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

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

Robert Hernandez
Associate Professor of Professional Practice
USC Annenberg

Karen Houppert
Associate Director, Sr. Lecturer
Johns Hopkins University
Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

Frank LoMonte
Brechner Center for the Freedom of Information

Joy Mayer

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

Les Rose
Professor of Practice, Broadcast & Digital Journalism
Syracuse University
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Eric Seals
Photo & Video Journalist
Detroit Free Press

Stephen Stock
Investigative Reporter
NBC Bay Area

Janice Tibbetts
Instructor II
Carleton (CA) University School of Journalism and Communication

Rev. Sidney Tompkins
Licensed Psychotherapist
Retired UMC Minister

Keith Woods
Vice President, Newsroom Training and Diversity NPR

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

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
  • Teach video and multimedia storytelling that looks cinematic but stays true to the facts
  • Empower students to manage their stress, actually talk to sources and confront workplace discrimination

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.


Updated Jan. 2019. Subject to change.

9:00 a.m. — How to have a successful TEACHA (Al Tompkins)

9:15 a.m. — How to be a hackademic no matter how big your school/budget (Robert Hernandez)

10:30 a.m.Break and breathe

10:45 a.m. — Teach Students to EARN Trust (Joy Mayer)

12:00 p.m. — Lunch

12:30 p.m. — Show and share: My best assignments, Part 1

1:45 p.m. — Deep dive breakout sessions

  • Get your students working with the pros (Karen Houppert)
  • How to land grant funding (Robert Hernandez)
  • Legal myths that journalism students and teachers fall for (Frank Lemonte)

2:45 p.m.Break and breathe

3:00 p.m. — “You see numbers, I see a story” (Stephen Stock)

4:15 p.m.Break and breathe

4:30 p.m. — Student publications: a legal battleground (Frank Lemonte)

9:00 a.m. — Power shift: Preparing students to confront and prevent workplace harassment and discrimination (Katy Culver)

10:30 a.m.Break and breathe

10:45 a.m. — “I don’t want to wind up on YouTube!” Finding the courage and skill to teach tough subjects (Keith Woods)

12:00 p.m. — Lunch

12:30 p.m. — Show and share: My best assignments, Part 2

1:30 p.m.Break and breathe

1:45 p.m. — Deep dive breakout sessions

  • The places you can send students to find data for stories and assignments (Stephen Stock)

2:45 p.m.Break and breathe

3:00 p.m. — “Do you see what I see?” How to teach students to think visually (Eric Seals)

4:15 p.m.Break and breathe

4:30 p.m. — Six awesomely cool things you can do with your phone to teach and amaze your students (Al Tompkins)

9:00 a.m. — How to teach students to talk to people, not just text or IM them for stories (Les Rose)

10:15 a.m.Break and breathe

10:30 a.m. — What my new study shows about the future of video (Deb Wenger)

11:30 a.m. — From classroom to publication: Getting your students’ work published (Janice Tibbetts)

12:00 p.m. — Lunch

1:00 p.m. — How to teach your students (and yourself) to manage stress and trauma (Al Tompkins, Rev. Sidney Tompkins)

2:00 p.m. — Graduate and goodbyes

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.