Midterm Essentials – Florida (August 2022)



Midterm Essentials – Florida (August 2022)

This is a free, one-day intensive training session for broadcast journalists who want to more meaningfully cover key issues facing citizens as they vote in the 2022 midterm elections. 

August 2, 2022


  • Convene with fellow journalists and experts at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • Deepen your knowledge about immigration, the economy, health care, climate change and disinformation.
  • Register to attend for free by July 5, 2022.



Learning Outcomes

  • Describe five key issues surrounding the midterm elections and communicate what’s at stake for voters
  • Analyze the veracity and impact of candidates’ talking points and policy proposals
  • Develop skills to detect political disinformation




  • Convene with fellow journalists and experts at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • Deepen your knowledge about immigration, the economy, health care, climate change and disinformation.
  • Register to attend for free by July 5, 2022.

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The goal of this one-day, in-person, fast-moving, expert-led and practical training is simple: We want to help local broadcast journalists ask more informed questions and demand more solid answers about five complex issues facing America in the 2022 midterm election cycle.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., our experts will teach journalists the essential insights they have to know to effectively cover immigration, inflation and the economy, health care and drug costs, climate change and disinformation

Our teaching team includes a top expert on health care who testifies before Congress, a Pulitzer Prize-winning immigration reporter and a climate expert from Climate Central. These won’t be stale lectures but instead will be tailored to journalists seeking context and clarity on behalf of their communities.

More than ever, this training is vital for busy, resource-strapped journalists who might otherwise settle for campaign talking points, allow candidates to talk in rhetorical circles or amplify common falsehoods online.

The workshop’s tuition is covered by a grant to Poynter and MediaWise from the Google News Initiative. The funder has no influence over the content of the seminar, the faculty or even the choices of where to teach the workshops. The non-partisan workshop is produced by Poynter’s senior faculty Al Tompkins who has five decades of journalism experience and is a key instructor for Poynter’s digital literacy program. 

We will bring this training to five battleground states — Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida — and will reach hundreds of journalists in July and August, just in time to help them cover races after Labor Day. Poynter is proud to work with state broadcast journalism associations in each state.

Interested in this workshop but not able to make it to Florida? Check out our programs in other battleground states:

July 8: Phoenix, Arizona at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University 

July 14: Madison, Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

July 26: Columbus, Ohio at Quest Conference Center

July 28: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at WCAU-TV


If you need assistance, email us at info@poynter.org

This one-day workshop will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. It is a full day of learning with continental breakfast and lunch provided. Below is a tentative schedule:

  • 9 a.m. — Welcome (Al Tompkins)
  • 9:05 a.m. —  Big Issue 1: What journalists need to know about the economy and inflation (Cardiff Garcia)
  • 10:30 a.m. — Break
  • 10:45 a.m. — Big Issue 2: Immigration issues that the next congress will face (Molly O’Toole) 
  • Noon — Lunch
  • 1:15 p.m. —  Big Issue 3: The emerging issue of climate change (John Morales)
  • 2:30 p.m. — Break
  • 2:45 p.m. — Big Issue 4: Healthcare and drug cost problems congress still faces (Larry Levitt)
  • 4 p.m. — Big Issue 5: Detecting disinformation that leads to truth decay (Al Tompkins) 
  • 5 p.m. — Go do great journalism 

Who should apply

This workshop is intended for broadcast journalists in Florida. Journalists covering the midterm elections in other battleground states will also benefit. 

Application process

The process to apply is straightforward and simple. No letter of recommendation or reference is required. Please be prepared to answer questions about your professional experience, areas of interest and basic demographic information.

The deadline to apply is July 5, 2022. 


This workshop is tuition-free, thanks to the Google News Initiative. 


Lead Faculty

  • Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
    Al Tompkins
    Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
    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...
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Guest Faculty

  • Cardiff Garcia
    Co-founder, Bazaar Audio
    Cardiff Garcia, Co-founder of Bazaar Audio, has reported for the Financial Times and National Public Radio’s Planet Money. He has appeared as an expert commentator...
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  • Larry Levitt
    Executive Vice President for Health Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation
    Larry Levitt is Executive Vice President for Health Policy, overseeing KFF’s policy work on Medicare, Medicaid, the health care marketplace, the Affordable Care Act, women’s...
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  • John Morales
    Hurricane Specialist at NBC6 in Miami, Florida
    John Morales is the longest tenured broadcast meteorologist in South Florida, serving as a reassuring television presence for nearly three decades. His tropical weather acumen and steadfast...
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  • Molly O’Toole
    Immigration and Security Reporter, Los Angeles Times
    Molly O’Toole is a Pulitzer Prize winning immigration and security reporter for the Los Angeles Times. based in the Los Angeles Times’ Washington, D.C., bureau....
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