Virtual Teachapalooza: Front-Edge Teaching Tools for College Educators


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Now in our 10th year, Teachapalooza has always been the place for college journalism educators to catch up, power up and reignite your passion for teaching. The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted our face-to-face gathering, but on July 8, 2020, Poynter will bring you front-edge teaching that will help you navigate whatever challenges the fall semester throws at you.

The virtual version of TEACHAPALOOZA will include live teaching from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern. We will record the sessions so participants can capture anything they miss in the live online session. Our plan will be to bring you fresh, practical and specific teaching, exactly what you have come to expect from TEACHAPALOOZA.


Join Tompkins and your other TEACHA colleagues virtually on July 8, 2020 for an abbreviated but high-energy training. All sessions are listed in Eastern Daylight Time and will be recorded for future viewing:

10:00 a.m. — Teaching across racial lines (Eric Deggans)

11:00 a.m. — What we KNOW about how students learn online (Justin Reich)

11:45 a.m. — Break (Show and Share video plays)

12:00 p.m. — Adapt what you built: Practical ways to move your classroom teaching to online  (Mark E. Johnson)

12:45 p.m. — Break (Show and Share video plays)

1:00 p.m. — Phone Photography: How to maximize the camera you have in your hand  (Ahsante Bean)

1:45 p.m. — Break (Show and Share video plays)

2:00 p.m. — Small groups meet:

  • Student media, moderated by Barbara Allen
  • Standards for virtual teaching, moderated by Bridget Donovan
  • Three Show and Share videos (“My best assignment”)

3:00 p.m. — Building an engaged classroom online (Kathleen Culver)

3:45 p.m. — Break

4:00 p.m. — Covering the 2020 election (Ted Bridis)

4:45-5 p.m. — Closing remarks

Who should apply?

College educators who teach journalism, communication, advertising, public relations, television, radio, online and social media classes. High school journalism teachers are welcome, too.


Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online

Al Tompkins
Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
The Poynter Institute

Barbara Allen
Director of College Programming
The Poynter Institute

Ahsante Bean
Editor & Program Manager, Video Strategy
The Poynter Institute

Ted Bridis
Lecturer in Investigative Reporting
University of Florida

Katy Culver

Kathleen Bartzen Culver
Assistant Professor; James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Eric Deggans
Author, TV/Media Critic

Bridget Donovan

Bridget Donovan
Interactive Learning Manager
The Poynter Institute

Mark E. Johnson
Senior Lecturer, Photojournalism
University of Georgia

Justin Reich
MIT Teaching Systems Lab