters Association; Louisiana Broadcasters Association; New York State Broadcasters Association; West Virginia Broadcasters Association; Missouri Broadcasters Association; Virginia Broadcasters Association; North Carolina Broadcasters Association; South Carolina Association of Broadcasters; Wisconsin Broadcasters Association; Iowa Broadcasters Association; Oregon Broadcasters, North Carolina Press Association, Alaska Broadcasters Association, Montana SPJ, New Mexico Broadcasters Association; Illinois Press Association, North Carolina Press Association; Hoosier Press Association National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences — NATAS (Pennsylvania); PBS-Nightly Business Report, NATAS(Washington DC); NATAS (Miami); WMC-TV; WSB-TV;KXAS-TV; KHOU-TV; WNEM-TV; KPHO-TV; WEWS-TV; WPTV-TV; WESH-TV; WKMG-TV; WTVW-TV; WPBF-TV; WHO-TV; KWTV-TV; WZZM-TV; WNEP-TV; WTKR-TV; KTHV-TV; KCTV-TV; WGAL; WTVF; WSBT; Bay News 9; News 8 Austin; RNews, WTSP; KTHV; KVUE; WHO-TV, RUV-TV Iceland, WNBC, KCBS, WCBS, WMAQ, WBBM, WFOR, WBZ and WTVT.

Jodi Upton

Jodi Upton is the Senior Database Editor at USA TODAY, where she leads the database team in analysis on stories on everything from product recalls to economics to Sports contracts. Her team supports breaking stories, longer projects and everything in between, as well as data-driven interactives. She was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University and is a visiting scholar at Indiana University’s National Sports Journalism Center. She previously worked at the Detroit News and other Gannett newspapers.

Meghan Hoyer

Meghan Hoyer is a data journalist at The Associated Press, where she analyzes data and helps disseminate national data sets to reporters across the country, guiding them to find local stories in the numbers. She previously worked at USA TODAY and The Virginian-Pilot.

Kathleen Kingsbury

Kathleen Kingsbury is editor of the Ideas section at The Boston Globe. In this role, she also serves as a deputy managing editor for the paper. She joined the Globe’s editorial board in 2012 and most recently was deputy editorial page editor. Prior to that, Kingsbury was staff writer and Hong Kong-based Asia correspondent for Time magazine. She has also contributed to the New York Times, Reuters, the Daily Beast, BusinessWeek, and Fortune.

Technical Requirements:

Windows
1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

Mac
1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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