TV Assignment Editor Workshop

About this product

How to find stories and sources online, how to use new tools to get stories online and how to help others to “get” your vision.


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Teaching dates

July 5 to July 26, 2019

Live video sessions

Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern time.

If you’re unable to attend a live session, there will be a recording available.

For the third year, Poynter is offering training exclusively for TV assignment editors. And to make it easy to attend, we are offering the training in LIVE one-hour online segments.

We will show you how to find stories and sources online, how to use great new tools to get stories online and on social media faster and how to help others to “get” your vision for the stories you are pitching. Assignment editors also have to help newsrooms drill down to find the truth in stories. We will strengthen your critical thinking skills to help inoculate you from the noise and nonsense that is constantly coming at you.

In this seminar, Poynter’s Al Tompkins will guide you through weekly readings, activities and live group discussions.

Throughout this course, you’ll gain practical and creative ideas to share with your colleagues and a new energy to bring to your work.

What will I learn

  • How to find stories that others miss
  • How to find a focus for your story
  • How to use new Web tools to enhance your storytelling
  • How to think critically about stories

Who should take this course

TV assignment editors


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.

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.

Time estimate

The content of this course unfolds over several weeks. There are few scheduled live meeting times. Except for several live discussions, you’ll be able to learn on a schedule that works for you. The minimum time commitment each week is three to four hours.


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