Teachapalooza: Front-Edge Teaching Tools for College Educators

LOCATION: The Poynter Institute
COST: $299

Teachapalooza is the place to catch up, power up and reignite your passion for teaching. Join us June 7-9, 2019 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 2019 will once again be taught by Poynter senior faculty Al Tompkins and feature 100 percent fresh content. Because of the close community, dynamic leadership and immediate relevance, around 68 percent of 2018 Teachapalooza attendees had been to a previous Teachapalooza. Return again in 2019 — or come for the first time!


Al Tompkins
Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
The Poynter Institute

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

Robert Hernandez
Associate Professor of Professional Practice
USC Annenberg

Joy Mayer
Audience Engagement Strategist
Adjunct Faculty, Poynter and the University of Florida

Kelly McBride
Senior Vice President
The Poynter Institute

Frank LoMonte
Brechner Center for the Freedom of Information

Eric Seals
Photo & Video Journalist
Detroit Free Press

Stephen Stock
Investigative Reporter
NBC Bay Area

Debora Halpern Wenger
Assistant Dean for Innovation and Partnerships, Associate Professor
The University of Mississippi, The Meek School of Journalism and New Media

What you will learn

We are continuing to work on the line-up and program for 2019. Please check back often to see an updated schedule and speakers. Confirmed speakers will teach you:

  • How to direct student projects using augmented reality, wearables like Google Glass and virtual reality
  • How to advise student media and champion students’ First Amendment rights
  • How to better teach investigative journalism and help your students detect hidden stories
  • How to teach video and multimedia storytelling that looks cinematic but stays true to the facts

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.


A detailed schedule will be posted closer to the program date.

Who should apply

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


The tuition is $299.

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.