Teachapalooza: Front-Edge Teaching Tools for College Educators

DEADLINE: June 15, 2020
TEACHING DATE: July 17-19, 2020
LOCATION: The Poynter Institute
COST: $350

Update: We want journalists to experience great training and to stay healthy. We will offer enhanced virtual attendance for admitted participants who prefer not to travel or who are under company-imposed travel restrictions. If you have questions, please email us at seminars@poynter.org

Teachapalooza is the place to catch up, power up and reignite your passion for teaching. Join us July 17-19, 2020, at the Poynter campus in St. Petersburg, Fla., for three fast-paced days of relevant, cut-to-the-chase learning for journalism educators.

Teachapalooza will get you up-to-date on the technology and trends that shape journalism, show you the latest ways educators are using innovation in their classrooms and focus on data storytelling and new storytelling platforms. Even more, you’ll join a lasting community of journalism educators who share your passion for shaping the next generation of journalists.

Teachapalooza 2020 will once again be taught by Poynter senior faculty Al Tompkins and feature 100% fresh content. Because of the close community, dynamic instruction and immediate relevance to the classroom, around 80% of 2019 Teachapalooza attendees had been to a previous Teachapalooza. Return again in 2020 — or come for the first time!


Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online

Al Tompkins
Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
The Poynter Institute

Katy Culver

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

Ted Bridis
Rob Hiaasen Lecturer in Investigative Reporting
University of Florida

Roy Peter Clark
Senior Scholar
The Poynter Institute

Eric Deggans
TV Critic, Journalist & Author

Bridget Donovan

Bridget Donovan
Interactive Learning Manager
The Poynter Institute

Vincent F. Filak
Professor, Department of Journalism

Kate Howard
Managing Editor
Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Boyd Huppert
KARE 11 — Minneapolis, MN

Frank LoMonte
Brechner Center for the Freedom of Information

Kelly McBride
Senior Vice President
The Poynter Institute

Vanya Tsvetkova
Interactive Learning Producer
The Poynter Institute

You will learn how to:

  • Advise student media and champion students’ First Amendment rights
  • Better teach investigative journalism and help your students detect hidden stories
  • Empower students to manage their stress, actually talk to sources and confront individual bias
  • Revamp the way you teach writing, whether that’s for print, broadcast or online
  • Prepare students to confront and prevent workplace harassment and discrimination
  • Teach distance learning
  • Approach the 2020 Election with creative assignments, ethics case studies and community outreach

We will also inspire your teaching with our Show and Share sessions taught by YOU, the participants who share the coolest new ideas you are trying out in your classrooms.


Schedule is subject to change.

Who should apply

College educators who teach journalism, communication, advertising, public relations, television, radio, online and social media classes.


The tuition is $350.

Texas Educators: Through a grant  to the Poynter Institute, the Headliners Foundation of Texas is offering free early-bird tuition for the first ten Texas college and university journalism faculty members to register.

The hotel is not included in the price of the seminar. For the purposes of budgeting, the hotels nearby (we’ll send you a link to book in your acceptance letter) charge about $135 per night, plus tax. Other meals and incidentals are on your own dime.


We’d love to hear from you. Email us at seminars@poynter.org.