TV Power Reporting Academy (August 2017)

Course Overview

Title:
TV Power Reporting Academy (August 2017)
Type:
Online Group Seminar
Cost:
$499.00
Time Estimate:
Each week of the online course will take about four hours, including weekly live discussions and one-on-one coaching sessions. You'll also come to Poynter on Sept. 8-10 for a weekend of in-person coaching and feedback.

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About Online Group Seminars

In an online group seminar, you will gather with other participants in a virtual space, logging in from anywhere, day or night, over the course of several weeks. A faculty member guides the group through new material, moderates discussions and provides individual feedback.

This archived Online Group Seminar was originally available on:
August 18 to September 30, 2017

"I got investigative tools that didn't exist when I got started and which I haven't found on my own. Having never done live performance as a journalist, the tips and feedback I got will help me as I develop in my career."

Some of the biggest names in local and network television journalism are graduates from the Poynter Institute’s Power Reporting seminar. Our graduates include John Larson, Boyd Huppert, Byron Pitts, Katie Couric, Stuart Watson, Byron Harris and Roberta Baskin. Now, it’s your turn.

For 17 years, The Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins has led this seminar that is a bedrock for Poynter teaching. You will get feedback on your work, will sharpen your writing and storytelling skills, learn how to enterprise stories and look beyond the obvious, tired ways of covering daily news. Of course, Poynter focuses on ethical decision-making skills and adding diverse voices to stories.

We keep things practical, usable and affordable.

We're combining the best of online learning with in-person coaching and mentoring to help you tell stronger stories and make those tough calls on deadline.

In the online seminar, Poynter's Al Tompkins will guide you through weekly live discussions and feedback on your work. You'll also come to Poynter on Sept. 8-10 for three days of in-person coaching from Poynter faculty and your colleagues. Travel to and from St. Petersburg and your hotel is on your own, but we have arranged for discounted hotel accommodations.

When you're done, you'll have a toolkit full of new skills and a road map to move your career ahead.

Schedule

Week One: (Live online class on Aug. 22 at noon)

  • Finding the lead and focus of your story
  • Story shapes; What goes first, and why
  • Building to the big surprises
  • How breaking news writing is different

Week Two: (Live online class on Aug. 29 at noon)

  • The eight BIG motivators to make every story more interesting
  • Building memorable characters
  • How to write in active voice every time (and why it matters to your journalism)
  • How to avoid clichés and muddy modifiers
  • Capturing soundbites that sing
  • The importance of natural sound

Week Three: (At Poynter Sept. 8-10)

  • What every MMJ/VJ reporter needs to know about photojournalism, lighting, motion, sequences, action/reaction and your camera
  • How to be a Story Idea Machine (never be without a pitch)
  • How to “Think Critically” and get beyond announcements, fake claims and spins
  • The Tough Calls Toolbox: practical ethics when you are tight on time
  • How to use FOIA laws and public databases to find stories others miss
  • How to be a mobile and social media superstar and drive viewers to your stories
  • How to talk with kids, crime victims and other vulnerable people
  • 30 Minutes of Fame - In person focused feedback on your work including on-camera performance as well as journalism and storytelling content
  • Amazingly cool online tools and apps (learn to capture 360-degree interactive photos, build edited videos on your phone, produce animated gifs on your phone and more. Every tool is free and takes less than two minutes to use.)
  • How to be a social media superstar
  • How to effectively move your TV reporting to online

NOTE: (You are responsible for the travel arrangements and costs. the tuition does not cover those costs)

Week Four: (Live online class on Sept. 19 at noon)

  • In this TWO-hour session, we will focus on stand-ups and teases. You will submit examples of stand-ups and teases and the seminar group will offer feedback on your work.

Week Five: (Live online class on Sept. 26 at noon)

  • Your road ahead: you will interview your bosses to get insight on how you can grow in your newsroom and organization.
  • You will draft a plan of action to move your career ahead. We will be right there with you.

Testimonials

"I think that my attending this workshop will help my newsroom as a whole. For one thing, it gives me a bit more gravitas. Everyone was eager to hear what I'd learned, and when I suggested to my boss a different way of handling a story (by trying to find people affected by the issue instead of just getting a quote from an official), he agreed, even tho it will take longer. So, WIN!"

"The (Social Media) session was eye opening. I had the notion that I was good at using social media as a research tool. What I learned not only shows how much more one can do than what I've been doing, but how much more one can do than I even knew could be done."

What Will I Learn:
  • How to writer clearer, stronger stories--finding your focus, building to big surprises and more
  • What every reporter needs to know about lighting, motion, sequences, action/reaction and cameras
  • How to be a story idea machine and how you can never be without a pitch
  • How to get beyond announcements, fake claims and spins
  • The Tough Calls Toolbox: Practical ethics when you are tight on time
  • How to include new voices and see new parts of your community that are seldom covered
  • How you can grow in your newsroom and organization and create a road map to move your career ahead
Who should take this course:

TV reporters and VJ/MMJ/backpack journalists for television, as well as college educators and international journalists. This seminar also is perfect for photojournalists who want to learn to write and report.

Testimonial:

""I think that my attending this workshop will help my newsroom as a whole. For one thing, it gives me a bit more gravitas. Everyone was eager to hear what I'd learned, and when I suggested to my boss a different way of handling a story (by trying to find people affected by the issue instead of just getting a quote from an official), he agreed, even tho it will take longer. So, WIN!""

- Vicki Krueger

Course Instructors:

Al Tompkins

Al Tompkins is Senior Faculty/Broadcast and Online at The Poynter Institute. He is the author of Aim for the Heart: A Guide for TV Producers and Reporters, which is being used by more than 130 universities' journalism departments around the world., and the Poynter NewsU course Reporting, Writing for TV and the Web: Aim for the Heart. He is also the author of Telling Memorable Video Stories, a video tutorial series at Poynter's NewsU. You can join the more than 10,000 people who follow him on Twitter at @atompkins.

Tompkins has more than 40 years of experience as a journalist, writer and journalism teacher who teaches in seminars at Poynter and workshops and conferences around. He has been a presenter at national conventions for IRE, RTDNA, NABJ, NAHJ, AAJA, Unity, NLGJA, PRNDI and NPPA. Since 1998, he has taught seminars and workshops in 48 states and four countries.

Brendan Keefe

Brendan Keefe is the chief investigative reporter for The 11Alive Investigators.

Since joining 11Alive in October 2014, Brendan has won the Peabody Award, the DuPont-Columbia Award, two National Murrow Awards, the Hillman Prize, the Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Reporting, the American Legion's Fourth Estate Award, two Atlanta Press Club Awards of Excellence, and 25 Southeast Emmys.

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