Virtual Teachapalooza: Front-Edge Teaching Tools for College Educators

DEADLINE: July 6, 2020
TEACHING DATE: July 8, 2020
COST: $49

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.-5 p.m. EDT. 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.

One of the most popular components of any Teachapalooza gathering is our Show and Share sessions, where participants teach each other about the coolest things they’re doing in the classroom. We will have room for seven Show and Share presentations, with this twist: We want these to be five-minute videos. These do not have to be epics, just crisp, to the point, practical and clear. Send your pitches to Al Tompkins at He will select the seven to be featured, and you will produce them.


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

Katy Culver

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

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

Ted Bridis
Lecturer in Investigative Reporting
University of Florida

Eric Deggans
Author, TV/Media Critic

Bridget Donovan

Bridget Donovan
Interactive Learning Manager
The Poynter Institute

Mark E. Johnson
Senior Lecturer, Journalism
University of Georgia

Justin Reich
MIT Teaching Systems Lab


Join Tompkins and your other Teachapalooza 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)

10:45 a.m. — Break

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

11:45 a.m. — Break

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

12:45 p.m. — Break

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

1:45 p.m. — Break

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


Thanks to a grant from The Headliners Foundation of Texas, this intensive workshop is offered at a tuition of $49. The grant allows Poynter to offer a “hardship” scholarship to participants who have suffered layoffs, furloughs or other economic distress. In short, if $49 is more than you can afford right now, don’t let that stop you from joining us. Please let us know in your application.

Texas educators are 100% covered by the foundation grant.

After your application is accepted, you will be sent a unique link to pay for Teachapalooza. In some cases, you will also receive a scholarship or coupon code to apply at checkout. Please make sure that you use your personal login information during the checkout process so that you will have access to the online course material; if someone else will be supplying payment (your university or adviser, for example), please work directly with to submit payment.

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.


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