TV Power Reporting Academy

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March 29, 2021– April 22, 2021

TV Power Reporting Academy

This four-week online seminar will give TV reporters and VJ/MMJ/backpack journalists the skills, strategy and confidence to elevate their career in broadcast journalism.

Overview

  • Beginning March 29, you’ll join a supportive community of fellow TV reporters around the country.
  • Tune in every Tuesday and Thursday for practical, usable insights from Poynter’s Al Tompkins and our guest faculty.
  • After this four-week, eight-session online seminar, you will have better reporting, writing, ethical and technical skill
  • If you are a member of AAJA, NABJ, NAHJ, NAJA or NLGJA, 50% tuition scholarships are available, thanks to CNN.
  • The deadline to apply is March 5, 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

You will learn:

  • How to write clearer, stronger stories by 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 roadmap to move your career ahead

$499.00

In stock

Apply Now

Overview

  • Beginning March 29, you’ll join a supportive community of fellow TV reporters around the country.
  • Tune in every Tuesday and Thursday for practical, usable insights from Poynter’s Al Tompkins and our guest faculty.
  • After this four-week, eight-session online seminar, you will have better reporting, writing, ethical and technical skill
  • If you are a member of AAJA, NABJ, NAHJ, NAJA or NLGJA, 50% tuition scholarships are available, thanks to CNN.
  • The deadline to apply is March 5, 2021.
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TV Power Reporting is one of Poynter’s signature seminars, and our 2021 academy will once again be led by senior faculty for broadcast and online, Al Tompkins. For more than 25 years, TV reporters, photojournalists, visual journalists and multimedia journalists have relied on Poynter to build their reporting, writing and ethical decision-making skills.

Our visiting faculty in 2021 include one of the nation’s most celebrated investigative reporters, the only NPPA Photographer of the Year who is also the Editor of the Year and a CNN correspondent who, for hours, covered protests in the streets of Minneapolis live on international television. You will hear from one of journalism’s most respected voices on media ethics and a licensed mental health counselor who has taught thousands of journalists how to manage stress and trauma.

During this all-virtual training, you will have the chance to get individual feedback on your work, hone your critical thinking and learn to find the stories that others miss. When you’re done, you’ll have a toolkit full of practical skills and a roadmap to move your career ahead. Here’s what one attendee said:

“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 though it will take longer. So, WIN!” 

Some of the biggest names in local and network television journalism are graduates from this program. Our alumni include John Larson, Boyd Huppert, Byron Pitts, Stuart Watson, Byron Harris and Roberta Baskin.

Now, it’s your turn to gain the skills, strategy and confidence to elevate your career in broadcast news.

Questions?

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

This all-virtual, eight-installment seminar will unfold over four weeks, each Tuesday and Thursday at noon (Eastern), beginning March 29, 2021. Each session will last 60-90 minutes.

Week One

  • March 29: At our informal open house get-together, we will show you how our learning system works and answer questions about the seminar. You will meet your classmates, some of whom you are likely to know for years to come.
  • March 30: Al Tompkins will teach the keys to powerful broadcast writing, including how to find focus, think visually, create memorable soundbites, and structure your story for the biggest impact.
  • April 1: Brendan Keefe will introduce you to “The MMJ Way,” covering lighting, motion, sequences, action/reaction and cameras.

Week Two

  • April 6: Al Tompkins will dive deeper into powerful broadcast writing techniques, including sentence structure, the power of setting and embracing complexity.
  • April 8: Sara Sidner will show how to be the “authentic you” when things get tense.

Week Three

  • April 13: Kelly McBride will explore a framework for making tough ethics calls on deadline.
  • April 15: Chad Nelson will bring his photographer’s perspective to a session called “Chasing Memorable Moments.”

Week Four

  • April 20: Ramon Escobar will teach you the things that the very best reporters do.
  • April 22: Al Tompkins and Sidney Tompkins will show you evidence-based ways to manage newsroom stress and trauma.

Who should apply

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

We strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. If you are a member of AAJA, NABJ, NAHJ, NAJA or NLGJA, 50% tuition scholarships are available, thanks to CNN. To receive the discount code, note your membership on your application and email us at info@newsu.org.

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 March 5, 2021.

Cost

The cost is $499, which includes tuition for the four-week online group seminar and coaching.

Poynter is able to offer this seminar at the low tuition price because of the financial support of CNN. Members of AAJA, NABJ, NAHJ, NAJA and NLGJA are eligible for a 50% tuition scholarship.

If you are applying for a scholarship and would like to defer payment, please use the code 2021power at checkout. This is NOT a guarantee and you may be responsible for partial or full tuition.

Instructors

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

  • Ramon Escobar
    Vice President of Talent Recruitment & Development and Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, CNN
    Ramon Escobar is vice president of talent recruitment and development and the vice president of diversity and inclusion for CNN Worldwide. He is responsible for...
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  • Kelly McBride
    Senior Vice President and Chair of Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership
    Kelly McBride is a writer, teacher and one of the country’s leading voices when it comes to media ethics. She has been on the faculty...
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  • Brendan Keefe
    Chief Investigator for 11Alive and Co-Anchor of The Reveal
    Brendan Keefe is the Chief Investigator for 11Alive and co-anchor of The Reveal, a weekly investigative show on Atlanta’s TEGNA-owned NBC affiliate. He’s been with...
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  • Chad Nelson
    Director of Photography, KARE 11
    Chad Nelson is both the National Press Photographers Association Photographer of the Year, he is also NPPA’s Editor of the Year, the first person ever...
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  • Sara Sidner
    National and International Correspondent, CNN
    Sara Sidner is CNN's multiple award winning national and international correspondent, based in the network's Los Angeles bureau. Sidner moved to Los Angeles in 2014,...
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  • Sidney Tompkins (LMHC)
    Licensed Mental Health Counselor
    Sidney Tompkins is a licensed Mental Health Counselor who brings more than 40 years of clinical experience to her teaching. She is also a retired...
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